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Blackstone Consulting, Inc. If you don't have any dignity you can probably succeed here. Minnetonka, Minnesota
15th of Jun, 2011 by User627014
The economy is tough and it is easy to be in denial when you are offered a job that seems shady. As the other reports have already stated this is in fact a door-to-door sales job under the guide of "Account Manager." You are given a pitch to memorize and spend hours a day looping around neighborhoods selling Qwest internet service and DirectTV. These sales positions are 100 percent commission, but you spend at least two hours a day at the office attending meetings to practice your pitch and get "pumped up." When I thought about it later, it was apparent I wasted two hours everyday listening to nonsense and not getting paid for it. Even more ridiculous is they make you wear a suit to the office in an effort to create a professional atmosphere for a hardly professional job. You are assigned a "leader" who takes you out into the field and trains you. Most people at Blackstone have outgoing personalities and going out with a leader was usually pretty fun. I was quickly promoted to leader which to me, only meant having to come in earlier for a "leader's" meeting. This meeting usually consisted of the CEO Jeremy either yelling at us or giving little motivational speeches. Although this job was awful, Jeremy is an impressive speaker and can trick you into believing door-to-door sales positions are not low class jobs. This job takes up so much time that I literally had time for nothing else. I would typically get home after 9 p.m. and be back in the office at around 9:30 the next day. You WILL be working on Saturdays as well. I know several people I worked with who had struggling personal lives due to the strange and long hours we put up with. The most frustrating part of the job is that people less intelligent than me made more money than me. I swear if you ask one of these people to write a paper it would resemble the work of a grade school student. Their ability to act like robots allowed them to make more money. They were shamelessly pushy with customers and came off as desperate and pathetic salespeople. I know they do not want to come off as such, but their tactics were embarrassing and I never adapted to being so aggressive. Those who were able to put their dignity aside made the most money. I was not able to do that. I will say this though: I was always paid what I was owed. If you CAN put your dignity aside and sell Qwest products ruthlessly, regardless of what others think of you, you will make a lot of money. I am not saying you should not try the job out yourself - I did it for a few months and learned quite a bit about what I do not want to be doing. I personally don't find door-to-door sales to be a career, but many people at Blackstone are successfully making it one. I think I spent more money on lunch, gas and my cell phone bill (you use your own to make hour long sales calls) then I made while working there.
3899 days ago by Scottck1981
It is sad that the sellers are in many cases required to drive from their homes in say, Monticello or St. Francis, to the Minnetonka Office, then out to a Walmart in Elk River where they sell Direct TV in a Walmart, then back to the office, then finally home.

Also, many of the sellers are unable to even get to the 15th floor office at the end of the day, as a special electronic key is required to use the elevator at that hour. So they are literally supposed to just wait outside an elevator until one of the leaders with a key comes down and can then give them access to the 15th floor.

The training materials-as well as the website-seem to have been written by a 9-year old; the grammar and syntax are that bad. And yet sellers have to dress up for the daily meetings because professionalism is so important to the company. It's quite comical.

The leaders seem to relish opportunities for the giving of inspirational speeches. They are usually quite (unintentionally) funny.

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