Pros: many happy customers, helps actual farms, free produce
Cons: too many to list.
This is NOT a pyramid scheme. It is a legitimate farm network which delivers real CA grown fruits & veggies (at a premium) to ppls front doors.
You will have folks tell you all the time how much they love the service.
You are helping CA farms.
Hours are flexible to a point.
They do pay, on time, every 2 weeks.
This job is getting worse and worse. I really feel bad for the new people. We didn't have to deal with all of this insanity last year. Many of our best reps have recently quit. Everyone pretty much hates their job now. Everyone is looking for other work. It is a sinking ship.
Commission ONLY, about $20/per box sale. This can be very profitable at times - in the spring & summer you can make over $100/day, but overall only a few ppl will be entrepreneurial enough to make the "big money". During the winter, count on making less than $200/week.
You are told that you are working "4 hours". BS. This is 4 hrs knocking on doors. Your day will likely go like this:
You arrive at the warehouse at around 1pm. You get in to the van... and are driven to a Starbucks near a territory. After an hour or so with a never-inspiring "pep talk"... you get back in the van and are dropped off in a neighborhood with a partner & a map.
If you start @ 3ish, you will probably be picked up around 7 or 8.
Back in the van, back to the warehouse around 9ish.
There are also events that we do, but that's a whole other crazy subject. Lately the events have been so bad...I don't even want to do them. I've lost lots of money on bad events. They do play mileage, but they don't – more... reimburse like $20/parking + admission to an event which they failed to follow up on...and then we don't have a booth. That's not worth waking up @ 5am on a Saturday for. I wish I was exaggerating.
This was a flexible semi-cool job last year, but they have recently gone through major changes and have tried to implement a system which only "punishes" sales reps. There is no reward for doing well. The sales team is managed by a couple of buffoons. There's no other way to describe them. They are a couple of hustlers who made the farms alot of money 2-3 years ago, and are now managing all the sales and marketing. They have no schooling, they are just a couple of street kids who's persistence has paid off for them. Good for them, but their only concern is to assure that YOU are working so they make more money (as they get a cut of your commission).
These guys are making probably 10K a month, while you might make 1-2K if you make your minimums. Right now, nobody is making their minimums, so they are unhappy and letting us know that we aren't working hard enough, or have bad attitudes. LOL. These are the "pep talks" before we go get doors slammed in our faces all night in the rain. Nice.
There is no real training, help, or clear direction. You are basically given a t-shirt, a clipboard, and some sign-ups. Then you are on your own, but with some pretty high expectations.
It's really a shame. This could be such a great place to work if they only valued their employees and gave us a reasonable pay scale or incentive package, and moved away from the door to door stuff. It isn't necessary and it isn't working for them.
Prepared to have dogs let loose on you:) – less