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Vocus Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.4 153 reviews

0% Approve of the CEO

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Peter Granat

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of young people and laid back work environment(in 27 reviews)

  • There is a great work-life balance here(in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication from upper management need to come down the chain faster(in 15 reviews)

  • They finally started to improve the building after they hired twice the Sales reps(in 15 reviews)

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    A true rollercoaster ride.

    Marketing Sales Consultant (Former Employee) Beltsville, MD

    Pros-Great employee benefits.
    -Overall good people to work with.
    -Digital marketing industry experience.

    ConsVocus was always a rollercoaster ride given the never-ending product / service changes from leadership, yet they missed the obvious change to make: in order to sell to small business, you need to make your service offering affordable to acquire sales. Not once did Vocus change their payment structure (Vocus only offered upfront payment and not monthly or quarterly payments) for prospective small business clients. By not being flexible in this, sales reps lost so many potential deals, which lead to several layoffs and ultimately the acquisition. It still puzzles me why this never changed. I would say about 90% or more of the sales reps in the small business dept. did not meet quota because of this reason.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMorale significantly decreased after the rumors spread about the acquisition. The lack of communication from the leadership made this worse. You need to communicate better with your employees all the time and listen to your sales reps, who are constantly speaking to your target market. And lastly, be more flexible to your potential clients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's OK if you like working at Disneyland and being easily distracted.

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Beltsville, MD

    Pros"Work Hard, Play Hard" culture, flexible work schedule. Disneyland-esque work environment, MANY employee perks (gym on-site, fitness classes, etc).

    Cons"Churn and burn" culture. You're just a number. Long work hours at times, and you definitely earn those perks!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Enjoyable and Friendly

    Not Sales (Former Employee) Beltsville, MD

    ProsEveryone at this company was very enjoyable to work with on a daily basis. You couldn't have asked for a better place to work. Until the recent takeover by a private equity firm.

    ConsThe recent takeover by the private equity firm has changed everyone's passion. It wasn't the same when I left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide updates and a firm direction on where the company is headed. Reintroduce the culture to the company or risk losing employees due to unhappiness.

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

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    Vocus was a cool place to work, but incredibly unorganized.

    SMB Account Executive (Former Employee) Beltsville, MD

    ProsGreat atmosphere and people. Work hard, play hard environment. Rewarded for your work.

    ConsNo one has a clue what is going on at the company right now and it showed.

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    Not now

    Mid Market Sales Executive (Current Employee) Beltsville, MD

    ProsCool Campus. Great PR tool and horrible Marketing tool

    ConsThis is not the time to join. They are merging with their #1 competitor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe software doesn't work for every industry so find it's market and grow from there.

    Definitely needs an outside sales team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It passed the time

    Media Researcher (Former Employee) College Park, MD

    ProsLittle expected of me; room for promotion

    ConsBoring, tedious, intrusive work that was morally ambiguous.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Employee (Former Employee) Gaithersburg, MD

    ProsGood decent OK moderate mediocre

    ConsNot so good poor unwell

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo more things

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Account Executive (Former Employee) Herndon, VA

    ProsGreat working environment and culture

    ConsTough Product to Sell and bad leads

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead qualification

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great start but didn't last.

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Beltsville, MD

    ProsGives Google's Headquarters a run for its money. Lots of little perks that does add up well; free gym, free coffee, free candy and relaxed dress code. Save money on buying Starbucks, don't need to buy expensive office attire or have a monthly gym payment.

    ConsLots of empty promises; to us AND customers. Growth opportunity is available, but you'll need to wipe the brown from your nose while making your way to the top. They set expectations, tell you where you can go and tantalize you with the kind of money you can make. They tell you want you need to do to get there. Only problem is when you do exactly as they ask you are still where you started.
    Business is taking turn for the worst and cutting cost where they can from going "green" to save money by making everyone use or buy reusable cups, stop providing basic First Aid or pain meds and the TP quality has decreased.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make promises you don't plan to keep. Oh and when you are describing the job to a potential hire, make sure they know that this is a Sales job and not a Customer Service Job. Very misleading!

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

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    Great amenities! Okay company.

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Beltsville, MD

    ProsAtmosphere, Arcade, shuffleboard, Ping-Pong, Free Candy, Fruit Cart, Full Gym, Half Court Basketball, Freedom.

    ConsSalary, Stress, Clients, Quotas, Expectations, Communication.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCOMMUNICATE! I don't get why this seems so difficult for companies to do. New Sales needs to have clear communication with client retention (client management) and they need to have clear communication internally with support, product development and so on. Don't attempt to use fear to motivate your employees, people shut down and stop producing.

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

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