Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Austin Communication Group, Inc (Austin, TX)

Beware of attractive, but possibly deceptive job ads which offer entry-level training in management, marketing, and sales especially if the ads state no experience required. If you decide to interview with such a company, ask many questions before accepting employment. Will you be paid minimum wage or commission? Are there company benefits?

Beware of invitations for an all-day second "interview". If you decide to go to the second "interview", wear comfortable shoes as you will be doing lots of walking trying to sell door-to-door.

Austin Communication Group, Inc
1812 Centre Creek Drive Suite 115
Austin, TX 78754
(512) 719-3000
hr@austincommunicationgroup.com
http://www.austincommunicationgroup.com

https://www.facebook.com/AustinCommunicationGroupInc

Domain name: austincommunicationgroup.com
Creation date: 22 Jul 2012



13 comments:

  1. I received an email from Legacy Events Group in Nashville, TN. Is anyone familiar with them/their reputation? Entry-level marketing with training... It seems very similar to Luxe, Inc. and New Horizons, also in Nashville.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Watch out for In Store Advantage Solutions and Leverage Management Inc. in Austin and San Marcos, Texas. Same scam selling directTV and vizio products. I interviewed terribly and didn't need the follow up phone call and was asked for a second interview later today. I am not even going to tell them I am not going to the interview, waste of time, money, and gas. The interviewer was 23 years old. Fucking joke

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thank you for this post!! They just contacted me for ACCOUNT MANAGER postition. I have twelve years of director experience and would insulted if I went there!! The nerve!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Same they completely forget to mention the fact that the "direct marketing" you will be doing is going door to door selling telecomm packages. Absolute joke. I have never been more insulted and bullshitted in my entire life. You are not in the office but for the first hour of the day running around yelling all the stupid chants to get everyone excited for a long 8 hours of going door to door. You don't get home till 9 PM at least. And the real kicker, no guarantee pay. Its all a terrible commission rate for selling internet. Some times people can easily work 50 hours in a week and make $300 if not less. ITS ALL BULLSHIT. STAY AWAY FOR GODS SAKE

    ReplyDelete
  5. They MISLEAD you and are outright DISHONEST. I, too, applied for the Account Manager position and found it intriguing that I would have an 8 hour interview the following day. I went home and thoroughly researched the company only to find out that I would be a D2D Marketer!!! I may as well had picked up a paper route and a list of magazines to accompany my daily work (had I even gone to the second interview).

    THEY ARE COMPLETE SCAM ARTISTS.

    Don't let the pretty, perky girls and the gentlemen casually lounging in classy suits fool you when you walk in. It's all a hoax. ONE BIG HOAX.

    ReplyDelete
  6. If you are looking for a positive, challenging, fun-filled and rewarding work experience, ACG will deliver. I worked at ACG for a little over eight months and the experience was all of that for me AND ultimately served as a catalyst for my next step.

    I had never done direct sales before and did not know exactly what to expect on that second "shadow" interview. It seemed odd and attractive at the same time...I thought direct sales was a thing of the past. Bottom line: I was attracted to the self-promoting aspect of the company which was explained to me by the leader/interviewer during the day. I also liked the fact that I would be trained and taught new skills. I am not afraid of hard work, nor do I shy easily from new challenges. Honestly, I was not wowed by the "big picture", but I was impressed by the fact that I could advance and position myself on my own will. This was not a dead-end career move. This was more than just about sales for me. It was an opportunity. I was unemployed with nothing to lose, so I decided to give it a shot.

    Although preempted, I was taken aback by the office atmosphere on that first day. Loud, energetic, boisterous. There was a lot of calling out to get people into various groups for training/practicing/developing. Different, but effective. These hours before the field started out being very sales based for me--as is the case for every new hire (pre-reqs of the business)--but ultimately became a time of personal and professional growth. I was soon teaching what I knew, sharing my field and team-building experiences, discussing John Maxwell and Zig Ziglar, brainstorming with co-workers, learning about leadership, etc. My student mentality was engaged.

    As for the field, well that is where my student ego was put to the test. I learned quickly that the sale was a relatively easy one. There were people who wanted our product, could save money with it, and for some it was a convenience and improvement that they would not have sought out had I not knocked on their door. However, the real challenge was learning about the gaps in my work ethic, attitude, effective communication skills, resilience, humility and self-will...in an unprecedented way. The daily lesson: I had MUCH to learn and each door, every customer was part of my experience. I was my own boss, entirely accountable for my success and short comings. It wasn't easy--there were good days and bad days, but each day was valuable. I had to dig deep on the rough days in order to support and work with my team. My manager supported me every step of the way. He took the time to coach me, pass along lessons he learned in the field and as a leader, lend me books, and to give me that "high five" when no words were needed.

    Also, I chose to take the role of Account Manager seriously as well and took it upon myself to follow up with customers to ensure their satisfaction after the sale. Stressful if things did not go smoothly, but my integrity was on the line. Most recently, I received a text from an older gentleman and his "crankie" wife who is now my "biggest fan" after being skeptical, who don't "normally buy from people" at the door. This grandfather texted, "thnx. u r da best!! --Wj". Sorry, it doesn't get much sweeter than that.

    Lastly, I am no longer with ACG because I decided to put all that I have learned to excellent use on a different career path. I took my ACG experience as far as I chose to. Ironically, this new career of mine was encouraged by a woman who opened her door for me in mid-August and was immediately impressed. She is now my mentor. I am where I am today because of my ACG experience. That is NEITHER HOAX NOR SCAM.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ^Bullshit. This is obviously one of those ppl sitting in the office trying to rope you in

      Delete
    2. BWA HAHAHAHAHAH!!!! Like "Chloe W." isn't a shill for the company!!! Boy, for a marketing firm, y'all don't know S**T about effective marketing! Scam, scam, scam.

      Delete
  7. Valen Enterprises is also a bit of a scam. I went through the process and it was exactly this. I did a little research on the site they use to do credit check and the company (Venicom) had all kinds of scam alerts. (This company is also in Austin.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree, spent 2 hours in a small ass waiting room crammed with other job seekers for a 5 minute bullshit interview with a 22 year who doesn't know jack about hiring.

      Delete
    2. I did a interview at both companies- my ACG experience was bullshit and their lobby stunk. After reading this I researched both companies and they are unrelated, VE is from FL originally it seems. I also had a delay in being seen but my 1st round was like 25 mins so maybe they weren't interested if it was shorter, I also went on a second round interview with VE yesterday (took 30 mins AGAIN to be seen)- which was annoying but saw customers they signed up who seemed happy so looks legit, still waiting to hear back from them today though so we'll see and ill update once I know more

      Delete
  8. Chloe obviously is one of the ACG scammers. Pretty lame to say the least.

    ReplyDelete