The Campus Special

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The Campus Special Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
292 Reviews
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The Campus Special President & CEO Chau Nguyen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Career Partners is really great for getting your foot in the door with interviews (in 46 reviews)

  • And the training conference in Chicago is a lot of fun (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours- i have no problem working hard and putting in the extra effort (in 29 reviews)

  • Alot of the business owners at my college already had connection with the school (in 19 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    BEWARE before you work here.

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Experience

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at The Campus Special as an intern

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop using eager college students for your scheme.

    Gas compensation
    Base Salary
    Lower Prices of products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    The worst thing I've literally ever done.

    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's (pretty much) a pretty scam

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    Don’t do it – point blank

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing – literally nothing. I have to type this sentence just to put the minimum amount for the "pro's".

    Cons

    Cons – I don’t like to call this “cons” but more of a fact list on my experience with this company:

    1.) First off, I had applied for Campus Special my junior year in the spring of 2013. I had a couple of phone interviews but never got an offer, and that was the end of that. A year later, in the past spring of my senior year I get a call out of nowhere while I’m walking to class from what ended up turning into my manager, saying he had pulled my resume from the database. That should’ve been warning sign number one, as I had not applied to Campus Special a second time after the past spring. At that point I was taking 18 credit hours just to graduate, had a part time job and also another internship. As you can imagine, the time availability I had to apply for jobs was slim to none so I was desperate for any kind of internship/job for when I graduated. I had always been a little skeptical of Campus Special, and I should’ve listened to my gut. I had a couple of phone interviews and was offered the position. The interviews went okay, nothing great but they made it seem like I was going to be some outstanding asset to the company. I reluctantly accepted it, and had mixed feelings about it. A month later when I went to training I realized I had made a HORRIBLE decision. Thankfully, I had really awesome people on my team from my university and still remain in contact with a couple of them even though I have since moved back home in a different town. However, the majority (not everyone) was extremely immature and I felt like they were trying to brainwash us the entire time. The training could’ve been simplified down to probably 2 days, but instead you are there “training” for 4 days and the information is SO repetitive and the days are painfully long. Not to mention this is in the midst of final exam week(s) starting, so everyone is stressed out as it was. They don’t prepare you for anything, or take into consideration every market is going to be different in regards to rejection, the size of your market, how many people are on your team etc. I felt like the training was very generic and was made to only reach markets where they have had extreme success in the past. Unfortunately, the experience you will probably have with Campus Special isn’t some gold glittery road like they make you believe at training/in general. I mean come on, look at the majority of the reviews on here. They are all people frustrated and upset with Campus Special as a company. The only good reviews are so generic and HAVE to be employees of the company on here just trying to outweigh the bad reviews. When I was in the process of interviewing I did EXTENSIVE research on this company, and came onto this site and read countless reviews. I found maybe 1 or 2 semi-bad reviews but all the other ones were so awesome. Myself and one of my teammates came back and looked at the reviews after we started the internship and out of nowhere all these bad reviews had magically flooded the campus special reviews that were definitely not here a month earlier during the interview process. Someone at Campus Special, must have some viewing control of bad reviews during interview time. Interesting.

    2.) Second off, the managers/upper management make you believe they care so much about your well-being and future. Er, WRONG. They only care about you making money for THEM. After already not getting any sort of base pay after working extremely hard for this company, or any sort of compensation on gas they still expect you to go and harrass business owners until no end. Then they expect you to start doing “5 places after 5”. I’m sorry but I believe there is a good balance between work and a personal life. My life was never about Campus Special, nor would it have ever been even if I hadn’t quit. I never did the “5 after 5” because that is completely ridiculous. I’m sorry. Campus Special treats their interns like slaves, and I was not blind to that. I’m willing to work hard for any company that rewards me in some kind of way, and I got no mutual benefits in any kind of way from Campus Special. I didn’t even get paid for 2 of my sales that I had made prior to quitting. That is absurd, considering I still did the work and mailed the information to the corporate office in Atlanta to get those companies into the coupon book.

    3.) The amount that Campus Special harrasses YOU is crazy. I got more emails/videos per day than I could even humanely read. I deleted almost all of them because they were just information junking up my inbox that had no relevance to helping me in any kind of way. Your manager will text you at all hours of the day, and send you motivational quotes meant for an elementary schooler. I’m a 21 year old young adult, motivational quotes do not inspire me, they make me hate you even more. Especially when I am getting about 20 per day. I understand that the managers get busy managing different universities, but my manager would call me or text me back in response to a question I had texted him about that MORNING at 8 or 9 at night. Some of these questions I needed answered before I went to talk to certain business owners that day…so thanks for the help. I’m sorry, but do not contact me in any shape or form after 5 or 6 pm. That is my personal time and space to get the couple of hours away from Campus Special that I could. Even then I was still doing work, sending emails, filing information into salesforce, etc. So exhausting. I spoke to my manager more than I got contacted by my own boyfriend, mom, and friends combined together. My manager would call all of us about once per hour to “check in”. I am not 5 years old, do not call me to “check in”. I will call YOU if I have a question or concern.

