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2 people found this helpful  

Stable and Demanding Position - A perfect example of working for yourself and reaping the benefits of your efforts.

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Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Hoffman Estates, IL
Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Hoffman Estates, IL

Pros

-Base Salary (25k) In addition, 20% Commission rate for sales beyond 10k/month

-Health, Dental, Vision, life insurance; 401k, Gas Allowance (per month), 12.50/month for phone data charges, Allotted time off in Addition to National/Company Holidays

-Autonomy

-Working with Local Business Owners to improve their business through local advertising

Cons

-Work out of your car, in turn no allowances for vehicle wear and tear

-Tuesday and Thursday Evening 'Golden Hours' until 7:30 where you visit people's home based businesses

-Incredibly long hours: Roughly 1-2 Hours nightly preparing your schedule for the next day, prepping ad copy (which you roughly outline), as well as your game plan per customer

-GPS Tracking on your phone; Statistics are kept company side that are relayed to your District Manager (they were never brought up to me, but it was mentioned)-->you are monitored throughout the day by internal staff

-Hard Closes

-Collecting Past Due Charges on previous years balance's (you are awarded a commission fee for collecting it personally)

-5 Days of training which should be spaced out over 2 weeks (i ended up working 16 hours/day to keep pace, slept less than 5 hours, and memorized constantly)

-High Turnover; In my 4 Months 5 people remained from when I had started and over 25 had been hired and left within that span.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve the level of training and support offered, office space and the ability to frequently discuss matters with sales teammates will foment greater production within individual areas.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nobody wants to advertise in the phone book anymore

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Eau Claire, WI
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Eau Claire, WI

    Pros

    Very positive work environment and availability to speak with management

    Cons

    Very difficult to actually earn what they say you should expect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify your business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    a good company to gain b2b sales experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you have never done sales before, this company will teach you techniques of how to approach and successfully close deals. Work-life balance is ok. You get the weekends off but if you want to make some extra money you can work saturdays as well

    Cons

    I disagree with some of the deductions that are applied to the paychecks if you dont sell text marketing. it's a $350 deduction, and if your POS (point of sale) $ amount is less than 15% then you get an additional $150 off (it hasnt happened to me yet but I;ve heard it has happened to some of my team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the text marketing deduction, or at least lower it to $200 or find other ways to eliminate the deduction by selling more accounts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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