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Rockland Inc / Joke of a job

1 Troy, MI, United States Review updated:

I was working for Rockland 2 summers ago. When interviewed, I was totally lied to about pay, the job itself, and all of its requirements. The employees are basically taught to lie to potential customers about the services Rockland offers. I worked there for maybe 2 weeks before I realized what a joke this place was, but I stuck with it, thinking once I got through training, it would be better. After about 3 weeks of working there, a 'road trip' to another major city was scheduled. I volunteered to go, thinking it would be a great experience. I was dumped off ALONE, while my 'manager' went off with the rep that was assigned the territory, with no idea what I was doing or where I was going. The area I was left in was dirty, poor and non-english speaking. I could not read one bill, and was actually being grabbed at by people on the street. When I inquired about this territory, I was told it was too big for the rep that was handling it and he needed help. Later, I googled in, and it was considered to be the worst area around that city. When I got back to Detroit, I was told by a co-worker I was accidentally hired, and that may have been a way to get rid of me. What kind of company puts employees (accidental ones or not) in danger in a different city?

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  • Xo
      28th of Jul, 2009
    0 Votes

    I just had an interview with Rockland earlier this week. I had read all the blogs and comments about how Rockland was an untrustworthy job and was extremely reluctant to go. When my alarm went of the morning of my interview I had a choice go or call them and say no thanks, well I went. I figured that it would be a great learning experience for me since I have recently graduated with a four year degree from a top University and needed some interview experience to land a great job. When I walked in the office was small and there were people lined up across the hall waiting for their turn for this 20 min interview, not to mention the millions of people walking in and out of office rooms acting so professional but yet not even smiling at you, almost like they were sending me the message to run run quick before they get me too. As I sat and waited for my interview to start with whom i thought was going to be the president of the company, which it really was with the HR manager, I realized another fact about "fantasitc" rockland, everyone that was coming in and out of these rooms looked like fresh out of College individuals trying to find that perfect job to make money! I let the interview go on and realized that the possition I was interviewing for was a fancy term for door to door commercial sales man what a crock of bull! I did not get a four year degree to be a sales man! All the hard work, the papers, the exams, the professors who just didnt make sense all for what to be a door to door sales man that people always complain about, that I have complained about!? After the interview she told me she would contact me asap about calling me back for a second interview, she did and I have not called back. Rockland may be a great job for some, but it is not a job for me nor a lot of people that maybe thinking about going in- and I didnt even work there, but the vibe I got from just sitting there was enough to say get out! My advice for those reading this is to make sure you do background checks on the company before you interview, you should always research a company before an interview but make sure you aren't just subjected to the pros of the company but also the negatives. I am sure Rockland is a company that has a purpose, but getting a job to make money isn't what it is all about, you need to love what your doing and also love what the company is doing!

    Good Luck!

  • De
      27th of Aug, 2009
    0 Votes

    Is Rockland a part of(Walker Marketing & Consultants)? I had an e-mail from Monster about a 'great' position with a company called Walker Marketing, when I went to thie web site it was ROCKLAND?????
    http://www.rocklandinc.net/

  • La
      9th of Oct, 2009
    0 Votes

    You know a company is shady when they call you saying they have reviewed the resume you submitted to them when you haven't done anything of the sort. Also all these marketing (door to door/MLM) ### holes think they have the nicest looking websites with young studs in 1000 dollar suits shaking hands. Anyone with a half a brain can see through that bs. Sorry to the guys who had to go through with the interview/training. Best of luck to you in the future.

