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Blackstone Consulting Inc
Blackstone Consulting Inc. - Something not quite right with this company! Minnetonka, Minnesota
20th of May, 2011 by User293474
I've read the other ripoff reports as well as the rebuttal by the company president, Jeremy, whom I met during my interview process. I would have to say that my opinion is somewhere in the middle of all these. First of all - most people who are interviewing with Blackstone Consulting Inc. are likely for the 'Account Manager' position. Despite being called an Account Manager that really isn't what this position is, and shouldn't be surprising that the description on their website is surprisingly vague. Essentially, it's a sales representative. On the website they make a distinction between the two but during my interview process I asked if there was any difference and her reply was 'Oh, they sound like the same thing to me.' I'll get more into exactly what type of sales you'll be doing later in the report. The office is located in the Carlton Towers and much to my surprise, they were on the 15th floor with a fantastic view. It just came as a bit of a surprise because of a building filled with very legitimate companies like Wells Fargo, Garden Inc ect, I never expected to see a company I had never heard of in one of the top-notch locations within the building. That said, the office is rather small and put together in kind of a bizarre way. I was interviewed in a corner office (one of the 3-4 rooms within their suit) although it had an expensive looking desk, it wasn't put together in a fashion that made me think it had ever been used; actually looked a bit in a state of disarray. The most bizarre one though is one large room with zero furniture that all of the salesman come in for their meetings in the morning. It's quite literally an empty room with a couple of foldup chairs available. That just rubbed me the wrong way. When I was able to see one of the morning meetings in the large, empty room, it was surprising to see that just about everyone of the salesman were in their early 20's. Looked like a room of recent college graduates...During the meeting there was a cheesey lecture about 'Putting the Sizzle in your sale' and then they announced the biggest sellers the day before. What definitely rubbed me the wrong way is that they also called out the lowest sellers in front of everyone. Im mirroring other posters that there are also other huge red flags - the position is 100% commission sales. They do not pay for your gas and there was mention of benefits after 90 days but he was very vague when I asked him to clarify on plans and coverage. They will swear up and down that this is not coldcalling and you are not a door to door salesman, because these are lists generated from Qwest - but the same with telemarketers I'm willing to bet the people on these lists arent always aware they are a potential client. After the last interview - it was pretty obvious I was going to get the job but they said they would call my references. Since I'm close with all three and was already feeling suspicious, I asked them and no one received a phone call or email on my reference list. Overall, I would say there is something shady going on with this company, but that's more of a gut feeling than any hard evidence. But one thing I do need to stress is that this is a DOOR TO DOOR salesman job - no ifs or but's about it. If that's your cup of tea, go for it and see for yourself, but I couldnt recommend this company to anyone.

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