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It was a low-paying chance to start writing for free and get entry-level journalism experience.

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Former Contractor - Reporter in Boston, MA
Former Contractor - Reporter in Boston, MA

I worked at Patch as a contractor (more than a year)

Pros

It is a good way to get your foot (or pen) in the door and start writing for money.

Cons

Low-pay, little support, hard to get hired, freelance opportunities ended.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Open your doors to freelancers and offer them more opportunities to network, as well as get hired.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Once a blast, now not so much

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    Former Employee - Associate Inside Sales Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Inside Sales Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Patch full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great office, great co-workers. The company has a great value prop.

    Cons

    It has become less of a motivating engergized sales floor and more of a call center. The sales floor used to be a place of friendly competition, where you are motivated to be successful on your own terms, with little micro management. Now, employees are dropping like flies, goals are doubled, and there is always someone breathing down your neck. The people are great, but the atmosphere is negative.

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    The company isn't just the NE

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    Current Employee - Advertising Manager in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Advertising Manager in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at Patch full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The concept is brilliant and users; once they know what Patch is; love the site. The content is pleasing and allows for local voices to participate in the discussions.

    Cons

    The sales and marketing team try to replicate everything that worked when the company started in the NE however; it doesn't work in other areas where money isn't spend on building brand awareness. The sales management needs to be sent out to pasture as they lack the knowledge of building a company. Everyone is give the same quota independent of their tenure. Someone in the NE who has been there for three years in a very successful market carries the same quota as someone in IL a not too successful market.

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    You need to build quotas from the bottom up or the turnover will continue; stop protecting those that were there at the start by giving them low quotas if they have been with the company over a year and still carry the same quota as someone with four months on the job and no renewal business...failure written all over the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
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