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DO NOT WORK FOR THEM

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Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

I worked at Marcus Evans

Pros

-Young environment
-Work in NBC Tower, near Michigan Ave. and great views
-Talk with very high level executives which a lot of companies see as a plus when going to apply for another job
-great sales experience for learning for entry level

Cons

Where do I begin....
-Very low base salary for how much hard work and time you put in
-very hard to make a sale when the event you are given is not a good event
-they neglect to tell you in your interview that they take out a service fee from your commissions
-managers play favorites and won't let you do your own call backs so then you are screwed on closing your own deal that you worked hard and found the lead and pitched
-they use scare tactics to try and get you to work harder
-only upper management get their own computer. the rest of the sales team is expected to share one which makes it very difficult
-is extremely boring days. they are so repetitive. you come in and straight cold call for 8 hrs the exact same people everyday and don't get through to most of them
-most people you get through will laugh at you when you tell them the ridiculous price for an event
-they do not think realistically there
-if you are in sales you are in competition with the marketing side, who actually has the advantage because they sell through email and not via phone where most people you call prefer to just send them over an email (they help with monthly sales goals, but they are stealing your potential sales)
-so many people from your company are calling the same people
-the company has left a bad taste in the mouth of a lot of people you call
-their conferences and events don't live up to what the agenda reads
-TERRIBLE employee retention and VERY HIGH TURNOVER. Most people don't last longer than 3 months because of how bad the work environment is there
-very structured work environment. everyone has to take lunch from noon to 1 pm everyday. if you are even a min late back they get mad at you
-they aren't very nice about when you need to take a sick day or vacation day because of a doc appt. or family emergency
-are very hypocritical..upper management is constantly on their cell phones, but if you even look at yours, they get mad at you and threaten you
-basically, if you don't have a phone in your hand and are dialing all 8 hrs you are there, they will get super mad at you and try to scare you
-your director and manager contradict each other and both tell you different ways to do things
-training is TERRIBLE. it's only 2 days and they basically throw you right into selling and as you are selling they tell you to do this or that and get mad when you don't do a certain thing their way..well if you would have mentioned that in training it may have helped. we aren't mind readers!
-there is a lot of office drama with friends and relationships
-if you can get a job within conferences you have the potential to make a lot more $$ than any other division there.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

stop playing favorites and treating your employees like slaves. this is 2011 not the civil war people. there is a reason slavery ended. they are the ones working hard for you to make way more money then we ever will. dial down the cost of your events. they are not worth it and there is a reason so many people laugh at you and also give all your employees computers. for making so much $ that is pretty cheap on your part.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    No room for advancement

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Marcus Evans

    Pros

    Nice location in the NBC Tower
    Young company that likes to party after work
    Some opportunity for travel, if you do well

    Cons

    Low base salary
    Paid once a month, 5th business day of the month
    No room for advancement
    Will be pressured to cold-call the same people over and over again
    Mgmt plays favorites
    Listen in on calls and people steal leads.
    turnover rate is UNREAL!!!
    I bet avg employee has been there 2-3 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging and playing favorites. Also, stop caring only about your numbers and help the team out. Look at your turnover ratio.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    If you are entreprenurial, patient, and like being on the phone- great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marcus Evans

    Pros

    -Learn excellent senior level communication skills
    -Young environment
    -Opportunity to make a lot of money if given an event that has previously sold well

    Cons

    -Poor enviroment if looking for place to be innovative and creative
    -Hard work ethic not often rewarded; unless ends in revenue for company
    -Divisions of the company are fighting against eachother for business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about all your employees as much as you care about making money for the company and it would be a lot more successful sales floor

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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