The Campus Special

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The Campus Special Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
292 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    I learned I hate sales

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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 (less than an 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has potential but wasn't for me.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pyramid

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    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 ManagementAdvice

    hire better managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not an internship I'd recommend.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Account Executive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Campus Special

    Pros

    The training session in Chicago was fun. They pay for the majority of the trip, which is great. Recently acquired by Cheeg.

    Cons

    Horrible, I did not enjoy this internship, bad work style with bad pay. Managers are helpful, but can only do so much over a phone.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    A rough and stressful path of unprofessionalism

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    • 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

    Gaining experience in sales. Building relationships and learning what the real world is all about. Self motivation is tested on an everyday work basis. Sales skills are tested at a young age.

    Cons

    The entire professional team of Campus Special is fishy, and lacking knowledge regarding pricing, and everyone that worked for Campus Special had different answers to clients and myself. There is something sketchy about pay and I had to bother multiple people plenty times when I received paychecks late or not at all. They act like they are giving you so many benefits when they leave you to struggle all summer long, being paid on ONLY straight commission and paying for your own gas and other expenses that you need to survive for this internship. Their advice is basic and is over exaggerated as way more positive than the internship actually is. I had a terrible experience with a proofer who was in charge of my account management, and he would often tell me things were taken care of when they weren't, leaving me to deal with very angry clients who were promised things they didn't get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every Regional Manager should know the answer to every question asked by an account executive or client. I would ask the same question to multiple people and get completely different answers regarding deadlines, pay, and rules which made it VERY frustrating when I am an organized individual.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Only do it if you don't expect to make a lot!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at The Campus Special as an intern

    Pros

    1. You're team members are completely AWESOME and you will probably make a lot of good friends in Chicago if you're sociable. I'm still friends with a few of my fellow interns
    2. You become incredibly familiar with your town/ city.

    Cons

    1. If you're not in a "college town" don't expect to make a lot of money, if any. Be prepared to have financial support from your parents.
    2. Because of my optimism of making more money, I'm literally struggling to pay all of my bills. It was such a horrible mistake!
    3. Long hours! It's not the typical 40 hr/wk. It'll be more like 60+

    The list goes on, but pretty much everything that is repeated in prior negative reviews is true!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Just Don't Do 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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pros: Chau is amazing and will even text you on your first day, whenever you make a sale, and is extremely accessible. Inspirational man who is truly motivating and admirable.
    - Helps with confidence and approaching random strangers
    - Management IS always there for you
    - If you are in a great college town, where students are always driving to go out to eat, live mainly off campus, this could work for you. if not ......good luck
    - Great motivational prizes, bonuses, career partners.
    - I loved my team, we became friends in Chicago and still see each other all the time

