About Vector Marketing
Vector Marketing booths are almost as common as vending machines on college campuses. In between classes and close to holiday breaks, business suit clad representatives hand out flyers offering students the ultimate summer job starting at over $10 an hour.
So why are some students claiming that Vector Marketing is a Scam? The majority of problems regarding the Vector Corporation stem from their recruiting practices.
Nowhere on their promotional material does it state what the actual "job" is going to be, students are simply given a brochure and phone number and encouraged to call for an interview.
Vector Marketing Job Description:
The actual job is commission based direct sales for Cutco kitchen knives. Students have to attend several days of unpaid training where they learn how to conduct in-home presentations for these high end knives.
When you're ready, Vector Marketing managers will encourage you to set qualified appointments often starting with relatives and friends as they're a much more receptive audience.
How Does it Work?
Vector Marketing focuses much of their recruitment on college students for several reasons. Primarily students have flexible schedules throughout the year and can work full time in summers - this means they can meet with homemakers and other likely buyers throughout the day.
Students are also easily trained, work well with others, are quick learners, and are used to delivering presentations. Many students are also attracted to the weekly pay structure.
Furthermore the concept of working your way through college is a very beneficial sales point and many buyers are happy to purchase from hard working kids if it means supporting their education.
Once you have passed your training you’ll be loaned a demo set of Cutco products that you will take with you on your in home presentations. Vector Marketing now guarantees a base pay when you set and deliver a presentation to a qualified customer - even if they don’t complete a purchase.
Cutco knives and cutlery are made in the USA and have a strong focus on supporting their employees. They train and employ skilled craftsman to ensure their products come of the shelf above and beyond standards.
The company has been in business since 1949 and have grown their product line to include: kitchen knives, utensils, shears, flatware, cookware and sporting knives. All of their products are also backed by a their “Forever Guarantee” and the company will repair and sharpen all of their products for free, for life.
Vector Marketing can be reached at one of their many field locations or through their website. They can also be found on all social media platforms. For sales rep questions or concerns call 716-373-6146 for other inquires contact their headquarters at 716-373-6141.
In the past the negative issues with Vector Marketing have been addressed in court, and in several states the company has been ordered to cease deceptive employee recruiting practices and false hourly promises.
The plus side to Vector Marketing is that for talented and ambitious individuals there are definitely opportunities. The company promotes heavily from within and all managers are former sales reps. Also, if you do work for a fair amount of time you can use the sales experience to land better jobs out of college.
If you have worked for Vector Marketing please leave a detailed review of your experience below. Many students aren’t sure if the opportunity is from there and can greatly benefit from first hand employee accounts.
43 ‘Vector Marketing’ Reviews
This job is trash, you'd be better off being a bagger in Safeway. I paid for a summer conference back in august of 2016 but now I'm getting a letter stating I owe them money, even though I'm 99% sure I paid, because it isn't like me to miss payments. I already know this company is a bit shady so I do believe they are just trying to swindle me. I'm just now getting a letter in January of 2017 ( was away for college so I didn't get it until march) that I owe them money, adding to the shadiness. Lastly I was told I would get some knives for x amount of sales, which I'm still waiting, and probably not getting. I even tried contacting my old boss who said that he was busy. 3 days later I'm still waiting for a response.
This probably sounds really fake but I guarantee it's all true. It seems great at first, and everything looks like it's roses and unicorns but it gets bad real quick. Their aim is to swindle not you, but your family as a whole. Your family will most likely buy from you but then nobody else will, frustrating you making you quit. I was lucky enough to sell to people outside of my family so I broke even but this is not a job worth taking.
Please help shut them down by not accepting, and inform your friends. They are after all a company, and only want money. This job however focuses on stealing from employees rather than using them to build the company up. They don't need or want you, just what you have. I can determine what you do but hopefully this steers you into making a decision you won't regret
I found this all about 2 hours before my training, I'm debating if I want to show up or not but if I do I have to ask: how do I land the job of the girl that I talked to on the phone that happened to squeeze me for an interview in just two hours
Id like to comment that I work for the company they definitely work around the truth and target young people, especially students, and the "$15" isn't an hour but per demonstration appointment done. The $15 is for transportation costs. The one thing that I don't understand is that we call back people that blow off their interviews, I guess that they have to considering the turn over rate. Another thing is they don't provide the customers to book for appointments but ask u to bother your friends and family. also ask they interviewing people for their contact lists to gather more numbers to call to come in for interviews as well
Not a Scam. But illegal. If not then should be. Had interview but didn't go. Got a call 15 minutes before I was suppose to go but said I e-mail reason why. Next day at 8:45am got a text that said we have a set rate of $17 hour and not commission. There website clearly says the word "commission". She also said in text I will be in office at 10am tomorrow. No way I would go. This company puts you as a self contractor. You do your own taxes and they don't pay your taxes. You are not on there payroll. So you are not a employee. This company needs to be shut down and anyone who knows how to dwith.The 1% will not get away with this anymore. The new president needs to shut them down. Also, staffing companies lie to you. Going back to school in a state that is broke won't stop me but we need a new goverment that works for the people of Illinois now! Fix this country NOW! The americans can't wait. Fix this country NOW!
I actually scheduled an interview with vector today. After I spoke with the receptionist I was so excited about the opportunity. She told me it pays 17 an hour guaranteed and I would be answering questions about products and taking orders. I loved how she made it seem like no sales as I'm not interested in selling. I'm working part time as a CNA and I was looking for more work that would pay a little more with flex hours, vector seemed perfect. I decided to read employee reviews and I'm glad I did! I plan on cancelling my interview asap now. Thank you everyone , now I won't waste my time. It would have been an hour drive to the office and I would have missed time with my daughter. Again, thanks everyone for the warning!!