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Dawn Black
Apprentice

Millersville, MD
USA
3 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2010 :  11:06:27 AM  Visit Dawn Black's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
I do apologize in the delay for responding to this, but wanted to take a few moments to follow up.

When you are hired by one of our staff members, you are to be sent a welcome letter and a new hire packet. The welcome letter is to indicate your employee number, password, your manager's contact information, and instructions on what the next steps ar.

Once the packet is received back, you are then invited to participate in an orientation teleconference call where we review policies and procedures and next steps.

Once the orientation has been completed, your Area Manager will reach out to you to review openings in your area.

We encourage you to log into your web portal on a biweekly basis at www.convergencemktg.com to view what assignments are coming up and what is available in your area.

Notifications will also come to you via email about new jobs in your area.

I hope this information is helpful. If we can be of further assistance, call us at 866-249-6128 ext 5.

Warmest Regards,

Have a great weekend!

Dawn M. Black
Director of Human Resources
Convergence Marketing
www.convergencemktg.com

Dawn M. Black
Director of Human Resources
Convergence Marketing
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MCBarb
Star Contributor

USA
1122 Posts

Posted - 02/26/2010 :  2:43:20 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Is anyone doing the maps for Convergence? How is it? Any info would be great.
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Sherry Lyons
Member

Junction City, OR
USA
46 Posts

Posted - 02/26/2010 :  6:05:30 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Barb, depending on what store you are at depends on what you do for maps. The first time of doing an order and inventory is a little time consuming but once you have done one job it is not so hard. The district managers should be of great help for you. You will need to print the inventory sheet and credit sheet and you will inventory all of the stock before you put out an order. The inventory sheet and credit sheet are on one page on line and you will need to manuever the site to see what you are entering for either credits or inventory. If the item in stock is not on your inventory list then you will write the isbn and upc number on paper then transfer to the list on line. It is not really hard to do. If you need more time just let your manager know and you can input it on line. Ask your district manager for guidance. They are great in helping answering questions.

Sherry Lyons
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MarlaB
Star Contributor

Attica, IN
USA
2780 Posts

Posted - 02/27/2010 :  06:57:42 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Barb, Are they American Map or Rand McNally? AM are alittle harder for people used to using POGs, they don't have one. RM is super-easy. I'm waiting somewhat patiently for summer to get here so that the map jobs increase.

Marla
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Gayle R
Star Contributor

Eastern Shore, VA
USA
1396 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2010 :  9:21:20 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was referred to this company by a family member who is friends with one of the DMs. DM said she was looking for reps in my area & at her request I sent her a resume & she in turn forwarded it on to the RM. She asked me to keep her up to date on what happened. I waited 2 wks then let her know I hadn't heard anything. She contacted RM, he said he had been sick with a bad cold for a few days (no explanation about the rest of the time) but was planning on calling me in "a couple of days" Never did get a call. Moving forward another 2-3 wks. DM sends family member an e-mail telling them that she has sent me a message to let me know that the RM has been trying to get in touch with me because he has some work that needs to be done that week. Family member called me & forwarded the e-mail which included RM's name & phone #. I never got the original e-mail that the DM was referreing to nor did I get any calls or e-mails from the RM. I called the RM, get voice mail, leave a message explaining who I am, phone # & what it is in reference to. That was last week. Still waiting on that call for work that needed to be done last week that he was "trying to get in touch with me" for. Didn't try too hard, never heard a word. Somebody is telling stories to somebody for some reason.

Gayle
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JerryDS
Member

Roanoke, VA
USA
42 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2010 :  9:52:51 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote

Hi Gayle,

I'm pretty sure they are telling the truth. I live in VA also and I loved working for this company. Had steady work, they paid on time, etc.

However, I have worked for over 30+ companies the past 5 years without many issues, but the DM I worked for was by far the poorest I have ever seen in my time in merchandising. He would not return calls, emails or was just no where to be found until he needed to know about a project or how it was going.

After about six times in the field of trying to contact him to solve an issue with ever getting him on the phone nor EVER getting a return call. I called it quits with them.

Just hated to to do that because I really liked working for them. But this guy just took no pride in his work so we were just not on the same page.


