I have been working at Glasgow Interactive full-time (Less than a year)
I absolutely love working for Glasgow Interactive. Since joining I have been made to feel so welcome and I immediately felt like part of the team. The training involved in this role is second to none. My trainer is extremely hands on and is always willing to help. I've worked for similar companies before but none that have treated me so well and paid me a daily rate as well as my commission & bonuses. Good job GI!
Early mornings can be a struggle but I think I'm just not a morning person :p
Advice to Management
Well where do I start?
This "business" is a complete farce. After being fed an entire thesaurus of business jargon you finally learn what the role actually is. It turns out that "events based marketing" actually means "standing on a high street pestering members of the public". You know those irritating people with clipboards or tablets who accost you in the street to ask you questions about your energy bills? The ones you avoid at all cost. Well with A4 interactive you can be one of those!!! Except they call it "trainee sales consultant", a really bizarre title seeing as you don't even actually sell anything. Yes that's right, you're actually lower than a salesman.
The "field day" I was invited to after being "selected" based on my "interview" was so comical that I can't even get angry at it. I turned up to the office at 9am where I was introduced to my "trainer" for the day before being bundled into a car and sent of to Troon, a seaside town 30 minutes outside of Glasgow. The whole process was so bizarre, and caught me so off guard, that I just went along with it. Once in Troon I was lead to a Costa coffee and left with a "workbook" which contained pages and pages of interview type questions. By this point I realised I was basically trapped so decided to actually fill in the booklet. Like a mug I actually worked really hard on it and came up with, what I thought were, some blinding answers. If this were an interview for a real job with a real company I reckon I would have done pretty well. I have actually kept the booklet for future reference. Alas, A4 interactive is no viable company.
After nearly 4 hours, yes that's right 4 HOURS, of sitting in this cafe on my own the "trainer" returned. After putting so much effort into my wonderful booklet answers, even injecting some wit into it, I realised I needn't have bothered as he just flicked through it, skimming past my eloquent prose. Then he got down to the nitty gritty, the business model. Now I don't know if the company owner has ever attempted stand up comedy but, if he wrote this model, he should certainly give it a go. I had to hold back laughter as my "trainer" explained that, as a "level 1 trainee consultant", I could spend 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, pestering members of the public on small high streets in small towns across the Ayrshire region for the dizzying grand total of £200 a week (£240 if I decided to work Saturdays). Oh, and by the way, technically you're "self-employed", which basically means that A4 interactive get all the benefits of your slavery without having to actually offer you any of the basic requirements of an employer such as holiday pay, sick pay etc. He then proceeded to describe the "levels of progression", of which there are 6, like some sort of Super Mario Bros game. Levels 1 to 3 are essentially the same crappy job, hassling the public for the same pitiful rate of pay, except your targets increase exponentially and you are expected to train new recruits the dark arts of persuading pensioners to fill out surveys. Levels 4 to 5 are more of the same until you reach the boss level, level 6. In level 6, apparently you get your own A4 branch as a "company director" (although I never fully worked out how this is possible if you're technically self employed). I listened in amazement as my "trainer" told tales of opening an international office in Los Angeles (I promise I'm not making this up) while earning £150,000 per annum, all in the timeframe of one year! Yes that's right, from filling out surveys for £40 a day to international business magnate in 12 months. I wondered how people are dumb enough to fall for this spiel, particularly as the guy let slip that the company owner had already gone bust in the past 2 years himself. Incredible.
After hearing this fantastical delusion I swiftly excused myself for lunch, took a nice stroll across the seaside, thanked my lucky stars that I hadn't left my bag in the car and headed for Troon train station.
Tell candidates about your "business model" and your self employed policy BEFORE dragging them half an hour outside of the city. Why can't this be done in your office? I suspect that because you'd have to lock the door to keep people staying beyond 9:10am if you did. I was fortunate that I was taken to Troon, which is a nice place. And it was sunny. I heard that one of the other candidates was taken to Kilmarnock. I would sue you for abduction if you made me spend a day in Kilmarnock listening to your nonsense. BE HONEST IN YOU JOB ADVERTS!
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