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Brigitte P
Member

NY
USA
30 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2009 :  09:04:16 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I did the coffee brewer demos at sears, was able to keep brewer and all supplies after. Love this company and had quick response to web site problems the first time I tried to log on. Also got a call back right away when I had a flat tire and was going to be late, Randi told me to try to calm down and take a deep breath and not to worry.
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Marion
Contributor

Goochland, Virginia
USA
59 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2009 :  5:10:04 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I did the demo's in Virginia and the DM could not have been nicer. Pleasant and encouraging letters, immediate telephone responses, and always a calm voice....and paid on time. What more can one ask for!

Marion
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SharonR
Valued Contributor

Dickson/Nashville, Tennessee
USA
105 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2009 :  08:58:42 AM  Visit SharonR's Homepage  Send SharonR an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I love working with market Connect,The merchandising is easy and The Coffee Maker Demo's are Awsome, I love that Coffee maker and the 13 Partner Coffee Companys. I was from Macys to Bed Bath and Beyound all thur Month Dec.

"Its The Sweet Life"
Dove Chocolatier
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Marion
Contributor

Goochland, Virginia
USA
59 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2009 :  2:43:13 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I understand from my DM that another surge of demo's are slated for the springtime. That would be wonderful...these demo's are actually fun to do.

Marion
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ASams40
Member

Cullman, AL
USA
26 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2009 :  10:44:04 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I did the coffee demo in Dec. also and loved it! Did anyone else sell out of the coffee machines? I sold all of mine and could have sold more. That would be wonderful if they have one for the springtime!

Anita
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Marion
Contributor

Goochland, Virginia
USA
59 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2009 :  4:11:03 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Sold out in Richmond Virginia...to my knowledge, all the stores, not just the ones I did the demo in. It was a neat product...all the women loved it and the men were awed by the simplicity of it.

Marion
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MaryRod
Star Contributor

El Centro, CA
USA
542 Posts

Posted - 04/17/2009 :  10:36:46 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Any thing new with any one working merchandising with this company?

So far I'm still working with them as an employee with the title "In-Store Specialist" I have a new District Manager, they've increased expectations from us and also before and after pictures for every service call.

~~ Please consider the environment before printing unnecessary pages.~~
~*~Mary~*~
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LecaD
Trainee

MO
USA
8 Posts

Posted - 04/18/2009 :  07:57:56 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I merchandise for them as an IC at three stores. My DM recently changed, too. I have always taken before and after pictures, though.
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MaryRod
Star Contributor

El Centro, CA
USA
542 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2009 :  04:12:14 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Yes I take pictures too, and these are the merchandises still working. Maybe my state or area had more problems with merchandisers providing a high quality of services with pictures and recaps. Many were let go and we/I've been hired as employees and now they have total control of our work, hours, checking up on our service calls every month. All our correspondence, emails etc. has to have our names, title (In-Store Specialist) and contact info.; making us more professional on all our forms. My new District Manager is making monthly visits to all stores matching our service reports and pictures to the store's log book and what she see's at the store.

This company also kept the BEST of the Best of their District Managers, in our state or area....My Ex-District Manager never visited our stores, I ever meet her person to person. My new District Manager came to visit me within a month, a three hour drive for her ...one way.

~~ Please consider the environment before printing unnecessary pages.~~
~*~Mary~*~
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Holli in NJ
Contributor

NJ
USA
58 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2009 :  07:56:57 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I am curious about any of you that were subcontracters before and
starting in May will go to employees, did any of you have to take
a huge hourly pay cut? I love this company but I cannot afford to stay due to the pay cut, and now taxes being taken out, and I will have less write-offs. It is ashame I will have to leave due to that

Holli
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MaryRod
Star Contributor

El Centro, CA
USA
542 Posts

Posted - 04/21/2009 :  03:47:52 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
In my state or area we were hired as employees in January, and we just had a few days to be hired right away. My pay stayed the same just taxes taken out, but you could mark Exempt payee on your W-9 form and No taxes will be taken out...I haven't been told about a pay cut yet..I'll take it as a warning.

What really hurt me with this company is alot of assignments, ALOT OF HOURS were lost when Mervyns closed. Clients aren't requesting as many service calls, or hours on service calls are cut down.

