I just wanted to say....thanks!
I guess this very nice well spoken young lady met my wife and told her she had a great job for her, and that she would get in touch with her in a few days...
Well it seems maybe a month went by and finally she contacted my wife again. My wife went to the primerica office and talked to this young women. After my wife listened to the speech she was convinced it was not for her, but she thought this would be the perfect job for me. You see I am a salesman, and love stocks and things like that.
I met up with the wife and kids later that day and she gave primerica's number... I spoke with Michelle and she was very nice. We had a great conversation and so forth. When I heard the word citigroup i thought wow perhaps this would be a good place to work. (little voice in head saying wait for the hook) I finally asked...OK, how much will i have to pay to work. (sounds like a silly concept) and then here came the $199 thing. I manage most of the state's salesmen for my employer, so I do a lot of phone script training, including alternate proposals and such and was actually laughing when I started to hear the similar things in her conversation. (see people, in almost all jobs, its the person who wants the job that should be doing the convincing not the 'employer') But she was a great conversationalist, I would interview her for a position anytime, anyways...So when she somewhat stumbled through the appointment setting stage (finally making a set time after her Husband helped from the background) she asked where we should meet.
She did offer to come to my house, why?, hummmm but I said,'no, your office will be better, I want to see exactly what I am getting into', She said great...background noise, and then no, because the office is also shared with another broker who is doing training with his people on that day.(Strange that we share office space with a broker). I then said my office would be fine Saturday at 1000 am. It was not until about an hour later that it hit me
1. what employer would convince me to work for them , on a Saturday, in another mans office, with his wife, for $199.
I can tell you who....a real good salesperson, or a desperate salesperson, but not a great employer.
I came home researched until I found your site and read, and read, and read. Have you ever heard the term if you tell a lie loud enough and long enough it will become the truth?
What made me finally decide to keep my $199 bucks, skip the meeting was when I read comments from the happy primerica reps. The comments written were almost verbatim with quotes from the rep I talked to today, it was funny really. So, I called the rep back, and left this message...
'hello, this is me, I have decided that I will not be at our appointment tomorrow, instead I am going fishing if the weather permits....I did some searching around and found enough data to not meet with you tomorrow, however if you and your husband would still like to meet with me, you can come to my office on Monday when I will be having my production meeting with about 9 of my top salesmen and lets see if you are able to convince them that this is really a great deal.'
I wonder if they will show up... If they do I will enter in all that takes place, should be funny.
Thank you for this web site, I am sorry for those that suffered, and if it helps at all, your comments helped me save my weekend, my pride, and my $199 bucks!
Monetary Loss: $199.