Your Name: Stephanie
Date Joined MK: 2001 / 2005
When Left MK or Still Active?: 2001 / 2006
Initial Inventory Purchased: 3500
How were you recruited?:
2001: Went to a party at the dorm where the local director was the consultant and signed from there.
2005: Ran into a friend who’s mom sold Mary Kay. Signed under her.
Memorable experience you had in MK:
2001: Daily phone calls (even when I was in class) asking how much I sold that day.
2005: Director’s twice daily phone calls and her rude comment about my family ~~ We had just purchased a new puppy whom got really sick. So while she was in K-State Vet Clinic fighting for her life, the conference was a few weeks away.
I was getting daily phone calls from my director with her telling me that I NEEDED TO GO.
About 10 days before deadline the person whom I signed under (she was very nice – no problem with her) called and asked if I had made a decision. When I told her that I had decided I wasn’t going to go because I didn’t want to put my family in that financial pinch since I had just purchased $3000.00 in product. She said she would miss me, but understood completely and wished Opal (pet) luck in getting well.
The final straw happened about 20 minutes later when my director called me house DEMANDING to know why I wasn’t going. When I told her my reason she said: Did your husband know that this is training you couldn’t get here? Does your husband know that you will get nowhere if you don’t attend this conference? Does your husband realize this is YOUR business NOT HIS? Does he realize how stupid he is being right now? Do YOU realize how stupid YOU’RE being right now?
THAT WAS IT! I had enough of her! I had already told her why I, ME, and ONLY ME, had decided not to go – it had nothing to do with him. I informed her it was completely my decision and he was supporting me either way. And from now on, she was not to call my house or talk to my husband, EVER AGAIN!
What did you learn from MK?:
After the 2005 experience, I learned to stand up for myself and my family, so I am grateful for that lesson. Though, I will never say another good thing about this company.
After informing the person whom sign me up in 2005 I was stopping, I went to one last meeting and informed the director I did not appreciate her attitude toward my husband nor did I appreciate her comments about my family or me. I showed her the letter I was sending to Mary Kay so she knew what I was going to form a complaint about. She did not apologize. She said I was making a “HUGE MISTAKE and WOULD REGRET IT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!”
After sending the letter to Mary Kay, I was at least expecting a phone call or a form letter – but I got NOTHING! My ex-director had never been contacted about her actions toward my husband or I.
Since leaving, I have found at least 15 to 20 people whom have been under that same director and have all left because of the same treatment of their families and themselves.
What are you doing now?:
I have my own home-based business with a woman’s company whom REALLY does not push…
You do your thing and they are there to help if you ask. But you must ask.
Additional Comments: I believe many experiences with Mary Kay depend on the type of people whom you are under. If you have people who support and not nag then you’re off to a good start. Though, this company does not support that theory – they support – MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN! FORGET WHAT OUR SLOGAN IS!