You are also a very good merchandiser because these are the ones that get offered to become employees. Alot of IC's weren't offerred to become employees, and District Managers were laid off.

~~ Please consider the environment before printing unnecessary pages.~~
~*~Mary~*~
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Brigitte P
Member

NY
USA
30 Posts

Posted - 04/22/2009 :  3:49:07 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I just received an email for some more Keurig coffee brewer demos that are coming up at the beginning of May. I am looking forward to doing them again.
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Marion
Contributor

Goochland, Virginia
USA
59 Posts

Posted - 04/22/2009 :  4:59:43 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
As MCG has changed from hiring sub-contractors to part time employees,our final pay will indeed decrease as medicare taxes are withheld. This is such a reliable and helpful company to work for, I for one will continue, though I agree that it is difficult to accept less then before.

Marion
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MaryRod
Star Contributor

El Centro, CA
USA
542 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2009 :  03:39:47 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I found the cut is much larger than that, beside the taxes they were asked to take a $2.00 cut off their wages.

~~ Please consider the environment before printing unnecessary pages.~~
~*~Mary~*~
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Lynni
Apprentice

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2009 :  6:19:11 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Great Company! I will be working for them again !

Lynni
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GayleS1
Member

Middletown, NY
USA
28 Posts

Posted - 04/28/2009 :  05:22:40 AM  Visit GayleS1's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by Marion

As MCG has changed from hiring sub-contractors to part time employees,our final pay will indeed decrease as medicare taxes are withheld. >>

Hi
I've been with MCG for years. I haven't heard of any changes.
The amount of projects on my schedule has changed.... there have been much fewer since last fall...... but I've not received any word about a change from IC to Employee....or pay cuts
How did you learn of these changes?

Gayle
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Marion
Contributor

Goochland, Virginia
USA
59 Posts

Posted - 04/28/2009 :  3:37:46 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Gayle: Heard about the changes via telephone call from my DM. I think I also got a letter, but I must have deleted it. Since the Mothers Day Demo's are this weekend we will all find out for sure.

Marion
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GayleS1
Member

Middletown, NY
USA
28 Posts

Posted - 04/28/2009 :  5:25:23 PM  Visit GayleS1's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Hi
Thanks for the Reply Marion.
I do not do demos for MCG. I've had a variety of projects in Kohls, Sears, JCP and Macys for MCG over the past seven years. As I said, up until this past fall....it was very steady work......almost too many assignments at holiday time.
I wrote to my DM today, but she was not in the office.
I guess there's not much that can be done. The stores are slow, the clients are cutting back.
Thanks again for taking the time to reply.
I hope you are able to continue with your demo work.

Gayle
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Helen Jean Harris
Valued Contributor

Mesa, AZ
USA
149 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2009 :  6:29:08 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Recently did some coffee demo's with them and it was great! Good company, nice free coffee brewers and so far great people to talk to about any issues.. Hope to do more work with them and like to get into merchandising as well.

HJHarris
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PronoiacLinda
Trainee

Seattle, WA
USA
6 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2009 :  09:29:28 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I worked for MCG for four years. Low pay, no expenses, but great stores, and great products. Things were pretty wonderful until this year (2009). The company has gone downhill terribly. Been dumping good DMs and good ICs, replacing them with unseasoned people with little to no experience or management skills, let alone people skills, so they can pay them less money and fewer benefits. My DM changed from someone wonderful to someone so immature, caustic, and unprofessional it's hard to explain how she was hired to begin with, except to infer that the upper management has become the same way. In the middle of the month, my DM went into my schedule and stripped it of all calls for the store I visit most, so half my income dissolved--no warning, no explanation, no cause. I phone and wrote to her and got no response. I wrote to her supervisor, and her supervisor's supervisor, asking them for help. Not only did I not receive the courtesy of a response, but when I went to check my schedule again, I discovered that I had been fired by way of disabling my log-in code numbers. I suggest that unless you are very very desperate for money, you steer clear of this company. And I predict that they are on the way out. For a merchandising company to stoop to doing demos such as the Keurig ones, and retitling reps as "product ambassadors" for sheets, is a bad sign. Calculate what you're earning, including your travel time, and the suffocating paperwork, particularly for 2xist, and it comes out to less than $5 an hour. Look elsewhere if you want to be a professional and work for a professional company.

Linda
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