This week I received yet another letter complementing on my growing business, and trying to recommend a service to benefit myself and the company. This is about the same time that my products have been on the internet long enough to begin appearing in Google's search, curiosity got to me on this company called the National Association of Professional Women.
So I turned to the internet (thank goodness for Google), and here is the down low of my findings.
1. Straight to the companies website and a front page statement "Join our community of over 600k professional women and revamp your career to success."
OK, so they are a company that joins women together, not to bad right? Further reading into the next page I read more about the online profiles, and connecting with other women who own companies (this is what is claimed to be over 600K professional women).
2. Now over to their social pages, believe it or not your social pages do say A LOT.
The Facebook page of this company has 41,828 likes, wait over 600k women and only 41,828 like the companies page? (In most companies this would be a different scenario if the company is a physical place, however this company is selling services that require internet use).
This means there are links to their social accounts everywhere, so the opportunity is always there. What happened to the roughly 558,172 thousand women? A little suspicious to me.
3. Thirdly, and far most importantly is to head on over to Glass Door and see what past employees are saying. Pretty much a sales company trying to sell use of this platform. I did some further more research to find many complaints about the company and it's services.
Below is a statement about the companies BBB rating, and statements about complaints.
It also appears that the company has had to deal with some negative statements in the past, check out this statement in the terms of service. They really focus on having defamatory statements made about NAPW and its members and or its membership community removed:
(Therefore, users agree not to engage in any conduct which in any way communicates such statements, including by posting them to any Internet site of any kind, whether controlled by a third-party or the user. In the event any user breaches this agreement, the user further agrees to the following)
Sounds a little too thought out to me? It's a resolution to a company threat, a threat that they have been fighting. It really makes me wonder just exactly how many articles and statements have been removed to this date?
Here's the full rundown from the website
4. And to finish my search, I turned to blogs. You can always find some in sightly information from blog posts. I was actually lucky enough to stumble across enough information about bad experiences with the National Association of Professional Women to make my conclusion.... No Thank You!
I highly recommend checking out this bloggers article about her experience with the companies representatives. It definitely made me feel good about throwing the letter away. I highly recommend that you do the same, you can network many other places for cheaper that have recommendations.
Remember, just throw it away..