NorthStar Marketing Scam

Gilbert, Arizona 2 comments
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North Star Marketing of Sacramento, CA has a main objective of exploiting young adults entrepreneurial spirits for their own financial gain. They will tell you that with hard work you will be able to own your own business and make thousands of dollars every week if not every day. The truth is you will be working 12 hours a day 6 days a week on a strictly commission basis. They call it "pay based on performance".

North Star Marketing has people going door to door day in and day out with no hourly pay, medical benefits, or paid vacation days and expect you to motivate others to want to do the same in order to be "promoted". They still don't consider themselves a multi-level marketing scheme, but you can judge for yourself.

There is no reimbursement for miles traveled or hours worked since you are working as an independent distributor not an employee of the company. In essence you are your own company and you must learn how to go door to door well enough to teach and motivate other people to want the same.

North Star Marketing is what many consider a revolving door company since they have people join and quit the company every day. To make sure they have fresh faces coming in they spend a large sum on recruiting through the internet. If you look at some of the links provided you will see in many they will post a yearly salary which is a complete exaggeration. The reason for this is because they know if they put the truth about the company they wouldn't have any candidates interested in an interview.

Want to tell them how you feel???

Contact: northstarmarketing@yahoo.com

Visit: Want to learn more??

Call: 916-853-1337

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Anonymous
Buchholz, Thuringen, Germany #12738

I went on two interviews for NS Marketing.The second interview they told me I would be joining an "account rep" on his appointments that he had with clients that day.

What really happened was that we drove 40 minutes away from the office and got dumped onto the street to sell coupons door-2-door. This not at all what I had been lead to believe that we would be doing in the interviews.

I was pissed and took a cab home after about 20 minutes of it!The cab costed me 60 bucks......so freak'n worth it!!

shadybiz
University Of Richmond, Virginia, United States #12581

visit northstarmarketinginc.net :)

or email northstarmarketing@yahoo.com

Northstar Marketing - Thanks for the Heads up!

Las Vegas, Nevada 0 comments

I just wanted to thank all of you out there for the heads up about NorthStar Marketing.I had an interview scheduled for tomorrow, and I will not be attending.

They sound extremely bogus....... It is places like this that just waste the time of people who are really trying to find good, solid, employment. I think that I will give them a visit in the next week or so and tell them what I think about there *** company face to face. I wasted at least 8 hours talking with them about employment, what a waste...

Stay away people, stay away....

Thanks!

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NorthStar Marketing in Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon 2 comments

I have to agree with all of the comments above.

I interviewed for the branch in Portland, OR and it seemed like a scam from the very beginning. The "marketing department" was located in a shady building south of Portland. NorthStar Marketing was not listed on the sign outside even though they have been established in Portland since mid-2007. And they were willing to hire me on the spot if we "fit".

Being a female, I was extremely cautious of this company and did some research before I went back for my second interview. I'm not sure if safety is a concern but if you are a woman, I would not go on the "second all day interview".

I have worked for notable companies across the nation. The interview process for this fake company should send up red flags. Their website alone should warn you to stay away. Nothing is copyrighted.

The Portland (Tigard, OR) branch uses yahoo accounts. That is a huge warning. "Top marketing firms" don't use yahoo accounts. Bottom line.

Beware. Stay away. Protect yourself.

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Anonymous
#58634

i rn my own fraud here in saginaw michigan..just ask for address or phone

Anonymous
Springboro, Ohio, United States #7322

A lot of marketing places are full of crooks and shady people. Campbell Ewald in Michigan is one of the worst.

Northstar Marketing in Sacramento CA

Sacramento, California 13 comments
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To all of those out there in the Sacramento area interested in getting a job with "Northstar Marketing" ...consider it twice..

this is a ghost company!! They presumed in their web-site that they do the marketing for Disneyland, Hyatt and other reputable corporations.. guess what?! They don't!!.

Their office is the most horrible place I have ever been at, the lady at the front desk looked like she had just woke up, the "manager" was the most un-professional individual, as soon as I walked into the room to be interview I told the "manager" that I was not longer interested in the job, she then told me to just go ahead and complete the application, so they can keep me in their system as a non-qualified candidate - Have you ever been asked/told that from an employer?.. not that I know!! - So I filled it out with fake info, when she review it she told me that I had forgoten to write down my SS# and driver's licence, and I told her no I did not.. but you don't need that kind of information, she got really upset and told me that I just had wasted her time (very professional hu?).

When I walked out of the office I check the directory and there was a different company name under their suite number. I don't know what their intentions are (perhaps identity theft).. but I don't want to be part of it. Stay away from that place and if you don't trust me..

do your research online and you won't find any legit records of "Northstar Marketing"..

also compare the information that they have in ther web-site againts what they have in monster.com or other job rearching web-sites.Be smart and don't let them fool you!

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Anonymous
#168693

Kelly- I think I worked with you!Didn't you have bleach blond hair?

