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Inside The Vector Marketing Experience- The Interview and Beyond

Updated on July 18, 2013

In this article, I hope to give you, the reader, the most accurate view of what it's like to work for Vector Marketing. You might have heard of a Vector job opening through the newspaper, Craigslist, or online. Perhaps you saw a poster at your school that reads "PART TIME WORK," or maybe you were called by a Vector receptionist because a friend whom you haven't spoken to in 6 years is now recommending you to the job. I believe that in any of the previous cases, if you are like myself, the advertised pay and job description raises a lot of questions and usually seems too good to be true. The "Scam!" alarm rings in your head, and you turn to the internet to check it out. That's what brings you here. I aim to help you determine if Vector Marketing is right for you. This article will not exaggerate or try to mislead you. This is the real deal. By the end of reading this article, you will know whether Vector is a great opportunity for you or if it is even worth your time.

Vector Marketing logo
Vector Marketing logo | Source

Scam or No Scam?

Perhaps you were suspicious from the get-go, or maybe you just recently typed "Vector Marketing" into Google Search. Whatever your case may be, you might be unsettled by the company's legitimacy. I was once in the same boat as you. If I recall correctly, I never actually found a straight answer on the internet. Instead, I went to the interview to seek answers in person. I'd recommend everyone to do that. You'll learn more of the company there than in this short article.

In the meantime, you'll be happy to know I found Vector is NOT a scam. It's a legitimate marketing company with a CEO, managers, sales reps, business plans, and income. I made my way from Sales Representative to Key Staff to Assistant Manager and back to just a plain old Sales Rep. I know how to be successful in the company, and I earned a reasonable amount of money in the process. I worked at Vector for about a year. It was an overall great experience, and I completely understand how the job works. Throughout the rest of this article, I will walk you through the day in the life of a Vector Sales Representative.

The Interview

Vector interviews are unlike most other interviews you encompass throughout your lifetime. In an average interview with any other part time work company, you will usually sit down with a manager or an HR rep for about 15 to 30 minutes, where you will be asked a series of questions about yourself. Vector interviews are not quite the same.

Firstly, 99% of Vector interviews are group interviews. There will most likely be other interviewees there trying to get the same position as you.

Secondly, Vector interviews are lengthy! They take approximately 2 hours to complete. Keep this in mind before making more arrangements for the day!

Thirdly, you will not be answering many questions about yourself. Instead, you will be listening to how the company works, what the product is, how the pay works, etc.

Does Vector Hire Everyone?

Many rumors out there state that Vector hires anybody who walks through the doorway. Surprisingly, that is mostly true. Although they do not hire EVERYBODY, Vector managers are willing to hire anyone who wants a chance at the job. The reason for this is because Vector is a sales marketing company- the more people working there, the more sales they make, the more money they receive. When you make a sale, you get some commission, the managers get some commission, and the company gets some commission. This relationship allows the company to prosper at micro and macro levels. Everybody is trying to help each other out, which results in an awesome team atmosphere that you've probably never experienced before.

Cutco is the sole product of Vector Marketing. This is what you will be showing to customers.
Cutco is the sole product of Vector Marketing. This is what you will be showing to customers. | Source

Training

If you are accepted into the position, you will have to go through a 3-day unpaid training session. I won't put icing on it; it's brutally long. The good news is that it's totally worth it in the end. You learn everything from sales to leads to phone calls. Vector boasts it's training sessions to be equivalent to a college-level marketing course. I've never taken a marketing course in college, so I can't compare. However, I do know that you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools (You do NOT need to buy or put any money down on a Sample Kit) to strongly begin your career at Vector.

The Selling Process

  1. Call your potential customer
  2. Set up an appointment
  3. Give a fun 30-45 minute sales presentation
  4. Get phone numbers of the customer's friends
  5. Repeat

As a Vector sales rep, you are given a Sample Kit of Cutco kitchen knives and you're sent out into the world to make sales. You will start generating sales through sales presentations. Everyone begins by practicing these presentations with their family and friends. After doing a bunch of these practice presentations (which you still get paid for), you will start to get the hang of it. Your family and friends will give you contact info for their family and friends so that you will be ready to start delivering sales presentations to people you haven't met before. After you've finished calling all your friends and family, you will be ready to call friends' friends. Yes, I must admit, it's a bit nerve-racking at first. Calling people you never met before is hard for most people. It stretches your comfort zone, but ultimately helps you in the long run. After setting up some appointments, you will begin to give your presentation to people you've never met before. That's when your job starts to feel like a business.

Commission!

Despite the advertising that states something along the lines of $12 base/appt or $17 base/appt (depending one where you are from), your commission will usually be higher. The product, Cutco, is top-of-the-line. It's really expensive, (so you get a good chunk of money when you make a sale), plus the product is the best of the best. Nothing compares, and you will find yourself making sales often. Commission levels become higher as your career sales increase. You start at 10% commission, but can eventually work your way up to 30% + Bonus 20% (50%). Starting out at the company, the average rep will make about $150 per week for 15-20 hours of hard work. Big bucks start coming when you hit the 50% level. You'll find yourself easily making $1000 a week working 15-20 hours or less. See below for a complete list of Sales Milestones and Commission Raises:


Promotion Levels

  1. 10% (0 - $1000 Career sales)
  2. 15% ($1,000 - $3,000 Career sales)
  3. 20% ($3,000 - $6,000 Career sales)
  4. 25% ($6,000 - $10,000 Career sales)
  5. 30% ($10,000+ Career sales)
  6. 30% + 10% ($20,000 - $25,000 Career sales) [BONUS LEVEL]
  7. 30% + 15% ($25,000 - $30,000 Career sales) [BONUS LEVEL]
  8. 30% + 20% ($30,000+ Career sales) [BONUS LEVEL]

To hit BONUS LEVEL, you must have at least $3,500 in sales for the month.

