I recently left Empire and wasn't paid around $500 commission owed. I concur exactly with what another ex-contractor said in that they are a complete rip-off (whatever the market will bear).
They bury finance costs, area rugs, and whatever else they can get away with so I left with some of my dignity intact.
Stay far away from this company as they are nothing but an advertising jingle with low quality polyester carpet that they sell at nylon prices. If they won't even pay former contractors what their owed do you think they care about the customer?
Monetary Loss: $500.