AroundCampus Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Don't

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    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at AroundCampus

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

    Pros

    Good training, and culture program. They really get you pumped.

    Cons

    Everything else. When you actually get out into the field you feel like you don't have the proper training

    Advice to Management

    Move past paper, get deeper into the digital realm

  2. Helpful (5)

    Brainwashing at its finest

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Boone, NC
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Boone, NC

    I worked at AroundCampus

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

    Pros

    You get to spend time in Chapel Hill. The training is purely a form of brainwashing by uneducated sociopaths.

    Cons

    The company finds vulnerable college students who are unsure about their future and recruits them to sell an ineffective and outdated product. Your job as an intern is to harass local business into wasting their money on forms of advertising that they should not waste their money on. If you have no soul, if you have no conscience, this is a GREAT place for you to work. DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY. Find meaning in your life. Find a passion. This is not the place for anyone to ever work.

    Advice to Management

    You're all sociopaths with no vision. You manipulate insecure college students into selling an outdated and ineffective forms of advertising to small businesses owners who genuinely do not need it. You are bad people.

    AroundCampus Response

    Mar 1, 2015President

    Wow, clearly we were not a match for one another. I was disappointed to hear about your experience and thoughts on our company. I'm proud of our company, our products, advertisers, and schools who ... More

  3. Helpful (4)

    It Is a SCAM!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at AroundCampus

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

    Pros

    $200/week & good food downtown (that's it)

    Cons

    They lie to you about everything. The commission does not work the way they explain. They told me after I sold $2,400 in advertising, I would start making commission (before the internship) THEN they told me after that I had to sell $16,000 to start making commission. We were their puppets/pawn in their game. We made their money. If we didn't make sales they wouldn't encourage us, they would just brag about their top sellers. It was really disheartening and I hated every second of it.

    AroundCampus Response

    Mar 1, 2015President

    I was sorry to read about your experience. We work hard to ensure our students are well aware of the compensation prior to acceptance to the program. Our RMs include the compensation conversation ... More

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Terrible - Do Not Intern

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at AroundCampus

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

    Pros

    None - honestly. Good sales practice but just find a more reputable company to intern at

    Cons

    Terrible pay, horrible product, try to get you to work overtime for free. Walking and driving around all day by yourself

  6. DO NOT DO THIS INTERNSHIP!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at AroundCampus full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    nothing. you get yelled at, turned down, and made to feel like you are underperforming constantly.

    Cons

    DO NOT DO THIS INTERNSHIP IF YOU EXPECT TO HAVE A FUN SUMMER. THIS WAS A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE.
    You will take home $200 a week, which will pay for the amount of gas you use to get around in a single week. You will essentially make nothing for sweating your butt off and getting denied from thousands of businesses. There is no real office. You must pick a location like Starbucks to meet at every morning and night and watch videos from the CEO. This is not beneficial to you solely because most days are spent walking around outside in your business clothes lying to businesses that the AroundCampus ads in the school planner and mobile app are beneficial for their business. That amount of money is out of reach for businesses that aren't intelligent enough to know that their money is best spent somewhere else. You will feel guilt for trying to convince business owners of this. The leaders are very aggressive and always blow up your phone. If your team is underperforming then they will come to your city more often and become forceful with you and business owners.
    Also, the training in North Carolina sounds like a fun time, but it was by far the worst week of my life. They make you stay up until 1am in the morning "practicing" your sales pitch and require you to be downstairs by 8am fully dressed and ready for endless hours in conference rooms. There is NO free time to go do anything, even go explore for dinner and night time activities.
    You cannot do this internship and school at the same time. You will not have any down time for a social life. When you get home from work, they expect you to email all the businesses that you visited that day, which can take up to another hour.
    Over half of the team I was on quit over the summer because they realized that the internship wasn't worth the blood, sweat and tears it is. You will not gain school credit for this internship either. Lines on your resume are more worth doing something else, BELIEVE ME.

    AroundCampus Response

    Nov 20, 2014President

    I was sorry to read about your experience with us this summer. Of course our program is not for everyone and we work hard to ensure we put students in a position to learn, earn and grow. It seems ... More

  7. Helpful (1)

    Around campus Internship

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at AroundCampus full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Learn to have confidence in going into different stores

    Cons

    Everything. 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 Management

    Stop 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    The worst.

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern

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

    Pros

    Nothing much I had a pretty terrible experience

    Cons

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

  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Intern - Sales Representative
    Former Intern - Sales Representative

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Door 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 Management

    Fix the app and update your products

    AroundCampus Response

    Jan 12, 2014President

    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

  10. Helpful (3)

    It's okay if you want to work for $4/hour

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AroundCampus

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    BEWARE 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 Management

    If 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

  11. Helpful (2)

    Not what I was promised at the interview.

    Former Intern - Independent Sales Contractor
    Former Intern - Independent Sales Contractor

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    My 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 Management

    Definitely 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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