Your Questions About Our Interview With IDT Energy's Scammy Marketing Firm Answered

Thanks for all of the excellent feedback to, “Consumerist’s Job Interview With IDT Energy’s Scammy Marketing Firm.” Here are a few answers to your questions:

• Q:…Is this a pyramid scheme or a multi-level marketing scheme? What’s the difference?

A: In pyramid schemes, everyone loses but the guys at the top. Multi-level marketing schemes spread the wealth more equitably. The people at the bottom work according to the law of averages, which says if you knock on 100 doors, at least 5 people will say yes. From that, management adjusts your commission so you can earn something of a living…

• Q:…did you notice any of that “upper-level management” other than this guy [Chris Polke] in question? Any offices for such?

A:Yes. In addition to Chris’ office, there was another office occupied by someone in “upper-level management.” He too, conducted interviews. There was a third room we only caught a glimpse of, but it was large space with a whiteboard.

• Q:…Did they mention anything about salary, or hours?

A: Didn’t anyone tell you not to ask about salary during the first interview? Where are your manners? They spoke about both. The hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-8pm. The salary works out to about $100 per day.

Previously: Consumerist’s Job Interview With IDT Energy’s Scammy Marketing Firm


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  1. kerry says:

    $10/hour for 10 hours a day, six days a week? That sounds pretty cruddy, not to mention adding on the overwhelming suckage of knocking on doors for those 10 hours. Ooof, now I feel bad for these guys.

  2. Botch says:

    No one made them take the job.

  3. kerry says:

    @Botch –
    Well, duh. But for most people work is work and whatever gets you money will have to do. It pays better than Starbucks (I assume, Starbucks around here starts at ~$7.50/hr with 40 hours a week), so I can see it being attractive, but the pay for the number of hours still sounds cruddy.

  4. homerjay says:

    There HAS to be a comission on top of that. Its a sales organization. What kind of sales organization doesn’t compensate through comission? (retail doesn’t count)

  5. yordad says:

    Audition? Ok, obviously you censor what you put on here. Funny how you consider yourself a journalist, and then present a complete one sided OPINION as fact. I don’t know if you know this, but my friend has IDT supplying gas for his Coned account, and he noticed they were way cheaper. There is a site called You should look at it. Seems it would have been easier just to check it out on a NYS regulated site rather than try to be a spy. If you check this site you will notice they are drastically lower in some areas of NYS in compared to local utility companies. This is just a smear campaign, and has very little fact, and all negatively worded opinion. And. To further your one-sided view, I highly doubt you will post this.

  6. Naty says:

    well my father had joined with IDT (a rep knocked on the door and told my dad he was with Con-Ed)and told him he would save “UP TO” 7% on their Con-Ed bills, the energy bills were incredibly high. he was being charged 2 seperate bills, 1 for Con-Ed and the other for IDT. i had called to cancel and the lady over the phone said that the cancelation would take up to 60 business days to show up on the bill, i called 2 months later and asked them why are we still being billed and they said that a cancellation wasnt put through (the first idiot that i spoke with didnt put in my request to cancel the account, but yet gave me a cancellation number) so i finally cancelled and hoping that we dont get charged again.