Vocus Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
257 Reviews
3.4
257 Reviews
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Pros
  • It's a work hard, play hard environment in addition to a work life balance approach (in 15 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Communication from upper management need to come down the chain faster (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Beltsville, MD

    I have been working at Vocus full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Work Life Balance
    - Awesome Amenities and benefits
    - Managers and co-workers that became friends

    Cons

    - Salaries
    - Communication with Upper Management
    - The Product was over promised and under delivered

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Volatile times @ Vocus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Vocus full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is good, benefits are ok but the workspace is incredible. Employees are young and dynamic. The company is going through major restructuring after the private equity acquisition. If you can tolerate high risk, there will be great opportunities for you.

    Cons

    There is limited room for a long-term career planning at Vocus. Other than sales teams, nobody gets professional development opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. There is no united culture at Vocus and this is something the management has to invest in.

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

    A true rollercoaster ride.

    Former Employee - Marketing Sales Consultant in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing Sales Consultant in Beltsville, MD

    I worked at Vocus full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Vocus 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 ManagementAdvice

    Morale 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It's OK if you like working at Disneyland and being easily distracted.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Beltsville, MD

    I have been working at Vocus full-time

    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!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyable and Friendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Not Sales in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Not Sales in Beltsville, MD

    I worked at Vocus full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

    Former Employee - SMB Account Executive in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - SMB Account Executive in Beltsville, MD

    I worked at Vocus full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No one has a clue what is going on at the company right now and it showed.

  8.  

    Not now

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid Market Sales Executive in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Mid Market Sales Executive in Beltsville, MD

    I have been working at Vocus full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cool Campus. Great PR tool and horrible Marketing tool

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The software doesn't work for every industry so find it's market and grow from there.

    Definitely needs an outside sales team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It passed the time

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    Former Employee - Media Researcher in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Media Researcher in College Park, MD

    I worked at Vocus part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Little expected of me; room for promotion

    Cons

    Boring, tedious, intrusive work that was morally ambiguous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at Vocus full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good decent OK moderate mediocre

    Cons

    Not so good poor unwell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Progressive Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Vocus full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment and culture

    Cons

    Tough Product to Sell and bad leads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead qualification

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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