Since you live in VA also, he would be the same DM. So maybe it is a good thing for you. My frustration level just got to high.

Jerry
Always looking for more work.
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MarlaB
Star Contributor

Attica, IN
USA
2780 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2010 :  05:09:47 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Gayle, not saying this happened to you, but I've had some emails disappear and never arrived. One of my managers actually called me to find out 'why' I didn't respond to his emails. I've not figured out what happened to those emails. Later on, I talked to a merchandising friend and she tried to email me also, with the same results. Be grateful that your friend forwarded the email.

Marla
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Gayle R
Star Contributor

Eastern Shore, VA
USA
1396 Posts

Posted - 03/02/2010 :  8:44:52 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
It's not the DM that I was actually "complaining " about. She seems to be doing what she can. It is the RM that got the resume from her, never contacted me, told his DM when she followed up 2 wks later that he was going to call me in a couple of days but he never did. Then apparently it sounds like he told her several weeks later that he was trying to get in touch with me for some work. I assume he told her to have me call since that is what she aked me to do. I did that, leaving him a message & still never heard a word. I'm not going any further with it. If he ever calls we'll see what's up.

Gayle
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MarlaB
Star Contributor

Attica, IN
USA
2780 Posts

Posted - 03/03/2010 :  05:47:25 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Gayle, so sorry you're having problems with them. this is the way I started working with them.

I filled out app online, they sent new hire paperwork. I faxed the paperwork in, and called to confirm receipt. At that time, I was transferred to someone to interview with. I only have my manager, Kathy, to report to. (She did have a helper for awhile) I didn't realize that they have layers of managers. It took awhile to get work, but I'm working some most months.


Marla
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RobertH
Valued Contributor

Pinson, AL
USA
123 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2010 :  4:57:03 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I've done a few projects now and then for Convergence going all the way back to, I think, 2002 or so and always found them to be an excellent company to work for. They paid on time and well and the projects were varied and interesting. Communication was never an issue, either outbound or inbound.

I'm hoping that my information is still in their database, as I did some work for them last year and would love to receive more assignments from them.

Robert
Over 25 years in the Field
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Jeff68005
Star Contributor

Bellevue, NE
USA
1144 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2010 :  10:24:03 PM  Send Jeff68005 an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
As I posted on page 14 of this thread, I was signed on to the Convergence Marketing "Wall to Wall" program for 10 weeks work at a large store in Omaha. The project is much larger than I have been involved in the past. I learned quite a bit about how the big stores think and do things. This training and the experience that followed will be helpful when I do projects at that chain and as I later learned, at their competitors too.
Unfortunately, my feet became very swollen. I had to resign in the third week. The key man for this project was very understanding and put me back in the Convergence Marketing system without penality.
It is now about a week since I have worked on the "Wall to Wall" project. My feet are already showing their appreciation for not having to walk so much on those hard floors. I bid on and was accepted for assignments at two local stores for the typical 1-2 hour type of assignments that I do for several companies. Those assignments are for next week.
Considering how I was treated by a different company, I am delighted to still have a working sign on.
I started the "Wall to Wall" project the 15th of February. Today was payday by DD. You can see your gross check well in advance broken down to daily amounts.
You can be certain that I will bid on other merchandising opportunities as they arise for this company.

Jeff Hix
Serving metro Omaha, Nebraska including Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Ralston, Plattsmouth and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
MSPA Silver Certified - MSPA Gold Certified - NARMS Proficiency Test PASSED
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MarlaB
Star Contributor

Attica, IN
USA
2780 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2010 :  07:03:25 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Jeff, As you know, I'm with Convergence also. I found out that their 'insurance' is not really insurance, but a limited policy that only pays for what they said. We are having some health problems and because of this policy, my hubby can't get a health referral from our clinic to see a specialist at a discounted rate. I'm dropping him from my policy to be able to save lots of money.

Anyone that hires in now and calls the number to signup will have trouble. Evidently the signup number has changed.

Marla
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Jeff68005
Star Contributor

Bellevue, NE
USA
1144 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2010 :  07:50:11 AM  Send Jeff68005 an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Sorry about hubby's problems. Yes, the insurance is a joke. I'm looking into the AARP stuff now. I'm a little too young to go the medicare route.
It took a real effort to get signed up for the Convergence insurance plan. I ended up calling the insurance HQ and getting transferred to someone who was helpful despite signup was not her real job.

