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    If you thought these thieves were done because of their false goodbye letter on their website, think again. This cunning business has rebranded itself and moved to NY, NY to tap into the major education market and slink away into obscurity. I don't think so Minimax! Headed by their old staff of Clark Guo, Barron Gatti, Martin Brugel and a few new faces, you'll be essentially getting the same crappy service in a new package. These thieves took over $2,000 from me for dissertation services never rendered. They lost my data, provided a thesis paper barely recognizable by anyone in... More...
    (Education, Schools)

    You are hereby forewarned. This is an absolute FRAUD. Minimax Consulting = MCG International = They claim to have top notch "Analysts" and Statistical Consultatns who will review and complete your work but when you ask them to complete any work involving the skills of someone with better than a fifth grade education they simply shut down and never respond. They don't even know simple concepts in statistics. I spent more than $3,000 and got crap in return. They don't consult with you and they LIE, LIE, LIE. The funny thing is they asked me to send a check... More...
    (Education, Schools)
  • They are FRAUDS - plain and simple

    I hired them for $1500 ($750 deposit) to do my data analysis, results write-up and discussion outline. My contract from super friendly yet completely full of BS PattiLou Normand stated a 10 day turnaround. About 5 days after the work was supposed to be done I reached out and started calling regularly. I'd get emails from Clark Guo "assuring" me that the work would be done on time. My project manager Zhongyi sounded half asleep each time we spoke. Each time he'd promise to get me something to work with by the end of the day. I never received anything, NOT A THING... More...
    (Education, Schools)
  • MCG International = Minimax Consulting

    After $2000 of false editing and false claims, I finally find the reviews that state I'm not alone :( I highly urge against this company that literally STOLE my money and delivered me an APA edit that my dog could've done better. Visit to get information on how to file a complaint with the Rhode Island Attorney general and USPS if you mailed in your payment. These thieves have to be stopped. They are changing their name to MCG International to mislead other unsuspecting grad students. More...
    (Education, Schools)

    Minimax Consulting is now calling themselves MCG. DO NOT FALL FOR IT. They are still the horrid company and I wish I read these reviews! I spent $2500 on a dissertation edit from a four year old. It was equivalent to taking my money, pouring gas on it and setting it on fire. They will use high pressure tactics, a jovial voice and promises for years! Just to take your money. They have a BBB rating of "F"! Avoid them at all costs. More...
    (Education, Schools)
    RunRunRun's Picture   RunRunRun    0 Comments   Comments
  • Regretful

    I paid $3800 to Minimax for the organization of chapters 4 and 5 of of a proposed dissertation. After I got the result after a month of bothering them, results did not meet the standards I am expecting. The organization was very horrible. I am not sure if the reviewers had a degree or specializations or not. The results they provided was very poorly organized. So much issues to deal with them but I regret paying them the big amount for the horrible job they do. I do not recommend minimax at all to any vying doctoral student. More...
    (Education, Schools)
    Regretful's Picture   Regretful    1 Comments   Comments

    Folks, I wish I had read these reviews before I fell victim to the scam artists in this company. I am out $2,200 and no chapter four. The person that I initially contacted almost 10 weeks ago told me that my chapter four would be ready in two weeks!!!! Now, I am not getting a refund and no chapter. And to be honest, according to these reviews, if I do ever get it, I don't have any doubt that it will be a piece of crap. What a waste of money - this is completely criminal! More...
    elledobbs's Picture   elledobbs    0 Comments   Comments
  • Waste of Money

    I should have know better when it took 2 months and $2k to get a review of my dissertation Ch 3. Foolishly, I asked for assistance for Ch 4 because I was told (in writing) that it would only take 2 days for the data to be returned. Then my Chair said the data was all wrong and poorly written. If you go with Minimax Consulting you are just throwing your money out the window. More...
    (Education, Schools)
    Texaco's Picture   Texaco    0 Comments   Comments
  • Worst Experience of My Life

    Whatever you do, DO NOT send this scam of a company any money. I wired over a $2000 via western union in the hopes that my dissertation would be properly edited and proofread. Unlike others, I wasn't expecting anything from scratch. I put it all the work, I just needed some added content, reference check, and general editing. Boy, did I get none of that. I got a perfectly unedited version of my dissertation. It was literally as if I emailed it to myself. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wished I looked up this crappy company before I sent them my money. Do yourself a favor and do not... More...
    (Education, Schools)
    RunAwayFar11's Picture   RunAwayFar11    1 Comments   Comments
  • The worst of the worst

