Village Voice

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Run yourself ragged at the New Times

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Former Employee - Account Executive
Former Employee - Account Executive

I worked at Village Voice

Pros

This is a good place to start if you have NO experience, they'll teach you the ropes. Casual and open atmosphere between sales reps. There can be some fun events and every once in a while it's a cool product.

Cons

Number one, print media is dying and so are their sales. A lot of people do not like the brand and what the writers at this paper write about, always trying to get a rise out of people. There is a real disconnect between departments, to the point where there are "click" groups separating sales from editorial from art departments. Plus, there is absolutely no communication between papers around the country so who the heck knows what is going on and if there are best practices to share. Management constantly attacks the sales reps to sell more, more, more or look to be thrown out the door, door, door! Only 1 or 2 of their 10-20 sales reps actually make any real money, yet they sell you on the idea that everyone will make good money. If you have no outside sales experience, start here for a trial by fire, and then get the heck out as most other sales jobs will pay much better.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There should be more emphasis on relationship building with clients so that you have long-term advertising campaigns instead of the "turn and burn" approach you normally take to bring up ad count. Management should provide leadership and have a clear plan to actually manage where the sales team is heading during this tough economic time, instead of aggressively coming down on staff to sell or else. Be realistic on how much the majority of sales reps make there instead of just selling the potential amount that only the top 5% makes. Lastly, break down those barriers between all the departments with not just parties where everyone goes back into their clicks but with some sort of company event that has activities to help staff to get to know each across departments or at least a monthly meeting that tells everyone what each department's plans are and recognitions; build a team.

Doesn't Recommend
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    VVM

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at Village Voice

    Pros

    Fun, young, casual, and laid back environment. Recognition of name. Networks over the country.

    Cons

    PAY. Opportunity for advancement. Poor work/life balance. Unprofessional work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is actually quite good.

    Approves of CEO
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    Cool Product, Mediocre Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Village Voice

    Pros

    The product and assocated events.

    Cons

    Expensive benefits, no sense of security, stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managemen positions are turned over too quickly

    No opinion of CEO
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