“"One of the great things that Vector Marketing teaches its employees is that anyone has the opportunity to do work hard and do great things. It's a life lesson that many people take way too long to figure out in life, those who work hard will always be more successful than those who are just smart. To do well at Vector Marketing you don't necessarily have to be great at anything, you have to be motivated and passionate enough to be successful, to become successful.
With that being said there are definitely some skills that translate better to becoming successful working at Vector Marketing. The skill that will probably get you the furthest in this job is being able to distance yourself from the situation. If you're abe to look away from the actual role you play as part of the sales you're making, and just focus on the potential money to be gained from making the sales, you'll be at a great starting point.
People who are extro-verted will definitely have an initial advantage over those who are more shy / introverted. The job itself requires you to be extro-verted in the extreme, striking up conversations with random people and trying to sell an expensive product is not an easy task. From my experience people are extro-verted don't necessarily make more sales though, it is often the introverted people who become better at reading the situation and selling.
In all, to succeed at Vector Marketing you have to have a strong drive to make money. If you're willing to put the effort in and grind hard, you might be able to make some money with the company."”
“You can apply to Vector Marketing by just submitting you resume online through their website portal. You'll be contacted promptly and brought into an office close to your location. There are no actual requirements to getting the job so you have to just prove yourself in the field!”
“The interview process for joining Vector Marketing is very straight forward. They set you up with a manager and they go through a couple questions about your resume and why you want to work for the company. They usually accept the majority of people who apply, and you're then asked to come in for your training during heir next batch.”
“A great thing about working for Vector Marketing is you'll be out in the field a lot doing sales so you wont have to be in an office environment. The team itself is very young and motivated which can be exciting, and the majority are there to make money so you can bond over that. Over time many of the employees start to get jaded and some of the friendliness fades, but there are always new people around the office to keep you excited.”
“"The only reason I purchased the knives from Vector Marketing is that it was my friends daughter who was selling them to me. It was very expensive and the product quality didn't really fit the price. I have a cheaper set of knives that actually cut things better so overall not too happy about them."
"Big fan of the knives! I won them at a corporate event at the year end banquet. They have a forever guarantee and they work exactly like I'd expect. Not sure if I would have bought them with my own money but happy that I have the opportunity to use them. Saw the market price and they're very expensive!"
"We've had Cutco knives for 50 years and continue to use them even now. They're great because if ever you need them re-sharpened you can get them re-sharpened for free."”
Almost everyone who is now a manager also started at the initial sales role. This means that if you're able to make enough sales and engage with the team lead, you can be promoted to the field sales manager role. The complete career path is then: field sales manager, cutco sales professional, closing gift consultant, assistant manager, branch manager, district manager, division manager, region manager, and lastly president.
I personally found the training to be very lack luster on sales techniques. The training process was 3 days where we learned basic sales tactics read from a paper by the manager, we learned some key words to use during our demo's, and some background facts about the knives. The real training you get is through being in the field and selling, learning from your own mistakes.
The greatest thing about working for Vector Marketing is that they work really hard to personally motivate you to go outside of your comfort zone. No matter how much I dislike the commpany, they do a great job at turning people who used to be socially anxious into people who can handle any conversation. They do this through constant motivational quotes and encouragement.
“"Although the actual products that Vector Marketing sells work, they do cut things, many people who have worked with the company know that in the end, Vector Marketing uses manipulative marketing tacitcs to attract young students to thinking they have the potential to make a lot of money.
First off I just want to preface this by saying I don't think Vector Marketing is a scam, but it definitely is a deceitful company that bends the truths. So what do they lie about? Well first off they don't actually provide a base salary of $17/hour. This pay is dependent on the amount of confirmed demo's you get to show off the product, which usually takes a lot more than 1 hour per demo.
Second is that they market the job as more of a sales representative role, but in reality you're a door to door salesman, or you're doing direct sales to your friends and family. They have no leads in the pipeline for you to work with, you have to provide your own leads and then sell the prodcuts to them.
Lastly, people believe that Vector Markeitng is a scam because the knives they sell are marked up very highly, and don't reflect the actual quality of the material. Many customers I've tried to sell to who actually know what a good knife is like tell me that our knives are worth in the $50-100 range, and not in the $300-400 range.
Even though there's a lot of things wrong with how the company operates, they will continue to get people to sell for them as students coming out of university and highschool are desperate for jobs, and are often willing to take anything that promises good pay."”
Vector Marketing is the direct sales and marketing branch of Cutco. Through a 'legion' of employees, they sell cutlery sets, sporting knives, garden tools, cookware, and other kitchen utensils. The core value behind the product is that they offer a Forever Guarantee, the products should last forever and they can be returned at any time.
Founded in 1981, Vector Marketing holds its headquarters in Olean, New York. The company is run by current CEO & President Albert DiLeonardo and COO John Whelpley, and is a subsidiary of the Cutco Corporation.
Positive reviews from employees report enjoying how the motivational approach taken by management has helped many overcome their social fears of selling. Many people also report that there is lots of money to be made in the sales. Former dissenting employees report being frustrated that there is actually a very limited ability to actually making money, that the company lies about what they can actually provide in terms of base salary and training, as well as the loss of social capital from being forced to sell the product to all your friends and family.
Although many other review sites, such as glass-door, indeed, and comparably, give Vector Marketing strong reviews, when taking reviews from real past employees the majority have a negative outlook to how the company operates.
Vector Marketing is always hiring for sales roles, and all other career opportunities at the company progress from the sales role.
Vector Marketing believes in offering their employees 6 different things. They say they offer good and secure base pay, they say they offer flexible schedules set day-by-day. They offer an opportunity for personal growth, they believe there should be no experience barrier to entry, they claim to have great training, and they claim to only sell quality products.
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Vector Marketing was founded in 1981 to be an independent distributor of Cutco Cutlery. The Cutco Corporation was originally founded in 1947 in Olean, New York. In 1974, Alcoa purchased Case Cutlery's share of Alcas, and in 1982 members of Alcas management purchased Cutco Cutlery in a managment buyout, later buying out Vector Marketing in 1985. Vector Marketing's core value is in distributing Cutco Cutlery, being knives and other kitchen appliances, with a FOREVER guarantee.
Vector Marketing has been sued several times in its history. In 2003, a recruiter had a successful lawsuit against Vector as Vector failed to adhere to New York labor laws. The recruiter co-ounded a group named Students Against Vector Exploitation (SAVE), which continues to try and outreach to people and warn them of the problems of working for Vector Marketing. In 2008, Alicia Harris filed a federal class action lawsuit against the company stating that they had violated the California and federal labor laws for failing to pay adequate wages and illegaly coercing employees into patronizing the company.