"It is a scam and it isn't."
That's, probably, the right opinion about Vector. Really. Vector has some good things in it, but there are some major disadvantages. The most I don't like is that managers there are like fairytellers. And it starts from the interview. "Do you have time, our presentation will be for about 20 minutes" and it freaking runs for 1 hour. I was like "How come did you tell it will be for 20 min?!".
They give you a schedule for training. On first 2 days, you suddenly get to know Vector time - oops, you have to come 15 minutes earlier. In fact, a manager asks you to come 30 minutes earlier on the 3rd day, at 9:30 am. Nota big deal, but still.
I am an international student in Vancouver, BC. It was intended to be my first job. When it comes to a contract, I say "I am afraid to sign it, I have to take a contract home, study that, and consult with my father before". Any good company will 1) have nothing against it; 2) moreover, it will appreciate that person because of being savvy and thinking before doing something. However, a manager started telling me, 18 year old, that "it's all written here, just read and sign". After that, when I said no one more, he asked me to leave the training, cause it would "waste time". Actually a contract was what bothered me the most. They say "We see you don't trust us". OH MY GOD, WHY DO I HAVE TO? AFTER READING SUCH COMMENTS???
I said to myself "everything is pretty clear here". Also, paying $110 for a kit - WTF??
Sales reps pay for trip expenses... So it's your expenses.
Job ad doesn't state what you are going to be doing.
Now, how many appointments can you really schedule for a day? It depends where to go, of course. And yes, do you think every single person would like to have a stranger at their house DURING WORK WEEK? Do you think a husband will even be at home? It's not a thing which takes 5 minutes, a presentation can go for about an hour or even more!!! It's a fair amount of time spent on something you don't even know!
However, their knives are good. They are really good. Sharp and so on. Cool techniques. BUT think about it. I haven't sold them, and I don't believe smb ever buys a set of those. Yes, buying shears or piller or etc. might be a great deal, but nothing more. I just couldn't believe they make 200 million in sales every year, it is just too good to be true. Now, if you spend $1000 just on your knives - how much will your house expenses be?? And, let's be honest, even usual knives are OK for many people. It's not a big deal for most people. They will say "I am OK with what I have now, even though it's not so cool, why do I have to spend few hundred dollars on your stuff, I better buy more products and save my time cooking something for kids".
Still, if people are looking for gifts, knives and accessories might be a really great deal.
I don't say it's a complete scam, but there is pretty much unclear stuff at Vector. I think that some people really succeed there, but their percentage is under ~20 of all reps. And yes, they actually accept almost everybody from interviews into their job. Why? Cause the turnover is extremely high!!!