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I’m having some technical issues with Glassdoor, so until those are resolved, I’m going to post this review of a job interview I went on this week because I genuinely feel that people need to know about this potentially deceptive hiring practice.
This is going to be long as it took me three days of research to figure this out.
I applied for a position on Indeed (I think) for a marketing assistant position with a hidden company. The job description was incredibly vague, with their website claiming they value soft skills over experience. I got a call back from a really nice woman, and we chatted for a couple minutes about the position. At the end of the conversation, she said something along the lines of “this completes the phone interview, and I’d like to invite you for a second interview tomorrow. When are you available?” I was thrown off because normally an initial phone call is to schedule a phone interview so that the applicant has time to prepare. Blindsided, but feeling like this must be a good sign, I agreed to the in-person interview yesterday.
I felt like it went really well and was feeling really positive about the company and the possibilities for growth that came with the position. I was told things like “intense management training program,” “entrepreneurial opportunities,” and “regional director in four years,” and I’ve got to admit I walked out of the second interview with stars in my eyes.
The only hang up I had at that point was the terrible reviews here on Glassdoor about another company named Innovision located in California and the absence of the Cincinnati Innovision I was applying with. I intended to ask if they were in any way affiliated with the west coast and if so, I wanted to have a conversation about those reviews. That made me nervous and I wanted to see if I could just figure it out myself, so I started looking online. Short answer: No, it doesn’t seem to be affiliated with that Ric guy in San Diego. But the long answer isn’t much better.
Innovision Dynamics was incorporated in Cincinnati in September of 2017 with the registered address as being 4000 Executive Business Park, Ste 100. The statutory agent (aka “CEO”) is Jennifer Suma, whose LinkedIn as of today has not been updated to reflect the new role, which is confusing to me, albeit minor.
While looking at her LinkedIn, the website suggested I also check out another woman named Jessica Vihtelic, another CEO or owner or something of a similar marketing firm in Cincy. Since I’m job hunting, I did. Ms. Vihtelic owns Momentum Marketing Group, a foreign corporation from Michigan, that registered in Sharonville, Ohio, at 300 Business Way, Ste 200 in March of 2012.
Stay with me.
So then I decided to read the reviews on Glassdoor about Momentum Marketing Group and all of the reviews about the interview process were completely spot on. It was like someone was writing down my experience for me; uncanny. But hey, they’re different companies. Maybe they just have similar hiring practices. I’m new to the marketing world so I assumed that’s just how the industry works. Maybe that’s true. I don’t know. But the similarities were so striking that I started to wonder if they were maybe somehow affiliated with each other.
Just on a lark, I reverse engineered the address listed for Innovision Dynamics. Here is the link: https://homemetry.com/unit/4000+EXECUTIVE+PARK+DR,+100,+Cincinnati+OH
Spoiler Alert: the tenant is Momentum Marketing Group, Inc.
I then decided to check out the reviews on Google for Momentum.
8 months ago–
I have been a part of Momentum Marketing Group for 6 months and have done nothing but grow in my skill set as a professional, a communicator, a manager and a leader of others. This has by far been the most posative and motivating work environment of my 11 year career. Momentum has shown me that there is no limit to success and I am excited for my future with the company as an Executive!”
Maybe this is all circumstantial, and maybe they’re not the same company on paper. But the REVIEWS FOR MOMENTUM MARKETING GROUP (excerpts below) were my exact experience interviewing for Innovision Dynamics, except that I’m not going to Sam’s Club to take notes today.
Guys, do your homework!! If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Always check your state’s Secretary of State website business search and make sure that the company you intend to invest your time into is worth it!
“All the jobs title are Marketing but they are actually sales. They called it event marketing which is tabling and giving away samples at big retails. They were not very honest about the job opportunities.” –Anonymous Interview Candidate in
“I recieved an email to call them to set up an interview because they had trouble finding my phone number at the top of my resume. Going into the interview they told me how there was only so many positions available for their internship program. The first interview was only 7 minutes. While waiting the front desk lady was calling applicants to set up interviews. I then was called in for a second interview at a local Costco where I had to take notes on a guy harassing customers about car wax. Then he interviewed me in the cafeteria area in Costco. I declined the third interview.” –Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH, 5/2016, Glassdoor.com
“Thinly veiled multi level marketing firm (read: Pyramid Scheme).” — Andy Krew, Google+
“Worst experience of my life. I turned down multiple offers for this pathetic excuse of a company. They misled my with regards to the potential success it has to offer. They have poor management and trainers who lack intelligence. They reprimand you for taking your full allotted breaks and create lies in order to control their employees. I have left this company and have yet to receive my 2 weeks worth paycheck. It’s been over a month now. Such a disgrace.” — A A, Google+
Why do these big job boards like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Monster, CareerBuilder do nothing about these types of companies’ accessibility to jobseekers? (Above case in point: 73% negative interview reviews) Are they really going to tell me that they’ve never heard of Glassdoor and what’s being said there? I’ve actually had an interviewer bring up her own company’s reviews on Glassdoor without any mention from me; everyone knows what everyone is saying and it needs to be addressed.
If there is no punishment for the feedback, the only answer is, of course, for the jobseeker to just keep looking and hope she finds a company that is willing to be honest about who they are as much as they expect her to be honest about herself. But aside from that, the company seems to be able to carry on posting jobs with great titles and smiles … an essential bait and switch. Illegal? Perhaps not. Shady af, tho.
The silent disregard for misrepresentation by a potential employer is complicity. Preying on those searching for opportunities for professional growth and advancement — or worse yet, desperate to put food on the table — with vague job descriptions and empty promises is irresponsible and truly highlights the priorities of the job boards applicants are forced to depend on.
Sources: Ohio Secretary of State Business Search, LinkedIn.com, Glassdoor.com, Homemetry.com, Google.com