HAHAHAHA!! Remember Jason the "hook" - AKA T-Rex? Shawn Horvath? Shane St.

Germain? Lessee here... who else... I can't believe I can't remember Norm's last name.

Then there was the indian dude- lightfoot- he was my driver for a while. Or wait blackfoot. There was a little pud from Oklahoma- real weirdo with a big nose- but he was kind of like the mascot. Dang- I forgot about that stuff.

HAHAHAHAHA!! Good Times... Some of them were awful- we were just making house payments for that big house in Balboa that belonged to Trev-Dog.

I remember they found a roach in my van once and Trevor called me a no-good-n**ger-d*ck-s*cking-hippie.That was pretty awful- but I shouldn't have been smoking and working I guess.

Anonymous
#168691

Hey, my name is Wayne Groover.I worked for Northstar back in I guess '97?

I worked with Dylan Woodrow, Norm, Shane Hindman, Aaron Konigawa (aka Aaron Sanchez)- lesee here the group leader was also my roomie for awhile before I went on the spur to Indie- uuuhhh Linkenhoker- Carrie Linkenhoker. I had a great time. I learned a ton. A lot about life in general.

I learned the most from Robert Ohmstead or Robert Olmstead. I would love to talk to him again at some point in this life. I didn't really care for his little red headed girlfriend.

Seemed like that was just a perk for him being a bad *** though.Trevor was as insane as they come- but ***, come to find out I'm bi-polar too- so who am I to talk?

wgroover@gmail.com

Anonymous
#142085

I worked for this so called company back in '07 its nothing like I read at the website, i worked there for about a month and a half. I was good at but no hour pay so if you worked the whole day and didn't sell any thing you would lose out on your gas and food money for the day no good at all the people there where so depressive not know anything but the manager was so freaking HOT....................DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A SERIOUS CAREERER!!!!!!!

Anonymous
#37900

These posting are funny.I work for Northstar 10 yers ago.

I must admit i'm surprised they are still able to humiliated and abuse people legal. When I worked for them i will never forget one day out in the field. one of the other employees had gotten jumped and robbed when he called to let our bosses know he was not only scolded they told him they believed he had sold the stuff for drugs then beat himself up then made him repay them. I see where some of u wrote about selling magazines but when i was there they only sold a cleaning product called amaze.

they abuse the people that work for them mentally physically.

in fact seeing how we stayed in hotels around the country at night who ever did not meet here quota or 8-10 bottle got to write affirmations for hours.Even though i go to see alot of the country Trevor looks for people to isolate and make them feel worthless

Anonymous
#34207

I actually got hired there and quit after the first week. I got drawn in because on Craigslist, they were advertised as sports marketing (which I am going into.) There is a first interview in their office. If you get past that, you have a "job shadow" interview. What this entails is a survival of the fittest as to who can last the longest walking home to home as they tell you all the the supposed companies they work for. After the LONG day, you end up back at the office for a final interview. I had connected with the "assistant manager" throughout the day, so I already knew I was getting the job. So I accepted.

The next day you show up and realize that there are absolutely no benefits, and it is purely commision based pay. (They explain the pay scale the job shadow day at lunch.)

Anyways, what the job entails is memorizing this selling script, and going door to door trying to get people to sign up for a free quote on their a/c, siding, facia, or a new sunroom.

Overall, I feel like I got scammed into the job. It is good money if you are willing to put in all the time and days in the sun.

If you work your way up to manager, you will be making a lot of money because you make about $10 from each commission of all the employees under you. If you are an entry level employee, you make $45 per commission, and 4 a day is good.

The whole environment though is really good with a lot of team building, and constantly trying to improve each...

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Anonymous
New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, United States #17930

Who ever wrote this is probably, a close minded, blurred vision individual who is not part of the 2% of scociety the market is looking for.

Anonymous
University, Mississippi, United States #14482

yep...! me too, I applied to this place and was offered a 2nd interview. Yippe! But the interview involved meeting/ walking around with other managers. Yeah right.

I also graduated from UC Davis, yet these crooks were trying to play me for a fool.

Some of the shady signs included:

- interviewer had an english accent, I guess that was to make him seem more crediable.

- crappy/ fake NFL, NBA, DISNEY, ect. logos plastered on the walls. I DOUBT that they represent any of these companies.

- 80s soft rock blasting in the waiting room

- too many young workers...think about it...what company ONLY hires young people? A real company would have older people somewhere in staff.

- they wouldn't tell me any concrete info about the company

- they wouldn't disclose the amout of pay.

I understand you want to get hired, but you also need a base pay, office, benefits, 401k, vacation, ect. PLEASE don't sell your self short.

Anonymous
University Of Richmond, Virginia, United States #10764

North Star Marketing has a main objective of exploiting young adults entrepreneurial spirits for their own financial gain. They will tell you that with hard work they will be able to own your own business and make thousands of dollars every week.