After all the effort to sign up, I may not even be eligible unless I find more work with them. I signed up thinking the Wall to Wall part would work out. Unfortunately, that was a check that my feet could not cash.

Jeff Hix
Serving metro Omaha, Nebraska including Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Ralston, Plattsmouth and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
MSPA Silver Certified - MSPA Gold Certified - NARMS Proficiency Test PASSED
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MarlaB
Star Contributor

Attica, IN
USA
2780 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2010 :  10:44:57 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Regarding the medicare part, we had to file for Medicaid to to his problems. Hopefully they will start to pick up some of the costs that Convergence's insurance would not.

Marla
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BrianHanson37
Valued Contributor

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
USA
122 Posts

Posted - 03/16/2010 :  6:58:38 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I sent in my new hire paperwork, and didn't hear back for a couple weeks. But this was during December so the Holidays may have contributed to that. I have done about 6 jobs for them in 2 weeks. They have work if your willing to travel! Just hope you like maps!

Brian
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MarlaB
Star Contributor

Attica, IN
USA
2780 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2010 :  11:28:38 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Brian, they do alot more than just maps. I get work during POP placement, auditing, signage, in addition to 'just maps'.

Marla
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Jeff68005
Star Contributor

Bellevue, NE
USA
1144 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2010 :  6:49:34 PM  Send Jeff68005 an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
In this area, the map jobs seem to be perm assignments to other people which I can understand. I just completed a very small display setup for them in two of my local grocery stores.

They also have a storewide reset group called "Wall to Wall". That is more of a crew team thing. It can be steady work for up to ten weeks. I got my foot in the door that way. It's too bad my feet could not hold up to the concrete floors that long for 8 hours a day. The store that I was assigned to kept 3 teams going. They are still at it.

Jeff Hix
Serving metro Omaha, Nebraska including Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Ralston, Plattsmouth and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
MSPA Silver Certified - MSPA Gold Certified - NARMS Proficiency Test PASSED
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BrianHanson37
Valued Contributor

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
USA
122 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2010 :  10:45:37 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
So far I only had two different assignments other than maps. I like variety but on the positive side, I'm getting great at doing the maps. I can do a hour job in about 30 minutes assuming all employees needed are cooperating. When you get paid by the project you look everywhere to save time.

I saw a posting in my area for the wall to wall crew. Does anyone know, is this store resets? Or new store setups?

I've been thinking about it but could only commit to about 5 weeks of the work. How is travel?

Brian
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Jeff68005
Star Contributor

Bellevue, NE
USA
1144 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2010 :  11:05:22 PM  Send Jeff68005 an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
My wall to wall project was set in the same store for 10 weeks in the metro area where I live. No funds were offered for travel time/distance from my home. Pay was set as an employee (not IC) per hour wage based on how well you sold your skillset and experience at the live interview. Usual employee withholding from the paycheck applies. It takes about 3 weeks for the wheels to be greased, but the pay is every Friday after that for the work about 2 weeks prior. DD is offered and recommended.
It is often an existing store total reset including setting up fixtures and shelving from the floor up followed by the merchandise in the new floor plan and POG. We moved whole store departments to other locations in the store.

They do new stores also.

You should apply and interview for it. I received a telephone call from the hands on project manager to set up the interview. If you do, that is the best way to get your answers. Otherwise, the interview is where your questions will get solid answers.

Jeff Hix
Serving metro Omaha, Nebraska including Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Ralston, Plattsmouth and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
MSPA Silver Certified - MSPA Gold Certified - NARMS Proficiency Test PASSED
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MarlaB
Star Contributor

Attica, IN
USA
2780 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2010 :  1:45:45 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I don't do resets, at least not anything that takes more than a couple of hours. I have not have any problems with pay, except on my part in turning paperwork in. I love the new scanning option, it seemed like I couldn't figure out where my mailbox was.

Only downshide for me, is the lack of regular work in my area. Of course, I know of at least 3 other merchandisers working for Convergence in my town, part of them came from Rocket.

Marla
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