Zep

  www.zepinc.com
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It a job that you can use to help you get a career

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Current Employee - Salesd Representative in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Salesd Representative in Houston, TX

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

Pros

its good job to gain experience for sales 101

Cons

you use all your own gas, put miles on your car. Use your own technology and they tell you relocation is included and then they say its not. The salary is entry level and the commission is almost nothing. Only 10% lol

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Im not sure . They say it is but you have to work like a race horse on cocaine to move up

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    pound the pavement

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Zep

    Pros

    They provide all the support you need from management and other sales reps as well as products for samples.

    Cons

    If after 6 months you aren't making enough sales they give you a short time frame to achieve the sales goals or you are done with Zep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help new sales reps that do not have experience by showing them how to find potential customers. Going door to door is not an effective method for finding new business.

  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Smoke and Mirrors!

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales Representative in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales Representative in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Zep

    Pros

    Decent Salary, Good promotional material, decent product. Company seems to have an established name in the marketplace and has been around for a while.

    Cons

    This would be a great job in an unpenetrated market, the problem is that the larger market areas are heavily oversaturated with Reps who have been with the company for years and pretty much have a stranglehold over territories. Not only do you have to compete with Auto Zone and Napa, who by the way,(sell Zep products off thier shelves for almost 40% less than you will be selling them for out of the catalouge), you also have to compete with your direct sales manager AND OTHER REPS IN YOUR HOME TOWN. Their are no protected territories and the market crunch has gotten so bad that reps from other states will come in to your market to fight for scraps.

    Most of the sales objections are based on price of product plus shipping cost. The people you will be trying to sell to know that they can go to Auto Zone and buy the EXACT same handsoap for way less than you are permitted to sell it for out of the catalouge. At the current rate, Zep's existence is based on retention of old accounts. No one in this climate is willing to pay extra for basic product that can be bought at heavier discounts from Wal-mart, Sam's Club or Auto Zone

    Competitors: Echolab and Kimball Mid West.

    WARNING: THIS JOB IS SALES 101. BE PREPARED TO "RE-LEARN" SALES BASED ON "DEMONSTRATING" THE PRODUCT IN FRONT OF EVERY SINGLE COLD-CALL/ CUSTOMER (20 PER DAY).

     YOUR MANAGERS REALLY DON'T WANT TO HIRE A NEW SALESPERSON. THEY ARE BEING FORCED TO BUY UPPER MANAGEMENT.. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR YOU. LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE!

    * Training consists of two days in a hotel conferance room, you won't have time to do any real studying as you will be way to busy making cold calls to fill your pipeline only to have your mangers cherry pick through it in the end! You are really just being paid to generate leads for your mngrs. SMOKE AND MIRRORS!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a serious look at the management skills of your sales reps before you promote them to train others. Why do you think you can't hang on to talent?

    * Give your new employees at least a few days to learn the product! If your going to throw them to the wolves, at least let them be half-way prepared.

    Doesn't Recommend
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