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Updated Jun 30, 2014
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AroundCampus President John O'Brien

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    Rough summer, but paid off!

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    Pros- A paid internship (though not much) when most of what is out there is unpaid
    - very supportive management team, even if they're not always with you in person. company culture is energetic and fun
    - great training program - useful and fun...even more so if you "drink the kool aid" (or as they put it...lose your "cool card")
    - if you want to go into sales or marketing, this is one of the hardest and therefore the most impressive thing you can do
    - i had this internship the summer before my senior year of college, and when applying for post-grad jobs this was easily what I talked about most in interviews. I could draw an experience from my time with UD to answer practically any tough interview question. Companies would specifically ask me about this experience.
    - while I was miserable for a lot of the time, I learned a ton about myself, my teammates, and sales in general.
    - after, you will have concrete numbers to put on your resume with how much you sold and how much your team sold (even better if you hit goal and/or were one of the top in your region)

    Cons- lots and lots of rejection. you are trying to sell an outdated product (print ads), and trying to get businesses to reach out to a target demographic with limited spending power (college students). At training you are obviously told there will be many NOs and to treat those answers as "not yet" but I really didn't understand what that meant until I was out there doing it. you definitely need to have a thick skin, lots of motivation and energy.
    - success depends a lot on your territory and who your teammates/managers are.
    - you are alone the majority of the day, aside from team meetings AM and PM and meeting with business owners throughout the day. I found it to be very lonely and wanting to share the experience with my teammates, but we all had to be off doing our own things.
    - the days are long and physically/mentally tiring, and when you do the math you will likely be making far less than minimum wage
    - you likely won't see your additional commission until the fall.
    - depending on your market you may face stiff competition from other college marketing companies, and other students doing/selling pretty much the same thing as you

    overall, I would recommend this internship if sales/marketing is what you want to get into (or if you just want to try it, like i did). Even though I probably will not go into sales after this experience, the skills I built (time management, people skills, reaching a goal, teamwork, overcoming challenges, etc) are applicable in any sort of interview. You need to be extroverted, energetic, determined, and organized to do well. So, bottom line, there were many days where I hated what I was doing, but to this day I still call and thank my managers for the unmatched experience on my resume.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore prep for overcoming objections in training, more on-site management support. Company culture is great and what kept me going through many of the tough days...always encouraging and high-energy. Loved the little contests and promotions throughout the summer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pros-you get to set your own hours
    -no micro managing from higher up
    -great training program
    -area sales managers were really helpful

    Cons-stipend was pretty low
    -there was really no bad things to say about them, just wasn't my thing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Learning Experience

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Conway, AR

    ProsGreat training program in North Carolina.
    Sales skills that translate into any position.
    Teaches great communication skills.

    ConsVery hot working in the summer time.
    Lots of miles put on your vehicle.
    Product being sold needs improvement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't overemphasize call quantity over call quality.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Chapel Hill, NC

    ProsThere are great people, good learning experience and fun traveling.

    ConsThe pay is small and there is very few promotion opportunities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A sometimes frustrating yet completely transformational experience.

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsYou will learn to uncover the needs of others and solve problems which can benefit both your professional and social life.
    You will develop super-powers such as the ability to start a conversation with anyone, anywhere and an invulnerability to rejection.
    If you go into the internship with an open-mind and the goal of learning these skills, it can be a life-changing experience.

    ConsThe pay is terrible. With the amount of work and dedication required to succeed in this internship, you will be making pennies relative to even menial jobs.
    There is little support from managers once you exit their training program and get into your own market. (They will help you over the phone and meet in-person 1-2 times over your 3 months working which I found inadequate.)
    Rejection can be painful if you are not strong-willed and able to move on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more on-site support to sales teams. This will not only help reps learn by example, it will increase accountability for sales figures.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Earning Potential for College Students

    Brand Ambassador (Former Employee)
    Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros-Flexible Hours
    -Usually big-name companies
    -Solid pay for student
    -Friendly, hangs-on management

    Cons-Sometimes unreasonable expectations for success
    -Goals of campaign not always in line with student culture

    Advice to Senior Management-More reasonable tracking goals; current ones are too easy to fudge
    -More thorough screening of potential candidates

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience, not much fun unless you love sales

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsTeaches you how to work with people and complete legitimate sales transactions. Though not a prestigious internship, it looks good on a resume and gives you some good selling points to discuss in an interview. Gives you thick skin and the confidence to keep selling when someone tells you "no."

    ConsLow pay and difficult job of selling advertising that is rarely used. It can be very discouraging and boring at times. If you're not a sales or people person, you will be frustrated by all the sales jargon and lack of intellectual stimulation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood job accomplishing the task of motivating college students to keep selling in the face of adversity. Make sure you make yourself available after the internship to help with career partners and writing letters of recommendation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    There is no company that takes care of their interns more than UD.

    Sales Intern (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsExtensive training
    Great pay
    Real world experience
    Awesome company feedback and communication
    Management experience
    Opportunities for advancement
    Excellent career partners

    ConsSome cons that I found while working with University Directories were that since it was a sales job you do have to do quite a bit of driving. I spent 8 hours a day driving around my city making cold calls and I really burned through some gas, however since the pay was so great it wasn't to bad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the motivation! I wouldn't have succeeded this summer if it wasn't for the great management I had behind me.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The internship helped me grow personally and professionally.

    Sales Team Leader (Former Employee)
    Greeley, CO

    ProsA large amount of training to help you sell more effectively

    Motivation to step outside your comfort zone and become a better person because of it

    A tremendous amount of practice selling to others so that you can sharpen your selling skills

    ConsIt is hard for the management to spend a large amount of time with each team, and you must rely on your teammates. Therefore, this is a positive and negative aspect of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great, I sold alot of advertisements and made a lot of money.

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Athens, GA

    Pros1 week paid sales training in UNC.
    15% commission on sales.
    $200 draw per week.

    ConsNot enough managing on a day to day basis.
    Products are outdated and can be hard to sell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome advice to management at University Directories would be to hire more managerial staff for your college sales reps and develop better products to sell.

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