Vocus

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Vocus Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
270 Reviews
3.2
270 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a work hard, play hard environment in addition to a work life balance approach (in 16 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.  

    Great culture, but business upheaval

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Support Representative in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Software Support Representative in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    cool office with perks like a gym and free espresso machine, great benefits and pay, PTO and time-off policy was extremely forgiving, and a ton of continued training throughout the time in the position, great for recent graduates. My managers were all insanely hard working and supportive. I also really appreciated the regular check-in meetings for our department.

    Cons

    The company went through a lot of change while I was there, and many great employees got the boot when they were bought by Cision and the marketing automation side became OutMarket.

    Also, gym access is somewhat limited unless you work in sales where you can make your own schedule.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Huge potential, good people, lots of change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Sales in Beltsville, MD

    I have been working at Vocus full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tons of career opportunity available at relatively early stages on one's career. Good money to made if you're willing to work for it. Great people....they are what keep you here. Strong SaaS B2B product. Untapped potential. Great amenities at the office, including basketball court & gym. Good work-life balance, not a hardcore sales environment. Top employees have always been taken care of. Awesome incentive trips.

    Cons

    Working in Beltsville, not a very desirable place. Constant change. Turmoil & uncertainty with the acquisition, and also the investment in the Marketing Suite. Lack of leadership over the last 5 years in terms of direction & investments necessary (but hopefully thats changed with the new management).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communications. Improve relations between departments. Improve data & make smarter decisions moving forward based on that data. Move the company, or at least a portion of it into DC and attract more top DC talent.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great people, but company could not handle its rapid growth

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    Former Employee - Small Business Account Executive in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Small Business Account Executive in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere here is great and so are your coworkers. I enjoyed coming to work everyday because of the people there; I made some great friends.

    Cons

    Vocus grew rapidly and didn't handle it well. Communication to the clients and to employees was horrible and I think it contributed to the decline in sales and turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great While it Lasted.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SMB Sales Executive in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - SMB Sales Executive in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    If you are good at sales, ambitious and money motivated, then Vocus was an awesome place to get a start. Commission and bonus structure are solid, and the experience of being successful there looks great on a resume. Young group of employees, so it feels like college that you get paid for. As long as you are above your number, it is an extremely laid back and fun place to work and make a lot of quick cash.

    Cons

    Infrastructure between departments was nonexistent. Couldn't rely on deals being processed and successfully on-boarded once the sale was made. No accountability on the AE side for them to follow up with new business.

    And the marketing suite side of Vocus will probably be no more within 6 months, due to the acquisition by GTCR and their focus on the PR value of Vocus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Non - Been bought out.

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

    Good sales job with ups and downs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, great company perks (office, gym, food trucks, events), good office environment, decent training.

    Cons

    frequent changes, poor communication, relatively high turnover and lack of strategy for keeping up with the flux

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Started as Business Development and quickly worked my way up to Small Business sales Executive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Small Business Sales Representative in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Small Business Sales Representative in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Vocus revolves around the "work hard, play hard" saying. If you come in, work hard and are successful, they reward you gratefully. Whether its trips, cash, sporting events, etc. It makes work fun and always gives you motivation to do better.

    Cons

    The company is growing quickly so going through a lot of growing pains. There are a lot of changes which are sometimes hard to keep up with and adapt to. Although, all of the changes being made are leading us in a positive direction in the long run.

    Recommends
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Sales in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Hardworking individuals, fun co-workers, managers are very assessable at least in sales.

    Cons

    The communication at Vocus is terrible---Executives, communicate with your employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    COMMUNICATE

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good starting sales company, poor management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Generation Representative in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Lead Generation Representative in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Pros:
    required to make 50 calls and 20 emails per day
    basketball court and gym
    great sales training throughout 3 weeks
    young and motivated coworkers
    Given large amount of responsibility quickly
    strong promotion ladder (schedule 150 product demonstrations and up for promotion)

    Cons

    poor management
    high turnover
    must have a ambitious personality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More interaction with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Introduction into a growing industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Sales Executive - Small Business in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Software Sales Executive - Small Business in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    I took this job with limited B2B sales experience and was quickly educated on the cloud marketing space. There is a casual work environment that gives a lot on the job perks and company outings.

    Cons

    The Salesforce is HUGE!!! So quality leads are sparse and hard to come by which leads to higher turnover than what there should be. Too many middles managers that have small teams. If you have a bad manager then they can make your life miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Sales force small

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fun and, at times, challenging--presents a lot of opportunity for personal growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Beltsville, MD

    I have been working at Vocus full-time

    Pros

    Fun colleagues and work environment; Flexible work hours and telecommuting policies; Great fitness facilities onsite and lots of free fitness classes throughout the week;

    Cons

    Open, shared workspace is overdone; Management plans, policies and leadership roles are sometimes confusing or ambiguous to non-management; Lighting in most main areas produces too much glare.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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