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American Marketing and Publishing Reviews

Updated July 2, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
188 Reviews

3.6
188 Reviews
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American Marketing and Publishing CEO Abram Andrzejewski
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you believe in the products and are excited to help small business owners, you will succeed (in 21 reviews)

  • Very rewarding job, love being able to help small business owners grow their businesses affordably (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Don't forget all the time you have to spend searching for the home based businesses and it's nearly impossible to find an accurate, up-to-date list (in 8 reviews)

  • At AMP I work just as hard as the small business owners that I call on every day (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Starts off great, but sours quickly once you realize it's all about the sales field and never about the office staff.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  DeKalb, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in DeKalb, IL

    I have been working at American Marketing and Publishing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The non-management office positions are 9am-5pm, which gives time for evenings with family. We sometimes get to leave early before holidays, but that seems to be happening more and more rarely. The benefits are also fairly nice and our medical, dental, and vision are top notch. We do pay quite a bit for the benefits, but we could pay a lot more for much worse coverage. The coverage for medical, dental, and vision is some of the best I've seen in my entire time in the workforce.

    Cons

    The company is all about the sales field. Even we have meetings that are just the office staff, we still focus mainly on the sales field and the advances that they would have. We were even once told that if we have any friends who were bartenders, waitresses, or anyone who makes less that $30,000 a year, to give their information to the recruiters so that we could get them into the sales field. Most of the people in the office, even those that have been there for a number of years, make significantly less than that $30,000 per year. This just showed how out of touch our upper management was with the issues of the "common" employee. Hard work is not rewarded and advancement in the company is a dream that few reach. The "Employee of the Quarter" voting is a popularity contest and it seems like the management picks the winners, instead of the office personnel picking the winners (as is intended).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the hard work of your office staff. Reward hard work and the people who have busted their butts to help your company excel. We in the office couldn't possibly care less about how awesome the sales field as it. We don't want to hear about how much they are making when we have to scrape to get by on what we make. Let some of the money that we are helping you to make trickle down to us. Without the Admin team figuring out what the chicken scratch on the contract is trying to say so they can enter it, and without the Production team figuring out how to build and proofread the ads, your company would go nowhere. Without the Customer Care team listening to screaming customers and the Accounting team making the hard calls to collect money, the company would be going nowhere. Reward the "other half" of your business. Take a look at comparable salaries in the area and payyour people accordingly. I make less than the bottom 10% of people in DeKalb who have my job title, and it shouldn't be that way for a company that wants to double in size in the next 18 months. Lastly, Abe needs to take a look around the office and be more involved with his office personnel. I think a lot of things are swept under the rug and Abe never gets to see how things truly are. I think if he knew that 90% of his office staff was miserable and would walk if given the chance for a better position, and the fact that a lot of the office personnel have resumes out on the internet, he might want to change things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Company

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

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None that I can think of...

    Cons

    GPS unit placed on you for your work day so you are baby sat adequately. Pay was horrible with a base of $24k (Poverty line is 17k btw so you are literally 7k above poverty for the year - yippee!!!). Working until 7pm a couple nights a week (mandatory) was delightful. I loved missing time with the family. Ugh!! Finally, how good can this company be? Just ask the 300-400 people EVERY YEAR who either quit or get fired...they'll tell you. Speaks volumes. RUN!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are ALL drinking the Kool Aid. There is no advice for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible place to work

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

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There were no pros in working for this company. It was a total use job and taking advantage of people.

    Cons

    Mislead entirely in the interview process. The training for a week in DeKalb was horrible. I was expected there at
    7 am and was out at 6 pm with several hours of homework. i was told during training they were putting a tracking device on my phone that I pay for and would be monitored daily, news to me...is this the Gestapo?? i WENT ON CALLS WITH MY MANAGER AND SHE BASICALLY WAS JUST HARASSING THE PEOPLE WE CALLED ON...several kicked us out or said they would call the police. They were just ignored repeatedly when they did not want the product. At night we were ringing doorbells at ramshackle homes..very scary!! The ongoing sales calls, emails and texts NEVER STOPPED. I was still working long after I got home. The worst job I ever had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your breaking the law in soliciting in these communities without permit.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waste of valuable time. Misled on all aspects of the position during the interview.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - B2B Sales  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - B2B Sales in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The owner is an excellent person.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of miles and wear on your car. Most decision-makers are never available to speak with you when entering a business. Technology has devoured the print-advertising industry. Better chance of success if you work in Illinois.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management in Illinois does not seem to understand how their business is operating in the other states.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    mary kay would be proud

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    Former Employee - Local Account Executive  in  Schererville, IN
    Former Employee - Local Account Executive in Schererville, IN

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    there are none worth mentioning

    Cons

    not enough space to steer you away

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful  

    Ridiculous Business Practices

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Lowell, IN
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Lowell, IN

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are cheerful? Senior Managment was helpful and did give me a good review when I chose to leave.

    Cons

    Let me start by saying that I am a salesman....er woman. I've handled accounts across the country. This job is not sales. It is finding the right words to con people out of their money. Scripts are provided.

    The first town I was put in, I was the 4th person visiting the territory. They state that you will be put into a town just starting the renewal process.

    The hours were honestly insane and for Golden hours, the only people you could visit were home businesses. Most of them were eating dinner at that point or just getting home and did not want to speak to someone trying to take money from them.

    The product is of a dying breed. I mean, the phone book is good for a quick look up, but people are going to use the internet for reviews.The text marketing program is a great program but only for certain business and they have to be taught to take full advantage of it.

