Shady companies you have worked for (or not)

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by Orang Utan, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. Orang Utan


    There's all manner of chancers out there. Pyramid sales. 100% commissions. Jobs that turn out to be not as advertised. Companies that make out they're massive international conglomerates, but just turn out to be a bloke working out of his car.

    I just dodged a bullet. I answered an advert advertising seasonal work and applied. I heard back almost immediately with offer of interview. I had a look at their site, which was full of marketing/sales/business jargon, but none of it describing what they actually do or sell. So I had a look on Glassdoor, which is like a Trip Advisor for employers, and it was full of bad reviews, saying that they're essentially just door-to-door sales, you don't get paid for the training, you count as self-employed even though you're working for them, you only earn from commissions etc etc. So I withdrew from the interview.

    Share your disappointing experiences with companies who are little better than con artists.
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  2. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    at their best companies are little better than con artists.
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  3. Orang Utan


    When I was 18, I was working in a hotel and conference centre. I got on well with one of the regular clients who used the meeting rooms, not the usual brash salesman type, but unflashy and rather nice. He told me he might have an opportunity for me and asked if he could run it by me. So he came round my house, invited me to his car, then opened the back to show me all these shiny brochures. He then started asking me what my aspirations were, then started boasting about his lifestyle. One of the sentences I remember was 'don't you want a Ford Probe, Rob?' He seemed astounded when I told him that having a car wasn't on my list of aspirations, but then proceeded me to show me lots of pics of his expensive holidays. He then explained what his business was and, even at the innocent age of 18, I knew what he was describing to me was a pyramid scheme, so I politely told him I wasn't interested, and being an earnest 18, I parted by telling him I was a 'committed socialist' and therefore couldn't in all consciousness be part of his scheme. :oops:
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  4. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    I once had a job delivering high-end cars from England to a car sales place in Amsterdam. On one trip I was delivering a Porsche 911 cabriolet. It was a hot day so I tried putting the roof down but it got stuck, so I had to investigate. Turned out to be bundles of money jamming the roof mechanism.
    I think that employer may have been a tad shady.
  5. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    zenith staybrite. no. That wasn't dodge in a criminal sense but just everything else
  6. Orang Utan


    details, please!
  7. Silas Loom

    Silas Loom The people have spoken, the bastards.

    I have telephoned every Mittelstand manufacturer in Germany and tried to persuade them that lucrative business in China awaits, if they advertise in spurious yearbooks. I have gone door-to-door in Birmingham flogging useless electric potato peelers, at the coal face of a horrid, sub-Amway, network marketing concern. I have been ordered by a hard-faced Ansells landlady to adulterate beer. I have delivered a local freesheet which featured an entirely unreliable horoscope. I have contributed nothing of value and I have made bad people rich.
  8. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Apart from a very brief stint in a pub I've never worked for a company.
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  9. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    The owner of one business I worked for (in a country with a reputation for organised crime) was allegedly caught on the border (of a country with a reputation for money laundering and confidential banking) with a suitcase full of cash.

    ...or at least that was the story doing the rounds.
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  10. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Did a telesales job selling snake oil pills to the elderly or people recently ill. Fucking abysmal.
  11. Silas Loom

    Silas Loom The people have spoken, the bastards.

    Fleeing from the UK to the UK?
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  12. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    just the whole set up, flogging windows in some dingy office backroom, don't remember signing anything or getting paid. Every other person I know who've worked for them had some sort of complaint from *hands* to non payment- to turning up one day and the office wasn't there etc.

    its not a scam in the sense that its not illegal to stuff a room with 16-21 YO's for 4 hour shifts on shit wages flogging scam-priced double glazing to old ladies BUT...
  13. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    Probably just a bag full of pound coins crossing the Clifton suspension bridge. Probably.
  14. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Leigh woods is a hotbed of crime.

  15. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I did once work briefly for a very shady outfit, but naming them probably isn't a great idea. Suffice to say that the client list included the BJP :facepalm:
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  16. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby this means nothing to me

    Brown envelope types, dodgy priests, a convicted flasher and nazi sympathiser. All unpleasant types I have worked under or as colleagues over the years.
  17. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!

