It's Just Lunch

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It's Just Lunch Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
101 Reviews
2.9
101 Reviews
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It's Just Lunch President Melissa Brown
Melissa Brown
37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The only benefit is you get to work from home (in 15 reviews)

  • The best part of it is that I get to help people find love (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • They give leads for your territory to someone else that they "like" so you are left with years old leads (in 6 reviews)

  • It honestly seems like the dating directors are basically set up to fail and given impossible to reach numbers (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at It's Just Lunch

    Pros

    The team you work with are very sociable and accommodate to the schedule you need.

    Cons

    Seems like there is a lot of turnover in the main office. Also when policies change the training is not transferred to remote workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep everyone in the loop with better communication.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    very high stress level

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at It's Just Lunch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great money, fun community events and strong supportive office staff

    Cons

    extremely stressful, long hours, phone sales, poor upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the company values versus meeting and exceeding office quotas. People can hear that you are money hungry over the phone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    My experience has been positive and financially gratifying. The "work as a team" approach is a proven plus!

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    Current Employee - Dating Specialist in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Dating Specialist in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at It's Just Lunch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Consistent training and access to management helps when setting goals and achieving them! Employees are constantly recognized for their efforts and success and are shared in weekly/monthly meetings with all. There are often contests with prizes such as cash, gift cards, etc.

    Cons

    The challenges with this type of career are the same as with any. Setting and reaching goals and maintaining a positive attitude during the slow times. Not every week may be as good as the last, but it will all come back around. Managing time is always a difficult task and it's very important to keep on task as to not fall behind!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    I didn't think jobs like this existed!

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    Current Employee - Dating Specialist in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Dating Specialist in Miami, FL

    I have been working at It's Just Lunch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working from home and managing your own schedule is a huge plus for me. There is constant training and communication with our Sales Managers. There isn't any micromanaging, but they do encourage you to do your best without feeling the pressure. I do enjoy how they acknowledge our coworkers when they do an excellent job, everyone wants to be a ROCKSTAR! There is a lot of opportunity to grow. Dating Specialist 3-4 years ago are now VP Sales. So, climbing the ladder seems like a quick fit!

    Cons

    Though there is money to be made, it can be challenging. It's a Sales Driven job, and you can have a really great paycheck or an "okay" just my missing the quota by a hair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, I am enjoying the experience. I'm excited to grow here, and looking forward to high season!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Real It's Just Lunch Review (as a Dating Director)

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    Former Employee - Dating Director in Hallandale Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Dating Director in Hallandale Beach, FL

    I worked at It's Just Lunch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The flexibility, we work fairly independently and for the most part are allowed to do our jobs without being micromanaged. The staff is filled with nice people who are friendly and make working at a job like this as fun as possible. Over all the environment is an inviting one. They host events in office and try to encourage as positive a work environment as possible. We get random pizza parties and birthday cake monthly to encourage positivity. Working with clients and being in part responsible for their romantic success is rewarding and can make all the difference in the word. The job on a basic level is fun and the office staff does an excellent job of making the most out of it. In terms of management they do want you to be successful on a personal level so that makes you feel like you can ask for help. Also the hours are nice, the basic shifts are 10 am to 7 pm and 12 pm to 9 pm, pick your poison. Also, the company is very giving when it comes to time off. They are understanding with last minute changes and patient when your schedule changes. The paid time off is a nice addition and the benefits are surprisingly good once you become eligible for them after 90 days, including free dental! Also there is a generous bonus structure (i will speak more about that in the cons section)

    Cons

    Well...let's start with the pay. At $12.00 and hour you can barely live off that. There's no such thing as raises at this company although they do provide a seemingly generous bonus structure. However it's misleading, the standard way to bonus is by scheduling an above average number of dates and making sure a large majority percentage of your clients are serviced however it's bafflingly hard to hit even the minimum standards for a bonus. Only 1 or 2 people at the company do it with any regularity...if at all. It honestly seems like the dating directors are basically set up to fail and given impossible to reach numbers. I would be shocked if the company did not realize how laughably unrealistic it is to reach the bonus level, yet they seem not to care. I must admit it is frustrating getting the idea of the bonus structure rammed down your throat when nobody can actually hit it. Although management appears to try their best, the company itself seems to not at all value to position of dating director, despite it literally being the backbone of the company. In general the dating director has a lot of responsibility, takes most of the blame yet simultaneously has the least power and say and makes the least money of anyone in the company. Clients can also be shockingly ignorant and rude however that's not the company's fault however I do feel the expectations given to the clientèle are out of whack and lead to future issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think this review will make a difference this company will keep on truckin as they have been successful despite the criticisms and many lawsuits against them. The company could care less about suggestions good or bad from anyone. Although there are many negatives to working at IJL, I would like to take the time to say that there are also many positives and even though my employment as a dating director ended somewhat abruptly, I still believe that this company does a lot of good and can be much better than the the flawed product they often deliver. I teetered and tottered between 2 and 3 stars as an overall rating but I think 3 is fair.

