Be Cautious

Former intern. Went through 3 rounds of interviews with no sales experience and never having written a cover letter for this company. It seems like they would hire just about anyone. Worked long days including Saturdays going door to door selling AT&;;;T products. Made decent money but not everyone did. Job descriptions and company website are vague and misleading. No reimbursement for all the gas money I spent. Changed in a fast food restaurant every day. Didn't get home until around 8pm. They seem to be targeting college students and people who are desperate to get a job.
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#1810715 Review #1810715 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Urbana, Illinois

Deceitful!! Horrible experience

I used to work for Akil and Zach’s office also and I was mislead, and thinking I was an HR intern (not even marketing!!!) and I when I quit, they blamed it on me and how the job is “performance based” and I wasn’t performing up to par. What a *** The guy that trained me also slipped and mentioned how he only make 42k one year, and he is in his 30s, and had worked with the company for years. The owners don’t care about you, they just want their reps to make sales and open an office, because that’s when they make more money. Might as well be equivalent of a pyramid scam. I also never got paid the money I was told was given to interns regardless of if we made sales or not. They never told me the job roles regardless of me asking during both interviews. Not only are they deceiving customers, but also their employers. All they care about it how much money they make, not your success
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#1776291

Thanks a ton for the feedback! We have taken this review and used it for feedback for our hiring process so thank you!

We believe 42k isn't too shabby for entry level sales. Also we are Better Business Bureau accredited and work directly with AT&T so of course we aren't not a pyramid scheme (Those are illegal). Our client AT&T want us to open up new offices which we believe is a good thing and the reason why is because we are doing a great job for them and their customers.

If you need anything else from us our management team would love to hear from you directly so we can assist with anything else. We honestly have implemented changes with our hiring of interns though due to this review so thank you.

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#1619900 Review #1619900 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Channahon, Illinois
Reason of review
Work Experience or Job Application

SCAM THEY ARE A DOOR TO DOOR SALES COMPANY FOR AT&T

THIS COMPANY IS A SCAM. I can guarantee they forced their "interns" to write any and all good reviews to try and bury the bad ones. I applied for this company under the impression that I was applying for an internship. They are very good at disguising the fact that THEY ARE A DOOR TO DOOR SALES COMPANY FOR AT&T. All positions are that way, no matter what title you apply for. You are not applying for the job they posted, I promise that. I went through two interviews, and eventually did get hired, so I saw the process they take you through. They try to hide as much information about the actual position as possible and just keep talking about high energy atmosphere. The girl I did my second interview with (Alison?) told me she cried for two weeks straight after starting this job (I wish I was making that up). Please do not waste your time with them. I wish I hadn't, but at least I can hopefully prevent someone else from doing so.
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#1776316

Hi PissedConsumer1597216 thanks for the feedback. Just so we can clear things up here allow us to respond with a "guarantee" since we have in fact been in business for a few years and can share how we actually operate and allow those that read this to have a balanced view and make the decision for themselves.

1. We are not a scam – we are accredited by the Better Business Bureau (their job is to call out scams). 2. All companies have negative and positive reviews - we do not ask people to leave reviews, but we do discuss bullying.

Perhaps some were left as a response to provide balance, perhaps others have actually had a great experience and want to share that the things learned here is not a waste of time. 3. Door-to-door sales involves cold calling and canvassing. We actually work with our client AT&T and work off of their leads as well as use Salesforce to log sales and interactions - a service that AT&T clearly find beneficial since they pay us handsomely for it and ask us continuously to grow.

4. For companies that recruit sales reps, the position is something different to everyone. Account Executive, Sales Rep, Entry level Sales - are all describing the same thing - this is not misleading – this is a normal approach to finding some great quality candidates. 5.

We find it very odd that a highly trained employee who is conducting an interview would reveal their inability to stop crying by working here and even if they had - this would probably be a good sign to not take the position, wouldn't it?

All in all - we can see how you'd want to share your bad experience however it seems highly subjective and we do hope you at least found some positive benefits of your short time with us - learning sales are an invaluable skill in any company since it is the only source of revenue. We wish you luck in all your future endeavors PissedConsumer1597216!

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#1597216 Review #1597216 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Evergreen Park, Illinois

Scammers

Company disguised door to door sales as A Marketing Internship. Very dishonest people. Very vague on what i would be doing during the interview process.
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#1776321

Thanks for the feedback. We are sorry for the confusion however as a result – our interview process now entails the showing of our legitimate leads from AT&T through Salesforce so that we can be super clear and transparent with candidates.

Along with the response above, yes obviously marketing and sales go in hand in hand----mar·ket·ing /ˈmärkədiNG/ noun 1.

the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising. We hope that clarifies and we wish you luck for your future!

#1715097

Sales and Marketing go hand in hand. I went on an interview with this place and it was QUITE CLEAR what I would be doing.