    You are definitely not reimbursed enough for gas and to the person who said that the travel time is like any other, that is one of the most absurd things I've ever heard. Trying to plot out geographically takes a good amount of time unless you have a gps that has the ability to do that. Don't forget all the time you have to spend searching for the home based businesses and it's nearly impossible to find an accurate, up-to-date list.

    They say that you won't be in a territory for more than 6 to 8 weeks, but you can be there for 12 or more.

    MOST BUSINESS OWNERS IN SMALL TOWNS DO NOT LIKE THIS COMPANY!!!!! They will yell at you, slam the door in your face, tell you their horror story, show you the actual mistakes and problems this company has caused if they just see that little book in your hand. Also, the billing structure is confusing as can be for the small business owners if they are buying into multiple books. It seems as if they are being double billed, even though they aren't, and this causes them to be late on their payment because even when they call to question the bill, nobody answers and they receive no call back from the company.

    But the absolute worst thing about this company is the pay structure. You do not actually have a $25,000 base salary as that is supposed to be protected, yet they deduct money from you if you do not sell a text package ($350) or collect 15% pos ($150). Keep in mind that any past due money you collect does not count towards your pos. You only start receiving commissions after you sell $10,000 worth of advertising and the smallest ad, which is the most bought ad, is only worth between $175 & $350 depending on your territory. In all honesty, after gas expenses, one month I was only going to bring home $700 for the entire month. I couldn't even afford to put enough gas in my car to get to my territory and I had cut all extra expenses I could!

    I pretty much believe that the only people that are able to succeed in this company these days are those with no soul that are willing to take hard earned money from small business owners or the wives/husbands or prominent business owners. Or they have just become blind to what this company has become.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First off, just be honest about what this job really is. You are messing with people's lives and in this economy, it's not all that easy to recover.

    Secondly, make this company about the small business owners again. Make a payment plan for the text marketing available even without the purchase of an ad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Set up to fail. Hoax!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  DeKalb, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in DeKalb, IL

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Holiday Inn Express you are put up at during training. The only positive to this company and job! If there was a no-star rating, they would deservedly get this.

    Cons

    Well, after running down the road killing myself to make sales, working 60+ hours per week basically in the field and 2 - 3 hours a night doing paperwork and more canvassing, spending $250/week in gas when you are reimbursed $300 for the entire month, and management who when you ask for help or some guidance, totally blows you off, it's a no-win situation. The saying is if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! I was set to be of under 3000 people and less than 200 businesses for 6 weeks. Really. I was required to see 40 businesses per day. Well, do the math. Six weeks times 200 calls per week is 1200 businesses you are supposed to visit...in a town that has less than 200 and that's according to list they give you to go off! When I expressed my concern about being out of businesses to see that I had already stopped at 3 or 4 times, I was told to deal with it . I was set up to fail! Found out on my first paycheck they have every reason to deduct from you. If you do not hit the $10,000 sales threshold, you are deducted $350 from your paycheck. If you didn't sell at text marketing package you were deducted another $150. If you are minutes late to your "assigned territory" they ding your gas allowance. So there goes your base salary you are making and basically end up in the hole. My district manager took all of the "big" leads, renewals (cover spots on the book worth more $$ and commission) and left me to scrounge for home-based businesses, knocking on home-based business people's doors at 7:00 at night. Found out if you start to slide in sales (which you are going to once you run out of businesses to see) and ask for help or advice, you are pushed off and ignored. I was so determined only to be set up to fail. Was so disappointed until I read online the reviews posted by other former employees--guess what, I made the right decision before they sucked anymore life out of me. When they tell if you have a problem, the CEO has an "open door policy," that yet is another lie. He promises to call you, but then turns around and calls your manager which you are basically given the option to quit or be fired when you call them out on their low business standards. If you are going to quit your job to go to work for AMP, don't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set your threshold structure according to the size of the towns your reps are put in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Waste of everyones time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None- unless you like being stalked on your cell phone

    Cons

    Worst job I ever had. All the positive reviews of this company are fake and written by recruiters and managers- Just a warning. You are underpaid, if you dont sell text you are dinged, and for 25k a year as a base salary they shouldn't be dinging anyone at all. Its a $350/month hit on your pay check on top of the amount of gas you spend driving to the middle of nowhere, the time away from your family, the insane expectations to stay in an office and not leave until you get someone to buy from you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running a people mill and work on actually creating a good work environment. Stop tracking everyone on their cell phones, you ran up my data plan like crazy you stalkers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highest turn over I have ever seen!

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

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None. You waste your own gas, you have your cell phone tracked, you work 2 extra hours after work and you work another 2 hours on Tues and Thurs calling on people eating dinner.

    Cons

    The reviews that are positive here are written by corporate recruiters. Do not trust what they have to say, they are looking out for their own bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to create balance for your employees. Stop having to have weekly training classes because everyone you hired last week already quit. That should be a key indicator that something really isnt working!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No personal life ever again.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at American Marketing and Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you can reach the goals and have the resources you can make money

    Cons

    8 hour days are really 10 or 11 the two 10 hour days are really 12-14. Finding business owners that don't want their address know is very hard and it takes your own computer, time and printer ink and paper for prospecting and visuals for clients. There is no life balance when you work for amp you are amp 27/7

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take into consideration the time it takes to put together a list at the making sure the are in your territory, The worst is trying to put together a flip list for the next day after a "Golden Hours" day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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