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A Crash Course in Outside Sales

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Former Employee - Sales Representative
Former Employee - Sales Representative

I worked at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

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 ManagementAdvice

Make 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.

Doesn't Recommend
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No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good internship, terrible company

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company is awful, but the experience is amazing

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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