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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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Pros:
  • "You learn a lot about yourself in this position"
    in 12 reviews
  • "The training program in Chapel Hill allows you to meet lots of other students from across the country"
    in 20 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long long hours and it is not as easy as it seems to make a sale"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Product you are selling can be expensive and hard to sell"
    in 9 reviews
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    Career Changing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIncredible Experience, Challenging, Will get you out of your comfort zone and give you skills you can use.

    ConsUnderstanding that it takes time to grow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The internship was exhausting and not worth the stress it caused

    Sales Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsLooks good on a resume
    Possibilities for networking

    ConsMultiple managers breathing down your neck
    Very low compensation
    Long hours and demanding schedules
    Literally drive around all day
    Lasts literally the entire summer
    Being told to work toward unrealistic goals
    They frown upon you if you don't work overtime some nights
    The company relies on interns to make almost all of its profits

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to the advice and insights that the interns are giving you. They are actually out in the field and know a lot more about whether your techniques and methods are working.

    Don't make it required for each team to have 2 meetings every day. They become monotonous and just end up costing us more gas to talk about the same things.

    Put a LOT more effort into advertising your cruel products. This will make it a lot easier for the interns to get clients interested in buying.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's okay if you want to work for $4/hour

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI worked for this company for two summers in their internship and yes companies do like the experience you get from the sales training and cold calling sales you do.

    ConsBEWARE OF THE INTERVIEW AND HIRING PROCESS!!! The regional manager will interview you promising the world and how great your life will be with this internship. THEY ARE SALES PEOPLE!!!! They do nothing else other than manage you in the summer and spend the rest of their time finding stupid people all other months of the year to do this internship and make ridiculous promises. The company makes all of its revenues during the summer on the backs of YOU! They send you to do a week long "sales training" in Chapel Hill but anyone with brains can see its just a pep rally to get you hooked into their scheming ways. They pay you $200/week and expect you to work 40 hours per week at least (do the math). They promise you commission but for the two summers I worked there were only a handful out of a hundred who actually had a chance to earn more than that $200. They base it on if they pay or not which you will find out when you get "renewals" that this company has a hard time getting their companies they scam to pay. They talk about how their platform is "top of the line". No, you ask companies for hundreds of dollars for a tiny ad in the back of a student planner that they can see no return from whatsoever. I was also in an organization who had to hand out the thousands of planners they promise to the businesses but that never happened. We would throw away boxes of those planners and still get paid by this company to "hand them out". After working their for two summers I can honestly say that they force their top sellers into doing these positive reviews. The pressure from top management during the summer is unbearable at times. If you want to work for basically nothing asking people for money all day then go ahead and get your "internship". They prey on people just looking for an "internship". If I can get just one person not to do it I would be able to sleep better at night.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you pay your people more then they would have more incentive to stay out all day selling and go to those stupid morning and afternoon meetings that accomplish nothing

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

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    A Crash Course in Outside Sales

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    Pros• Experience: If you want/need sales experience you can’t get a much better test-run than you will during your summer with UD. This is an outside sales internship, you are expected to drive around your set territory for 8 hours a day and walk into every business that crosses your path. Any emailing and/or calls must be done on your own time; you will get a stern “talking to” if you’re caught emailing businesses during the day rather than walking in their doors, even if the former is more effective.
    • Training: It’s tedious and lasts all day every day, but you should leave with a good grasp of the sales process and some new friends. The week of training, two if you’re a Sales Team Leader, is held at UNC in Chapel Hill; a nice university to say the least. A lot of the important monetary information is shoved into the last day of training; meaning that upon writing up your first couple contracts you may be drawing a blank.

    Cons• Bad reputation: A smile and good pitch are only going to get you so far. Besides UD selling an obsolete product it seems that many of their more successful interns haven’t let a thing like honesty get in their way when making sales, and have sullied their successors’ credibility. On top of this UD’s creative dept is deplorable, if a business doesn’t get artwork into corporate their ad will look horrendous, which equals an unhappy customer.
    • Luck of the draw: Outside of hard work and dedication, your success or failure is entirely dependent upon your school, territory, and number of renewals; which are doled out “randomly.” Initial speed and success are key to getting preferential treatment with renewals, those who lag and/or struggle out of the gate will find profitable renewals few and far between.
    • Pay: You’ll be receiving a couple hundred dollars draw, against your assumed earnings, per week; which equates to $5/hour. If you work for 10 weeks you won’t make any commissions unless you’ve COLLECTED roughly $15k in sales.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake recruitment more competitive and be honest with applicants, the internship will end up costing a lot of students more than they get out of it.

