If you are located in the United States, Canada, Australia or a few other places you may have been approached by a sales person “promoting” a product “from NASCAR” called FW1.
Typically they have stands set up outside of franchised gas stations and then spend their day approaching customers pumping gas about buying their product, FW1. They are out there “promoting” FW1, a “waterless wash and wax sponsored by NASCAR,” and they will tell you about how easy it is to use, how all racers use it at the track, unless they are “contractually obligated” to another company.
If you watch the demo & listen to the sepal – the stuff is pretty cool & you see it “work.” However, as many things are, it is never as good as it seems.
In the four years I was in college I held a lot of jobs, I was a barista, a program specialist assistant, a manager, a cashier, a bartender and such forth. After college I wanted a job where I could put my communication skills to work, so when a job at a company called Clearmind Events, a “marketing” company, came up, I jumped.
After round after round of unclear, poorly worded and confusing interviews, I had the job and no idea what the job was.
Come day one, I was that person that approached you at the gas station, needless to say my job choices had hit rock bottom and the Public Relations position discussed in the interviews (but never promised) was just bait to real me in.
Unless you are located in the Northern Virginia area, you have probably never heard of Clearmind Events, your local FW1 sales person works out of an office under a different name. In the end they are all companies working under Quantum.
The history and information about the products that I am providing you is from working for a Quantum company and using the products myself.
When you work for one of the companies the gladly provide you with the history, the background and well, the inside scoop. They encourage you to write it all down, soak it in, but never let you take your notes out of the building.
It is rumored that Quantum is owned by Larry Tanenbaum, the man who supposedly “invented” the Snuggie. Larry supposedly worked somewhere right out of college and learned selling points on which he thought he could sell anything. And as the story goes Larry could. One day Larry decided to step up his game and eventually sat down with some big wigs as Disney. The rumored story goes on to describe a battle between Disney’s confidences in Larry’s sales abilities. It is said that prior to these meetings Larry had never sold for any major company, just “inventions” small town people had come up with. The rumor also says that Disney had tens of thousands of “books” they simply could not move. These books were Larry’s chance to have one of the largest supporters behind him.
Supposedly, Larry sold every last book Disney had sitting in warehouse storage somewhere for years in a minimal amount of time and suddenly Larry had a partnership with Disney that would take him to the top.
If you have not ever been approached by an FW1 sales person, well then possibly it was the Direct TV sales person in Best Buy or the home remodeling rep in Home Depot. Maybe you have encountered the Chipio team, the D.A.R.E program, or the Smart Kid Card. All Quantum, all Larry.
For now, I will simply tell you that the “scam” rumor that they don’t teach you inside of a Quantum office is most likely the one harboring some truth. For now, I will warn you that if you are approached about a job for one of these companies or making a purchase, run as fast as you can the other way.
The “amazing” thing about the company that usually pulls people in is this idea of opportunity and growth within. The pitch this pyramid style work place, you start at the bottom and work your way up – get more responsibilities, develop a team and see no real pay raise – they tell you that in a year or less, “you too can own your own company.”
The receptionist is apparently one of the highest paid people in the company and decided to not become an owner herself because her fiancé is located near Clearmind Events office.
The recruiter says she once owned her own office, but had to step down because she wanted to spend time with her family… she now works two jobs to make the bills.
The assistant manager, while I was working there, not only had a criminal record, but also had a current drug case being produced against him.
The rest of the employees fall into one of three categories; a) they have some type of a criminal record and cannot get a job elsewhere, b) they are just to incompetent to obtain a job elsewhere or c) they are gullible (I was the third).
At Clearmind Events you make commission, you work endless hours and, well your pay checks suck.
I would get to the office to start the day by 5 am, head out to my “event” and arrive by 7 am and would remain there until 3 pm or later. If I was lucky, I would get to head back to the office around 3:30 pm and then leave the office around 4:30 pm, however – if you had not hit the office sales goal, you were heading back out and at times not leaving the office to head home until 7 pm.
One week I worked well over 50 hours and made less than $200, even in my top producing week, where I ranked amongst the top 20 sellers in the company – I made less money than I did during a weekend serving.
You drive your own car. You are not reimbursed for gas, nor does anyone ever offer you gas money. There is a 90% chance that each day, you will be in the car with someone with a criminal record and you will have no idea what their past was. No one respects you and, well if you have any dignity, your too ashamed to tell the people you know about what you do.
Rumors say that at other offices, employees made well under the amount they were told they would make — I can attest to this. Rumors also state that these “charity” programs Quantum runs, such as D.A.R.E and Smart Kid Card, only donate about 5% of their earnings to the programs.
A Chipio sales rep stated it best though on RipOffReport.com, “The company [Quantum, Chipio, Fastwax, etc.] is run like a frat party where in as long as you stay drunk you don’t realize Larry Tanenbaum is living next to Kobe Bryant and you can’t pay your rent.”
In the product reviews I will dive into more of the scam of the products them self.
Update, November 02, 2012:It has been brought to my attention that Clearmind Events in Manassas, VA has changed their name. The company is now functioning under the name NVA. While still run by the same person, Josh Ade, it also appears that the new “company” has not taken the time to establish an actual web site.
While under a new name, NVA is functioning under the same means and has changed nothing but the name plate on their door.NVA, like Clearmind Events, is not credited by the Better Business Bureau and still operating at the 7000 Infantry Ridge, Manassas, VA location. NVA continues to bring in unsuspecting and hopeful job seekers and according to a commenter who used to work for NVA , is now collecting a five dollar event fee from their employees. As additional updates on NVA become available, they will be added to this post. Please be smart and do you research before accepting any job, weather with NVA or another company.