Believe it or not, I lasted more than one day at Special Data Processing, now known as National Magazine Exchange. I lasted two days there back in 1997.
Every telemarketing place has a wrinkle, and SDP/NME is no different. Their wrinkle is they treat everyone the same, employees and callers alike: like crap. They also have a policy that if you leave the company on bad terms or just leave, they put you through a committee you’re not allowed to take part in. Most former employees aren’t welcomed back, no matter when you were hired.
For instance, I was hired in 1997. As I’m writing this blog entry, I am filling out an online application at NME, just to demonstrate that even 15 years later, I can’t get hired there. Of course, when I took the training class, they don’t tell you that they blacklist you for life. You find that out after the fact.
As I go to question 19 on the first page of the application, they ask me:
“Do you agree to abide by all Company Policies and Expectations, including Attendance & Dress Code?”
Now, I haven’t seen the policies and expectations as of yet, so how can I agree to policies and expectations without having any idea what they are? So I click no. Remarkably, the application doesn’t kick me out. After completing the application, it sends me to a page called “Application For Rehire.”
I’m asked why I left, and why I should be rehired. They don’t leave me enough text to answer the questions in full. When I get to the question about why I should be rehired, I answered: you’ll do what you want regardless of how I answer this question.
What, like I’m going to tell them I’m blogging about them?
And of course, when I go to submit my Rehire App, I get some kind of HTTP error. Ironic that a waste of a place just wasted several minutes of my time.