374 Sales Representatives from Vector Marketing submitted salaries.
Current President: John W. Whelpley
Vector Marketing started in 1981 as an independent distributor of Cutco Cutlery, a company that produces kitchen knives, accessories and sporting knives. In 1985, Vector Marketing became Cutco’s sole distributor. Both Vector Marketing and Cutco Cutlery are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Cutco Corporation.
The company is based in Olean, NY, and reports annual sales of over $200 million. To date, the company has approximately 250 offices throughout the United States and Canada. Vector is known for employing mostly student workers. Currently, Vector Marketing employs approximately 60,000 student workers per year for entry-level sales work.
Vector Marketing is a member of the Direct Selling Association and has to adhere to the association’s code of ethics. Despite that, the company has faced scrutiny and lawsuits because of its reliance on hiring student workers. Some complaints state that the company engages in unethical recruiting practices and does not tell potential student workers upfront their jobs duties. Reviews from past workers do support this complaint. Those looking to find Vector Marketing careers should make sure they ask questions upfront regarding their job duties.
The lawsuits, some still pending, and criticism about the company, also tie into Vector Marketing benefits – the area in which the company receives its lowest ranking. In fact, there is no information available regarding benefits at this company. This is attributed to the company’s reliance on hiring student workers who are considered independent contractors. Because most employees are contractors, they do not receive benefits, reimbursement for travel or training costs. Job seekers who want to work in sales and learn management skills will have to view those as the benefits because they will not receive traditional benefits such as health insurance.
The company states that its culture revolves around people, products and programs. Because the company’s focus is on sales, the Vector Marketing culture fosters a competitive environment where those who sell receive commissions and promotions. Vector’s policy of promoting from within supports this notion.
Every manager at Vector started working in an entry-level sales position. On its website, the company also states that “to be successful, we must first help others to succeed.” The company does offer scholarships and support to charities. In addition, reviews indicate that Vector Marketing provides an environment to learn how to sell. To fit into this company’s culture, candidates will need to feel comfortable working in an environment based on meeting quotas. Overall, people looking at working at Vector should know that the company emphasizes performance.
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