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Updated Jun 29, 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  • Hard hard hard job, basically no pay, advertising is outdated and hard to sell(in 10 reviews)

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    Around campus Internship

    Sales Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsLearn to have confidence in going into different stores

    ConsEverything. Managers can be rude, and pressure interns. Instead of trying to create a learning enviornment where interns are learning, managers pressure them to sell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being so mean to interns. They are trying hard. Just because you made a ton of sales when you were an intern, does not mean that you can bully others. Stop making interns feel bad if they don't make a sale.

    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 worst.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNothing much I had a pretty terrible experience

    ConsLow pay, they aren't honest about what you're getting yourself into.

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

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    Bad product that is hard to sell, low pay, lots of work

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsThe training program in Chapel Hill allows you to meet lots of other students from across the country

    ConsDoor to door sales, products are not good, app doesn't work, have you work some nights but don't get paid extra, pay is very low, lots of hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix the app and update your products

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

    AroundCampus President responded to this review

    Jan 12, 2014

    We work hard to ensure all candidates understand the products prior to accepting a position with us. In fact, it's part of our interview! Sorry this came as a surprise to you. I'm hopeful you'll ... More
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    It's okay if you want to work for $4/hour

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI worked for this company for two summers in their internship and yes companies do like the experience you get from the sales training and cold calling sales you do.

    ConsBEWARE OF THE INTERVIEW AND HIRING PROCESS!!! The regional manager will interview you promising the world and how great your life will be with this internship. THEY ARE SALES PEOPLE!!!! They do nothing else other than manage you in the summer and spend the rest of their time finding stupid people all other months of the year to do this internship and make ridiculous promises. The company makes all of its revenues during the summer on the backs of YOU! They send you to do a week long "sales training" in Chapel Hill but anyone with brains can see its just a pep rally to get you hooked into their scheming ways. They pay you $200/week and expect you to work 40 hours per week at least (do the math). They promise you commission but for the two summers I worked there were only a handful out of a hundred who actually had a chance to earn more than that $200. They base it on if they pay or not which you will find out when you get "renewals" that this company has a hard time getting their companies they scam to pay. They talk about how their platform is "top of the line". No, you ask companies for hundreds of dollars for a tiny ad in the back of a student planner that they can see no return from whatsoever. I was also in an organization who had to hand out the thousands of planners they promise to the businesses but that never happened. We would throw away boxes of those planners and still get paid by this company to "hand them out". After working their for two summers I can honestly say that they force their top sellers into doing these positive reviews. The pressure from top management during the summer is unbearable at times. If you want to work for basically nothing asking people for money all day then go ahead and get your "internship". They prey on people just looking for an "internship". If I can get just one person not to do it I would be able to sleep better at night.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you pay your people more then they would have more incentive to stay out all day selling and go to those stupid morning and afternoon meetings that accomplish nothing

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

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    Not what I was promised at the interview.

    Independent Sales Contractor (Former Employee)

    ProsI met some very nice students and worked with an amazing team. Really liked the training we got before the sales internship started.

    ConsMy manager did not know much about my territory. I was in a "dangerous" environment, walking around and trying to sell. The territories were supposed to be divided evenly so everyone had a fair share, but they were not. It was extremely hot, we had no central location to meet and got parking tickets because we were downtown, very little assistance or aid after we started. I was never told we would be doing cold calls.....

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefinitely spend more time looking into the territories you are sending students out to. The pay is not enough for the time and dedication this job takes on a daily basis. Maybe have a regional manager work with students during the first week, or someone who has done the internship before and was successful. Try to keep moral up. The hardest part was making it through the hot summer days dealing with rude customers.

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    Terrible experience

    Intern (Former Employee) Ames, IA

    ProsTraining was effective and an overall good experience.

    ConsExtremely misleading. They talk a fantastic game, but in reality the internship is extremely frustrating and feels as though students are being used in a fruitless environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    AroundCampus President responded to this review

    Dec 30, 2012

    Very sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience with us. We work very hard to ensure we are upfront with our recruiting and paint a realistic picture of the job. We incur significant costs to ... More
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    Do not work here.

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsYou schedule your own work day.

    ConsYou are essentially selling ad space in a university planner to local businesses (strictly a sales job, not the marketing and PR job it is presented as). You have to cold call 30 businesses a day and often deal with former clients who have been dissatisfied, as they are rarely happy with their ad's success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome of the managers are very good, but others lack organization. My regional manager did not give my sales team the information and paperwork we needed early enough in the internship to give us a chance to make our sales goal. Later in the summer, this manager ended up leaving the company without any warning which was also very disruptive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    DONT WORK HERE

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    Prosnone, literally absolutely nothing, the worst job i have had in my entire life, and I was successful at it too!

    Conseverything: bad pay, little support, long hours, no chance for middle-tier advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible Experience-Even for Sales

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou get the opportunity to see a lot of businesses in your college community.
    If you know you want a career in sales, then this would probably be a good option for a summer internship.
    I realized what I don't want to do for a career.

    ConsThis was the worst job I have ever had. The training did not prepare me whatsoever for the internship, and all they do is go on and on about how this is going to be the best summer job ever. The pay is horrible. I spent more on gas than what I made each week. The job description itself is fairly vague, and I had no idea of what I was actually doing until the first day of work. And the approach to selling is all wrong. They tell you to question the business owner and find out their needs, but they tell you to say the same thing to each owner, regardless of their specified needs. Also, the prices are ridiculously high for reaching such a narrow market. Most business owners will realize that this is a horrible way to actually reach the students and will (wisely) realize that this would be an utter waste of their money. I felt so sleazy the entire time I was trying to sell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell your interns what they will actually be doing, and set realistic goals. Selling is based on catering to the customer, not throwing them a memorized pitch that doesn't even relate to the business' needs.

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

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    Hard internship little compensation

    Outside Sales Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsTraining Program in Chapel Hill was awesome.
    Learn if sales is the place for you
    Decent first internship
    Management is very enthusiastic
    Paid internship
    Work as much or little as you want

    ConsInternship was supposed to end on August 11th we will be working well into the end of august because of our sales deadline
    Training felt like freshman orientation
    Pay is very minimal for amount of work you are supposed to put in
    You are basically there to do the dirty work for the company by making cold calls all day everyday

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensate the employees more. We are making under minimum wage. Tell us that there will be deals to be offered before they occur, or better yet let us know about all of the deals that will be offered in training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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