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Ummm--when you are hired as a secretary and there are 20 secretaries and 3 people in upper management, the secretaries 1.) do not have to front any money to get hired, and 2.) do not make money if they get one of their friends to become a secretary at the company.
So, it's nothing like a pyramid scheme.
Oh--and we're mean!
Not quite sure why this post is addressed to me, but I will assume it is a response to all who responded.
I am curious to find out what *your* definition of a pyramid scheme is.
BTW, there are no longer companies that have 20 and three people in upper management. IME, the *only* people who still have "secretaries" (psst - now thay are called assistants) are Executive VPs and higher. Lower level VPs and below are on their own. A whole department may have one assistant to help everyone though.
As for regular companies looking like pyramids- I just don't see it. Yes there is usually one person at the top- but there is a board above that. Plus, the number of assistant type employees is much smaller than the number of professional employees- who are more in the middle. Plus, the percentage of people who do direct sales is a small % of the company. MLM, pyramid, CDM type companies the number of direct sales people is much higher.
I don't think the ability to get a bonus or paid for your company hiring someone you recommended is exclusive to pyramid scheme type of marketing companies. In every company that my DH and I have worked, there was a recruitment bonus program. DH gets one every few years. Heck, even the federal government has recruitment bonuses.
If this were in fact a pyramid scheme, just as you said, there would be no product. If it were an MLM, then a person would be able to sponsor UNLIMITED amounts of people on their first line of referrals, there would be breakaways, (which is the reason for the whole issue of people "on the bottom" failing). A break away is where someone X sponsors someone Y. If Y then does better than X, the MLM will remove Y and place him/her above X, and that's why so many people fail at MLM. Don't get me wrong, I think that some MLM's are good companies with good products, but please don't confuse all network marketing with MLM, it simply is not accurate.
Also, if I the company that I am sponsored with is an MLM, then the insurance industry is also MLM, (because that is where this compensation plan came from) and also Avon, Jaffre, Princess House and Mary Kay. None of those companies are allowed to post their names on message boards, all of those companies give referral bonuses to their marketing executives, and those companies do not advertise in the mainstream either. AND no, I don't want to recruit anyone here, I don't want anyone's Money so please don't take it that way. I don't harass people or chase them down, I only try to help people who want to become involved in a home based business. My ultimate goal is to be able to work from home. I am also a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, and testify in court as an expert witness. I review medical charts for attorneys (plaintiff and defense) and my area of expertise is Geriatrics and nursing home litigation. This is because I am also a Nursing Director for a 139 bed nursing home. (Not bragging, just telling you what I do). Not all of us are crazed people trying to barge in on your board and steal your money. The company I am affiliated with is a member of the BBB, has been around for 20+ years, has helped decrease pollution by providing a "green" alternative to store brands that are diluted and then shipped,
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