By Morgayne Mulkern
Cutco Cutlery, the branch of vector marketing that sells kitchen knives is a scam. This company has offices in Bridgewater and many other locations, and I am constantly watching my friends and other students around me apply for Cutco jobs and regret their decision soon after.
Also, I, like other Bridgewater State University students, find their constant advertising by their student workers on campus to be somewhat annoying.
I have talked to many people who have been dissatisfied working for Cutco. The company is like a giant machine, where the students or workers they hire are interchangeable parts, constantly being replaced for someone better. Simply put, if a worker fails to sell enough kitchen knives, they are fired.
I was not surprised then, when James McFarlane, a sophomore and criminal justice major at Bridgewater State, said he had a dissatisfactory experience as a past Cutco employee.
“They were really pushy,” McFarlane said. “The beginning seemed good but then I did not like the middle part of working there, and by the end it was just miserable.”
He also said he was basically forced to quit and that Cutco is very quick to fire their employees.
Kaiya Davis, a social work major, and sophomore at Bridgewater State said she had a friend with a similar experience to McFarlane.
“My friend tried working for Cutco her freshmen year, and quit after only a few weeks,” Davis said. “It seems as though the students that work for them always quit after a short period of time. My friend said that it was a terrible experience, and that she wished that she had never gone to do it.”
Aside from the fact that Cutco does not seem like a good job choice, they also have an overwhelming presence on campus. Not only do they have student workers posting on the white boards around campus, but they have their student workers handing out information on Cutco to other students walking by.
“I do not like the way they advertise on campus,” McFarlane said. “I am just trying to walk by and they are literally pushing the information into my hands.”
Davis agreed with McFarlane that their advertising on campus is overbearing.
“I have always felt uncomfortable about the presence of Cutco on campus,” Davis said. “They always stand near the west side of campus handing out cards to promote their business, and they make you feel compelled to take one, even if you don’t want to.”
It is incredible to me that Cutco seems to be nothing short of a hire and fire operation. Sure, they might seem like a good way to earn some extra cash, but it does not seem to be a job worth the time of a typical, busy college student, especially one that is low on cash, and hoping for a steady job.
Morgayne Mulkern is a Comment staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.