The truth of the matter is that North Star Marketing has people going door to door on a daily basis with no hourly pay, medical benefits, or paid vacation days, and expect you to motivate others to want to do the same in order to be "promoted".

They expect to have you working for close to 12 hours a day on your feet walking from house to house and business to business for strictly commission. There is no reimbursement for miles traveled or hours worked regardless of what they may tell you.

North Star Marketing does their recruiting mostly internet based and in local job fairs. I am providing links to several of the internet locations they recruit from so other people can see they way they manipulate they way they promote the opportunity to seem to be something it is not.

HotJobs.com

Flipdog.com

Indeed.com

Aftercollege.com

Sacjobs.com

If you take a close look you will notice North Star Marketing tries to cover up and over promote the opportunity provided. They will tell you that they are only taking on a few people and are very selective in the people they bring on board with the company when truthfully they would try to have as many people working...

They describe the positions available as the following:

Promotional Sales / Marketing

Customer Service

Public Relations

Demographical Research

Client Relations

These are all the same entry level based position going door to door.

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Anonymous
Syria, Virginia, United States #10755

I put in an app with Monster.com for this company and just received a phone call requesting an interivew.I did a little research online and found this posting.

Thank you all for wanring me about this company.I will not be attending any interviews!!

Anonymous
Pelzer, South Carolina, United States #8752

I just exited an interview session for Northstar in Sacramento a few hours ago and I noticed ALOT of red flags during my interview.

First of all, the interviewer did not ask me anything about my past experience. Its my opinion (based solely on the look of the place and the staff) that if you appear too smart on paper then you are shooting yourself in the foot.

Another oddity was that all of the staff were crammed into a small room while the interview was being conducted and blasting rap music. On the plus side, I got to listen to "California Love" as the bass notes easily passed through the thin walls.

To form some sort of media continuity, the waiting room was loud as all *** from the DVD that was blasting (a double feature of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" followed by "Hitch"). Fun fun fun!!!

I just got a totally uncomfortable vibe from the place. I thought "Maybe its me?" until I found this forum.

Be wary....

Anonymous
Littleton, North Carolina, United States #6424

While desperately searching for a non-sales job out of college, this posting came up again and again and seemed to good to be true.

However, I did some digging, and spoke with a jobseeker who rode along with a few "Account Executives" for a day, which revealed some interesting tidbits:

Take this job and you won't be doing the work that most Marketing/Ad Coordinators peform out of college. You'll be working for (as mentioned before) a very shady company with questionable marketing practices.

Your job is to go door-to-door, business or consumer, and try to sell tickets to sports games, vacation packages, etc.

The only way that it's advertising is if that a "rep" will leave collateral behind. Sample door-to-door pitch: "Hi Suzy Homemaker, do you like to golf? Oh, you don't? Well okay. No pressure, no pressure, just take this pamplet and try to make it on the 15th."

Imagine doing that all day. A far cry from the duties of a real Account Executive, wouldn't you say?

North Star Marketing is one of several shady companies, such as The Merrimack Group and SF Marketing Group (www.sfmarketingroup.com) and pretty much any company looking for a Sports-Minded Account Executive.

If you're a college grad want a legit marketing job, stay away from North Star Marketing, as well as any online posting that bears the famous words "Sports Minded."

However, if you have a High School diploma and recently lost your car sales...

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Anonymous
Keene, New Hampshire, United States #4875

I applied for a job with Northstar Marketing Sacramento, I just got my BA in marketing not too long ago.When I arrived to the office, my first tought was..

what am I doing in this disgusting place? the walls were extremely dirty, they had a black silky curtain hanging to cover one of the rooms, and horrible old cheap furniture. Did I mentioned before I had an internship with a markerting firm? Their installations were completely the opposite of this place.

To make things short the interview only lasted max. 5 minutes, and as of today, 1 month later I have not received a call from anyone (I was told that the hiring mgr was going to call me to set up a formal interview), I called them few days ago to check the status of my application and I was told that they were not able to verify my education and to not call back again.. they are a bunch of crooks!!

I graduated from UC Davis and they were calling me a lier?!I bet you that these people did not even graduated from HS.

Anonymous
Keene, New Hampshire, United States #4874

I applied for a job with Northstar Marketing Sacramento, I just got my BA in marketing not too long ago.When I arrived to the office, my first tought was..

what am I doing in this disgusting place? the walls were extremely dirty, they had a black silky curtain hanging to cover one of the rooms, and horrible old cheap furniture. Did I mentioned before I had an internship with a markerting firm? Their installations were completely the opposite of this place.

To make things short the interview only lasted max. 5 minutes, and as of today, 1 month later I have not received a call from anyone (I was told that the hiring mgr was going to call me to set up a formal interview), I called them few days ago to check the status of my application and I was told that they were not able to verify my education and to not call back again.. they are a bunch of crooks!!

I graduated from UC Davis and they were calling me a lier?!I bet you that these people did not even graduated from HS.

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