    Run from this company. Do not be a sucker like the rest of us, unknowingly were. They will take your money, and you will never hear from them again. I paid them $1800.00 to review a document that was already done. That was on April 20, 2010. It is now May 14, 2010, and they are long gone with my money ($1800.00). Again if you happen to see this before you give your money to them, run now! I am seeking help from BBB and an attorney and the RI State Attorney. But you need to run from this company! More...
    (Education, Schools)
    alicemaria's Picture   alicemaria    1 Comments   Comments
  • Bad Business :(

    How it works: They promise you the world, build you up so you believe that the money you're investing is really going to a good cause (your dissertation - and blood, sweat and tears) and so you western union them $3000 to get your analysis. You wait for 6 months thinking that they must be putting in the extra effort - especially since it was only supposed to take a couple of weeks - you call and call and call, email after email until finally you get it...the biggest piece of crap you could imagine. And they say they've held up their end of the bargain with unverified results and... More...
    (Education, Schools)
  • Believe what you read on website about this company

    Minimax sales representative promises that an expert will review your thesis, 3 chapters, in 5-7 business days for a fee of $1,800. After 3 weeks, I began calling every day as I received no work. I received 5 emails stating that the 'analyst' was working hard on my project and it would be completed any day. Any day became 35 days. When I questioned the delay, I received an email from a Director stating that the work was being reviewed by a senior editor, and that I needed to submit $1,800 more as my project was actually completed, 100 pages, 10 chapters. I was shocked - asking... More...
    (Education, Schools)
    traveller115's Picture   traveller115    0 Comments   Comments
  • Absolutely

    I sought the help of this company for my literature review. What a HUGE mistake that was. After them taking $1000, that they later refused to refund, they continually gave me the run around claiming my PhD level work was being worked on by someone on the educational plane. The work I got back was literally done by a sixth grader. It was horrendous. Just runaway from this scam of a company. They even had the audacity to request MORE money from me if I wanted a final draft. REPORT THEM TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF RHODE ISLAND. I read elsewhere that's the only way they will be stopped... More...
    KBusia's Picture   KBusia    1 Comments   Comments
  • Minimax's Results Cannot Be Verified

    Minimax Consulting will not send you statistical output that can be replicated -- an inherent part of the scientific method. They will not supply you with the most fundamental information about the procedures they followed: what stats package was used and the version, sample observations used, how they handled missing and outlier data, if the data had to be transformed and how, any randomization or jackknifing done, no CIs reported for any test statistic, no graphical output, whatsoever. When you request verification, PattiLou Normand will claim repeatedly that they have met all contractual... More...
    (Education, Schools)
    Suz64's Picture   Suz64    1 Comments   Comments
  • Complaint

    Any rep. will also refuse to supply you with the name of the legal firm that represents them -- HUGE red flag, folks. All of you who have also been screwed over by Minimax Consulting need to file complaints with the Attorney General's Office of RI. Myself, I am sending a packet of all correspondences/lies to Dateline, and all the major newspapers in NA. Somebody will take notice. More...
    nevergiveup's Picture   nevergiveup    2 Comments   Comments
  • Minimax are Scam Artists

    I paid these complete and total morons over $3000 and I had an experience similar to that which I am reading here. It should have been a red flag to me, or anyone that considers hiring Minimax, that they will not take credit cards or PayPal. They will only take money orders, wire transfers, etc… because they know that there is little or no recourse. It is nearly impossible to get your money back. At least with a credit card or PayPal you can file a complaint to get your money back. I did find a website for a man named Patrick Lynch who is the Attorney General in Rhode Island.... More...
    morganjhnsn4's Picture   morganjhnsn4    0 Comments   Comments
  • Not True Statisticians

    I turned to Minimax when a series of personal problems kept me from devoting time to completing a fairly complicated analysis using SAS. The first write-up they sent me was a total joke and full of errors, and I insisted on a phone call to try and straighten things out. My "personal statistician" did not even know how to interpret odds ratios correctly, and completely botched a logistic regression analysis. I ended up having to re-do the entire thing myself, and barely completed everything in time to graduate. I am out $2500, and am wondering if there is any way to get my money... More...
    (Education, Schools)
    piedpiper's Picture   piedpiper    0 Comments   Comments

    The ABSOLUTE WORST company I have ever worked with. They were very nice and polite on the phone which is what initially attracted me to them, but that's were the positives end. I think they must have had a second grader work on my project. After complaining they promptly said they would fix the problem and so I'm guessing they hired a 5th grader to finish it up. I was so sick of dealing with them and their crappy service that I just decided to move on and do the work myself. Take my word for it... DONT use this company! I threw away $2,200 and angered myself in the process. All... More...
    (Education, Schools)
    fcervera's Picture   fcervera    0 Comments   Comments
  • WARNING! Bad Statistical Analysis

