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Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Sales Rep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    None! Beware!! DO NOT WORK HERE! I cannot trust anyone now. Sales rep say anything to get a sale.

    Cons

    Can You tell what reviews are written by current employees?? They are paid give a false impressions!!! I wish I never worked for them. Please, please, do anything else. I stuck it out for months & this was the Worst decision of my Life. Within 6 months, 2 out of maybe 60 people still worked there. I'm not a quitter but this is a scam. Run!

    Advice to Management

    I am glad you are making money by ripping your employees & customers off. Sleep Well.

  2. Deceitful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the office staff competent

    Cons

    Comp plans change constantly and you get dinged often

  3. Helpful (1)

    This place is garbage. Trying to make you almost threaten small business owners with cheap sales tactics to get money

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Elburn, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Elburn, IL

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Classmates were nice but after that it's nothing but fake people other than the business owners you talk to

    Cons

    High turnover no compensation this place might as well be a scam they get reported to the BBB all the time

    Advice to Management

    You need to make a 180 with how you run this company because someone is going to eventually get you all put out of business. The thirst for the dollar is so real here and they don't care how you get the sale as long as you're ending your weeks with these businesses owners money on products that don't even help them

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  5. Helpful (15)

    I couldn't believe all the lies and dishonesty from this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing

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

    Pros

    Their insurance is the only good thing I can say about AMP. Well along with I made some good friends at the week of training in Deklab.

    Cons

    Where to start. My whole experience with the company was MISERABLE!!!

    It didn't matter how many questions you asked and how in-depth you were, you weren't going to get an honest answer. They try and act really nice at first, they are sales men and women so they are trying to sell you the company. They do well on that making you think its such a wonderful company but they sell you on lies, and end up teaching you to do the same.

    They tell you that you will be in a town NO MORE than 30-45 mins away. That's ridiculous. You'll be lucky if you only have to drive 45 minutes.

    They say they have a good car allowance. YEAH RIGHT!!! $310 is not enough to cover anything. Federal regulation is 56 cents a mile. You drive over 600 miles in one week. And that is if you are extremely cautious of not driving back and forth and have your day planned out perfectly.

    The $25 for you phone is nothing. I continually went over my data package because with them GPS-tracking you. Which is another thing. They say that they will only track you between the hours of 8-5 on weekdays, ANOTHER LIE! Some phones notify when they are requesting your location. But then you are getting requests at 11 PM and on weekends. Try asking your DM about it, they will tell you one lie, you call them out on it and they will tell you another lie. They can't keep up with all the lies they tell. Also if they can spend the time and money on sitting in front of a computer looking at your tracking information couldn't they take the time to train you better or pay you more.

    They tell you that you'll make at least $50,000 in your first year if you work hard. NOT TRUE! I even talked with reps that have been there for years. You'll be beyond lucky if you make $35,000. They have so many deductions they don't tell you about until the last day of training. The goals are unrealistic. You can work your butt off and try your hardest and still not get there. They base all their goals off print, a dying market. At training they try and convince you that its growing. Maybe it is, but the only way to get a sale is to be dishonest and deceitful. Our DM trained us to quick get the "minimum sale" so they started to sign the contract and then fill in a bunch of stuff with being very vague at what you are signing them up for. You should quick have them sign it and get out of there, before they really have time to look at the contract. They do this because its a binding contract, so no matter what you signed them up for they still have to go along with it.

    They show you all these metered call studies and try to convince you the book works. Yeah they are very impressive. But what they don't tell you is that the customer has to spend over $3,000 in print advertising. Thats going in multiple books and being everywhere. Doesn't account for one small ad. It is probably the same person calling over and over again, probably an AMP employee. They have to try and look like its a good product.

    Training is like brainwash. They don't give you time to think on your own. They tell you the product is good and make you think you believe it. Once you have time to think on your own and do research. It's not a good product at all. They want you to talk fast so you tell the customer all the information but they don't have time to comprehend it, same as in training.

