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Amazing opportunity for the right person.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Account Manager in Jupiter, FL
Current Employee - Account Manager in Jupiter, FL

I have been working at Barton Associates full-time (less than an year)

Pros

The position of Account Manager or Recruiter is an entry level but professional sales job. The company typically prefers its sales people to have college degrees, and usually looks for candidates that are around college graduate age (think early to late 20's). The company provides extensive training and a reasonably high level of sales and administrative support combined with a fairly laissez faire management style.

A successful sales person will be energetic, outgoing, have strong communication skills, good at thinking outside the box and working independently, and is probably witty, confident, and competitive.

Hourly starting pay is pretty meager, but benefits are solid, including paid holidays, personal time off, medical insurance, and a 401(k). However commission (only available after the first six months) is solid and if you are good at the job you can make a good living and should reasonably expect to make up to about $45,000 your first year of employment. During the second year there is no reason you shouldn't make at least 50 to $60,000 (and there are people making considerably more.)

The company's culture in my opinion is one of its strongest points; it provides a strong level of training and feedback in order to develop its sales force but also maintains a relatively relaxed management style that allows its employees the freedom to experiment and develop according to their own personalities and sales styles.

Cons

Pay during the first six months is probably Barton's biggest drawback. You will be paid at a rate of $28,000 a year for the first six months with no chance at commission. Frankly considering the long hours worked from 7 to 5 Monday to Friday, this can be very difficult to pull off depending on your life situation. I will say that relatively few of the non-management salespeople have children, and that is probably because of the hour to pay ratio.

There is a reason behind Barton seemingly peculiar and spartan pay structure; the Company invests a fairly significant amount of time training its employees yet also experiences a fairly high-level of staff turnover. And almost every sales environment to which I have been exposed there is always going to be a relatively high level of turnover. In Barton's case however I do believe that a good portion could be avoided. While Barton has a fairly specific criteria that its employees me in order to be hired, including education age and and a couple of other factors, if you do fit these criteria they are not particularly selective. As such I can usually identify right off the bat what employees will be successful and which ones will flounder and ultimately quit.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

My advice to management is to pay your employees more - inflation has gone up and you have been paying your employees the same amount for basically the last 10 years. It will be more and more difficult to attract good talent At the wages you are currently offering.

Additionally, and this is ironic considering Barton staffing company, however I think that the company would benefit from a more selective and consistent hiring process and criteria. By being more selective in your hiring process you will reduce operating costs, training costs, and ultimately have a more tenured and qualified salesforce.

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    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Enfield, CT
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Enfield, CT

    I worked at Barton Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Made some good friends and got along well with most of the employees. Almost every employee aside from management are recent grads. They will hire anyone. Not sure if that is a pro or con? I guess I'll have to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one.

    Cons

    First of all there are far too many Cons to list. But just to get a general idea...The hours and pay do NOT amount up. You are expected to be at work from 7-5 Monday-Friday. You get in the morning to attend your everyday morning meeting (which you will notice after a month is the same thing every day) Everyday you will be brainwashed as to how much money you can make, but realistically you will not. You are micromanaged after the first few weeks of employment which does not end. Nothing is good enough. If you like to call people all day (125+) and enjoy being hung up on or simply not even getting a hold of the key decision makers then this job is for you. There is a HIGH turnover rate. You will see at least one person every couple weeks either get fired or resign.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanaging is not the greatest way to motivate employees. Pay your employees a little more; they might consider suffering.

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    Great Company, with immense growth potential and in a booming industry

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Peabody, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Peabody, MA

    I have been working at Barton Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is great training, employee benefits, compassion, and leadership. They encourage you to work hard, and strive to improve yourself and personal career goals along with the organization's. They are very supportive and accommodating of all employee needs and relations and promote internal growth.

    Cons

    In a growing company you have to be patient, and wait for your opportunity, but it will come. You just have to keep working hard and show your merit, and it will be recognized. There are no real cons to working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, promote internal growth and career development opportunities and provide the structure needed to thrive.

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