  • Sa
      14th of Dec, 2009
    0 Votes

    There are more and more of these types of companies popping up all over the place posting tons of different jobs under different titles such as sports marketing, b2b marketing, marketing and sales, management, quick promotion, the list goes on annd on. I agree with previous posts, you MUST research all companies before interviewing and wasting your time... I have interviewed with two such companies and learned my lesson. check the websites, the [redacted]s etc. Some I have run into are Athens consulting, PAI inc, Smart Circle, Walker Marketing and Consultants and there are unfortunately thousands and thousands of these pyramid schemes all over the country. Better Business Bereau is another good place to find these guys, but beware they may pay to have good standing. One way to spot these guys is if they call you IMMEDIATELY after sending your resume. I got an email for an interview litteraly 30 seconds after applying online. These companies recruit NON STOP and grow by hiring. To learn more about the scheme look into Smart Circle, they are one of the most denounced firms out there. Interview practice IS a good idea, but you will see that in these interviews you wont say a word and they will talk their work up the entire time, then you get dragged into a sales shadowing for 4 to 8 hours with no exit. The only way that these companies exist is by opening branch offices that are legally independant, thus criminal action can never be pursued. even if the police now about the offices it is almost impossible to do anything about it.

    Being a new hire out of college can be miserable especially in this economy, but making quick money in a [censored] job is not a career choice and will not get you into other companies. If your young, like me, make less money and get real experience.

    good Luck everyone!!!

  • Ga
      23rd of Dec, 2009
    +1 Votes

    I think we are confused with Walker Marketing and then there is Walker Marketing & Consultants. I did go on a interview for Walker Marketing & Consultants and they are a totally legit sales and marketing firm. They work with large companies that have great reputations and would not be in any way part of a scam. They offer base plus commission, they pay you to train, insurance is available and they tax w-4 i-9 just like a regular employee. I presented all of these questions and they were honestly answered. I also had called the BBB after my interview and they had nothing bad to say. They have been in business for for almost a year and you would think the BBB would know something by now. I agree that they are very aggressive with recruiting but we are in a recession..aren't we? All I am saying is if there is a company that is providing American jobs and growing we should be more supportive. They are a sales and marketing firm but let's not let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch.

  • Na
      8th of Jan, 2010
    0 Votes

    Agreed, Rockland is a joke. Went to first interview; second interview was a ride along, actually i had to drive for some reason, anyways it was door to door sales, which was NOT in the job description. Had the distinct feeling that these people were lying robots with no souls. Hated it, felt lied to and did not wish to be any part of this. If you're looking into this company, AVOID! Waste of time and effort.

  • Bi
      15th of Jan, 2010
    0 Votes

    Walker Marketing & Consultants is a fraudulent Pyramid Hire Scheme. They mass hire employees and promote an office supply catalog (they claim through Staples) and AT&T low end services to small business. They go into businesses and claim to work for AT&T (not Walker!) with AT&T badges and everything. They claim to be "auditing" their services "to try to save them money." They then try to have the customer sign a contract to lock in lower rates which only really puts the plan(s) under the rep's name so that they get commission and Walker gets the residuals. When AT&T and Staples decide to self (in-house) promote, or go elsewhere with these low end items, what is going to happen to Walker and their 60+ naive employees each building up their own Pyramid Scheme team?-- The same thing that always happens to every pyramid scheme eventually.

  • Ja
      8th of Feb, 2010
    0 Votes

    I work for Walker Marketing and Consultants. I have been there for 5 months, and it is absolutely legit. Rockland International is the company that Walker Marketing came out of. No, the pay will not be what they promise at first, but if you tough it out, your checks will be great! And THIS IS NOT A PYRAMID SCHEME. You have to pay into a pyramid scheme..We DO lower phone bills for AT&T, we dont claim to AUDIT. Anyway... Do what you feel is the job for you. I have fun at Walker.

  • Cs
      11th of Feb, 2010
    +1 Votes

    I worked for rockland and it was a bunch of bs first off you dont get paid for 4 weeks?? what kinda company makes you wait for weeks for a regular no commison check? and then they said its paid training then come to find out after I left that it was only paid training if you made 500 dollars in sales during training !!! okay well training was 3 days for me and I didnt even get to "sell" I had to go based off of what my "manager" that trained me made what a bunch of bull a big scam!!!

