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A fantastic opportunity for the right person.

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Former Employee - Training Manager  in  Glen Ellyn, IL
Former Employee - Training Manager in Glen Ellyn, IL

I worked at Principal Marketing full-time for less than a year

Pros

You have the opportunity to determine your growth and the pace at which you progress through the business. Hard work and the right attitude are rewarded with opportunities to travel, further develop your skill set as a business person, and have the opportunity to take on more responsibilities within the business. You will build a solid foundation for interacting with people in a business environment, and the skills you learn are transferable to any position in the business world.

Cons

Retail schedule forces you to really work on time management, and it's a challenge until you get into the swing of the business. There are times where you may lose sight of the big picture if you're not careful, because it requires a big picture thinker for sure.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try and be more selective in the interview process to weed out those who may not be mentally strong enough to handle the business.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    For the love of God, don't work here

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate  in  Glen Ellyn, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Glen Ellyn, IL

    I worked at Principal Marketing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They teach you the techniques to push their products.
    The people were nice.

    Cons

    Very Deceptive. They pay 8.25 an hour/commission and you stand in a Sam's Club pushing various products. You are forced to attend a cult-like meeting every morning in a full suit, for which you are NOT PAID. Then you drive to a Sam's location or wait 4 hours to start a shift at a given Sam's Club. You will work 12 hours a day at this company, 6 days a week, and 4 or 5 of those hours in a day aren't paid for. You will not have a life working here, it is a very soul-sucking experience.

    I quit after 3 weeks of training/employment, with 1 day in the actual field. I was sent a paycheck of $35. This is a TOTAL SCAM, be sure to watch out for anything related to Principal Marketing or Smart Circle (their parent company).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better pay and a benefits package to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Wow.

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    Current Employee - Event Manager  in  Glen Ellyn, IL
    Current Employee - Event Manager in Glen Ellyn, IL

    I have been working at Principal Marketing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you're good at selling you may get to travel to a few cities/ states. The majority of people are nice and you get to network at some events.

    Cons

    Pay- They state that it is 'hourly or commission whatever is higher'. Let's just clarify this, what they don't tell you is if you work with someone, you're splitting that commission. So, more than likely you're getting hourly, AND paying for your gas to travel to various Sams Clubs. Thus, really you're the working poor, pathetically shuffling Smart Circle's ( look it up- it's the parent company to all of these multi-level 'marketing' firms spread though out the US) products in YOUR vehicle to bring to all of the 'clubs' .

    Hours- Dear God, there's a post somewhere in here that states you could make more at McDonald's, well it's true, except perhaps during Christmas, perhaps then people will want to buy all of the stuff that Innovage (another Smart Circle Company ) sells. Oh wait, you'll be the person selling it because even though the post you read probably states marketing, what you're really doing is selling stuff. All-day-long at $20,$30,$50 an item. Of which you only get a percentage after the owner and Sams Club takes their cut, and you split it with Joe-Schmo who didn't sell anything. Do the math, you're not going to make a lot even if you do work their ridiculous hours of going to morning meetings, then to work your shift and finally 'breaking down your day' with your leader or your 'crew'. You won't have a life outside of work. The average individual pushing for management is working 6 days a week for 11+ hours and every other week they may get a day off. Oh, did I mention, you won't get any benefits with this position, because you won't.

    The Lies- Smart Circle should really be taken to the BBB, however they're not affiliated, which isn't surprising considering they're so shady. Look up the term multi-level marketing and what you have is an exact replica of what Principal Marketing is doing. You're expected to recruit people in order to advance and move up to 'own your own business in 6 or so months' what they don't mention is even though you're working extremely hard, where as in a pyramid scheme you get paid off of what you're people make, that won't happen here. You make nothing, and on top of it you probably won't become a manager. Which is ok, because trust me, there are better opportunities out there. Unfortunately, the cult-mentality that runs rampant throughout this place doesn't think so. According to them, you'll be 'one of the herd'. What a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop falsifying information in your 1,000 job posts that you have online, and be direct with people when answering their questions in interviews.

    A real marketing firm isn't taking interviews EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It's called turnover, and for every other company out there, it's a negative thing, so you might want to evaluate your 'principals'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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