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Sales Rep

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Current Employee - Sales Representative in Kansas City, KS
Current Employee - Sales Representative in Kansas City, KS

I have been working at ActionLink part-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great pay for part time work!

Cons

Programs are short and inconsistent.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep your best employees by having longer programs

Recommends
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    Good job if you need flexible hours and like working alone

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    Current Employee - Merchandising Representative in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Merchandising Representative in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at ActionLink part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The hours are very flexible and this really does make for a perfect second job since you can work around your other schedule. Store visits run from 20 minutes to 2 hours long, depending on the project, but most are only 45 minutes of actual in-store time. Usually jobs can be scheduled Mondays-Thursdays from 8am-7pm. If you are well versed in technology and consumer electronics many of the Merch Plus projects are a breeze. They consist of setting up television, camera, and computer displays in retail (Merch Plus also pays more per hour.) Also, if you are an independent person who doesn't need a boss breathing down your neck in order to get work done this will be a dream job. You will only hear from management if you are doing a poor job. This is a great position for those of you who are good at following written directions and are able to take initiative to get the job done with minimal supervision. Of course people skills come into play since you have to work with retail managers and associates. This is important since the more you know the managers the easier your job will become.

    Cons

    Expect to get less than 10 hours a week on average unless you are willing to travel. The compensation for gas is unrealistic and you will most likely end up spending out of pocket for a lot of your mileage. Management is sometimes hard to reach, especially when you are out on the field and need help. One of my pet peevs is when you are scheduled to do a 20 minute job somewhere that is a half an hour away. or more. It is sometimes not worth going and you end up working for like $3/hr when you break down driving time and in-store time plus any gas money you might have put out. On the topic of money, I have been working for Actionlink for over a year and have not received a raise or additional compensation. So do not expect a yearly raise, so the wage you agree to when you are hired will be what you will make unless you move up in positions which is very competitive.

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    I really have no advice to give...

    Recommends
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    They want you SUBMISSIVE, and they want you CHEAP!

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    Former Employee - Merchandising Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Merchandising Representative in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at ActionLink part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The part-time merchandising positions, like any other third-party/outsourced merchandising job, is decent 'side work' for extra income. But it certainly should not be relied on for a primary source of income due to the inconsistency of weekly hours.

    Cons

    Obtaining full time employment with the company is challenging, to say the least. Colleagues, friends, and including myself, have found it nearly impossible to re-enter the company either as a part time or full time employee, yet our performance/record was exemplary. The problem? Actionlink's online application process is lengthy, and one of the questions asks what your 'desired pay' would be. You cannot put 'negotiable'. They want an exact numerical amount so they can determine if you fit into their narrow pay range. Hence, they want you CHEAP.

    After the lengthy online application, the follow-up email you typically get is a link to another website that has you taking a 20 to 30 minute 'pre-employment' (read: psychological) test. This test, for lack of a better theory, apparently determines how much you're willing to grab your ankles for the sub-par pay rates Actionlink is willing to give you. Excellent field representatives with extensive experience have gone through the online application process, in some cases after being contacted by an Actionlink recruiter directly, only to be snubbed after completing that aforementioned pre-employment/psychological test. Hence, they want you SUBMISSIVE.

    As with any company, there are few exceptions to any general overview. But suffice to say, among all the third-party marketing/merchandising services firms out there, Actionlink would be the least desirable company to work for. Compared to all of the others, that's a pretty sad designation to hold.

    Doesn't Recommend
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