The Campus Special Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
270 Reviews

3.4
270 Reviews
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The Campus Special President & CEO Chau Nguyen
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Pros
  • Hooked me up with career partners so I am set for when I graduate (in 36 reviews)

  • And the training conference in Chicago is a lot of fun (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, challenging situations, but overall- it is definitely worth the stress (in 25 reviews)

  • Most jobs are 9-5pm so its something that really gets you ready for when you get a full time job after graduation (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Don’t do it – point blank

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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 for less than a 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
  2. 5 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
  3. 10 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 for less than a 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
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  5. 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 for less than a 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
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Waste of my time.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at The Campus Special

    Pros

    You can do what you want during the day, because they aren't here!!

    Cons

    1. They con you into thinking you are super special and that a lot of students applied for this internship, but YOU were selected out of all of these students to represent Campus Special. How can this be true when I literally had 2 interviews and then was offered the job on the spot?

    2. Second of all, they try to sell you on the fact that you get a "free trip to Chicago." This is pretty cool because Chicago is cool. However, they fail to mention the fact that the hotel is 45 minutes OUTSIDE of Chicago. On the plus side, it is right next to a casino.

    3. If you enjoy being harassed at all hours of the day, then this job is for you. Your manager will call you, text you, and email you more times than you can blink. This is THE MOST ANNOYING PART OF THE INTERNSHIP. Hands down. Your manager will even text you before 9 am and after 5 pm almost every day. Leave me alone.

    4. The motivational quotes. Okay... I am not in the 5th grade. I do not need to hear 27 motivational quotes per day. This does not help me succeed, it just makes me dislike the managers and Campus Special even more.

    5. "5 after 5 pm." This is soooo annoying. They want you to go to 5 businesses after 5:00 pm. So basically, they tell you from the get go that this is a 9-5 internship but REALLY, they want you to work until about 7 or 8 pm just to make them money. This is ridiculous. My life has never nor will never revolve around Campus Special and I refuse to give the 8 or so hours before I go to sleep to Campus special as well.

    6. So far this summer I have made about $300. If you can do simple math, you will realize that $300 does not cover the most basic human needs for 8 weeks.

    7. NO ONE WANTS TO DO IT. NO ONE LIKES IT. How can you sell a product that you yourself does not believe in? How could you believe in something when no one wants to do it? Ridiculous.

    Basically.. DO NOT DO THIS!!!! This was one of the worst decisions I've ever made. My list of cons could go on and on but I have to be up in 7 hours for another day of torture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful  

    Prepare to be brainwashed

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at The Campus Special as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - free training IF you work three weeks into the summer
    - approachable CEO
    - if you absolute believe your future is in sales, they do seemingly have good career partners

    Cons

    - very manipulative company
    - they brainwash the hell out of you at the training conference and you don't even realize it
    - they have you driving all around town using A LOT of gas
    - if you're on the fence about whether you should take this opportunity or not, I would honestly shy away from it
    - get paid crap / you're selling a product for someone else

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Worst experience ever in my life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at The Campus Special full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are no good pros about this company . All they do at the conference is give motivational speeches.

    Cons

    Guys make a better decision and move on to a better internship. This internship is a big fat joke. First they get you to go to a 'free' trip to chicago where you are literally have to study everything I mean everything in four days. Lets be real can you learn everything in four days? . Not only your life is a living hell there for four days in top of that wake up by 8 am everyday and spend a whole day in a hotel. I dedicated all my time and energy and passion because I love marketing, but this company is just a joke, yes you will hear a lot of NO'S from the owners but they are right. We have a better marketing medium here in our state then them. Your work will start from 9 am until 5 pm .I dont think so you literally have to work all day. No reimbursement for gas at all . And all you will be doing is wasting money. Guys I have been an intern before with another company and had so much fun with no pressure what so ever . An internship is a learning phase of your career where you learn, but this company will basically use you like a slave. Make a better decision guys and move on to a better opportunity. By the way all these reviews I'm certain are written by their employees. Be realistic!!! I hope all of you the best of luck .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop selling hard working students dreams. Shut down your company please.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    God-awful Internship

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Intern in Louisville, KY

    I worked at The Campus Special as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Chicago Trip, but not even that is worth slaving away each day in the hot California weather and getting told a bunch of no's and come back later's.

    Cons

    Everything. I hated this internship so much and I'm ashamed of myself for getting fooled by these tricksters. I was tricked into thinking that I had potential and that I was special, but they will hire anyone who is foolish enough to even want to apply. This has certainly taught me to be very careful about all decisions I make in life, because this seriously is the worst I have ever made in my life. It's horrible, and I wouldn't wish it on any soul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the interns hourly and compensate them for gas money. They're doing all your work, so they are worth more than just 10% of every non-existent sale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Legal slavery

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Account Executive Summer Intern
    Former Employee - Account Executive Summer Intern

    I worked at The Campus Special as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Chau is amazingly humble and accessible.

    Cons

    They lie and say it's a 9-5 job but it's NOT. Most days I worked 8-7:30 pm. And I had to send an end of a day report AND type in a paragraph about each of the 30 businesses I entered daily. So basically you're writing an essay every night. There's no travel compensation. No base salary. My manager demanded me to watch tutorial videos late on Sunday night. Managers call and text all the time with "motivational quotes" which are really a nice way of saying " remember to slave away interns!" And in addition, they constantly blackmail interns with references. "You don't want us to give a bad reference when your next employer asks us about you." That's exactly that they all say. Interns only make 10% commission, when we fuel the whole company. We are the main ones selling the product, but we get the lowest cut. It's exploitation to the max. This company is great for cut-throat sales people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanagement from a manager that is not out in the trenches with the interns is ineffective.

    The 4 mandatory conference calls during time periods we could go into businesses is RIDICULOUS and counterproductive. 4 hours wasted every week (each conference call an hour) just to hear a bunch of managers gloat for 15 minutes, motivational quotes for 10 minutes, and regurgitated information for the remaining 35 minutes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    DON'T DO SUMMER INTERNSHIP

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at The Campus Special as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to work by yourself, if thats what you like. The support team is really positive and friendly, such as your managers and sales team.

    Cons

    - Pay is awful.
    - Constantly annoying and soliciting business owners throughout the town.
    - Work by yourself the entire week.
    - Campus Special essentially has 750 students to use as slaves to go door-to-door and sell their product, with almost no investment in them what so ever, because you are paid 100% on commission.
    - Campus Special really hypes this job to be a learning and paid internship with so much value, when all you learn is how to be broke, not afford gas money, and annoying every business owner you cross.
    - Make sure you are in a college town were the economy is solely based off the student population. Where I worked the city had close to 80,000 residents and could care less about marketing towards the student population.
    - I felt like a Jehovah Witness the entire summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a better way to pay your students. And tell them they are COLD CALLERS before you hire and train them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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