    They tell you that they pay for your travel expenses to training. FALSE! They don't even give you enough money to cover one way. Because they tell you that you got paid for training, what company doesn't pay you for training. Also they say they pay for your hotel and most meals. I never heard of a company that makes you go to different city or state for 5 days and would expect you to pay for a hotel. Its the company's responsibility. And regarding the meals. They put you up in a hotel that has continental breakfast, that isn't them paying for your meals. Most companies give you an per diem each day for food.

    This job will make you feel like you are back in high school. You have to suck up to your boss to get a good area. If they don't like you enough they will but you in a horrible territory that you can be stuck there forever.

    There is not work-life balance. I love to work. Before leaving my job to come to AMP I was working 60-70 hours a week, working hard isn't a problem for me. But AMP thinks they are your life. Not counting driving time they want you to spend 50 plus hours in the field. They tell you that you only have to work 40 but if thats all you work they make you feel worthless because they want you out there more. But you are only getting paid for 40 hours. Then they want you to come home and input your numbers, plan for the next day, research new businesses, etc. That is another 3 or so hours at home. This also doesn't account for the numerous calls, emails, texts, and voicemails. It gets so bad I don't ever want to look at my phone. They send them to you at all hours of the night. I would constantly get woken up at 4 am because of a company email.

    Advice to Management

    BE HONEST!!! Why waste all the money on training. Be upfront, let people know what they are getting themselves into before you invest in them. Most people wouldn't quit their jobs or relocate or expect to take care of a family if they knew what you were all about.

  6. Helpful (9)

    Managing on line reputations is their business, so don't be fooled!!

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I have been working at American Marketing and Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fantasic people work there!

    Cons

    They manage reputations for companies with their Optima, a on line presence management package. So they are very quick to go online to post positive reviews about their own company to offset the negative reviews. They monitor it constantly because they cannot remove the negative posts. So they bombard the reviews with their own positive reviews to keep the new employees coming. This company is all about hiring as many as possible because so few make it beyond 2-5 months. ( It's because the employee gives up and has to stop investing into a position that is a dead end. ) The churn and burn mentality here is outrageous. You won't make money here, it is all a lie. Every bit of it.

  7. Helpful (15)

    It's important to read all these reviews about the HomePages and pay close attention.

    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits first and foremost. Outstanding. And secondly, if you are a recent high school or college graduate, unemployed and desperate for a job- this will work for the time being. Their sales training is intense, yet very good.

    Cons

    The recruiters are not honest with you and neither are the managers you will interview with. That's just how it is. Perhaps this is why the turnover rate is dangerously high.

    * You will not make $50-55,000 a year. Fact.

    *This job is not salary. It's hourly. This is important to know.

    *You will not be told there is a threshold- *you have to sell $10,000 worth of advertising before you can start earning commission- very low dollar advertising, very high volume of sales. They fail to mention this. Most of us learned this after we had left our jobs to come to AMP. Wish I would of paid attention to these reviews. They are all accurate.

    *If you don't sell enough new accounts- you will get $100 cut from your paycheck. If you don't sell enough digital, you will get $100 cut from your paycheck. If you do not collect enough point of sale money, you will get a $150 cut in pay.

    * you are told it's 44 hours of work per week- it is not. Realistically, it's 55-60. There is no work-life balance. And you are also getting paid for only 40 hours. The other 4 hours are working are free of charge, by you.

     * you are encouraged and pushed to live, eat and breathe American Marketing and Publishing- non-stop texts, emails, calls, suggesting to work on the weekends and all hours of the week. They are not shy in asking you to work like this. They slightly demand it.

    *I have seen roughly 50 people rotate on and off the team roster within the first year. They interview mass candidates weekly. Cattle call interviews. They aren't getting fired, they are quitting.

    *You will drive around your town all day long from 8:30-5. And 7pm on Tuesday and Thursdays. You will be in your territory, and you can not get out until you have met your goal. Once you do, it's such a great feeling! But you didn't make any money- even when hitting the goal. You have to dig your way out by any means necessary. Most people do not welcome you in their towns, because of the poor-business practice model of AMP.

