The Campus Special Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Former Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at The Campus Special

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

    Pros

    I really can't think of any pros for this company except that you are forced out of your comfort zone.

    Cons

    After putting in about a month of full-time work with no pay, I eventually came to realize that the Campus Special is a joke. They use a lot of manipulation tactics to motivate you and get you work a crazy amount of hours for almost nothing. The fact that they are utilizing a business models that relies almost solely on interns is genius actually. The average intern makes about 2500 over a 12 week period, working full-time. There is no adult human being who would take on a job like that. Avg 2500/480 hours of work= 5.20 an hour. They no that only naive college students could be sold on such a little amount of money for extremely hard work and it clearly works for them. STAY AWAY. We had Facebook pages of my fellow summer 14 interns that said that people were doing work and weren't even getting paid and if they got paid it was never on a timely basis.

    Advice to Management

    You should be ashamed of yourselves for basically using manipulation tactics to motivate young kids to do your dirty work for you for almost no pay.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Costs you more to work here than what you get paid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at The Campus Special

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

    Pros

    Trip to Chicago for training
    Learn how to cold-call
    Can basically make your own hours because sales manager lives in Atlanta

    Cons

    The amount of money you'll spend on gas is unreal and there is no compensation
    They expect you to go to 30 businesses a day, but majority of the time business owners aren't in so you never really get to meet with the actual owner
    The product you sell isn't worth the amount they're trying to get you to sell it for.
    It's all trickery, the product really is not that great
    They don't give you adequate training to effectively sell

    Advice to Management

    Have sales managers actually in the city
    STOP TRICKING COLLEGE STUDENTS INTO THINKING THIS IS A GOOD INTERNSHIP

  3. Helpful (1)

    Bad experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Toledo, OH

    I worked at The Campus Special

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

    Pros

    Personal growth, career partners, Chicago conference

    Cons

    Awful compensation. Your market ultimately determines your pay. A TON of work. Often worked 60 hours weekly.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a base salary with commission.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    To say there are better places to work would be an understatement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager

    I worked at The Campus Special

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

    Pros

    In terms of the people/organization you are working for, there are no pros to working there.

    Cons

    Work-life balance for interns and managers is non-existent. Expect to work 10-12 hours every day. 90 percent of all interns make enough money to sustain their expenses on the job, which they are not compensated for. The leadership does not inspire true growth, only to make sales. You truly are just seen as a number at this company. Training is on the job. As a manager, you will attend meetings at least two hours a day, and they also expect you to not leave for lunch because they expect you to eat what they give you. Don't expect to be able to leave your cubicle without being checked on moments after you get up. The politics within this company is a huge turn off. Upper management have favorites, even besides their top performers who receive special treatment in the form of actually not yelling at a select few.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the management. Give back to your employees in forms other than social lunches. Inspire true personal growth instead of just saying you inspire it.

  6. Helpful (4)

    BEWARE before you work here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at The Campus Special full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The staff is great amazing young people with drive and enthusiasm.. until they take it away form you

    Cons

    MICROMANAGED. They listen to your phone calls and stalk your computer treating you like a child. everything is scripted you cannot even think for yourself. SUMMER HOURS 8:00-UNTIL usually no lunch break your in jail chained to your desk on the phone. If you get up for even a few minutes upper management wants to know where you are. You are promised tons of commission and WILL NEVER see it they find every reason to withhold it. Unobtainable sales goals they will lie and claim can be hit. No opportunity to grow there is literally no opportunity when I was told there was. All lies.

    Advice to Management

    back off you hired everyone there because of their ability and talent let them do their job... not everything needs a script, meeting or talk

  7. Helpful (11)

    Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duluth, GA

    I worked at The Campus Special full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There aren't any. Anything that used to be a pro about this company is long gone. I used to work at the corporate office and I can confirm that they make their employees write fake positive reviews.....so don't believe any positive reviews on here.

    Cons

    Not really sure where to start. 100% turnover not once, but twice (the mass exodus is coming) in two years speaks volumes about how this company is ran. The CEO is a liar and only cares about himself and his cars. Its so funny to see him go on these speeches where he literally pauses and pretends he is getting choked up over something so it shows that it matters to him....the entire company sees right through it, knows he is a liar, and laughs behind his back. The directors who run this company learned how to manage through a "look mom, I learned to manage!" coloring book and teach the same things to the managers managing the interns. They are completely incompetent, immature, and don't care about the company at all. I would say they only do it for the money but thats a joke too considering everyone who works there knows they will get their money or bonus taken away right as they are about to get it. This company used to be a really great thing and the CEO has slowly burnt it to the ground. They are so lucky they got bought out, its the only way they will stay around for a little while longer. I have never met someone more selfish than this CEO. He thinks he has a loyal following of people - but its just like the show on TV the "following" - they are manipulated to believe in him and when they figure it out they will all leave too just like everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    There is no point in giving these people advice. They literally laugh it off and write to glassdoor saying "this is a disgruntled employee, please remove this negative post" - how do I know? I had to write the email once to do it.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Terrible Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Account Executive in Clemson, SC
    Former Intern - Account Executive in Clemson, SC

    I worked at The Campus Special 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

    You get a trip to Chicago for formal sales training. Training was decent but very long days.