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

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    Good internship, terrible company

    Sales Representative (Current Employee)

    Pros+Develop yourself professionally
    +Receive great sales training, and great sales experience
    +Basically this internship is great if you plan on pursing a career in sales. Just be prepared to literally sacrifice your entire summer and deal with an awful company (harder than it sounds, trust me)

    Cons- Volume Sales - UD would rather make 10 sketchy sales than 1 legit sale
    - Witnessed management lie to make a sale
    - Was lied to by management
    - UD lied to business in my market about distribution, causing most renewals to be unhappy
    - Only pay commission on a very small number of your sales, they don't cover your gas, in the end you make little to no money
    - Product is worthless, advertisements do not benefit local businesses. Company makes money by using interns to do the majority of the labor while keeping all profits at the top - Multi Level Marketing
    - Mobil App didn't even work half the time
    - Distribution has been messed up on my campus for years
    - UD home office is worthless, they are slow and unorganized and provided little to no help at all
    - Felt like I was ripping off the local businesses rather than selling them a legitimate product that will help them
    - sales training week is really good, BUT DON'T TAKE EVERYTHING THIS COMPANY SAYS TO HEART, I have had additional B2B sales experience with a much larger and more reputable company, and I now realize that UD has a lot of flaws in their sales approach and business model

    Advice to Senior Management- Dont lie to interns
    - Follow through
    - Cut all the cheesy motivational tips and outrageous sales goals and get with reality

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

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    An experience I'd never do again

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsPositive atmosphere
    Management is encouraging
    Independent work
    Training is an absolute blast
    It's a great resume booster.

    ConsTo be successful the job goes well beyond 8:30-5:30
    Selling print advertisement for a directory or planner
    Independent work (It's easy to take that long lunch or slack)
    Work/life balance isn't good. Job is always on your mind.
    You have to be annoying/persistent to make sales.
    Pay is $200 a week for 10 or 12 weeks depending on your market. Once you hit a certain

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement did all they could. The product is the problem, not management.

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

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    The company is awful, but the experience is amazing

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Gainesville, FL

    Pros-one of the best sales training programs for interns
    -opportunity to stand out amongst every other intern
    -managers are extremely supportive
    -build close relationships with hundreds of local businesses in your college town

    Cons-the company itself is horrible. The home office cannot get anything right, ever, and they get mad at you when you try and fix their mistakes.
    - you will have angry clients when all is said and done because the graphic design team is also completely useless. Artwork gets screwed up and people get upset, then you get blamed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more genuine about how hard this is. Don't trick everyone into thinking a sales pitch means you will succeed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start if you want to work in sales.

    Outside Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsFantastic training. Good leadership. Great experience

    ConsIt's too hot outside...
    low pay
    lots of miles put on car

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide better pay. The wear and tear your car will take is worth more than employees receive. Other than that, great internship.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A job that left me unfulfilled

    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsTeam environment, work with great people, managers are energetic and give you positive reinforcement. The training in North Carolina was an absolute blast. Hard work during the day but party at night.

    ConsYou're selling advertisement in a campus planner or directory, which nobody uses in this age. The company is very much about numbers. Plenty of renewal clients expressed frustration with the company and what they were told. Previous reps may have stretched the truth about the product which hurts your credibility walking into a renewal customer.

    I've also witnessed management lie to try and make a sale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe positive atmosphere is great, but 12 weeks of motivation schtick, inspirational quotes and videos can wear thin after a while. Be more realistic about the product. Saying every business could benefit from this product is not truthful and a poor mindset.

    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 Experience! Great Leaders! Hard Work! Big Job Opportunities! Outstanding Internship

    Sales Team Leader/Intern Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, NC

    ProsManagement
    Hands on
    Experience
    Great references
    Resume Booster
    Tons of connections in your town
    Future job opportunities are endless
    Meet hundreds of business owners in your town
    you will be offered so many jobs!
    Great Family like business atmosphere!

    ConsHard work!
    Long hours!
    Have to learn to be organized
    Mediocre pay but at least its payed whereas some internships aren't
    Need a car with good gas mileage!

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work! Love the encouragement and the ride alongs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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