Advantage Sales and Marketing Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated June 24, 2014
Updated June 24, 2014
804 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Wonderful support from other sales reps (part time "support" from management) (in 31 reviews)

  • Opportunity for new careers through the ACE program for recent college graduates (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • The job is demanding so sometimes it is difficult to maintain a work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Upper management would tell us to do one thing and wouldn't follow thru on their end (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Bountiful promotional and advancement opportunities available to anyone driven to succeed in a team environment!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    ASM is focused on career accelerated pathways and mentoring. Great opportunity for those in the ACE and Leadership Development (LDA) programs as well as existing associates at all levels.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment, must have the drive to succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Evt Specialists-hope you'll be scheduled, show up and don't expect support/incentives

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Event Specialist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Event Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Advantage Sales and Marketing part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you enjoy talking with people, pro-active doing your own product research and like to be autonomous in your work, you will find this job okay. Since part time there are no advantages benefits.

    Cons

    ASM schedules only 5-7 days in advance and does not guarentee work/hours. Support materials=misinformation, numerous times=PRODUCT WAS NOT IN THE STORE. Did not provide opportunity to know co-workers, District Manager was not receptive and did not have interpersonal skills to supervise/manage large group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    COMMUNICATION is lacking=disconnect. No liaison between company and store, so many times no product to promote. EVs were addressed as "TEAM" but I did not know any other EVs. The Event Manuals were not helpful and the "education and selling points" were not effective and minimal. Many times product/procedure information was incorrect. Some of the EVs are just a body, giving samples, and others engage shoppers, and add to shoppers experience, but rewarded on same level, no incentive. Management on all levels non-responsive to email inquiries, and on whole did not acknowledge EVs. Winning!??

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great intentions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Merchandiser  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Field Merchandiser in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ability to grow, true entrepreneurial spirit with razor focus on policies.

    Cons

    No work life balance, personal growth is based on companies focus and immediate supervisor ability to provide guidance. No raises have been given in over three years and bonus have this year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide some back up strategy, so managers can enjoy time off. The work life balance does not exist. Great company but one will work even if you are on vacation!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you want to go backwards in your career, this is the place to be.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandiser  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Its a job if you don't have one

    Cons

    Low pay,minimum mileage compensation. you are a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice, would not help management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential for outstanding career field to much of a "click" mentality

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Event Specialist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Event Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Advantage Sales and Marketing part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Discounts at and with major retailers. Opportunities to demonstrate a variety of products directly to customers. Fun engagement with a span of interesting shoppers. No hard selling required.

    Cons

    Zero training of products. Uniform uncomfortable and didn't fit most employees. Correct product demonstration materials almost never received. Lack of cohesion made customers feel they where being lied too. Hours vary and are only given to seniority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house most of your districts are in need of serious re-hauling of structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    An interesting scenario that needs a few more bugs worked out.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Event Specialist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Event Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Meeting new customers who, when they return, recognize you. Learning about new products. Learning how creative you can be and using this to help people. Meeting new coworkers and supporting each other, thus building fellowship/friendships.

    Cons

    Management needs serious work. Tasks assigned are sometimes contradictory. You will be told to do one thing by a lead, but then the Supervisor will admonish you for carrying out that task minutes later. People chosen to be management can be dismissive or condescending, and should exhibit more patience needed for their positions. There are also not enough hours, so you might work 1 or 2 days a month, even though you sign on for more. They also like to schedule you without notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please choose people who care about employees, not people who will swat away questions with a bad attitude. We often have to ask each other what to do because we don't feel comfortable with our leaders. More than a few of us actively bypass the Supervisor when possible because we know that asking means maybe a useful answer, or, if one does come, it comes with belittling. This sends a terrible message each time it happens. There also seems to be no clear path to accomplishing some of our tasks, as the rules are never clear and change often. And when an event is scheduled, send the person a text or call them with the change. Please address these issues so that everyone has an easier time and a better experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Don't jump through hoops to work here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Advantage Sales and Marketing part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy work doing demos the products and store are good so that makes it tolerable for the pay especially if your a student.

    Cons

    The red tape is endless. The trainings are irrelevant. The direct manager depending on stores are racist and use favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually go to your territory stores and talk to the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    No promotions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Event Specialist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Event Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working alone avoids micromanaging. Working various locations is exciting.

    Cons

    Management disconnected and spread too thin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    The work can be stimulating but the reward and compensation are ridiculously low.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Direct Retail Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Direct Retail Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As a rep visiting retailers there are ample opportunities to meet new people and see different areas. The work is roughly 65% routine and boring but the remaining time can be interesting as the tasks are to secure additional placements for client products without paying for it. From clip strips to end caps and everything in between. There is continual pressure to produce promotional results as well as sell product.

    Cons

    The rewards are a joke. Salaries are minimal, reps start at under $12 per hour with advancement and salary increases virtually non existent. Benefits are far too expensive for anyone in this pathetic salary range. The firm has little ability to communicate in a professional and team driven manner and acts accordingly. Further, your home becomes a company warehouse for promo items as well as your car, your cell phone usage is not reimbursed nor is there any mention of using your personal computer for business activity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The salaries are pathetically low. Benefits are not affordable. Wake up. When the economy turns around two thing will happen: You will quickly loose your top reps...who will be replaced by people who are worth paying $12 per hour.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Advantage Sales and Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Advantage Sales and Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexability of hours. Managment can be good to work with.

    Cons

    No incentives, plan to work 7 days week and only true down time that you are not expected to return calls or emails is from 8pm-8am 7 days a week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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