Valley Yellow Pages
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at Valley Yellow Pages full-time (more than 8 years)Pros
Flexible schedule, unlimited income potential. Sieg Fisher is a good solid C.E.O. but more important he is a good man. I wish him and his family all the best. Rock Clum, R,V,P in No. Cal is the best thing to happen to the office in years. It was an honor to work for him and my D.S.M.Cons
The economy and industry trends going away from print advertising. Even though the product is still effective and cost effective it felt like we were selling buggy whips and type writer ribbons.Advice to ManagementAdvice
No hard feelings, this was a really good company to work for. In my opinion they should find or develop a product or service that is more in demand, I know easier said than done.. Their product might still be effective, but no one cares if they, the advertisers, have all their money tied up in a digital product.RecommendsNegative OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Valley Yellow Pages.Interview Details
Applied directly to local sales office. Did not respond to an ad, I was interested in the company and industry and sought them out. I met with ABM (Area Branch Manager) for first interview, then DSM (District Sales Manager) and ABM for second interview. I believe normally you will meet with DSM first. I was not aware of their dress code and showed up in basic casual business attire. They REQUIRE formal business attire (FULL SUIT). Dress the part to get noticed. During my second interview I was asked the basic interview questions and felt very comfortable. Be ready for a role play sales encounter. You will normally be handed an object (pen, pencil, scissors or ???) and asked to sell them the product. Be real, have fun, make it interesting and creative. This is just a simple sales profiling tool to see how you react under pressure, MAKE IT FUN! After interviews, if you get the job offer, you will be called in to accept the offer (in writing) sign all employment docs and take a drug test. If you cant pass a mouth swab drug test, don't be stupid and apply, that is a waste of everybody's time. After passing the test, you will be scheduled for training. You will get some of the best training available in the industry. If you are sent out of town, they pay your time, travel, lodging and expenses. You will need to dress formal business attire in training also. They are paying big money for you to be there, show up ready to learn and get involved in the role plays, have fun. We had some people party every night and show up hungover to training, they did not pass. You will need to study, there is a lot to learn. Remember, after training, your manager will be there to help, you are never far from help.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsThey have changed the hire package a few times over the years, not sure what its like now. When I was hired I was given the choice of base plus commission or straight commission. If you take straight commission it may take you a little longer to get a pay check but if your good at sales and confident you can work in this industry you will make more money. The base plus has a lower commission on each sale but is good to get you started and a safe bet if your new to sales. The base plus was for a limited time and once you went straight commission you could not go back to base plus. Their is no negotiation.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
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AGI Publishing, Inc., dba Valley Yellow Pages, is the largest independent Yellow Pages publisher in Central and Northern California and the third largest in the nation. Directories are delivered to households and businesses in 46 different markets, helping more than 15,400,000 people find reliable, local business information.
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