GE Marketing Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    “Look no Further ”

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at GE Marketing full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is the company that is really helping me develop some important skills. I am responsible for my own time, and essentially i manage myself as well as other people whom have joined my team, i am starting small but within a few months my team should be a good size! I am excited for the opportunity!!

    Cons

    There is nothing negative that i have encountered so far. Everything has been really fun and interesting!

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the support in training us.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Account Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at GE Marketing full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Personally, i am someone whom wants to excel in marketing and sales because this is the field where one develops themselves and makes the big bucks! My major is economics so this is right up my lane. The money is excellent, although the first two weeks are the initial development stages, and tend to be more difficult, it is also extremely rewarding and beneficial in many ways. I am an active person, so i love that i am able to work, and mentally develop my business skills on a daily basis. "Being lazy or unmotivated, will not assist in growth in any true business environment" has always been my moto, and i get to put that into practice daily. I also really appreciate all of the great leaders who have tirelessly helped me become more skilled. I have been promoted and started building a team of my own. I hope to be promoted to manager within a year!

    Cons

    If you are a full time student or parent, this may not be for you. This is a Management Training Program, and a full-time career, which requires commitment. From my personal experience, it is absolutely worth it! This opportunity has changed my life for the better ! One unexpected phone call can drastically improve your life. Utterly grateful!

    Advice to Management

    I love the contest's! Keep them coming!

  3. Helpful (5)

    Amazing Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at GE Marketing (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've worked here for over 2 years, and it's the best job I've ever had! Before I found this job, I worked in a lot of retail and administrative places that didn't offer much of a future. In other companies, it takes ages to get promoted, and I didn't like that I worked harder than anyone else but got paid the same as everyone else. Here, the harder you work, the more pay and advancement opportunities you get. I didn't have any marketing experience, but they trained me from the ground up. They give everyone a chance as long as they're willing to work hard. I love the people I work with too. James is an extremely organized and very smart manager, plus he has a heart of gold. The person who trained me, Jason, always went out of his way to help me. Besides having a dream career, I found my second family. All in all, I can't imagine myself working anywhere else.

    Cons

    You have to work really hard. I enjoy that, but other people may view it as a negative. There's a lot of emotions tied to the hard work, which can make it difficult, but any challenge I encounter with this job I'm willing to deal with because it's worth it!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Not as good as it sounds.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at GE Marketing full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    easy to get a job and start work

    Cons

    you are promised a big paycheck and quick promotions when in reality, you work 60+ hour weeks and hardly make money. Employees get stuck there with the promise of eventually making big bucks. The interview description of the job is completely different than reality. They have a fat turnover rate for new employees- not many stick around

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Place for Hard Workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at GE Marketing full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you're a confident people person and have the drive to commit yourself to a goal, you'll do great. Everything is straightforward and clear. Excellent work environment and everyone is very supportive.

    Cons

    You put in a lot of hours and your paycheck is up to how hard you want to work. Could be good, could be bad, all up to you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  7. Helpful (2)

    Lets get real

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Sales in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at GE Marketing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Full Time Work, Nice Co Workers, Positive Environment.

    Cons

    Door to door Sales, Takes money to make money, no hourly wage, Long hours, work weekends, No guarenteed pay.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Business Experience!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Lead Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at GE Marketing full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    My time at G.E. Marketing has been phenomenal. I started working here in March of 2014. I find every day to be fun & exciting. Not to mention the amount I have learned about life & business while working there. Overall, I can't imagine working anywhere else!!

    Cons

    The parking downtown can be a pain sometimes.

  9. Helpful (5)

    Pyramid-Scheme Company, Keep Looking Elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at GE Marketing full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great for single individuals with no debts and who need sales experience. For those without prior sales experience, the skills you acquire through training and in the field look great on a resume. The office environment and team building activities after work provide a fun, easy-going atmosphere that helps offset the stress of door-to-door sales. Although the sales tactics you will use are the same pesky ones we all hate, you offer legitimate deals on phone, internet, and TV packages, so there is no guilt of screwing anyone over.

    Cons

    Terrible pay and hours for anyone with debts and a family to support. Pay is completely commission-based; you don't make a sale, you don't get paid for all your hours and hard work. Although a program is offered to help offset pay when weekly commissions are under a cetain amount, that amount is well below the poverty line and does not cover bills typical of most households. 10-13+ hour work days, 6 days a week. No time for family or to take care of non-work related obligations, placing significant strain on relationships and finances.

    As each day goes by, red flags continue to pop up.

    #1: During the interview process, they claim they are hiring 400+ employees as managers because they are expanding. At first this sounds legit. They want everyone to start at the bottom and work up to the manager position they are being hired for within the first year so that they can experience first hand what everyone below them will be doing. The reality seems to be that they do mass hiring to ensure the bottom of the pyramid is well-stocked so each level of the pyramid can continue to receive an income. This is proven true with the high turn-over rate and the fact that everyone hired in the past year or so were all told the same thing during their interviews.

    #2: Tiny office for a marketing company that employees hundreds to thousands of individuals at any given time. If these 400+ employees are going to be managers, where will they be working? At the time of this review, the company does not have any plans in place for relocating or opening other locations to make room for these employees as they complete the process.

    #3: Misleading explanation of pay during interview. On the second day of the interview, be sure to ask for clarification. They provide you a printout detailing each step of the ladder from initial training to the full management position they say they are hiring you for and hope for you to reach by the end of the year. Here's a brief sample of how they explain the pay:

     - The first step is basically a training stage where you are closely monitored and lasts 1-4 weeks. They say you will be paid between $400-600 a week depending on performance.
     - The second step is when you are on your own. You will be paid between $600-900 a week depending on performance and receive 100% of your commissions.