    Cons

    Absolutely the worst internship that's out there. I worked for them for a few weeks (but it felt like months) Company's website talks about how they are all built for making you succeed, but this is entirely untrue. You are out on your own left calling your manager 10,000 times a day. Managers sometimes don't answer your calls or emails. They also over hire for all of their areas. For the smaller area that I'm from, they hired 5 people for a job that could have been done by 2 (3 at the most)! It made leads very thin spread. Don't let these people lie to you and tell you that it's the best internship that you could possibly get. Finally, it's solely commission based compensation. They don't reimburse you for gas or any other expenses you might have.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie about what the internship is like during the interviewing/recruitment process. Also, give a person more than 6 hours to decide whether or not they would like to accept a job.

  9. Helpful (4)

    DONT DO IT. You will lose your summer with nothing to come from it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Account Executive
    Former Intern - Account Executive

    I worked at The Campus Special as an intern

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

    Pros

    The trip to Chicago.

    that is it. the only reason I'm writing more is because there is a minimum word count

    Cons

    1. long hours- i have no problem working hard and putting in the extra effort. Not only does your effort not pay off but you end up working on the weekends as well.
    2. Crazy brainwashing managemetnt- my manager would call every hour on the hour. i actually got a ticket because i picked up one of her phone calls. They also use emotional tactics to make you feel bad or feel like you aren't working hard enough. my manager told me i wasn't going to get a job because i was quitting. they also never paid me for my last two sales. I actually lost a contract and was so mad at them i didn't make an attempt to find it and when they called looking for it i asked if they were going to pay me and they said they would have to speak with blah blah and couldn't put in writing that they would pay me for MY WORK. the manager i spoke with then advised me to never speak about campus special in a negative light because it would reflect poorly on my behavior. CRAZY! I hope they read these.
    3.Compensation- if your parents support you entirely you could complete the internship. If they don't you will end up loosing all your money to gas and parking tickets
    4.the career partners they talk about...........do not care. no one knows what campus special is

    i never write reviews on anything i only choose to write one because i felt so strongly about this experience. my initial team was 5 people and 4 of us quit. t

    Advice to Management

    Stop using eager college students for your scheme.

    Gas compensation
    Base Salary
    Lower Prices of products

  10. Helpful (4)

    It's (pretty much) a pretty scam

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Account Executive
    Former Contractor - Account Executive

    I worked at The Campus Special as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There's an opportunity to get some great experience and even make some money during your summer employment I mean summer contractor-ship. The CEO seems more involved with sales reps than a CEO at a similar company might be. The training conference is very fun, aside from the three days of shallow crash sales training from 8am-6pm. You spend most or all of your working days outdoors, walking around your college campus meeting the local business owners. You have a good degree of autonomy in your daily routine. And they've been bought by Chegg, so this company is likely to be around for a while.

    Cons

    Selling is hard. Selling advertising to small business owners during the summer is very hard. Selling advertising at a set price regardless of the number of students it targets is just silly. This, coupled with the surprisingly rigid and opaque management, can lead to a punishing summer. You only get paid based on commission, 10% of your sales, so unless you are among the top few percent of salespeople you will lose money during your summer. Most of the people I I kept in touch with from the training conference quit. It's a long, slow, stressful grind. Most every conversation with your manager will make you feel like you're speaking with a tweaky personal trainer trying to sell you questionable supplements; the sound of your phone's ringtone will make you jump for months.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust product prices based on the number of eyes you'll be servicing, kind of like how all other advertising is priced. Pay the workers a livable wage, either by increasing the commission pay or by providing a base salary. Hire real managers instead of promoting salespeople to oversee other sales people. But then again, the business model is definitely working, despite (or maybe because of) its ethically questionable clunkiness.

  11. Helpful (6)

    The worst thing I've literally ever done.

    Former Intern - Account Executive
    Former Intern - Account Executive

    I worked at The Campus Special as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You get to go to Chicago for free.

    Cons

    Everything is a con. Your manager will not leave you alone. You have to lie to potential clients. You have business owners yelling and slamming doors in your faces. This is 100% a pyramid scam, the CEO and managers are making money off of the interns' hard work. Don't do this internship, I wish I had read advice like this before I signed on.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing everything that you are doing. It's underhanded and unfair to college students and to the businesses they are selling to.

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