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Evolution Marketing / Evolution AdvertisingJob Scam

Evolution Marketing (Evolution Advertising) was formerly known as SMI, Inc.

It's a dishonest job posting - You are told that you interviewing for an entry level sales/marketing/management position. IT IS NOT.


SMI, SMI and Associates, Sports Marketing International — Dishonest, Misleading Job Scam Takes Advantage of Young, Naive Job Seekers




  • Ve
    very mad guy11223 Jan 19, 2010

    I agree 100 % about the scam nature of this business.

    I was brought in for an interview being told I would be interviewing for a Marketing management experience. I interviewed and was told that would like me to check out a job site with them. Had me ride with three other guys "from Pennsylvania" who were helping launch this business. We drove an hour away to Winnetka to a "nice" neighborhood. The guys got out of the car and put on "construction--outdoor" type clothes and we walked door to door with them lying to each homeowner that we "are doing some work in the area on the windows down the block and the neighbor said they might be interested in a free estimate".

    The job was for me to actually work in a Sears store asking everyone to have a free in home estimate. I would receive $40 for each one that occured within 2 days and $10 for 4 days. Nothing if they never set it up.

    Scam, scam, scam. Extremely misleading...wasted 5 hours of my day looking for an ACTUAL job to get scammed by these ###s.

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  • Do
    Don S. Dec 31, 2009

    Evolution inc out of lombard illinois is also linked to Sports marketing inc in the same office, their owned by buisness partners and the main company that these two companys are owned by Smart circle inc. Evolution is paid by Sears to send out sales reps to local surrounding areas and neiborhoods. These sales reps walk door to door to speak to home owners looking to do home improvements within 1 year of that date. The sales rep then will gather the home owners information an while with the home owner the rep calls [protected] an instruct the Sears phone rep that the home owner would like to set up a free home appraisal on such time an date as the homeowner has given the salesmen. Then the Sears rep gives the salesmen a commformation number that the sales men rights down an give to the home owner. The sales men then moves on knocking doors speaking with other home owners about setting up there free Sears estimate. Sears pays $90 for each lead generated out of that the salesmen whom recieved the lead gets paid $40, the owner gets paid $40 and $10 goes to advertising an hiring new employees. These salesmen just need your First an Last name, home address, Valid phone number, date and time of estimate, an compformation number to get paid for each lead generated. Sports marketiing company does this exact proccces but selling sports tickets for major sports companys represnting the White Sox, basket ball teams an other sports teams.

    I m currently worked for Evolution inc, and i have worked for Sears as well i was a salesmen an i helped with advertising as well. This is a way Sears gets advertising out directly to home owners. Evolution inc. also represents Home Depot as well when goiing door to door to generate leads.

    If you have any ?ins that i might be able to answer you can email me at [email protected]

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  • Nn
    NNB Dec 18, 2009

    I interviewed with this company. Paid for my gas to the interview (in hindsight, this was very foolish of me). If you are being asked to drive any significant distance to interview with a company, THEY are responsible for reimbursing you. Anyway, the interview barely lasted 10 minutes. The man interviewing me was constantly fiddling around, looking at his watch, and asked very little about my background/reason for applying. Coincidentally, I also had another interview that same day with a "different" company at the EXACT same address. I was informed the companies shared an office and I only needed to interview for the one. Kinda odd.
    I am so glad I opted out of the second interview. I knew something weird was going on from the beginning.

    Not fun.

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  • Mi
    michelle12 Oct 22, 2009

    Ignorance by definition is the condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.

    I provided the following info on pyramid schemes for the first poster...

    As its name indicates, the pyramid scheme is structured like a pyramid. It starts with one person - the initial recruiter - who is on top, at the apex of the pyramid. This person recruits a second person, who is required to "invest" $100 which is paid to the initial recruiter. In order to make his or her money back, the new recruit must recruit more people under him or her, each of whom will also have to invest $100. If the recruit gets 10 more people to invest, this person will make $900 with just a $100 investment.

    The 10 new people become recruiters and each one is in turn required to enlist an additional 10 people, resulting in a total of 100 more people. Each of those 100 new recruits is also obligated to pay $100 to the person who recruited him or her; recruiters get a profit of all of the money received minus the initial $100 paid to the person who recruited them. The process continues until the base of the pyramid is no longer strong enough to support the upper structure (meaning there are no more recruits).

    My experience:

    I personally interviewed with the company and realized a couple of things very quickly. The gentleman that interviewed me was very upfront and honest about his company and what they do. He explained to me that he was looking for someone who was willing to start entry level like he did, and through proper training and development be able to move up. This to me sounded very similar to any major corporation in America. He did explain to me that their clients were industry giants like Sears and Home Depot. He mentioned that retail as a whole is not doing well and they (sears and home depot) were looking to promote their home remodeling divisions and increase revenue to offset some of their losses. He then explained to me that Evolution was a growing company and that he was looking for someone who could learn all aspects of business from sales, to hr, to management to better support his clients.

    I let him know about the original poster on this forum and he did not seem concerned, because he had heard it before. It was kind of funny, because he knew what a pyramid scheme was and obviously the original poster did not. I did not come back for a second round interview because I was hired at my father’s law firm, but due to the fact I found the manager was very upfront with me, I wanted to give you the facts about his company. Evolution is not a pyramid scheme; they are illegal in the United States! I was never asked for money and nor does the original poster sound like he was asked for money. The fact that Sears and Home Depot due work with them alone was enough for me not to listen to the original poster. Just out of common sense don’t you think Sears and Home Depot might due some research on the companies they do business with? If invited in for interviews don’t listen to everything you might read, go in and ask the questions you want answered, and decide your own future. Good Luck interviewing with Evolution and any company that’s hiring it’s a tough economy out there.

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  • Wo
    wooohoooo Sep 21, 2009

    I would never consider working for a company like this however; I would like to comment on the ignorance of the previous poster. Before calling anything a pyramid scheme, please look at the management structure present in the vast majority of major corporations. There are hundreds or thousands of employees on the bottom that make a little and as the levels go up they make more while the amount of people at those levels becomes less. Please act like your more intelligent than that in the future.

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  • Mr
    mr. smith Jul 27, 2009

    Although he is correct that it is a scam it isn't that bad if you get the sears job. IT IS A PYRAMID SCHEME!!! From what I saw when I was called back for the "Field" interview you go door to door knocking on doors from about 12-8 in a given district. You literally go over your area 3-4 times running up to doors when you see people get home, scope out houses that aren't being answered for foreclosures and ask little kids when their mommy and daddy come home. Then you have to even keep track of how often you get to force or trick someone into taking the binder in their hands or opening the door to talk to them. The company takes advantage of 100 dollar referral programs and you get 40% of it while the managers get 20% of everyone below them and the company gets the other 40% and then they make you do this in the rain and snow until they "promote" you and give you like people to "mentor" when you build up enough they move you out to a manager position. The person I was interviewing with was moved from new jersey out to illinois to get an assistant manager position. There are no raises until you get into a manager position, you are 100% commission based and they want you to get 4-6 referrals a day on your own. When you add it up it isn't bad for someone interested and skilled but if that isn't for you then this isn't. Although like i said when you get enough people to work below you then you get 20 dollars for every referral. and the money just moves it's way up the chain to the top... OMG a pyramid shape! I would say get some friends together and take advantage of the referrals yourself.

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