    Also...there's no need to put these fake reviews on here, you're embarrassing yourselves. People can see right through the overly positive reviews and know they aren't genuine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Does it get any better than this?

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    Current Employee - Dating Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Dating Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at It's Just Lunch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best reason to work for this company and I will give you just a few examples. From the very first day, the positive attitude and support that came thru in training gave me such self confidence and I believe that I have grown tremendously as a human being because of that. I truly believe in what we do and I think that it is the key. I wake up every morning and I am excited to get started and the best part is doing it in the comfort of my home office. The best part of it is that I get to help people find love...does it get any better than this?

    Cons

    I absolutely love my job and to me there is no negative. My clients always tell me you seem so happy doing your job and I am.I am always surprised when I hear of a client that didn't enjoy their experience with IJL but that comes mainly from past employees that may have made unrealistic promises to the clients and that is one reason why they might have not enjoyed their experiences with IJL.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the key to the success of our company is mostly based on the management team, the constant training and webinars and the support that we all get. I don’t know of many companies where you can reach your manager at 10:00 at night or as early as 7:30 in the morning, or even get answers to emails on Sundays afternoon and it has happened on a lot of different occasions. They are all so supportive and positive in their approach that they help me tremendously! I have also very close relationship with the dating directors as we are in contact every day and what a great team they are, I couldn’t do my job without them!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    LUCKY TO WORK FOR SUCH A GREAT COMPANY!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Dating Director in Hallandale, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Dating Director in Hallandale, FL

    I have been working at It's Just Lunch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A typical day at work would include finding love for our clients and getting to know our new clients. Listening is key in this position. The atmosphere is great. Bonus structure makes it even better! Hard work will get you there. We strive to make people happy.The most enjoyable part of the day is hearing another success story! Can't get better than that!

    Cons

    You must be diligent.. You have to accomplish a lot of things in a day! Multitasking is a must!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is great and always open to listening to new ideas. Open door policy in place.. CEO Melissa is fantastic, VP of Operations Julie is always there for you, Tia the CS manager is there when you need her, and HR Dennis is always there to help!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    It's Just Lunch is the Career you want, ONLY if you have Passion, Truly Care about People & Love seeing lives change!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dating Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Dating Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at It's Just Lunch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    IJL has the Team and Process in place to help you succeed in a healthy and positive environment. The training and support never ends. Each member of management has a positive method to drive improvement, which is rare in a corporation of this size. The earning potential can be extremely rewarding, not to mention playing an active role to help our clients find Love through positive dating experiences.

    Cons

    Honestly, I can not find a Con in the corporate structure. This position has been more of a challenge for me personally to become a top producer, however it's not anything within the company structure. It's a process that takes time and continued skill development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing! It's working!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a happy place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dating Specialist
    Current Employee - Dating Specialist

    I have been working at It's Just Lunch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Paid training? Although half the time your trainer will not be paying attention. They will be on-line trying to help other new employees.

    Cons

    Little support, lay you off after 30 days if you do not make a sale, very hard to sell the product. I had very high hopes when I accepted this job. After training you are on an island by yourself with very little support, help or advice. They teach you to lie and promise things to people they cannot possibly offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and help new employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    I wish I did not have to move and leave my job

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    Former Employee - Dating Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Dating Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at It's Just Lunch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, great culture, fun place to work (virtually form home- lol), awesome service by making a difference in people lives is something to feel good about, Performance based income was a perfect fit for me and the ability to earn over $100k if I just apply myself, which I did. Leads are plentiful and if you work hard and understand that this is sales and sales are a numbers game, you can earn a lot if you just do your job correctly. I made a lot of money from the leads, some new, some old, some very old, but they all worked for me, the good thing was I did not have to find my own clients, they had so many people for me to call.

    Cons

    The cry baby coworkers who come to work just to collect a check and barely earn it, and then complain they don't make enough money. STOP CALLING ME TO COMPLAIN WHEN YOU KNOW I AM DOING WELL, I DON'T WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU ANYMORE, IT'S YOU, NOT IJL! GEEZ! Some people always point fingers at everyone else but themselves, IT'S YOU, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!!
    Look if you want to work for salary and get by doing minimum work go work somewhere else. This is a performance based job (Commission), which means you need to perform!!! There is nothing standing between you and a great income but yourself, and too many people would rather blame someone else or the company instead of taking responsibility for their own actions and then complain to the world - Wah Wah! Go call a WAMBULANCE!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you have budgets and such, but perhaps a few more ways to get bonuses, or contests or prizes, etc- they motivate people to go above and beyond, I know it works for me! Perhaps win a trip to visit the office in South Florida (did someone say free winter vacation in the sun?).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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