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The Henry Group of New York, Brenda Bernal, Credico, Direct Energy
Multilevel Marketing Scheme, Pyramid Scheme
28th of Jul, 2012 by John D.
Having always worked for legitimate companies... I had no idea scams like "The Henry Group" existed when I applied for the job. In retrospect, there were a million red flags which should have told me to keep my old job where I had benefits and made an hourly wage, and that I should have run like hell from "The Henry Group".

The Henry Group is owned and operated by Brenda Bernal. She is an illiterate woman who was promoted to management in this multi-level marketing scheme by Elana Stein (formerly of Polaris now renamed EQ Charity). The Henry Group presents itself as an entry level training program to promote you to management running your own marketing company. This is complete crap. The job is 100% commission door-to-door sales. You are expected to work from 11:30 am until 9:00 pm every day knocking on doors in selling energy for the extremely sketchy company Direct Energy.

For the first four weeks you work you do not receive a paycheck. You sign away all your rights with an "independent contractor agreement" which basically indicates that you are self employed, that you will not be compensated for any of the hours you work and you are all on your own if someone decides to sue you or something for trespassing in an attempt to sell them energy. You are paid on a 10-99 which means that you are responsible for all of your own taxes and not entitled to minimum wage or unemployment. Brenda couldn't afford to pay you minimum wage anyway, because she doesn't make any money either.

When hired, you will be promised that in 6 months you will build your own team and be promoted to assistant manager at which point you will double the amount of commissions you make and begin "saving" to open your own office. In reality... it takes at least a year to be promoted to assistant manager if you manage to last that long. No one in Brenda's office has ever been promoted to assistant manager. To be an assistant manager you have to have a "team" which requires scamming more people to come work for free for this despicable company.

They will tell you that you make 500-800 dollars a week as "Corporate Trainer" which is the second "level" or position on your road to "management". However, most employees make $350 a week if they are lucky. None of them can afford to pay their taxes or live by themselves and most are barely scraping by. Brenda claims to make 80,000 dollars a year, but she is constantly overdrawn on her bank account and lives with 5 other people on 135th st.

The only people making money in this business are Elana Stein and Raf Diaz who will soon be married. When an assistant manager becomes manager, the "promoting owner" receives a $20,000 bonus (herein lies the pyramid scheme).

Whatever you do... do not work for this company or any of the other companies operating out of 690 8th Ave. They are all scams. You will be expected to work 60 hours a week on straight commission... when it comes time to get paid you will be told that for some inexplicable reason or another your accounts have been cancelled. Many people work for a week or two only to quit and never receive a paycheck. As an "independent contractor" you are responsible for your phone and travel expenses which will be major as you have to make all the calls yourself and travel all over the city going door to door selling energy.

If you need to take a day off or call out sick you will be penalized and not given interviews (thereby making it even harder for you to theoretically get promoted because without interviews you cannot build your team). You have to be at work every day at 11:30 am for leaders meetings. You have to come back to the office every night for "PM Atmosphere". You have to work Saturdays even if you close 40 accounts because "your guys" (people you are training) have to be there. This makes you an employee not an independent contractor.

The average person works at the Henry Group for around a week. Interviews leave in the middle of their "Day of Observation" all the time. No one ever gets promoted. If you want to work like a slave for sub-minimum wage. Who is Henry? Brenda's Pug. The company is named after her dog. Don't work here. You could make more money begging on the subway.

Brenda was promoted by Elana Stein formerly of Polaris. Elana now runs EQM, EQ Charity, and Worldwide Marketing. She is engaged to Raf Diaz of New York Business Partners. They all fall under the umbrella of the credit broker Credico. The offices are located at 690 8th ave. 5 floor in New York City. The other offices in the city are located at 40 Exchange Place (Bart Yates of Northstar Consulting, Nona Black of Black Ops, and Eric Martin). New York Business Partners run by Raf Diaz is located at 34th and Broadway. All these companies are incredibly sketchy and it will cost you more money to work for them then you are likely to make. Beware of incredibly misleading adds on Craigslist, Monster, and Career Builder. They will hire anyone. The "recruiters" don't even read your resume... you are guaranteed to get called in for an interview. In my time working there, a convicted rapist was hired to go door to door. It took two weeks of him going door to door before his background check revealed his felony. Don't open your door for these people and do not work for them.

Multilevel Marketing Scheme, Pyramid Scheme

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