RD Group International / Fraud and cheating
Like most of the other complaints on here I was duped!! I was recently unemployed and had posted my resume on some job boards. I received a call from RD Group under the auspices of a job interview. I went with my resume in hand and dressed ready for an interview. I met with Stephen Fischer who is the 'VP' of the company. He does the sales pitch. I was annoyed at first that I was tricked into a phony interview but he was telling me how they work with people who are changing track career wise and listened to what he had to say.
They offered all sort of services, from helping with your cv to putting you on a 'hidden job board' database for HR directors to access. The big draw was of course they said they network extensively for the hidden job market.
I was stupid and foolish and handed over my credit card thinking I definitely could use some career counseling to transition. What I found instead was they make you busy with all sorts of useless homework that doesn't get you any closer to finding your ideal career. I wasted hours in this pointless interviews with characters who had no interest in if you were successful or not.
My first career counselor was Gord Mackay who would rather gossip than actually help you with your resume. I accused them of a bait and switch and wanted my money back. They said of course they wouldn't do that and threw back a feedback form I had signed after the initial meeting when they are still playing you. They said if I went to the better business bureau or small claims court that they would use this feedback form against me.
When i spoke to the VP again to tell him I was disgruntled he suggested I switch counselors. As I had already paid $5000 (oh and course because I was so real, they told me I got a reduced rate!! Liars!!) I went to this new counselor, Wendall Lacombe, and made my complaints known to him only to be yelled at for the next 20 minutes that I was the one with a problem. They are very slick and have their rebuttals all ready for you having done this for so long.
The website is a joke. They are not an international company and was told by Wendell that the decals on the wall of all the other cities they supposedly exist were there on the wall when they moved into the office!!! Come on!! did he really think I was that stupid to believe that! The whole reception area is to make you think they are, but when you ask about any other offices or why their website has no contact information they lie.
I contacted a number of other individuals who I met in our 'marketing seminar' and asked if they were having similar issues. Each and every one of them was dissatisfied!! We all felt like chumps!! There 98% success rate is absolute BUNK
So I am paying through the nose for this unbelievable bad judgment call. If you are in Toronto you can get all the same service through any Employment Ontario assessment center -- if not more!
So while I have been humiliated by being snowed, I hope this missive will help others avoid the same traps I feel for. Read the rest of the reviews on this company -- look at the contract and how it doesn't say squat about all the other services they try to pitch to you.
Just stay away and if you need career advice, this is NOT the place to find it. NEVER pay for these services!! They are free all over the city.
Lesson learned the very hard and expensive way.