I’m a recruiter in the jewelry industry working exclusively with
bench jewelers and watchmakers on a nationwide basis. Although I
have not worked directly with Dana Augustine, I have worked many
times with jewelers who have worked for the company. From them I have
learned that Dana can be a good company to work for. Each jeweler
travels via van with a sales person. In their van they carry a
substantial inventory of product plus a portable jeweler’s bench, and
move from city to city doing their pre-scheduled re-mount shows. The
jeweler sets up their bench to support the salesman’s sales effort.
Typically doing sizings, head & sets, setting jobs, etc. If they are
fortunate to have a good show it can be a busy and long day for the
jeweler, as the work is predominantly “while you wait”. The jeweler
and salesperson get a per diem salary, a per diem for food, and they
have a commission schedule tied to their sales per show. The income
potential for their jewelers can be fairly lucrative. Most jewelers
contact me for assistance in finding a new position based on their
being weary of traveling on the road. The sales and jeweler teams can
be out anywhere from 6 to 13+ weeks at a time, thus making it a
little more difficult to maintain a cohesive family life. From my
experience with re-mount jewelers, most typically reach a period of
travel burnout somewhere around two years on the job, although I do
know some that have worked for the company for many years. The main
component is dealing with the travel.
Hope this helps David.
Vic Davis & Associates, Inc.