The Campus Special Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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The Campus Special President & CEO Chau Nguyen
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Pros
  • Their career partners program makes everything worth it (in 46 reviews)

  • get to go to a 3-day training conference in Chicago (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. Make sure you know what you're getting into

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Account Executive
    Former Intern - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    if you are one of those people willing to work your butt off 500% with little to no time for yourself, then you may know no limits. The managers and upper level management are usually very accessible as well.

    Cons

    The fact is, when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I went into this internship last summer after the Chicago conference filled with optimism and confidence. However, I immediately discovered that the job was nothing like it was described. A lot of the businesses in my college region had lost money from using Campus Special services in the years prior, and therefore were very against us from the beginning. It was incredibly disheartening and difficult.


  2. Not what I expected

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Campus Special as an intern

    Pros

    Got to meet great people in Chicago! It was such a fun experience and it taught you how to handle objections well.

    Cons

    It is very hard to qualify for career partners unless you go to a big school where the town supports you.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to be a little more willing to help instead of judging. Should have a base along with commission.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Campus Special

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    opportunity to learn hands on business to business sales, account management, needs assessment, and communication skills. Entry Level sales experience

    Cons

    Long hours for very low pay, demanding managers that expect the same from everyone regardless of situation, more work than you get paid for Expect the stress of a full time job with less pay than minimum wage

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people, the same rah rah attitude gets old after a while, pay more, a base for the summer would be a nice motivator


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  5. Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Door to door experience Friendly managers Good support from managers

    Cons

    No office, during around in your car all day They don't reimburse for gas mileage Being in a larger town is horrible when its not a college-focused town. Meaning harder sales and nagging managers that don't get it. They expect you to work 24/7

    Advice to Management

    Consider reimbursing those for gas since they are only working off of commission. They are college students in the first place.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Poor organization, hardest summer of my life, minimal financial support, deceiving

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Account Executive
    Current Contractor - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Campus Special as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The harder the work, the better you'll do. Good sales experience taken from the internship.

    Cons

    Awful organization throughout the entire company, deceiving and tries to glorify the job for young adults.

    Advice to Management

    More organization and better training with the salesforce website and program


  7. Underpaid intern for too much work

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

    Pros

    -Lots of great leadership and sales training -Lots of daily support -Gain a lot of experience in communicating with business professionals -Gain cold sales experience

    Cons

    You are definitely underpaid for the amount of work and time they ask you to do. Often see little to no reward or pay for the amount of work you do. Commission is not the way to get paid.


  8. Helpful (1)

    I learned I hate sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Account Executive
    Former Intern - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Real-world sales experience that gives you a really good idea of whether or not a career in sales is for you.

    Cons

    The leadership breeds you to be bloodthirsty and stop at nothing. They spent more time focussing on bragging about the great salespeople than they did helping the ones having trouble.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Has potential but wasn't for me.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Could potentially make good money. Get to go to a training conference and meet many new people.

    Cons

    Managers are not in your area making it sometimes difficult to get ahold of them, which can be a major issue if its a time sensitive situation. No base pay whatsoever, so not a good job for someone who can't afford to go a couple weeks without pay.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Pyramid

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Account Executive
    Former Intern - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Campus Special as an intern

    Pros

    The conference was a good experience

    Cons

    Lack of support Too many reps per manager

    Advice to Management

    hire better managers


  11. Helpful (3)

    Not an internship I'd recommend.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people working in this company. They're very motivational and really do want you to succeed.

    Cons

    If you think you can do this internship working 9-5, you're wrong. Management expects you to put in 10+ hour days. You don't get paid except for commission, and the rate isn't even enough to cover the gas expenses. Management will have you drive all over town in one day regardless of where you planned to make sales at. It's impossible to have a part-time job to help cover expenses. They also expect you to put everything else in your life behind the internship. I had a family emergency which required me to go home during my internship, but I was told I could not take any days off and that it was time to separate myself from my family and focus on my career.

    Advice to Management

    Be upfront with expectations for this position and company values so interns know if it's a good fit for them or not prior to beginning.



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