Review: ELS Advantage
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Do Not Fall For It

Milwaukee, WI

#21 Jun 2, 2010
I worked for them for a very brief time and they are misleading and deceptive. Do yourself a favor and google "Cydcor Cult" and find out what kind of culture surrounds these companies.
Yes, the interview is a full day spent shadowing door-to-door sales. You will see people yell, doors slammed in your face, and will be countlessly turned down. It is soul-crushing to say the least. I couldn't take that kind of abuse day in and day out, and I highly doubt that most people could either.
You work 9+ hours a day, receive no benefits, are not paid for gas, food, or other expenses you incur, and you must sell a ridiculous amount of bogus products in order to be promoted. There is a incredibly low base salary, about $299 a week during training, after that it is strictly commission. Some claim you can make a ton of money through this scheme, but it is highly unlikely, especially in comparison to the long hours you are subjected to. They are incredibly adept at motivational meetings and misleading information in order to get you excited about how much you can make and how fast you can move up...but it is all an act.
If you are offered employment here, RUN. Run quickly, you are better off unemployed.
kke

Milwaukee, WI

#22 Jun 16, 2010
this sounds like a company my husband tried last year. That one was called 3DK. On the phone the recruiter said sales were for tmobile and a staples affiliate.
Previous Employee

Pewaukee, WI

#23 Jul 5, 2010
I was working there...and realized I was more in debt than making any money. All of these peoples' comments are true.
Base pay=$290 a week (min wage), but if your commission is higher, you get your commission from your sales. If your sales commission is less than 290, don't expect them to keep you there.
You work 10-11 hours a day driving to territories sometimes an hour away. You DON'T get reimbursed for gas or lunches. If you have any experience in ANYTHING, don't work here. You're too good for this job.
At lunch, they go over pay scale telling you how much people make in each position; it's a LIE, they make less.
Any questions...comment. I'll answer anything.
Miss McDaniel

Milwaukee, WI

#25 Jul 9, 2010
They sent me a couple emails and called me (I missed the call). After reading this, I don't plan on contacting them back. The website was very vague to me as well (with very annoying music).
Intrested

Milwaukee, WI

#26 Jul 9, 2010
It's funny how everyone is bashing this company, when infact I was promoted to the Assistant Management position and I am on my way to opening my own office. I have been with this company for 1yr and a half. I must say YES it is hard work, and if you are a weak minded individual who doesnt value hard work then this position isn't for you. But if you value your life, opportunity and growth than this is the job for you. Everyone knows that hard work pays off right? Well, in order to succeed in life you have to work hard for what you want. This position is just the beginning and it is basically a stepping stone that help me reach my ULTIMATE GOALS which are to Build a MULTIPLEX in the heart of Milwaukee. My reasoning behind this is because today's youth are bored and are turning to violence and other meaningless ways to keep them entertained. So this position is gearing me up to the wonderful opportunities in the future to help others around me. I gope this helps alot.
New Business Owner

Milwaukee, WI

#27 Jul 9, 2010
To everyone who is bashing this company..Think about this, you applied to this company because you are unemployed, work at a restaurant, daycare worker, want to try something different, it's a recession and you are trying to find yourself out the RUT your in, Just want an opportunity.... All of that is fine and Im not knocking what you currently have going on...but my point is this, in 5years where do you see yourself? DOing the same thing, doing a little bit better, or financial freedom. The thing is, with this question you have to be honest with yourself first then respond. If you can't be honest with yourself, you will never make it. I was an employee with this company but I got a promotion and I am opening my own office in Maryland. Hard work is the key to success and it is driven by MOTIVATION. You should try it sometime.
Business Professional

Greendale, WI

#28 Jul 14, 2010
To be completely honest, I find this blog to be absolutely hysterical. I find it ironic that those of you looking for employment would spend your time and energy taking advice from others in the same boat as you, rather than listening to someone with experience, knowledge, and proven success. The wealthiest people in our country will tell you that door-to-door sales is one of the best ways for people to get ahead and be wealthy.
There is a reason not everyone is rich, and it comes straight down to work ethic. I will tell you right now, this job is NOT for everyone. It requires hard work, sacrifices, charisma, team-work, etc. which I'm sure the majority of you "claim" to possess on your resume. But can you prove it?
I could not be more grateful for giving this business a chance and have received more knowledge and experience than I had expected. Take my advice and start listening to someone with more credentials than experiencing a second round interview.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/2663442/What-Busine...
Had Interviews

Santa Clara, CA

#29 Jul 29, 2010
Obviously the past three responses have been from either "owners" of a similar business practice, or were directly from one of the women that run ELS, in the basement of ELS Advantaged.(Yes, they are in the basement, with wrenched blue walls might I add ). Lindsay, since I know you're reading this - you're a nice girl and should get a job at a legitimate company. You're the only one at ELS that has a real job.

