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The Campus Special Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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4.0 244 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

The Campus Special President & CEO Chau Nguyen

Chau Nguyen

(117 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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 24 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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    Work hard for me, Ill work hard for you

    Account Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsIt gets you off your butt and helps you to realize what you're really up against when it comes to working in the real world!! It is honestly the hardest and most challenging thing I have had to do. I've worked a job since I was 15 and this pushed me past my breaking point... but I never broke.

    ConsYou don't get paid enough to work as hard as you work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Account Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsPrepares you for the real world, gives good hands on experience.

    ConsNot for everyone, it's sales so there's pressure to produce numbers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Internship Overview

    Intern (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsAMAZING AMAZING SUPPORT SYSTEM from your managers however your success is based NOT ONLY on effort but also on the city in which you are operating. In my experience, working on a team of 5 there were only 3 sales in the first 3 weeks, 2 of which were to renewal accounts. It is extremely difficult to work in a city where the product you are selling does not really work.

    The career opportunities are amazing if you are working in the right area.

    ConsFOR THE WORK YOU ARE DOING THE PAY IS AWFUL, the amount of work that must be done outside of the 9-5 is extremely high

    Advice to Senior Managementthere needs to be an adjustment to how the interns are paid...

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    Hard work, long hours, good internship experience, high highs, low lows.

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros-Learned a lot about my self.
    -The conference based in Chicago was amazing. They taught us everything we needed to know about sales and the product, it was very helpful.
    -Learned how to time manage, prioritize, and learned the basics of sales.
    -Everyday was different and I was faced with new challenges which kept it exciting.

    Cons-DOOR TO DOOR SALES ALL DAY EVERYDAY.
    -Way too much work for little pay.
    -The company would acknowledge reaching your goal for 1 minute then keep pushing you to sell more.
    -All conversations with manager are over the phone because they are based in Atlanta.
    -The Campus Special does not work in Chicago! It has been very successful at state schools where the main source of revenue for some businesses are the Campus Special coupons. But in Chicago this is simply not the case. People at my school don't use these coupons. This made me feel really bad about the business owners who I sold to because they were excited to get a return on investment and never did.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great real world experience and taught me a lot about the business to business sales process.

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Fayetteville, AR

    Pros-Applicable experience to a career in sales
    -teaches you to deal with rejection
    -Great management and support, if you need anything or help with a client the managers are there for you

    Conslong hours and very hard work you must be organized and have great time management skills in order to be successful

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider having managers present in the actual market during the summer

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    For the hard-core sales people!

    Account Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsThe manangers are so nice and helpful! They genuinely want you to succeed. Chau, the CEO, is so supportive and even sends out motivational texts. And, he will endorse you on LinkedIn. Basically, if you work hard and your manager sees that, they will try to get you a job with career partners at the end of the internship.

    ConsCan be very frustrating/annoying literally going door-to-door all summer long. Career partners only offer sales jobs and a lot of them tend to be relocation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was OKAY.. I wouldn't do it again, but I did learn valuable life lessons.

    Account Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsTeaches you a strong work ethic.

    ConsI don't believe the products they offer truly benefit their customers or students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast growing but may be going a little too fast to be successful

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Duluth, GA

    ProsLaid back work environment and definitely has a lot of potential. The company growth has been very steady up to this point.

    ConsUpper level management does not direct or train lower levels so everyone is confused. Communication and pay are both poor and upper level management is very micro managerial, making employees feel untrusted and unappreciated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on the here and now, less on the future. The future will never come if the here and now doesn't get corrected.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Difficult for not being in a college town

    Sales Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsThe conference provided valuable training for being a sales representative in general. I still feel like I use a lot of the skills I learned from those 3 days. Certain managers provided help when you seek it. Good experience to have on your resume, depending on your career path.

    ConsMy university was in a major city, with many other, more well-known companies we had to compete against to win business. The majority of interns work in college towns, where Campus Special is more likely to even be heard of. The conference was clearly more directed towards those interns, which is understandable since the majority of schools are in smaller markets. In the city, we had businesses giving their available budget to companies like Groupon, Living Social, etc., and though we were trained on how to overcome that obstacle when speaking to business owners, these guys are being approached constantly for their money. I think an owner of a business in a city with numerous locations is a little tougher to break than small town Mom & Pop shops.

    The help I was getting from my main manager seemed to whither once he realized that our team was not going to finish well. It was hard to get a hold of him, and when I could it was usually a similar problem I wasn't able to solve with his help before. I was able to get some support from other managers, including Chau, which was encouraging to be able to connect with the CEO of the entire company, but it strained my relationship with my assigned manager. Other members of my team had similar experiences. Some days I would be having an awful day going to businesses door to door and say to myself, "What the F am I doing out here?" When the internship ended, I wasn't thanked, given any feedback, updated, or contacted in general by anyone. The end date (which wasn't even made 100% clear) came and went, and I just.. stopped working.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor interns in major cities, provide managers to those teams that are more familiar with that type of market. Give different sales goals, and maybe even side training during or after the conference that is geared towards how to manage tough potential clients, particularly on how to manage our time with people who obviously won't buy while there is a city full of businesses to go to instead.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard, be prepared to not make much $$ in 13 weeks.

    Account Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsA lot of support, great resume builder

    Consmade barely 2000 in 13 weeks when i could have made that in 6-8 weeks serving tables like i had prior summers.

    Advice to Senior Managementyour incentives are great and all, but its hard for a small school to even come close to winning those iPads and tvs... we were never motivated because we knew we could never attain a high enough sales figure in a week to win.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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