Some people simply hear only what they want to hear. You may want to work on your comprehension skills.

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#1568077 Review #1568077 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Des Plaines, Illinois

Entry level “job”

After going through basically 3 interviews, they gave me a call back saying they hired me. Took me for coffee and I met with the CEO. I had a weird feeling about it from the start. Everyone was extremely friendly and ended up making me think the job was something completely different. Really all I would be doing is door to door selling for companies like AT&T. I went through two days of orientation and “training”. It didn’t take long for me to realize it was training for a salesman, a job I did not think this was. I feel scammed and played.
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#1715096

What exactly did the entry level describe? You aren't just hired for an entry level position without it being associated with what industry it is entry level FOR.

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#1562873 Review #1562873 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Reason of review
Work Experience or Job Application

Almost tricked

Wow this helped a lot. Almost got screwed over. Thank you guys for posting this and exposing this fraudulent company.
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#1561010 Review #1561010 is a subjective opinion of poster.
New Reviewer

Misleading - “Sign this and this - lets get you ready!”

Went through a week off “Orientation” - received a check two weeks later for $83. Worked (4) 12- hour days going door-to-door selling AT&T - no one EVER told me I would be doing Door-To-Door sales - not one person! I had to arrive at the office in a suit/tie....meet with some people, leave there and change into khakis/T-shirt at a nearby gas station (!!), then ride in a car with my “trainer” who VAPED to a neighborhood where we walked house to house soliciting!!!! Not what I thought I was going to be doing for a “Marketing Internship”! I was NOT compensated!
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#1702944

Thank you so much! You just saved me a whole bunch of time and money!

They were promising me so much money and paid traveling. I was very confused when the spoke to me because I asked what the job was about and they gave me very responses.

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#1556937 Review #1556937 is a subjective opinion of poster.

Act on the Gut Feelings

So this job appeared for the summer time in which I needed a marketing internship to get some experience. At first, this job opening showed up on Indeed and they had written down the typical marketing duties along with their "path of guiding people into what true leadership is". After about a day or two of applying, I get a text message from their HR rep saying they would like to do some first round of interview. So, I had to drive forty-five minutes for an interview that lasted for six minutes. In the interview, the lady said they are a marketing agency that has AT&T as their biggest partnership and are helping AT&T set up about 30 shops in Chicago or whatever. DURING THE INTERVIEW, I had asked what my duties of their intern would be and that I was more looking for a marketing internship. The lady literally scriptedly said that the internship is very versatile, as I would be learning not just a marketing opportunity but what it means to run a business and be a leader. I believe this first round of interview could have been possible done in a phone interview form. Don't get me wrong, the people and atmosphere was nice, but is misleading to their potential employers in what is actually their job and duty. The day I had the first interview, by the afternoon I had gotten a call saying that I had passed and they wanted me to come back for the second round of interview. Again, meaning I would have to travel another forty-five minutes. In this second interview, the "CEO" of the company, Akil, along with this lady he was training on how to take interviews took me to the lobby of the building and interviewed me there. While going to the lobby, other companies who shared the building gave me looks of, "Oh look, another one." In the second interview, if you call that an interview, I was asked what make me, me. What's my real story, what goals did I have for myself, and what did I want to show to the world. At first, I thought it was really thoughtful of Akil to take a new perspective in interviewing - but on the other end, I was not on the Oprah Show. I was at an interview for a marketing internship. What seemes kind of odd to me is when they had asked me what I was currently making in my regular job in which I had given them the minimum wage. They both looked and each other and scoffed as they said that their interns walk out with $1k a week in which it is delievered every Monday by Akil. In the back of my mind, I started getting alert as to what in the world did this job possible do? Fine, whatever. I did the second round of interview, told them I would not be available until I finished my semester. They said I'd be hearing back from them. I get a call about a couple days later, saying I had gotten the internship. I was really happy because getting an internship is really long and exhausting- just like any job hunting. After many patients, I had gotten this news- but I was still getting that twisted feeling in my stomach. I decided to do some research more into the company and found this page. Seeing how the events were kind of the same, I investigated further with some Google and Facebook reviews in which I stumbled upon an ex-employee and she said that how the salary was all commission based and that you have to go door-to-door sale and try to sell AT&T products. If you don't sell anything or that day, you don't get paid anything. Now, this wasn't something I wanted AT ALL. That sounded more like of a sales job and to be honest a scam. The company did a very shady thing in not much very disclosing that you have to go door to door to sell and that the salary is all commission based. About two weeks pass by and I'm done with my finals and everything and I get a text from Akil saying he's excited for me to start soon and that my orientation would be the week after. I messaged him back saying that I was having some concerns as my role as an intern and would like them addressed before I came for orientation so I don't waste my time, or theirs. He replied two days later asking what I wanted to ask and seemed very on board to answer any of my questions. I texted back asking if my role as an intern would be more sales based than marketing and if my salary would be truly based on commission. He replied to me the night before the orientation saying he "took his team to the cabin for team bonding", so like four days later, and said that the internship has sales, marketing, personal and business development skills I would receive. As for the salary, he said that in the first couple of weeks he basically gives out salaries for interns for just showing up. So basically, if you earn brownie points from him, he handles how much you get paid. Sorry, I don't kiss-ass dude, I just want to be fairly compensated for my hard earned work. I just disliked how he was not giving straight forward answers. Dude says he graduated from Princeton, and can't even be direct what his company does upfront or on those social sites he promotes his company. So to save you time and resource just AVOID.
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#1704055

Same exact thing happened to me.