To answer someone's question about getting paid for the 2nd "interview" (day of shadowing) you do NOT get paid, and they don't even pay for your lunch at the fast food restaurant you get taken to.

If you have NO education beyond high school, go for it. Your life won't get much better. For anyone with a semester under their belt in basket-weaving - don't give them your time. You're not going to accept the job WHEN you get offered it.

Offices last for 2 years before "territories" are milked dry by all the people they hire.

If you're good at selling girlscout cookies, go for it. It's for you.

It's the new pyramid scheme. You're promised promotions and to have people work under you...and then people will work under them, and further on. Until your area is dry and you're FORCED to "open and office" somewhere else.

-Someone who has interviewed, gotten an "offer", and declined. Within the month I had received a real marketing job, as they are out there.
Been here left running

Chicago, IL

#31 Aug 18, 2010
Regarding these posts citing hard work as a driving force behind this company- get real! It's not hard to memorize the script you're given and forced to rehearse or knock on hundreds of doors each day. That's what I like to refer to as busy work. You sell whatever the product happens to be and make minute profits off of it. In order to move up you sell more- managers are only where they are because they've sold the most. When I was hired at this exact company in the Chicagoland area my manager had been working 2 weeks before being promoted.
It is the new pyramid scheme. Avoid this unless you've got nothing better to do with your time. All of the employees appeared brainwashed into believing that this is the best opportunity ever. Sorry I recognized this crap and ran for the hills IMMEDIATELY.
anon

Waukesha, WI

#32 Sep 29, 2010
This company is a joke. They are a pyramid base company. They work under a company named Cydcor and it is like a cult. The only way you get promoted in the company is if you sucker more people into taking the job. I would know from experience cause i was one of those suckers and wasted 6 months of my life with the company that was in that office before them called sky inc. They only tell you that they are only taking the best of the best to fear of loss you which is a marketing technique. The interview is basically a giant sales pitch and they will hire anyone who wants the job. I was dumb enough to take the job and got a first hand look at what happens with these companies. It is basically like a giant fraternity or cult.(My boss was sleeping with a 19 year old in the office, every night they all went out drinking and doing drugs, the owner of the partner office was sleeping with one of her employees, and her boss that promoted her out. There is a lot more to tell, but basically everyone was sleeping with everyone.) My company moved down to St. Louis and expected me to just pick up and leave in a weeks notice. I declined and boy im glad i did. I recently heard from someone who went with and they were back after a month when the office was shut down. Now all I have is a badge for doing door to door sales and no work history because i was technically never employed by the all mighty "Cydcor." Mysteriously....

If miss spelled a few things its cause im in a hurry. I just was hoping to spare some people from wasting there time.
anon

Waukesha, WI

#33 Sep 29, 2010
Oh and by the way im not unemployed. There are plenty of other jobs out there. And most of these posts on here defending the company are probably these brain washed "cydcor babies" trying to defend the company so that they wont have a bad reputation and people will still be dumb enough to apply.
anon

Waukesha, WI

#34 Sep 29, 2010
Intrested wrote:
It's funny how everyone is bashing this company, when infact I was promoted to the Assistant Management position and I am on my way to opening my own office. I have been with this company for 1yr and a half. I must say YES it is hard work, and if you are a weak minded individual who doesnt value hard work then this position isn't for you. But if you value your life, opportunity and growth than this is the job for you. Everyone knows that hard work pays off right? Well, in order to succeed in life you have to work hard for what you want. This position is just the beginning and it is basically a stepping stone that help me reach my ULTIMATE GOALS which are to Build a MULTIPLEX in the heart of Milwaukee. My reasoning behind this is because today's youth are bored and are turning to violence and other meaningless ways to keep them entertained. So this position is gearing me up to the wonderful opportunities in the future to help others around me. I gope this helps alot.
yeah keep thinking that
There for a month

Milwaukee, WI

#35 Oct 11, 2010
- They don't reimburse for mileage.
- Expect you to drive your own car, put on 100 miles a day.$25 for gas a day for me.
- They have sing a longs in the morning.
- On travel trips, no negotiating, there is 4 to a room. Supposedly have to share beds with other men.
- They will not allow you to call ahead, you have to barge into businesses, put people on the spot and sell them products. Cannot leave your information for them to call back later. Very shady, unprofessional way to sell in my opinion.
- Paid minimum wage.
- If you don't meet your quota by the end of the week, your quota doubles for the next week. This way they can take just about every sale you have and keep you constantly playing catch up.
- Didn't even get my check on time.

