BDS Marketing
3.7 of 5 58 reviews
www.bdsmarketing.com Irvine, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

BDS Marketing Reviews

Updated Apr 6, 2014

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J. Mark Dean

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77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great Pay, Flexible hours, Nice employees"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Decent pay - about 14/hr part-time while retail store people you work around get paid less"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "In addition - I worked there for 4 years full time and only received one pay increase which barely covered cost of living for one year"
    in 2 reviews
  • "Sometimes hard to get answers or responses to questions from managers, sometimes having to ask multiple times"
    in 2 reviews
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Nice company to work with

Market Development Manager (Current Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA

I have been working at BDS Marketing full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat company, flexible hours, great structure. The company offers good benefits.

ConsNone, I have not experienced any cons.

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

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A decent part time job

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at BDS Marketing

ProsYou get to make your own schedule and each store visit is never the same.

ConsThe company wants you to cover an extensive radius from your home location, no gas reimbursement, and the mileage pay is below the standard.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Jack of all trades

Merchandising Specialist (Current Employee)

I have been working at BDS Marketing for more than a year

ProsHave worked for them almost 3 years. Have had 3 different managers. Some better than others.

ConsWhen first started, got travel time & mileage when out of usual territory. Then had to take one or the other. Once was run better. Now have several projects been put on hold several times. Expect you to submit everything perfectly--while they screw up regularly. Some projects have waiting up to SIX months to get things needed.

Advice to Senior ManagementBefore you get super picky about things, check your own work! Some managers are better at communication than others. Don't make conference calls compliant calls.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at BDS Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLeadership showed that they are not only passionate about the company, but compassionate about their people's growth and development. I was challenged to stretch my comfort zone and I learned a lot.

ConsThe rank and file employees are very cliquish, so it won't be much fun if you are the sensitive type.

There is a big disconnect between the various business units of the agency, not much communication or synergy - that's okay if your client doesn't need more than what you are already giving them.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work with the great culture.
You need to focus a little less on the "bottom line" and focus more on breaking down the barriers between the employees and the business units.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company

Assistant Sales Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at BDS Marketing part-time for less than a year

ProsThe pay is good and the hours are flexible.

ConsThe leads seem to be very unorganized and will not hesitate to end program

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Land of Opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BDS Marketing full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAmazing People that work for great companies
Competitive salaries compared to other 3rd party rep companies.

I started with BDS Part-time over 10 years ago and it was so enjoyable that I eventually ditched my full-time insurance job and went to work with them full time. While it has it's ups and downs, I have (nearly) always been recognized for my hard work and have enjoyed and amazing collection of assignments.

ConsPrepare to take total responsibility for your success or failure. Depending on the program and whether it is sales or merchandising oriented, you may or may not get much support or training from your Regional Manager, though peer training is common and very solid in most cases.

Advice to Senior ManagementProtect your employee's positive attitudes when introducing programs or initiative that aren't inherently positive.

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

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Assisted Sales Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at BDS Marketing part-time for more than a year

Pros- Own schedule
- Create your own location visits

Cons- Commuting
- Minimal Training
- Very little interaction with supervisor

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Okay Company

Market Development Manager (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at BDS Marketing full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFlexible schedules and no local manager.

ConsToo much micro management and too many chamges.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet adults be adults. Learn to say no sometimes.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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outstanding

Market Development Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at BDS Marketing as a contractor for less than a year

Prosgreat growth with in the company

Consnone that i know of so far

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great corporate communication but employee recognition lacks severely.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at BDS Marketing full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood monthly communications from Mark Dean through the monthly "Straight Talk" meetings. BDS also has great benefits (401K, medical, dental, etc).

ConsVery cliquish work environment. You're either in with the in crowd, or not. There are way too many layers of upper managers and directors and when the going gets tough, BDS lays off the "worker bees" and not the big salary managers and directors - which makes no sense and hurts the continuity of the company. Also if you don't speak up for yourself you will be taken advantage of and miss out on well deserved promotions. Management and HR have no problem allowing you to do the work of a higher pay grade and title, all the while painfully denying you of both. In addition - I worked there for 4 years full time and only received one pay increase which barely covered cost of living for one year.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a hard look of your managers and directors. When things are tough financially look to that group first - there's fat to be trimmed there. Keep the talent that lives within your worker bees! Your employees should have annual reviews with annual pay increases where earned. HR should ensure that the worn that's being done is commensurate with the employees job description and pay grade.

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