Complaint / review text:
I am a recent college graduate and moved to Portland area, Oregon, to find a better paying job. I'm so pissed right now.
Last night I received a phone call from Ms. Kelly Flannery (actual name) at Pinnacle Marketing in Lake Oswego, OR. She said that she saw my resume on the Internet and would like to set for an interview today, so I went for the interview today.
In the beginning of the interview, two ladies at the Pinnacle, with very fast-pitched way of talking, started explaining about the parent company, Trek Alliance, Inc.in Incline Village, NV (near Lake Tahoe).
Trek Alliance sell water purifiers, herbal cosmetics, and herbal energy pills, with very high price!!! That was all right, so far.
However, as soon as they started talking about how the employees make money and, thanks for helping me for showing graphics or organizational chart, I found out that what they are doing is exactly a PYRAMID SCHEME. An employee who starts selling expensive water purifier and cosmestics starts making more money by investing more money at his/her expense and disclosing his/her friends'/families' e-mail or phone numbers to his/her leaders.
At the end of brah brah brah lecture, Ms. Flannery forced me to buy a thic and heavy starter kit with bunch of junk pamphlets, CD-ROMs, and testimonial videos and tapes, for $49.98. I should have refused to purchase that but I did purchase that; I was so stupid.
Then Ms. Flannery let me go, without asking me any questions about my past work experiences and education. That was very disappointing.
Plus, we have to invest more to make profit more, at our own expenses. That is totally rediculous!!! We don't want to take risks of losing money, do we?
As soon as I got back home, I wrote e-mail to Ms. Flannery to cancel my appointment on next Thursday and get my $49.98 back to my checking account. I will mail the starter kit back to Pinnacle Marketing (a. K. A. Trek Alliance, Inc., c/o., Ms. Kelly Flannery) with insured mail the first thing in the morning tomorrow.
In conclusion, Oregon's current unemployment rate has rosen up to 8.1%, which is even worse than 7.4% a couple of months ago and the worst rate in the U.S. Lots of my old friend from college are having difficulty finding their "real jobs". I know that we all want to make good money to pay off tons of debts for student loans, rent, cars, childcare, etc.
However, whenever you get any phone calls or e-mail from companies that you even have not applied with any massages, such as, "I saw your resume on the web, and I am very impressed...", "opportunities unlimited, " "unlimited income growth, " etc., etc., BE VERY CAREFUL!!!
Please do the company research very thoroughly and carefully!!!