    * The print is out-dated. The digital is mediocre. The competitors AMP faces are far superior. Perhaps, another reason for dangerously high turnover. The products that AMP offers, are sub-par.

    *You are given a gas allowance of $310- you will spend twice as much. No joke. You will also put somewhere between 20-33k miles a year on your car. There is no allowance for these costs associated.

    *You are given a phone allowance of $25 a month. They will run up your data plan $75 a month because you are being tracked via g-p-s. This comes out of your pocket. If you do not have a smart phone, they will give you a Nextel to use. They need to track you. They track your every move.

    * People are not making a living at AMP. Another reason for high turnover. The print, which is the main stay is dying, terribly. There are only a few sales men and women that are making money, not consistently mind you, and they go into towns that aren't staffed yet and sell there, and live off protected accounts and go into towns right before they are staffed and renew the big accounts. This is a handicap for those starting. Severe one, to say the least.

    * They will tell you, that you are a first-in sales rep. When in reality, there were anywhere from 2-4 people in your town before you. They could not be successful, either. The territory is run-down and most business owners do not enjoy being visited by the HomePages people, again and again. It's an annoyance and nuisance.

    *There is a script for everything. And while most the managers are really nice, they are full of feces.. Because they too, are salesmen. Their job is to sell you, on the job. The longer you stay, the bigger the bonus is for them.

    *Most of the management team has never worked anywhere else. So they often do not know anything about business, or practicing good business. If you take the job, just play along and play into them. Until you can get out.

    *Check out the Better Business Bureau on AMP. Please read that as well.

    *You will only make somewhere between $23-30,000, max.

    Commission is not attainable here. Across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. Be professional. Raise the bar for ethical standards.

  8. Helpful (6)

    Good for independent worker with support at your fingertips but, it made my family/personal life almost fall apart.

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I worked at American Marketing and Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you do well, the rewards are amazing.

    Cons

    The distance you travel from home is not always "no more than 45 minutes". I was traveling an hour and a half one way to my assigned town. I was no more than 15 minutes away from a town that had a directory, but already had two reps there. That's 3 hours in my day taken up just by driving. Every night you need to prepare your next days work and it was nearly impossible for me to do that and take care of myself and my family when I got home. If I really was traveling only a max of 45 minutes away that would literally cut my commuting time in half and I could have dedicated that much needed extra time to prepping for the next day. This job put such a strain on me mentally, physically, emotionally, and personally. Due to not having time for anything (and this is not an exaggeration) I would often find myself negotiating with myself saying, "Do I eat dinner or take a shower tonight?" and sometimes I wouldn't have time for either one and STILL be able to get a decent nights sleep! This was my daily schedule:

    Wake Up & Get Ready - 6am
    Leave Home - 6:45-7am
    Arrive in town - 8:15-8:30
    Work - 8:30-5 (7 on Golden Hours days Tuesday and Thursdays)
    Travel home - 5-6:30 (7-8:30)
    Enter that days sales online - 6:30-6:45 (8:30-8:45)
    Eat something - 6:45 - 7 (8:45-9)
    Prep for the next day (researching new businesses) 7 - 8:30 (9-10)
    Family/personal time 8:30-10 (no time on Tuesday and Thursday)
    Sleep - 10pm-6am

    And the vicious cycle continues. Sure, you have weekends off, but you're expecting to do continue working to prepare for the coming week and it's optional if you want to work (go to your town).

    Advice to Management

    Only send reps really no more than 45 minutes away from home. Where I'm located there can be 15-20 miles between towns, it's not like the suburbs of a major city where the towns blend into one another. Before I started I read multiple reviews about a work/life balance not existing for reps and I should have really paid attention to that. I thought it wouldn't be that bad, the people leaving reviews are just upset or had a negative experience (like we're taught in training) but it's true.

  9. Helpful (7)

    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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    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Terrible Company

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    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 (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (6)

    Horrible place to work

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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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