    4.) When I quit, my manager acted like he was so appalled even though I felt it was very obvious it was coming. I tried to rationally explain to him that now I was a college graduate, my parents are not helping me out in any financial way once I was finished with college, and obviously the money I was making from this could not pay the bills I needed it to (barely enough to eat 3 square meals a day – just saying), and there was no way I could support myself doing this internship for any longer. They basically promised in the interview process that every single market is going to do outstanding and you are going to make bank over the summer. It’s so deceitful I can’t even begin to explain. It’s something you will only understand if you went through this experience, and I KNOW for a fact there are so many other people that completely agree with me/understand where I am coming from/experienced it themselves. He proceeded to repeatedly ask me if I could ask my parents if they would help me. I’m not sure what he thought my standards were, but after my parents paid for 4 years’ worth of my college education, I wasn’t about to beg them for money to keep me afloat doing a terrible internship. I tried to nicely explain that and he would not “allow” me to quit in general. He told me to give another day to think about it, which was laughable because I basically knew since I left training I wasn’t going to be able to finish the summer doing this awful internship. This company overall was the most annoying, pesky experience I think I have ever experienced, down to the managers, staff, and overall feel of the company.

    5.) I hated being a liar every single day. Some of the advice my manager would give myself and my teammates to tell business owners would be blatant straight up lies, and we could call him out on it. He would try to make excuses, and eventually he would just be like “I know, just go with it”. I’m not sure what morale’s you have, or who would enjoy working for a company that encourages you to lie day in and day out, but to say the least, it was not for me in the slightest bit.

    6.) Managers, and this company in general try to make it seem like if you were waitressing, or just spending your summer hanging out than your life was a complete waste of time unless you were doing this internship. They kept saying how Campus Special was going to hook you up with some awesome job right after graduation/when you ended the internship (if you had already graduated). Yet, they fail to tell you that you have to sell a certain amount to even qualify, and the tiers of the companies you can even be eligible to apply for depend on how much you sell over the summer. Yet, another scam. It was extremely unfair in markets that were very small, or teams that had a lot of people on them. I would've made 100x more money waitressing over the summer (like I had been for 2 years before I started this internship).

    7.) I have gotten a “big girl job” since quitting Campus Special, and now I know what it feels like to work for a legitimate company that rewards you for your efforts, and genuinely LIKES to see you succeed and help you, and it’s not all about making money for them. My last words on this are simply: JUST DON’T DO IT. Unless you want to be miserable and hate life of course.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit talking poorly about other companies to your interns, and in general. It doesn’t make anyone look bad accept you. What Sally says of Sue says more of Sally than it does of Sue. That applies perfectly to Campus Special. Also, PLEASE for the love of everyone slaving away to make money for you, figure out some sort of way to compensate for gas, even if it’s a small amount. I spent a ridiculous amount on gas, without even making money (or much of it), so I was losing money rather than making money, or even breaking even.
    I would absolutely not recomment this company to anyone; is the biggest scam. I’d be surprised if it’s still around/successful in a couple of years. The products are extremely overpriced, and do not work. Out of the 5 people on my team from my market, 4 quit. I think that says enough in itself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Regional sales manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Campus Special

    Pros

    Red bull machine in office, insurance costs are low.
    Might help a couple young college kids if you're lucky.

    Cons

    They hire on talking about caring for their employees when they only care about the dollars in revenue they get to. The CEO is arrogant obsessed with money he openly tells staff he doesn't have to work. Underpaid and overworked and under appreciated are the best words to describe this sad culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what positive pressure is and how to support people. Employees respect those that return respect and this is clearly a slavedriving enterprise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Worst job ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Oshkosh, WI

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

    Pros

    The trip to Chicago was really fun and I got to get drunk with people from all over the country.

    Cons

    Almost every business owner that has ever used campus special has hated it and has lost money investing in their products. The business owners will tell u they would never do it again and won't even give you a chance to talk with them. Ur manager will get mad at u if the you can't make a sale with the renewals. They will make you go back numerous times and make you talk to the owners until they hate you and will sometimes even yell at you and tell you to leave. Lastly, campus special never paid me for the sales I did make before I quit. I had to quit because they didn't pay me; it's hard to pay bills without an income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chau is the CEO and is making millions off of the students while they go broke. Chau also told me personally that no one will ever hire me. I would never recommend anyone to ever work for Campus Special.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Biggest waste of effort/time/mental stability

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at The Campus Special full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    ABSOLUTLEY nothing... I've read through these reviews and everyone says the CEO is okay and helpful but that is misleading. He is just as misleading and phony as his "managers".

    Cons

    Literally everything... You can't begin anywhere. The whole company is a huge joke. It's kinda funny. This company has a 4/5 rating.... I'm guessing there "managers" get on here once a week and flood it with made up bs reviews to maintain that 4/5 rating smh haha... Those reviews are so fake and generic it's not even funny. There is no sincerity at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop ruining the lives of college students and tell them the truth about what to expect. My god you won't even give a base pay to these kids that are willing to work hard for you so at least be honest to them. THEY AT LEAST DESERVE THAT!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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