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#1553023 Review #1553023 is a subjective opinion of poster.
New Reviewer

Fraud and Scam!

BlueMount Review: I had two interviews with BlueMount. My first was with Aquil or however you spell his name (a colored guy) and my second interview was with Hilary. In my first interview, I explained I was looking to make stable pay. I have a lot of background and experience in sales, retail, and customer service. I even have my own business. At both of my interviews, I was never told what the position was, the role, or what I would be doing as a job. I was manipulated by BlueMount and given the run around. What was explained to me was that BlueMount is a company that helps entrepreneurs to start their businesses and be successful. The location in Lombard was an hour and fifteen minute drive for me. I was explained to that BlueMount works with Managers, leads, and clients with ATT. With my very successful skill set, experience, and career background; I was told I would be an entry level manager. I would be trained as a manager and after learning the ropes; after less than a year I would have a salary as well as my own office with a team. I thought I would be working at this nice office job, wear business attire, sit down with leads and managers of ATT in the office or somewhere comfortable such as for coffee, help ATT with marketing, advertising, their company, metrics, promotions, design, or direct them to someone. I did not know or find out until my first official day on the job that I had it all wrong. I was never told and it was NEVER communicated to me that the job they had actually hired me for was to go door to door in neighborhoods to sell (very poor bad service from experience) Direct TV. Not just that but! The job was also only 100% commission! So BlueMount expected me to donate my time, my gas, and pay for my own gas to go door to door trying to sell Direct TV without offering any pay for even gas or mileage! When I sat in orientation, the two ladies teaching orientation looked at me like a deer in headlights when I told them this was not the job description I was told! There was no hourly or salary pay! It was all a scam and fraud! I was so furious and absolutely disgusted from being lied to, manipulated, and given the run around; that I walked out of orientation. As I was walking out, one of the managers that interviewed me had the nerve to follow me! In my two interviews I showed my credentials from my business, my own promotions, offers, posters, and designs I created myself. I showed them all my retail, sales, and customer service experience. I was told I would be an entry level manager for the BlueMount company. I was lied to, manipulated, and completely mislead! What company on God’s green earth would think someone with that much experience, have their own business, drives an hour and fifteen minutes one way to work for them; would want to work completely and only on commission, go door to door to people’s houses trying to sell them stuff, not even be paid for gas or mileage, and attempt to take advantage of you? My assumption is that BlueMount intentionally and purposely manipulated me; and gave me the run around because they knew this wasn’t the job I was seeking and they were so desperate to hire. This company is a scam, fraud, and is looking to take advantage of potential employees/associates! Terrible company!
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#1704056

It is such a shame to see them try to scam so many people. Job description was NOT anything like the actual job.

#1624502

Sounds like you didn't listen to them. If you ran your own business then you should have an understanding of how sales works.

Entry Level Manager sounds like the managing of sales accounts. You may have had rose-colored glasses when listening to their recruiting pitch.

If you think this company is a scam, why not contact AT&T and find out if they really work with this company? I doubt a large corporation like them would work with scam companies, right?

#1663099
@PissedConsumer1624502

Nope, he's not lying or misunderstanding anything. Every word he is saying is true. The job description and interview is 100% misleading.

#1676820
@PissedConsumer1663099

Totally a sham! I applied less than 2 days ago and already had both interviews which to say the least is flag number one.

They give you the run around but never once tell you what EXACTLY you will be doing they just kept repeating the position title.

I have above average experience in customer service and sales. Most entry "marketing" jobs are door to door unless you have a degree.

#1677884
@PissedConsumer1676820

I can attest that the EXACT thing happened to me. They are misleading and are taking advantage of people's valuable time.

#1690399
@PissedConsumer1624502

You’re wrong. This is exactly the type of shell companies the big ones set up to rip off people. This way ATT is not liable for anything.

#1692616
@PissedConsumer1624502

By using the offensive and out-of-date racist term 'colored people' shows you have no business etiquette, social sensitivity or current state of the times. This shows your age, level of thinking, and most likely inability to deal with a ethnically diverse and younger work force - both internally and externally.

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#1351797 Review #1351797 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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