  • Ro
      10th of Sep, 2010
    0 Votes

    STAY AWAy from this poor excuse of a sales and marketing company! Everything about is a JOKE and when you look and begin to compare all the rates, the miles you put on your car, the pointless time spent in the morning in the "atmosphere" the money you spend on the outings with other "employees" and compare it to a weekly check, you areworking below MINIMUM wage, which means you are NOT saving anything nor are you gaining. [censored] this JOB, ANDY, KYLE and all those other so called account managers, executives, and leaders... (WHO NONE OF WHICH HAVE COLLEGE DEGREES OR THE SPECIFIED TRAINING!!! KICK ROCKS!!

  • Do
      23rd of Oct, 2010
    0 Votes

    Your all idiots!!! The people who claim to have worked for us and now dont, please ask them if they even closed an app. Probably not!! thats why they are not there now! THEY CANT HACK IT!

    MOUNT UP!

  • Yo
      28th of Oct, 2010
    0 Votes

    Don't hate,
    You clearly did not attend college or even high school, or you'd know the difference between your and you're!!

  •   3rd of Nov, 2010
    0 Votes

    Don't Hate sounds a lot like KYLE. Just by the way he talks, and if so, what kind of manager would actually care that much by calling everyone idiots? Something is wrong when the manager has to go that far in order to stick up for the company.

  • Gl
      15th of Dec, 2010
    0 Votes

    I worked for one of the said companies. I did close a few apps in the short time I was at one of the companies. I burned through more gas money than I made money. Now granted I was stupid to jump for this job after going along on the 2nd interview for an entire day. After I was told I got the job of course I was excited. It was my first real world job offer after college. I fully regret taking the job, especially since I had been on a similar interview a year prior for selling coupons business to business. The transfer of enthusiasm to have the job made me accept the offer, even though my dad told me to be very careful since it sounded like a churn and burn business. Well it was. Not only was I hired, but about 8 others were hired around the same time. When I left, only 3 were remaining, one of which got promoted which is good for her. When I was doing my "training" of 3 days, the first day we went through their "script" and kept repeating it over and over with the person who did my 2nd interview. The next day I was put with a different trainer because mine was doing another interview. I drove and the trainer fell asleep for most of the ride to the territory and back to the office. The third day I was supposed to do training with my trainer, who had to do another interview at the same time. We drove separate, we met in a parking lot, was shown my territory map, and he took a page of mine which had the most roads on it and left nothing for me to work with in the following days. I did not feel fully trained, especially on the products that we were selling business to business (aka door to door).
    Sure I closed maybe 2 apps total in that territory, but when you have the parent company mandating that you may not sell their other companies items when the territory is full of the parent company's contracts, it gets very frustrating to not be able to sell to them. Hearing no sucks, but it is part of marketing and sales which is what I studied in college. Hearing no close to 80 times in one day is horrible. All the power to the people who are successful at this job, but I got tired of spending my money on gas when it was not reimbursed.
    Watch for how their websites look and read. Several of similar companies has the same wording and cheesy design of buildings that don't even reflect the company's surroundings. Also very interesting, 3 companies in total work out of that one little office. Yes, 3. One of which also called me to interview and I had to tell that recruiter that I already worked with one of the companies at the same office. Be very careful. Good luck to all who are job searching right now. I know it is tough and I am glad that I found a job that has benefits, vacations, and a steady paycheck. Even better is I do not have to be outside anymore going door to door, especially in the winter.

  • Wa
      10th of Jan, 2011
    0 Votes

    Well I too worked for walker and its very funny how the negative comments are true and the few positive comments are clearly from Brandon and his "Managers." The enitre business is based upon a lie but yet somehow they remain in business walking into small business' stating they are from AT&T with badges they train you to not display it unless asked, and the supposed badges are printed in the Walker office. That might i add look like a very bad fake ID so you dont want to display it anyways. Its definately a waste of time, took me 3 days to realize it, actually knew it on the 2nd interview which is a ride along, came back the 3rd day because i wanted to see how much of lie the whole operation really was. By the way (because i know brandon checks these sites out) i have been in contact with AT&T about how you are representing thier company. Luckily for me i know someone that really does work for AT&T and is an actual regional manager. Also the next time your Quill reps come into my wife's office and will not take NO and leave for an answer we will take further action. I would suggest changing your walk in pushy and fraudulant tactics!

