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ANN SUMMERS IS THE WORST COMPANY TO WORK FOR!!!
Ann Summers Party Organising
Author Name: JUSTPISSEDOFF
Ann Summers Party Organising
Advantages: ABSOLUTELY NONE!!!
Disadvantages: THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE
I signed up to work for ann summers thinking it would be a really fun and rewarding job, (BIG MISTAKE)...
when i signed up i was told that i would have to go to a team meeting once a week (fair enough) although the meetings were not meetings at all (they were basically a chance for the team leader /manager to sell of the stock she had over bought or had been left with.
it took about 3 weeks for my kit to be delivered (to my managers house)<<< strangely... then i had to wait until the next team meeting to get 'issued' the kit. when i got to the meeting the manager sa me down and pulled out an open cardboard box... i didn't think much of it at the time, only when i got home i realised that half of the kit that was listed on the receipts was missing and had been replaced with stock from the previous catalogue :/ (the manager had opened the box and taken out what she wanted and replaced the amount of items she had taken with cheaper stuff!!!.... what they also don't tell you is that they charge you around £4 a week for your kit which they automatically debit your account for...
after a couple of weeks of trying my hardest to get parties booked in i was getting nowhere... i had been promised full training yet had absolutely none!!! i had paid out for advertisements in the local newspapers, business cards, even had my own posters and flyers made to hand out and put in the local shops.
every sunday you are supposed to phone your manager to give her your 'figures' for the previous week... my manager would be constantly texting me all week until it got to sunday and then not a peep... she didn't answer her phone on a sunday and so i couldn't give her my figures (the ones i did have) i decided to text her my figures most sundays. at one of the following meetings i was singled out and made a show of because according to my manager i never gave her my figures and in front of the rest of the team i was given a 'warning'.... FUMING!!!!
if that wasn't enough during another of the team meetings we were supposed to have a one to one meeting with the manager although during the meeting my manager asked for the details of the parties that i had booked into my diary for the next 6 weeks, i had around 11 parties booked in (the most that i had ever had booked) being new to the job i didn't think anything of giving her the details until a few days later when i got a phone call from a friend that i had booked a party for the following week... she said that she had just had a phone call from another ann summers party planner telling her that if she swapped her party to have it with her that she would give her all sorts of goodies... after phoning around a few of the other party hostesses i had booked in they had all had the same phone call!!! I WAS LIVID....
after around 6 months of working for ann summers and earning all of around £50 :/.... i decided that enough was enough, i was sick of all the hassle...it was costing me more to work for them than i was actually earning despite my best efforts... i have worked 'self employed' selling the avon for over 3 years and absolutely loved every minute although i have never experienced anything like working for ann summers....
when i decided to stop working for them i was told that i had to give my kit back (or goods amounting to the original worth of the kit)... annoying as when i received my kit i had been had off by my own manager.. still i wanted out and so packed up the kit plus an extra £25 worth of stuff and boxed it up. I had three options to send the kit back i could post it (the box was massive and heavy and postage would have cost a lot), give it to my manager to send back (as if i could trust her)... or arrange for the ann summers courier to pick it up from my house (that sounded the safest option)... when the courier arrived i asked him for a receipt to say that he had picked up the package and was told that they don't issue receipts... i told him i wasn't letting him take it unless he gave me a receipt, so to his dismay he wrote on the bottom of a sorry we missed you card *1 package collected from (first line of my address) and his signature* i thought fair enough iv got proof iv sent it back and thought nothing else of it....
that was until 6 months later when i started receiving letters in the post saying that i was owing ann summers obscene amounts of money because according to them they hadn't received my kit back and i had outstanding charges on my account... NO EFFING WAY!!! i checked my account and found loads of transations that i had never seen before coming from the last couple of months (some were for at least £500 a time!!! the delivery address i had never heard of) and none of which had been paid for!!!..... after hundreds of calls to ann summers and visits to solicitors (causing me to lose more money) a year and half later and i am still battling with ann summers trying to clear my name!!! iv had letters through the post threatening with bailiff action, court action, (sooo much stress). my solicitor and I researched and found around 20 other girls in my area alone that have had similar experiences and have contacted them to come forward and take action against this shamble of a company!!!!!
i swear i will clear my name.... i have never been treated anything like this in all my life...
I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND ANYONE TO WORK FOR ANN SUMMERS!!!!! EVER!!!!!!
Summary: DO NOT EVEN GO THERE, THE WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!! NOT EVEN WORTH THE 1 STAR