Overall, I ended up working there for 1 month. I spent more money than I made and doing the sales was embarrassing.
Scammed

Eau Claire, WI

#36 Oct 19, 2010
Definitely a scam.
They say you get $300 base pay plus commission, but the $300 is a backup from the government for salespeople who don't make more than that in commission per week. So, if you make $400 in commission (which would be incredible), you wouldn't get the $300 plus your $400, you'd just make the $400.

They skirt around answers about benefits and stuff, too, and you don't get reimbursed for gas even though you drive around in your own vehicle all day. It's the worst job ever, and you're lucky to make a sale the entire day because people hate solicitors. The entire thing is a joke, it's a totally fake and made up company where they put literally nothing in their employees- it's all based on taking advantage of government programs and giving you a small percentage of your own sale's profits.

I feel stupid for falling for it- I ignored my instincts and just listened to the "super nice" people who took me out to lunch and told me what a great opportunity the job was. I'm pretty sure the 22 year-old chick who started the company got shipped back to Georgia or Canada or wherever she was from.

Don't waste your time... you'll probably spend more money than what you'll make on eating out for lunch and driving around all day. You won't have a shred of self-respect left at the end of the day.
Scammed

Eau Claire, WI

#37 Oct 19, 2010
Same experience here, too... I bet we worked together... who is this? I'm Jess... also worked there for a month... had the Bug, quit mid-Madison "road trip". Did we work together?
There for a month wrote:
- They don't reimburse for mileage.
- Expect you to drive your own car, put on 100 miles a day.$25 for gas a day for me.
- They have sing a longs in the morning.
- On travel trips, no negotiating, there is 4 to a room. Supposedly have to share beds with other men.
- They will not allow you to call ahead, you have to barge into businesses, put people on the spot and sell them products. Cannot leave your information for them to call back later. Very shady, unprofessional way to sell in my opinion.
- Paid minimum wage.
- If you don't meet your quota by the end of the week, your quota doubles for the next week. This way they can take just about every sale you have and keep you constantly playing catch up.
- Didn't even get my check on time.
Overall, I ended up working there for 1 month. I spent more money than I made and doing the sales was embarrassing.
Scammed

Eau Claire, WI

#38 Oct 19, 2010
Same here, man. They put on a huge front. As an 'entry-level,' I came in late from a 'busy day of sales' once and the leaders were all in their little meeting and they all stopped talking and watched me fill out my paperwork and didn't continue talking until I left. It was my first of many "AHA!" moments. I feel like a moron for falling for it.
Been here left running wrote:
Regarding these posts citing hard work as a driving force behind this company- get real! It's not hard to memorize the script you're given and forced to rehearse or knock on hundreds of doors each day. That's what I like to refer to as busy work. You sell whatever the product happens to be and make minute profits off of it. In order to move up you sell more- managers are only where they are because they've sold the most. When I was hired at this exact company in the Chicagoland area my manager had been working 2 weeks before being promoted.
It is the new pyramid scheme. Avoid this unless you've got nothing better to do with your time. All of the employees appeared brainwashed into believing that this is the best opportunity ever. Sorry I recognized this crap and ran for the hills IMMEDIATELY.
Been through interviews

Milwaukee, WI

#39 Oct 20, 2010
I'm happy to see that this review has taken off. If you search "ELS Advantage", you will now find this review as the 2nd result. The only job hunters that will not see it are those whom that do not do their research, and will unfortunately be eaten by ELS - as I'm sure ELS is aware of.
Hmm

Terre Haute, IN

#40 Dec 18, 2010
I did this in June, and I lasted 3 days. $300 base pay/week, you have to use your own car to get places and learn a ridiculous script that the people you shadow didnt use anyway, so I was really confused why I had to learn it. I had to be there at 730 am every day, and we just stood around and had team exercises til 10, when we went out. I wasnt allowed to drink coffee during this process, for whatever reason. Apparently we werent supposed to eat or drink at all. We spent all day going to places that clearly didn't care to talk to us. It's pushy sales and unethical to me. If someone doesn't want something, don't keep pushing. Fast food lunches and you have to pay for your own. Last time I checked, I thought the person you were shadowing was supposed to pick up the tab. I guess that's kind of hard on $300/week (before taxes) and little to no commission. Not to mention if you make a sale while youre shadowing, the commission goes to that person, not you. What a rip.

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