  • Wo
      15th of Feb, 2011
    0 Votes

    Simply put, don't put yourself through it. I did it for 3 months, did very well and still made NOTHING. Well, I obviously made some money but nothing what they promise. If you break it all down, you lose money doing this job. The gas, oil changes, tires compared to your $125 check is awful. It's simply the worst job I've ever had and I still had nightmares about it.
    If you have a college degree, do not put yourself through this. I bought into it at first, until you have to wait four weeks for your first paycheck. You have no product knowledge, though it feels like you do and it's just terrible. I literally feel for the people that work there and are still trying to cut it. I wish I could stand outside the door every day and tell people GO. AWAY. DO NOT PUT YOURSELF THROUGH THIS.
    Hopefully people looking for a job that land an interview here google search and see these posts and say forget it. PLEASE DON'T DO IT!!!
    Travelling in your own car from Portsmouth to Detroit to Dayton to Columbus with NO gas reimbursement is highway robbery.
    YOU WILL NOT MAKE $50, 000 your first year. YOU MAKE STRAIGHT COMMISSION.
    Don't put yourself through this if you are graduating from college or desperate for a job. This was the worse 3 months of my life.

  • 3b
      29th of Mar, 2011
    0 Votes

    I HAD A BAD FEELING ABOUT WALKER MARKETING AND CONSULTANTS AS SOON AS THEY CALLED ME AND STATED THEY "RAN ACROSS"MY RESUME ON CAREERBUILDER&I DIDNT EVEN SEND THEM ANYTHING!.DURING THE CALL, THE YOUNG LADY PUT ME ON HOLD, AND ASKED ?'S THAT SHE OBVIOUSLY HAD BEEN TRAINED TO ASK(I.E."WHAT DO YOU WANT OUT OF A JOB, WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?")-NOT THAT THOSE ARE "SCAM"JOB ?'S, BUT ITS THE WAY SHE ASKED, AS IF SHE WAS READING THEM...AND AT THE END OF THE CALL, SHE SAYS"ALRIGHT GIRL"-HOW UNPROFESSIONAL!!.I HAD A HUNCH THIS WAS A SCAM, BUT NOW ALL OF THE OTHER COMPLAINTS CONFIRMED THIS!..SO, I CXLD MY "INTERVIEW"!!-THANKS FOR POSTING PREVIOUS "COMMENTERS"!(:

  • Ey
      28th of Jun, 2011
    0 Votes

    I do agree with most of the comments although they are negative they happen to be the truth. My boyfriend did warn me about those companies that call you right away or the next day after sending in your resume. When i got a call from PMC Dayton and Walker Marketing & Consultants right after submitting my applications respectively, i went thru the first round of interview as they both said it was a 3 step-process before hiring. Then 2nd interview at PMC DAyton was a big joke, we had to drive 40 min, then go door to door telling people about AT&T U Verse or something. I was so pissed, yes i applied for customer service and they say i had to answer phone calls, schedule appointments and on but never stated i had to do door to door sale. Now i am home thank God and i don't think i will be going back there or even report to my 2nd interview with WM&C since they are all the same thing. It's not worth the stress.

  • Un
      28th of Jul, 2011
    0 Votes

    This company is a terrible company to work for. Andy is a con and is trying to clone min-cons to build his pyrmid scheme. His unprofessional brainwashing meeting is cult like and you use your OWN gas to drive from business to business. It is a financial hazard for anyone seeking employment...DO NOT WORK THERE!!

  • Sc
      26th of Aug, 2011
    0 Votes

    I just posted my resume on careerbuilder two days ago as I was recently layed off from my human resources career. Not 12 hours after it was posted, a representative from Walker Marketing and Consultants called me (they were the first to do so) regarding an exciting opportunity (client coordinator) that was on the fast track to management. As stupid as I was, I set up the interview. However, after reading this page (and many more just like it) I have already cancelled my interview. Thanks Google!

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