GDR & Associates / Terrible experience
After uploading my resume onto a website, I got a call within hours from GDR & Associates asking me to come in for an interview. I arrived at GRD & Associates along with five other people. I was to be interviewed by the owner of the company, Gareth.
My interview with Gareth was short and he did most of the talking. He explained how his employees do presentations for prospective clients of Quill, and how the commission rate is fantastic. I felt pretty uncomfortable with him, and felt that he was leaving some stuff out. He told me that he would contact me later in the evening to tell me if I was going to get to the second round of interviewing. He called a few hours later and asked me to come back the following day for an all day interview. For my second round 'full day' interview, he had me come in and sit down with him again. After fifteen minutes, we were done, and I went home. He called a few hours later and offered me the position.
Against my better judgment, I took the job. I was desperate for money and had not been able to find any other job. That weekend, on Saturday, he called and said they were taking a business trip to Las Vegas to train a few people. He told me I was going and when to meet them at the office. I showed up at the office, expecting a lot of people and a few cars. There was only Gareth, one other and myself going in one car. He said more people were supposed to come later.
When we got to Vegas, I was expecting my own room. I ended up sharing a room with two men I didn't know for a week. I also discovered that his description of the job was inaccurate. He made it seem as though the presentations were given to people who were expecting them. The job is no more than soliciting. After the week was over, I was going to quit. When we got back, I was promised that we would have no more road trips, and was given my own territory in Phoenix.
After on week in my own territory, I was told we had to go back to Vegas and that I was supposed to drive. Again, I was desperate for money. He told us that he reserved the room in my name and to upgrade the rooms to two beds per room once we got there since there would be six people total, three per room. When we arrived in Vegas on Sunday night, the man at the desk informed us that our reservations were not until the following night.
I called Gareth and he asked if anyone had a lot of cash or a credit card to get us the rooms for that night, the deposits and the upgrades. He said whoever did it would be reimbursed. I was the only one who had any money, so I had to withdraw the cash and pay for the rooms for that night, the upgrades and a $100 deposit on each room. In total, it was $360. I got the $200 deposits back at the end of the week.
Monday after the second Vegas trip was my last day. I quit that night. I am still waiting for my commission only paychecks and the reimbursement for the hotel in Vegas. I have had many excuse-filled conversations with Gareth. He has given me every excuse in the book for not receiving my paychecks yet. In addition to this, he told me he never instructed me to get upgrades for the rooms and that money will not be reimbursed.
If you get the opportunity to work for this man and this company, I would suggest rethinking any other options you have. I had this job for less than a month and it ended up costing me a lot of money.