Advantage Sales and Marketing

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Office Position with Advantage Sales and Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time

    Pros

    The 7 minute commute to work,most of my co-workers were pleasant to work with. I have nothing good to say about the company itself.

    Cons

    I worked in one of the ASM offices, not as an RSM or demo person. That being said, my "favorite" con from working for ASM was having to wait in the parking lot until a manager arrived at the office to let us into the building! 20 degrees out? Too bad, wait in the car. 95 degrees out? Too bad, wait in the car. Pretty sure background checks are completed so that you don't have to worry about your employees stealing confidential information from the office. And if the reason for making us wait outside was so that we wouldn't have to be paid overtime, then you should have made everyone in the office salaried. But apparently half the office wasn't worthy of being salaried??

    I know this is a common complaint that any former employee will have but compensation was absolutely horrible if you were not in a management position. The word "raise" does not in exist in the ASM culture.

    It's difficult to enjoy coming to work when it is very obvious that your own boss would rather be dead on the side of the road than come into the office. The eye rolls were endless. (This is in regards not to my most recent boss but one before that, in the same office.)

    In my office of about 35 people, almost 20 employees left the company within a 2 year time period. These are people who left on their own, to move on to better jobs, none were fired/let go. Instead of wasting so much time and money on hiring new people, I suggest improving the "quality of life" at the office so you don't have as much turnover.

    The constant talk from upper mgmt in my office about ASM being "transparent" was such BS. There was so much secrecy and whisper whisper behind closed doors that it became a running joke among us "minions."

    I also hated that we were being controlled by a headquarters located 3,000 miles from us in California, but I am the one who chose to work for a huge national company that doesn't give a crap about the individuals. ASM acts like they are interested in you but it's only if you increase sales that quarter.

    Benefits are standard for full-time employees. Nothing special.

    To the CEO, Tanya Domier: your blog is lame. I'm sorry, it's so fake and forced and it made me dislike you even more than before you started it. And a blog should be updated weekly, not once in a blue moon. Honestly, some of my co-workers and I would get so anxious to read your new blog entries just so that we could rip it to pieces.

    I feel like working for this company was a waste of almost 3 years of my life. I don't think that I have learned anything seriously useful that could be used in the future in my career. But hey, thanks for helping me pay the rent and bills!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better. Both part-time and full-time employees. Don't treat us as disposable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    This company sucks - hard

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Demonstrator - Associate in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Demonstrator - Associate in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The only thing positive is that you don't have to take your own equipment to the store to do demos.

    Cons

    1. The rules change week to week
    2. You never a a job review or raise
    3. Seniority doesn't mean anything to them
    4. New employees who have never done the job can get paid up to $2 more per hour and get priority on the schedule
    5. You generally don't know your schedule more than 1 week in advance and therefore have no personal life
    6. No benefits or breaks allowed
    7. No mileage or travel time allowed
    8. Extreely bad website that constantly freezes up and getting their emails is always a surprise and thy have very poor communication skills so it isn't unusual to find out you deleted their email because they don't mark it as from ASM
    9. Management frequently doesn't have the mandatory training to do their job and lower pay scales are expected to cover their incompetent butt
    10. I have been with them nearly 5 years and have yet to have a job review or raise and am forced to drive 35 miles one way to work when there are jobs within 2 miles of my house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from the suggestions the underlings offer; pay fairly - for each demo you are billing out a minimum of $1000, we deserve more than $60 for doing the work; we deserve breaks and benefits; regular job reviews and raises and a minimum of $15 an hour isn't too much to ask with a minimum of 10% per year inflation index..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad experience in all ways

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advantage Sales and Marketing

    Pros

    I don't have nothing good to say for this Company. Very BAD experience

    Cons

    You have to drive 15 miles to stay 30 minutes in the store. So, what's the reason to go?
    Bad schedule, with stores in 3 or 4 towns in the same day just because is the same store name. They never schedule different stores in the same area.
    The job is just about driving and use your car to death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Comunication could be better

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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    ASM going downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company USED to help and support their employees

    Cons

    They have cut their mileage and now give the employees no support. I think I was paying them to work. Drove over 3K a month and was reimbursed around $200 a month for all car expenses. I worked there for 14 years with one small raise and although I always had good reviews and awards was ignored most of the time. My fault for sticking with them. A bad mistake on my part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a damn again about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dissatisfied Retail Sales Merchandiser

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Merchandiser

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The only two good things i can now say about this employer is the supervisor is not bad and the time is flexible if you do it right

    Cons

    The compensation is next to nothing and it is blamed on a very tight budget of which i question because of the size of the company and the level of work they are not ashamed to stock pile on us. I am at present seeking to get out of the outfit all together i do not feel this is a very stable company to work for. The compensation for vehicles of which the rate goes up and down with the fluctuating cost of fuel is wrong. it should remain the same consistently as this never makes up for the excessive wear on our personal cars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We understand the poor budget, but the cost of living is very high and you seriously need to re-evalute the pay system all together this is why employees leave the company.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Retail Sales Representive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working in the field no bosses looking over your work all the time. I did my job and went home.

    Cons

    I had 2 of the worst bosses I have ever had in my long career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people more money who do a great job. Stop paying much less than nomal for mileage on car useage. Stop paying the people at the top way too much and share the money with the people on the front line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Demo

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist/Event Demonstrator in Mason City, IA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist/Event Demonstrator in Mason City, IA

    I worked at Advantage Sales and Marketing part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, can be flleible

    Cons

    Hours are not always available. Had to quit cause of lack of hrs at times, it made my housing go up which woul;d been ok if I got similar hrs every week, there months I could not pay all my bills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some make the hrs more consistant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not worth your time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RSM
    Current Employee - RSM

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule, able to start working when you want

    Cons

    As an RSM you will be traveling everyday, the reimbursement for gas is a joke!!! you don't get paid until after you drive 40 miles as well. They will tell you what you want to hear in the interview process; that you will get all these opportunities to advance, but they don't exist. Management is extremely unprofessional and many of them have little experience and no idea what they are doing. Unless you are desperate for a job, I would not recommend this for anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Assembler of BBQ's and wheel barrows. No such thing as full time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Demo in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Food Demo in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing (less than a year)

    Pros

    Not many, good job if your anal retentive and seek a career in building barbeque pits and wheel barrows. Good place to hide if you lack ambition. Good job if you think only in the box. Good job if you have or don't have a GED.

    Cons

    This box is far too small to list the problems with this company. It takes two weeks to get on board. Their verification for ID and SS card can be ANYONE in the company phone list. So it's in the hands of someone who may or may not be ethical. takes 6 weeks to get on direct deposit. First check was over a month in getting to me. They don't care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some responsibility, Learn what the left hand is doing. Learn what the right hand is doing. Be able to find your butt with 6 hands if you had them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    LAME COMPANY, don't even think of working here!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Field Supervisor in Denver, CO

    I worked at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of?

    Cons

    Most dysfunctional company I have ever worked for. No vision, no direction, no training, no respect for employees and no money!! Blind leading the blind!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell and walk away, give someone else a chance who may have a clue!!.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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