Pros: part time - work life balance
Cons: many hours of unpaid time
First of all let me start by saying as an engagement specialist you are not an employee of PromoWorks, but they do expect you to perform like an employee of the company in many ways. You are considered an independent contractor.
They set the rate of pay for the demos, not you. Weird since engagement specialists (ES) are independent contractors (ICs). They also claim to audit and oversee your events, again weird since ES's are supposed to be ICs.
There is a lot of unpaid time working demos before and after all demo events. You are only paid for the time you spend working in the store. You have to call the store to see if they have the product and if they do not have it, you need to find out when they will receive it, you need to call and activate your debit card, read up on the product so you know what you are talking about, pack your kit (which you need to store in your house before the demo) and equipment in the car for the demo etc. This is all unpaid time! Afterward you need to do a call report, copy your papers, write out the envelope, put a stamp on it and mail, wash your equipment and store again. Once again, all unpaid time, not to mention expense with ink cartridges and stamps.
If you don't have a skillet, microwave and toaster oven available to use for the demos, they will not want to hire you for future events even though some events are just sampling. More expense and more stuff to store.
Most of the time the store could care less whether you are there or not, as long as you are not set up in a bad location. You need to be extremely friendly and outgoing to the – more... store employees as well as the customers.
They have you work exactly six hours with no lunch, only two 15 minute breaks not to be taken together or at the end of the day.
Don't refuse jobs or they will not call you again.
Just like any other job, the other ES's for the company are keeping their eye on you so they can go and tell the supervisor what you may be doing wrong.
Long story short, be on your toes at all times you never know who or what will come up to your table... – less