    Cons

    1. First I'll start by saying the job description said 35-40 hours a week - fine! perfect! totally doable. However, you have conference calls after the work day ends and then spend hours logging your entire day into a database. Additionally you are encouraged to hit 5 places after 5PM, and be on your merry way at 8:45 Friday mornings. So tiring and emotionally draining and way more than 40 hours a week.
    2. The pay is crap. Especially with payment plans I had fellow interns making 16 dollars a month from some sales. And you're constantly chasing owners around and filling up your tank at LEAST once a week.
    3. Additionally, managers will tell you to lie with offers and deadlines being "today only" and that spots are first come first serve. Most business owners have done it in the past and do not really care at all to buy until the end of July when they see what competitors have bought. I also couldn't bring myself to lie about the promises of returns these owners would see and was sometimes disgusted with myself when I would walk out of businesses for the little bit that I did lie/over exaggerate
    4. I was told to go back to a place that had UNDER 5 COUPON REDEMPTIONS. Would anyone in their right mind feel comfortable going back somewhere and try to sell thousands of dollars in advertising to a company that CS failed them before? And managers always have a "perfect way" to go back; but really it is just embarrassing and a waste of interns time.
    5. Being in a renewal market sounds promising - until you realize that the prior interns have screwed you over by lying to business owners, selling to business owners that won't thrive from the product, or even just that business owners don't see any return.
    6. I honestly felt like managers were brainwashing me at some points in that their company was perfect and that I would not thrive in the future without this internship, and that my peers were just getting by waitressing and lounging by the pool; and it was me that would surpass them later in life due to this "experience" (when in reality I go to a very competitive school and all my friends have full time internships with companies such as the Big 4 companies, as well as many other impressive companies, and HAVE FUN with what they are doing!)
    7. Career Partners is dangled in front of your face like a carrot to a donkey. When I interviewed for this, I was told that once the internship was over that my resume would automatically be sent out to over 100 companies. However, on the LAST day of training we found out that there is a sales limit to hitting Career Partners. I also found out that they raised the quota by $5000 from last year and was extremely annoyed since the old quota still seemed high to me. Additionally, they include pictures of all of their career partners ever, even if some major companies aren't with them this current year.
    8. Constantly bashing the competitors, which they claim is a dying product however such competitors pays their interns $200/ week. Interesting.
    9. Managers call every 5 mins and turn every situation into something positive about campus special. Everything seems so scripted and phony and I truly wish I could have a real, down to earth convo with my manager because they are all friendly people....but it just seemed so fake.

    Only take this position if you have an indestructible backbone and your parents to help support you through the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More on-site training in college towns
    Have a draw system of $200 a week like Around Campus does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 12 people found this helpful  

    The Campus Special can be a great experience but can also be a nightmare.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive Intern in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive Intern in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at The Campus Special full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. The all expenses conference- It really makes you feel like a young professional instead of a college student. It is a great place to network with career partners (this year they added a career fair) and other students across the country. Overall a really cool experience.

    2. Some aspects of the company culture are really cool. Your managers are very reachable and seem like they are always trying to motivate you. Chau, the CEO, gets on your levels and tries to be a CEO that isn't behind the scenes but it more interactive with all parts of the company.

    3. You'll make money- IF you work hard AND are in a good market that isn't divided too many times.

    Cons

    I had a really bad experience with Campus Special. I did not seek out this internship because as a sophomore, I didn't think I needed an internship yet. My manager personally emailed me and recommended I apply. So I did, and within a week, I had three interviews and was hired on the spot. I turned down three other jobs I had lined up for the summer for this. I am used to working hard (2-5 jobs) every summer to pay my car or my debts since I turned 16. I thought if I worked hard I would make at least the lower end of the "average pay"($2,500) which would make up for not working my other jobs.

    Keep in mind that if the minimum wage is 8.25 and you are working 40 hours a week, you would walk away with $3,960 at the end of the summer (this is a 12 week program)

    When I was hired, I made the assumption I was the only intern hired in my college town of 26,000. This was my mistake. Keep in mind, my university has a declining enrollment and the region it is in is known to be poor and economically struggling. Maybe ONE more intern would have been okay, but no, they hired FOUR.

    I met another group at the conference with my same manager. Their "intern team" has three people. Their territory was Tampa, Florida, which has a population exceeding 360,000 people.

    I'm not making excuses, I am telling the facts here.

    Technically I am still employed at this internship but not for much longer because financially I can't do it. I am now in a very stressful financial situation, looking for another job, and locked into my summer lease.

    Some people who go to college in large towns, large cities, or rich suburbs might see a pretty dollar and much success out of this internship. For others, Campus Special can be dishonest to you and screw you over by over-saturating your market.

    Emotionally, I can take being said "no" to by business owners but my self esteem can't take working my butt off an entire summer and then getting nothing but disappointment out of it. When I can't make my situation better and am running out of businesses to go to by week three(they require you to make 30 in person business calls a day), I have a problem.