    Each step has you making more and more until you reach the top and become salary, where you can anticipate up to 6 figures a year. When you hear this, you are led to believe that during these stages, you will make, at a minimum, the low end of the scale plus partial and then full commissions on the sales. The reality is you don't get paid a penny by the company. If you don't make $400 or $600 in sales in a week, you don't see any of that. If you make 0 sales during the 10-13 hours, 6 days a week despite all efforts, you make $0. You are only paid the commissions and nothing else.

    #4: The employees who have been with the company for more than a few months claim to make good or even great money, but all have roommates to help offset bills and continue to state that their goal is to own a house even when the pay they should be making by that point in time should make a mortgage more than affordable. Even taking into account that some employees may make poor financial decisions and lifestyle choices outside of the workplace (as made evident by those living together yet can't pay their shared bills and/or go out partying almost every night), it seems odd that with the amount of money and the time-frames presented during the interview process should leave nearly every single long-term employee unable to stand on their own two feet financially.

    #5: While some new employees show excitement and satisfaction despite the poor pay and questionable reality of how the company works, many employees within their first few months doubt the legitmacy of the company and seek each other's opinions about whether it would be wiser to quit while they are ahead and find new work. Some individuals in this stage do go out and find other work while reporting false numbers so that they can continue to make sales in the meantime.

    #6: Reviews by current and former employees posted online are either negative, neutral, or questionable. Although sites like this one do their best to ensure accuracy, all positive reviews of GE Marketing appear to be written either by the company itself (not hard to do), satisfied employees the company specificcally approached to write a review to help offset negative ones, or by individuals just starting out who completely believe eveything they were told during the interview and have not had the time to let the reality sink in (and, again, most likely approached by the company and asked to post a review).

    #7: By the time you are a month in, you have put in more money than you have made with little hope of improvement. The culture of the workplace requires two wardrobes: suits and professional casual. If you don't already have several suits (complete with shirts, ties, and shoes) for time in the office and some nice, professional yet casual clothes for going door-to-door, you will need to stock up on them. Even if you can make a couple outfits stretch those 6 day weeks, you are still looking at hundreds of dollars spent on clothes. Then factor in the cost of gas (won't stay low for long), dry cleaning, parking (the office is downtown and only provides free parking for the people being interviewed), etc. Within the first month you can easily spend over $1,000 but, despite all those long hours, hard work, and dedication, you will make under $800 before taxes on your first bi-weekly paycheck (less than the low end of what they claimed you would make). Once you have your wardrobe complete, the costs will go down signficantly, but the pay will continue to stay too low to provide for your family or pay bills.

    #8: If you show a lot of promise and make great sales, you suddenly are slapped back-to-back with sales terrorities in low socio-economic areas where making sales is nearly impossible because potential customers simply cannot afford to enter into the contracts. In a normal sales job, this tactic makes sense; send your best people into the hardest places to make sales, and they will make sales happen that others cannot. In a pyramid-scheme company where you only get paid if you make a sale and you only get promoted to the next level based on the number and consistency of your sales, employees have to question if they are intentionally being kept down to ensure the bottom of the pyramid stays larger than the higher levels. Although the higher levels should want more sales from the bottom so that they can make more, they benefit more from a lot of people on the bottom making only a few sales so that they can't move up. The more people move up, the harder it is to keep the bottom level large enough to support the rest of the pyramid.

    These are just the major points that make some of us question the legitimacy of what this company claims. For those who have families depending on them, debts that need to be paid, and/or simply desire to stand on your own two feet, this company simply will not be a good fit, even if the opportunity they claim to provide truly does exist.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clarity about how employees are paid and how much they will actually make (not how much you hope to see them make). -OR- Provide a guaranteed paycheck, even if only minimum wage based on the long hours you make them work, to all of your employees.

    Be mindful that individuals with families to support are only going to be hurt by your current set-up. You should not tell them, "Don't worry about money. I make six figures a year teaching others how to make six figures a year," if they aren't going to make enough money to pay their bills or buy food for several months or longer. If you can't pay them enough to meet basic needs while keeping them working all waking hours (preventing them from taking steps to seek assistance in the meantime), they should be worried about the money!

    Consider hiring individuals to work partial hours and in their spare time like other pyramid-scheme companies. Those at the bottom can benefit greatly from starting out as a means of supplemental income while earning a stable paycheck elsewhere. Over time, they can become more committed to working their way up the ladder knowing that, at the very least, their most basic financial needs are met. This will also ensure you always have individuals at the bottom and lower your turn-over rate.

  10. Helpful (4)

    Love it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at GE Marketing full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I absolutely love working here! Since I have that "entrepreneurial spirit", I see this company as the business incubator it really is. Where else can you work where you actually have the opportunity to gain all the skills needed to successfully own and operate your own business? The people are great and the possibilities are endless.

    Cons

    If you're not ready to actually take charge of your career and make things happen, then you're probably better off with a job in which you hope for occasional paltry raise that don't keep up with the increase in the cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  11. Helpful (5)

    AWFUL work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at GE Marketing full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    No good reason to work here.

    Cons

    They lie about compensation, give you no money to travel all over Colorado, and they constantly give the wrong employees a chance to run a company of their own.
    A 60 hour work week that always leads to nothing, and the pay is very poor.

    Advice to Management

    Leading by intimidation and constantly bragging about how much money you make is poor management.

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