I am currently an employee of ME. I am also trying very hard to find emploment else where. I have been a practicing massage therapist for 11 years now and if this is was is out there for the rest of our community, then I am truely sorry. I taught at a massage school for two years and encourage my student to apply at ME, but now that I am there myself- I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. The owners lied since day one and contine to do so. They were decitful in their hiring practices especially regarding pay. I was told, POINT BLANK that I would be making $18/hr (still low for a therapist who has as much training as I do), plus commissions. Commission include: requested therapist ($1.00), New Member sign on ($5.00), Hot Stones ($3.00), Deep Muslce Therapy ($2.00) and Aromatherapy ($2.00). I could make my own schedule and 25 hours a week was considered full time given the work that we do. I was also offered the position of Lead Therapist. This all sounded great for me, so I took the job. However, first paycheck rolls around and I got paid $7.50/hr with NO COMMISSIONS. So I went to the owner(s) regarding my paycheck, thinking it was just a mistake. NOPE!!! I was told that I was now getting paid two different rates. One for doing massages and the other was hourly (when not giving massages), which ever was higher. And that commission would only be given if I met my massage rate for that pay period. When I expressed my confusion and disbelief, since I was NEVER told this in anyway shape of form, I was told and I quote, "We told all the therapist this at their interviews and you all just hear what you want". So as Lead Therapist, I inquired with all the other therapist to see what they were told regarding the pay. Out of the 8 therapists- 2 walked out immediatly- all where told the same thing. They would get paid $15/hr with not mention about an hourly vs. massage rate or commissions only if you met your massage rate. Since then 4 other therapist have joined the "ME TEAM" and all four were also mislead about their pay. 1 left after her first paycheck. There are also a number of other practices that are unethcial- Repremanding me for not working on an intoxicated male customer who asked me if I gave "happy endings". And because he was some Radio Personality, he was given the VIP treatment and 2 free massages with apoligies from ME for my behavior. The owners still have not posted their Establishment License nor the Texas State Complaint Numbers, which is Texas State LAW, nor have the posted the Labor Law poster.
I hope to find another job soon and be done with ME. But I will send a detailed letter to the Corp. Offices and tell everyone I know about this place. If they are willing to treat their employees like that, do you as a paying customer want to go there???