    Other issues I have:

    1. The attitude with this company might appeal to some but to others it is over exaggerated and just juvenile. I was on the fence about it but honestly I felt like I was surrounded by a bunch of obnoxious sports fans . The higher-ups in this company try to show the interns how hip they are to a ridiculous degree. They literally sent out a video of themselves shot gunning red bulls. My manager said he doesn't even drink red bull and might be wired on this particular day...meaning he was told/forced to do it and wasn't doing it out of free will.

    2. They act like every other college student who isn't doing this internship is partying or at the pool. WRONG. I sacrificed for this internship and have worked my butt off 60+ hours a week during every summer I was old enough to work. People can't just go to college anymore and not work. That's a mislead stereotype they promote and act like you are so much better for doing this internship.

    3. Before they sell you the products, the (over)sell the internship. As a college student ready to put good experience on a resume, they take advantage of you. It IS too good to be true. Considering I was ASKED to apply, it can't be that good of an internship.

    4. They WILL ask you to lie when selling their product. They act like it is a white lie but a lie is a lie. They want you to fake deadlines and act like you were the biggest fan of this product since first day of freshman year even if you were not at all.

    5. In some markets, their products/mediums just don't work. They never even train you on that. They give you testimonials for a few college but not your market. What works great in Kansas might not work great somewhere else, for example.

    6. Even when a renewal or non-renewal client gives perfectly good reasons why they can't buy (I just can't afford it because I just had a baby and have to pay more mangers, I can't even pay my employees, we ran the same coupon in the newspaper and got more of those returned to our business) they INSIST you go back five times. At some point you will feel like you are harassing people into buying instead of doing your job.

    7. It is ALL commission based so they don't compensate you for gas or your efforts even if you are trying hard without getting sales. I LOST money while doing this internship because I was driving to businesses. I tried to walk most of the time but when I started feeling drained because it is 90 degrees out or I'm getting harassed, then I tend to want to drive more.

    8. They expect you to feel comfortable talking, venting, and relying on your manager who you've only talked to on the phone a handful of times before the internship and met in person at the three day conference. You really can't develop a working relationship that way. Maybe that model works for some but not for most.

    9. They will send you tips but you really don't get much hands on training. The hands on training IS the internship and the managers are in a different time zone in Atlanta. While it's fine and dandy to be available via phone, this internship lacks the in person aspect.

    10. They will basically promote the idea to work all the time,work past the designated hours, and sacrifice all other aspects of your life. This work hard mentality has pros and cons but I rather see a company promote life BALANCE and efficiency. They say "work hard, play later," a saying that is promoted in grades schools, but when do they play? My manager told me he hasn't spent time with his wife because he is working late every night and works on weekends. No one regrets working hard but people DO regret not spending enough time with loved ones on their death beds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PLEASE be honest and upfront about everything when you interview intern candidates especially in regards to the fraction of territory they end up getting instead of the whole college town.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Internship, Horrible Corporate Office (Take advantage of the Career Partners program!!)

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

    I worked at The Campus Special full-time

    Pros

    The summer internship is a lot of hard work, but it is worth it. The experience gained and lessons learned are unmatched. You must be ready to put in long hours and always go the extra mile.

    I was also fortunate enough to have a manager that helped me develop professionally and personally. I got SO lucky!

    The corporate office.. not so much.

    Cons

    The corporate office is a ridiculous mess. The job presented to potential employees is not actually what those people will be doing. Company culture is a joke because the CEO and current upper management only cares about numbers.

    Maybe in years past it was a place of fun times and family values, but those days are definitely over.

    Don't let the talks about your future, your potential and the money you COULD be making fool you. The goals set are not realistic. You are set up for failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are people not numbers. You hand picked them. You know their personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and potential. Stop pretending to be their best friend after not speaking with them for weeks. Stop making them explain themselves for not hitting goals that were never reachable in the first place.

    If they are happy, they will perform. Bring back the people who care. Don't be fake.
    Stop setting them up for failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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