    My cousin, who I've never really gone on with that well asked me to come to his house one evening when we were in our early 20's, "Please come in business attire" the prick said. Anyway he was trying to sign me up to Amway, an outfit where you get money from signing up other people..."It's not a pyramid scheme" he said, looking hurt when I suggested it was. "It's a trapezium!"

    Was also once offered the travel account of the UK arm of a major Korean electronics firm which would have been very lucrative to us, if we gave the woman awarding it £200k per year in cash, she said we should just stick that on top of whatever we normally charged for tickets, they didn't care about the price. With the various allocations of business she was in charge of she was probably pocketing £1m in untaxed cash every year. Really wanted nothing to do with her, even though it would have probably been worth about £200K profit for us too.
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  18. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    one summer at uni i worked for some dodgy double glazing company - in truth it wasn't actually a bad product, but the company was a pyramid scheme with hard sell, and a very loose correlation between its claims and the reality.

    i stayed about 3 days - having some half-cut 'sales manager' screaming down the phone at me at 1am because i'd had the temerity to leave a clients house when they started to call the police was, for me, a sign that i needed to find another avenue for my talents.

    it was weatherseal. awful, awful, awful company to work for, and far worse to let in your house.
  19. marshall

    marshall Well-Known Member

    Tobacco, military hardware...the Milky Bar Kid, I've worked on them all as a hack copywriter with a wayward moral compass.
  20. Orang Utan


    :D 'it's not a pyramid scheme' is always a lie
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  21. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!

    The fucking bellend told me about the conference he went to at Wembley Arena, "He showed us pictures of his Porsche, and the same car was parked out the front, you could have a Porsche soon!"

    He's got a 2:1 from Heriot Watt. And people wonder why I don't hold degrees in much esteem...
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  22. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Similar to the OP when I first moved to London and needed a job. Door to door sales getting people to change gas and electricity supplier. They were really dodgy, encouraging everyone to sign up pensioners etc by telling them they were there to help them move across, as if it had already been agreed. Hated the job, and them, and sales, and left after 10 days when I'd got something else.
  23. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Only my granddad's crash repair and car radiator shop in Tottenham (Saturday job in the 1980s). They had a habit of 'testing' rads by pumping them hard on the testing rig till they blew, then selling the customer a new rad.

    The dodgiest bit though was the journey there down the A10 at 120mph in my cousin's Capri.
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  24. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    fucking hell, I don't know where to start on this without exposing myself to a ten stretch and/ or an orange jumpsuit and a rendition to Gitmo. I only realised afterwards yer Honour.
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  25. Plumdaff

    Plumdaff joy in people

    I lasted one afternoon in a shitty office in Islington cold calling people about double glazing.

    Friend of mine managed to land an amazing pre graduation interview with a Dutch airship firm. It all seemed to good to be true, flown over and put up in a very swish Amsterdam hotel, interview was a long meal with the CEO. Meal was increasingly awkward, very much felt like it was going to get overtly sexual at any minute, and the guy seemed to be promising that my mate be appointed head of IT for this business straight out of Uni, all very too much. Mate found out a year or two later that the company had raced into bankruptcy in such a blaze of corruption and waste of public funds that questions were raised in the Dutch Parliament.
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  26. I have never ever ever worked for a boiler room that got raided when I decided to take a weekend off.

    And that's why I can't ever go back to Denmark.
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  27. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    i hope you showed initiative and removed the cause of the problem


    hang on, ansells? can you make it any worse??
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  28. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    I certainly thought about it. I could probably have retired on 'the problem', but the thinking side of me decided it would not have been conducive of a healthy future.
  29. Orang Utan


    Looking back on my 'it's not a pyramid scheme' experience, I think it must have been Amway. Glad I saw through it.
  30. Silas Loom

    Silas Loom The people have spoken, the bastards.

    There are quite a few imitators out there. Unsurprisingly, as one's always better off at the apex of a pyramid.

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