Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Sterling, VA – September 24, 2012
This was a total sales job. I enjoyed it while it lasted. It was only a summer job during college. Kirby's are very wonderful pieces of equipment, but very expensive. It taught me that the world of sales is not all its cracked up to be. Cold calls are the worst. I know that sales isn't my forte.
Would never work for this place again and I recommend that nobody else does either. I actually sold these things too. The hours are terrible though, the commission on them is awful, and the room for advancement is a joke.
Desk Assistant (Former Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – June 7, 2017
Learning new tricks with the vacuums but also taking down appointments for interviews kept me busy. I would have 3-4 phones that I would have to answer and it was non stop. I also made copies of the contracts and put them in the correct files and made new contracts as well. I also interviewed people to see if they were the right candidates to work for this place.
Sales Manager (Former Employee) – Bremerton, WA – May 30, 2017
Working at Kirby was very challenging every day. I learned how to deal with a lot of rejection. The management were very positive and fun people whom taught me success through professional work practices. The hardest part was getting rejected and the most enjoyable part was making a sale.
Very good work environment! The management team was really great people and treated us all very respectfully. The only thing we had to do was call customers off the list we were given and read our 3 questions and that was it! Pretty simple! If someone was interested then we take their information down and pass the information to management!
INDEPENDENT SALES PERSON (Former Employee) – Hoover, AL – May 13, 2017
The hours are long. The employee has the option to take an hourly salary or take commission pay. The commission pay is worth the work and the company shows you exactly what to do to be successful. The workplace is very competitive. The hardest part about the long hours is doing them day after day Monday through Saturday. If you have small children then this job may not be for you.
Independent Contractor (Former Employee) – North Ridgeville, OH – May 6, 2017
Was not always guaranteed you were going to make a sale and make money for working 12 hours a day. Your life revolved around working at Kirby while you were out working most of the day you didn't have enough time to sleep or even have time to yourself. Kirby wasn't for me ,introducing people to an vacuum in their house.
Receptionist (Former Employee) – Fishers, IN – April 28, 2017
did almost all of the work aside from sales in the office along with being treated like a maid for a boys club for a year and a half as well as cleaning up other rental properties in the building for a measly 7.25$ an hour
Door-to-door sales, commissioned based (Former Employee) – Tacoma, WA – March 30, 2017
Like the business model, but personally was not one for giving a sales pitch. commission based, did not work for me, and thus found it difficult to balance my living budget and work to solely base my income off of Kirby. If I feel more confident in sales I may give a shot at Kirby again..
Sales (Former Employee) – Northern Utah – February 22, 2017
I needed a job and there was an ad on the internet offering some pretty substantial income at entry level. I was intrigued and went for an interview. I found out I would be selling Kirby vacuums which was not mentioned in the ad, but I needed a job, so I took it. Selling is not an issue for me, but my wife was pregnant and the sales took a long time and there were nights that I didn't get to see my family. It did teach me to grind it out to make a sale though.
The owner has no respect for employee's or personal life beyond the companies benefit. (Deceased family members was not a valid reason to miss work even.) The employee's are taught to "get the sale" and this means by any means necessary whether it be lying or failing to provide information.
Team leader/Hiring Manager (Current Employee) – Newburgh, NY – November 27, 2016
My time with Kirby was excellent. I had been a sales rep for a few months before I moved into a management position. The commission is great, and the earning potential is fantastic, although it is hard to get by if you don't take the opportunity seriously. For me, the reason I left the company is because of the work life balance, the hours are long, very long, and because it is commission based, there are times where it is better to stop working than to keep being pushed farther. Dealers are expected at the office at 9 and the day doesn't end until after 8pm, sometimes being as long as a 15 hour day 6, and sometimes 7 days a week.
lots of experience, lots of room for growth, lots of earning potential