    Minimax's statistical consulting was very bad. They make it seem like they are very knowledgeable, but if you ask more questions, the whole facade crumbles. I was using a model that they recommended. By the end of the process, I knew more about this technique than they did, and was shocked at how poorly they had advised me. They never looked at how well the model fit, they didn't care. I ended up having to redo the entire empirical analysis due to huge errors on their part. Do not use them if you care about the reliability of your empirical research. They will always have an... More...
    (Education, Schools)
    ericinma's Picture   ericinma    0 Comments   Comments
  • WARNING!! Minimax is a scam!!

    Be wary. These people are serious scam artists. It sounds like all the good reviews posted here were written by one person. Even if you don't believe me, just be careful and circumspect, and don't give them your money without checking them out. Ask them for references, if they do indeed have happy former clientele, it shouldn't be a problem. I saw this on another consumer review website: Complete scam, run by an ex-con whose wife is now only shown on the website as Peter is on the run: More...
    (Education, Schools)
  • Takes Advantage of Desparate Doctoral Students

    I contacted Minimax when I was desparate to complete my statistical analysis. Although I was told that the analysis could be completed within a two week period, I received a very basic and unprofessional type document six weeks later. At that point I had missed deadlines with my committee. Further the organization never took my calls and I was never provided basic customer service in terms of follow-up, etc. However, I did receive a courtesy call late April requesting additional money. Please do not use this service. I am currently in the process of trying to retieve funds. Do not support... More...
    (Education, Schools)
    DoctorR's Picture   DoctorR    3 Comments   Comments
  • SCAM -- The Truth About "Minimax"

    The owner "P.C. Chabot" is really Peter W. Chabot, a convicted felon who was found guilty of SEC securities fraud and sentenced to time in prison. Here is the story from Forbes: "Last year, Peter W. Chabot of Chabot Investments pled guilty to securities fraud in New York's southern district court. Chabot had raised $1.2 million from 14 investors by claiming he was an experienced securities trader who had developed a mathematical model telling him when to buy or short stocks. Between 1999 and 2001, Chabot claimed stupendous results for his theory. But the results... More...
    (Education, Schools)
    tfranconi's Picture   tfranconi    8 Comments   Comments
  • Slick Thievery BEWARE

    Baron Gati did the "bait and switch" -- promising and sounding legitimate... I paid $2000 for the whole dissertation to be edited...It never happened...DON'T EVER SEND THEM MONEY...It is equivalent to getting a lighter and just burning it. You think they are working on your stuff, you get it back, and nothing has been done.Baron who is the "deal-maker" (sociopath) inspires your confidence, collects the money, and then when you need some answers he is transferred to another part of the company. It is so dishonest. It is hard to believe. I am going to report them to... More...
    (Education, Schools)
    JaneAdams's Picture   JaneAdams    3 Comments   Comments
  • Phd Dissertation

    They pretend to be professional though they are nothing but bunch of people who make money by false promises. I am sure all the positive feedbacks posted here are made by themselves. After many weeks delay, I got a very incomplete paper which wasn’t presentable to my committee at all. They didn’t revise it or refund my $ 1650 payment. You cannot count on them in any ways. Be aware and stay away from them. More...
    (Education, Schools)
    Alex35's Picture   Alex35    5 Comments   Comments
  • Master level statistical analysis assistant

    Minimax Consulting is definitely NOT WORTH PAYING FOR. I guess I can't call them a scam because they did send me a paper. However, I would say the writer's academic level of writing only deserved a C-. (That is the grade I received). Upon receiving the paper, I had a friend intensely revise it for me. It contained numerous spelling errors and typos. When I suggested to the writer that some revisions should be made because certain words were not used in the correct context, the writer reputed my opinion and told the 'info support' people that I am saying this because of... More...
    (Education, Schools)
    JayJay's Picture   JayJay    2 Comments   Comments

    They simply stink. I completely agree with the first comment here. I am sure the other positive comments are left by the company’s representatives. They are big LIERS.I throw $2000 in trash by trusting them. They pretend to be professional in what they are doing though they are just bunch of business people looking to get your money then providing you bunch of crabs, completely out of your subject . My experience with them was horrible.STAY AWAY FROM THEM if you care for your money, dissertation and committee!!!!!! More...
    (Education, Schools)
    pampoly's Picture   pampoly    1 Comments   Comments


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