Yes, CUTCO scissors can literally CUT A PENNY.
Yes, CUTCO scissors can literally CUT A PENNY. | Source

Flexibility!

Your work schedule at Vector is never the same from week to week. It's quite nice. You can work as hard you want and earn a lot of cash and then take a vacation the next week. You can work every other day. You can work just on weekends. You can work whenever you want! You create your own schedule! The downside: sometimes it's hard to get motivated to work. You have almost too much power.

The first week or two will be hectic though, and you won't yet have problems with motivation. You will be in one of the biggest contests of your career to get free Cutco. It's called the 10-Day Fast Start contest. You sell as much as you can in a 10 day period and you get a LOT of free product for your success. After that's over, the manager usually stops holding your hand and, for the most part, lets you on your own. Some offices will require you to call in every day. It's almost never required that you go to the office in person unless you need supplies. (Also, note that managers will try to get you into the office as much as possible because they want you to make phone calls to set up appointments.) It definitely can be a stay-at-home job if you put a lot of effort into it. You can even work from wherever you are in the US. If you take a vacation with your family 3 states away, you can give a few presentations and turn your family trip into a money-making vacation! Creating your own schedule when you want, where you want, is not only nice to do, you also learn how to self motivate yourself to work.

Advantages

  • Good pay (especially at higher levels)
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Life skills such as time management and self-motivation
  • Strong team atmosphere
  • Big contests, Big rewards (iPads, Cutco, inclusive trips to other countries)
  • Quick Promotion for medium to hard workers

Disadvantages

  • Hard to keep yourself motivated
  • Stretch outside your comfort zone often
  • Managers can be manipulative to make you work longer than you intended
  • Inconsistent paychecks

After all has been said here, I want to make a point that Vector isn't for everybody. We can't all be salespeople. The job stretches a lot of comfort zones, and some are just not ready for that yet in their lives. Personally, I had a great experience with Vector. It was enjoyable, prosperous, and it made me rethink my potential in life. If you stick with the company for a while, you'll become more confident. You'll gain life skills. You'll grow closer to the person you want to be. You'll grow as an individual. Vector is not only an occupation, but a foundation to build your future. (Seriously, I get interviewed at 90% of the places I apply because I have Vector on my resume.) I hope Vector can impact you the same way it did me. Go decide if Vector is right for you!

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      Ike 3 years ago

      The problem with this article is that instead of trying to present this in a clear, unbiased manner, it serves more as a vehicle to promote the job. I'm not here to promote the idea that Vector Marketing is a scam, which is what a lot of disaffected sales reps seem to do, but I think it's important to point out that this is an independent contractor position. This means that you NOT a Cutco or Vector marketing employee, that you have to pay your own taxes quarterly like you would if you owned your own business, and that this is an entry-level direct sales position. You also failed to mention the questionable bait-and-switch advertising tactics that Vector Marketing routinely uses to attract new kids (and I say kids because of the young demographic that they target, i.e. right out of high school) into the position. There is a lot of potential for this company, and they definitely are legitimate, but until their management starts to change, and they stop using such questionable marketing tactics (which have gotten them to a Supreme Court case), they are going to see a very high turnover at best. This isn't a bad opportunity for someone interested in trying an entry-level sales job, but I would NEVER recommend this as a first job or even suggest that this is an adequate job for the majority of the populace (An idea that any Vector manager seems eager to advocate).

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      JB 3 years ago

      I was pressured into working days I didnt want to/couldn't. My training manager called and harassed me at my other job after promising a stress free work when you want job. I was being harassed THE DAY AFTER training for leads and sales. My training group was not told that we have to exploit all of our friends and family for leads. We were promised our own leads for presentations. We were also not informed until day 3 that in order to get paid for presentations they had to be with people in certain age groups, marital statuses, etc or we WOULD NOT GET PAID. All in all, I give Cutco a D- ...nice try, but you're all liars. You promise kids the world and an infinite amount of money and then send them out to pedal your product while you stutter in training and wear an assprint in your office chairs. Like Wes here in phoenix has this nervous tick where he asks you what something obvious is like this, "It's what? Right, mkay , soo..." at least twice a minute for all 3 8 hour training days. It was HELL and I had to plug my ears every time he said it. There is more than 1 way to perform a temperature check dude. I would only go back to purchase the sample kit and then quit again.

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      Yessenia 3 years ago

      This article was extremely helpful.However I have some questions that I hope that you can answer.For instance I don't have to put any of my money correct? You mentioned we get a sample kit correct? Another question we don't have restrictions in who we can call as clients for instance a chain restaurant? In addition to that would I be going to this clients homes or will they come to the main offices in order to be given a presentation? At the moment I don't have a car that's why.Lastly are we given any tools such as technology to put together our presentations lets say a tablet? Thank you sooo much for your time and consideration.

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      Dara 3 years ago

      I appreciate your honest review. I just got hired there so I'm hoping that I will be successful.

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      Mike 3 years ago

      You guys were given sample kits for free? dang I wish I did.. I had to pay for mine, but I was very successful with the business...

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      Brandon 4 years ago from PA

      They go by the trust system. However, in my experience, if you go multiple appointments in a row without selling the manager/receptionist will use your appt form to start calling the list to verify you did a complete presentation.

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      September 4 years ago

      how do they know if you really set up these appts. even though you fill out a appt form how do they really know you did it though.?

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      DSM 4 years ago

      This is very different than in the mid-90s, when yes, you had to buy your kit (still have it, good investment) and cold calling was more than encouraged.

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      Brandon 4 years ago from PA

      No door-to-door. No cold calling. You will learn how to set up appointments through referrals.

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      Daniel 4 years ago

      Do you have to go door to door?