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Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.5 188 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

AroundCampus President John O'Brien

John O'Brien

(85 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You really learn a lot about yourself and how hard you work because this is the whole internship(in 12 reviews)

  • The training program in Chapel Hill allows you to meet lots of other students from across the country(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance, you're expected to put in long hours(in 20 reviews)

  • Hard hard hard job, basically no pay, advertising is outdated and hard to sell(in 10 reviews)

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    Long hot summer days

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) West Sacramento, CA

    ProsMotivational boosts from team, plan your own day, good motivation from management

    ConsNo compensation for gas, No perks, Bad hours, Salary compensation based, you are the work horses for the company who discards you after internship

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long hours, little pay, lots of gas

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsFree trip to North Carolina. Great to use on resume.

    ConsMonotonous work, poor product, rarely receive renewals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementINCREASE PAY!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could have done better if I looked more Internships

    Outside Sales Representative (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsThe people that you work with are all awesome.

    ConsThe pay was not that great. It all depended on what territory you received. The training in North Carolina seems like it will be really fun, yet it is grueling boring and the script they make to learn is hardly used when you’re out in the field. This job was really hard and I would not recommend it unless you are superior at sales and you live in a college town where all the companies rely on kids to buy their products.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome how split of the good companies amoung sales reps so they all have the same chance to succed, once your in a rutt of not making money or selling, you usually stay there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You get what you put in

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat introduction to B2B selling and making cold calls
    Potential for pretty good money
    Allows for a lot of independence on a daily basis

    ConsEverything you do is based upon making cold calls, ie. walking into a business blindly and immediately starting to pitch. If you're not good at that you're in for a long summer.
    A lot of rejections. Most people are fairly nice about passing up on the product while others are not so nice.
    The way you are paid is once the commission is collected. Some businesses do not pay in a timely manner and in turn you don't get commission for making that sale. There is also a cut off date for you to receive commission meaning that there is a lot of potential for you to miss out on getting paid.
    For as much work as you do, you do not get paid enough. I busted my butt off during the summer and am looking to receive not nearly the amount of money I should be. You get a $200 draw each week and 15% of your sales but until you pay off the draw, you see no money.
    I believe the product will be obsolete in a few years. No one wants to buy print advertising anymore.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProduct needs to be reconfigured or will become obsolete soon.
    Easy for interns to slack off and just chill while getting paid.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The internship was exhausting and not worth the stress it caused

    Sales Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsLooks good on a resume
    Possibilities for networking

    ConsMultiple managers breathing down your neck
    Very low compensation
    Long hours and demanding schedules
    Literally drive around all day
    Lasts literally the entire summer
    Being told to work toward unrealistic goals
    They frown upon you if you don't work overtime some nights
    The company relies on interns to make almost all of its profits

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to the advice and insights that the interns are giving you. They are actually out in the field and know a lot more about whether your techniques and methods are working.

    Don't make it required for each team to have 2 meetings every day. They become monotonous and just end up costing us more gas to talk about the same things.

    Put a LOT more effort into advertising your cruel products. This will make it a lot easier for the interns to get clients interested in buying.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good internship, terrible company

    Sales Representative (Current Employee)

    Pros+Develop yourself professionally
    +Receive great sales training, and great sales experience
    +Basically this internship is great if you plan on pursing a career in sales. Just be prepared to literally sacrifice your entire summer and deal with an awful company (harder than it sounds, trust me)

    Cons- Volume Sales - UD would rather make 10 sketchy sales than 1 legit sale
    - Witnessed management lie to make a sale
    - Was lied to by management
    - UD lied to business in my market about distribution, causing most renewals to be unhappy
    - Only pay commission on a very small number of your sales, they don't cover your gas, in the end you make little to no money
    - Product is worthless, advertisements do not benefit local businesses. Company makes money by using interns to do the majority of the labor while keeping all profits at the top - Multi Level Marketing
    - Mobil App didn't even work half the time
    - Distribution has been messed up on my campus for years
    - UD home office is worthless, they are slow and unorganized and provided little to no help at all
    - Felt like I was ripping off the local businesses rather than selling them a legitimate product that will help them
    - sales training week is really good, BUT DON'T TAKE EVERYTHING THIS COMPANY SAYS TO HEART, I have had additional B2B sales experience with a much larger and more reputable company, and I now realize that UD has a lot of flaws in their sales approach and business model

    Advice to Senior Management- Dont lie to interns
    - Follow through
    - Cut all the cheesy motivational tips and outrageous sales goals and get with reality

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The company is awful, but the experience is amazing

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee) Gainesville, FL

    Pros-one of the best sales training programs for interns
    -opportunity to stand out amongst every other intern
    -managers are extremely supportive
    -build close relationships with hundreds of local businesses in your college town

    Cons-the company itself is horrible. The home office cannot get anything right, ever, and they get mad at you when you try and fix their mistakes.
    - you will have angry clients when all is said and done because the graphic design team is also completely useless. Artwork gets screwed up and people get upset, then you get blamed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more genuine about how hard this is. Don't trick everyone into thinking a sales pitch means you will succeed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A job that left me unfulfilled

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsTeam environment, work with great people, managers are energetic and give you positive reinforcement. The training in North Carolina was an absolute blast. Hard work during the day but party at night.

    ConsYou're selling advertisement in a campus planner or directory, which nobody uses in this age. The company is very much about numbers. Plenty of renewal clients expressed frustration with the company and what they were told. Previous reps may have stretched the truth about the product which hurts your credibility walking into a renewal customer.

    I've also witnessed management lie to try and make a sale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe positive atmosphere is great, but 12 weeks of motivation schtick, inspirational quotes and videos can wear thin after a while. Be more realistic about the product. Saying every business could benefit from this product is not truthful and a poor mindset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Could have been a much better experience

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsDirect management was great. Great training experience, and it is at least a somewhat paid internship.

    ConsUD had no agreement with our school. They didn't tell us that they messed up in our territory last year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe clear with your interns from the start. Have an agreement with the school before you even hire interns. Also, let them know on what happened in previous year's so that they don't find out from potential customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Volume Sales and No Management of Information Systems

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsGet business-to-business sales experience and practice pitches

    ConsNot upfront about what they are selling and only focus on bottom line sales.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDecrease your turnover rate in management positions, invest in MIS

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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