Marcus Evans Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
233 Reviews
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233 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a great place to start off and I would say the hours are well structured yet flexible (in 6 reviews)

  • The only pros I can think of is that it is in the NBC Tower (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • You knew the base salary was low when you seeked out the position (in 14 reviews)

  • If you want to hate yourself every day while making minimum wage, please apply for this job (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Time well spent

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marcus Evans full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    decent job, very organised and successful events

    Cons

    starting pay is slightly low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow your channels

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I love working here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marcus Evans full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fiendly environment and its easy to excel.

    Cons

    Not everybody seems to know how great this company is!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No suggestions. They are good as they are

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It is wonderful company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marcus Evans

    Pros

    All I like here, flexibility, collaborative environment, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    With all the growth it's sometimes hard to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful if basic would be raised more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is wonderful company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marcus Evans full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All I like there, flexibility, collaborative environment, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    With all the growth it's sometimes hard to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful if raises were given more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It all depends on a persons attitude

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    -Opportunity to travel around the world
    -Most people are wonderful to work with (some bad eggs)
    -Great place to learn a lot about different industries
    -Learn to work with many different kinds of people
    -You can thrive or sink here
    -Learn to really sell (you are not selling selling clothing at Macy's, so don't expect it to be something you learn overnight)
    -Getting to meet high level executives is never a bad thing
    -The Summit brand is the best division to work in- But if you work hard in conferences there is room to grow

    Cons

    -People are in it for themselves (pro or con)
    -They won't put a lot of money/training into a person until they show they are worth it
    -Starting pay is low (but if you are good in sales you can make real money)
    -This is not a happy go lucky place (Marcus Evans is a British company that means business)
    -If you are applying for a sales role know it's on the phone
    -People who don't last here are for three reasons: 1. They don't like working on the phone 2. They don't understand the process (which works) 3. They give up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the website

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marcus Evans full-time

    Pros

    Marcus Evans takes care of its employees and customers. The commissions are, can be, very high.

    Cons

    Sometimes really mind and physically exhausting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the love

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    STAY FAR AWAY

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Location. Right in the middle of downtown Chicago

    Cons

    EVERYTHING. Managers play favorites. If they do not like you, it will show in the way they treat you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manager. You run such a horrible office!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    If you are a con artist, narcissist, liar, thief and enjoy minimum wage, this is the PERFECT job for you!

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

    I worked at Marcus Evans full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Located in the NBC tower. Very convenient. They have a top notch Web site. Outward appearance is professional. Unfortunately it stops there.

    Cons

    A GLORIFIED CALL CENTER: Your "research" they speak of, is Google and outdated shared computers with minimal software over 15 years old.

    BOILER ROOM ATMOSPHERE: Open floor plan with telemarketers more concerned with meeting KPI. Surrounding dials and talk time, than prospects needs. PRETENDING to be executives with busy schedules, flights, board meetings and overseeing/advising large business groups of 60+ c level executives. Bells ringing, people yelling across the floor, while you are pitching a CEO. You are trained and required to lie, manipulate systems, departments and people to reach the CEO. That's off to a bad start. I don't care how authoritive your voice is, or how slick your side deck is, it's poor business. CEOs are professional, this is not acceptable business.

    MICROMANAGENENT: Too much to list. It's their style, policy. Not my choice nor ideal for seasoned professionals. It is what it is.

    LYING TO PROSPECTS: The pitch and rebuttals are lies. Entire purpose is to force prospect into a 5 figure emotional decision, within 24 to 48 hours. Not allowing them to research and make an informed decision. Marcus Evans will twist/defend that the written pitch is not a lie. And at same time, they provide training, teaching you how to make lies believable.

    The most important element in the sea of lies is the FAKE URGENCY STORY. You are taught to make it appear something came up with a client, that's the only way you have this opening. Oh it will be something true in the industry, this way the prospect believes all the other lies surrounding your conversation. But it has nothing to do with why you're calling 8 hours a day, non stop, trying to find anybody to take a bite. In fact, you have an empty platform, a thought of a summit, many openings, hoping you and the team can pull an event together. Because if it doesn't, you cannot tell them, until they pay in full. Then they can go to a different event. Not exactly a great way to build relationships!

     If you have an ounce of integrity, it will take a little piece of your soul every day. The pitch is designed to play on prospects emotions. They think you are inviting them as a guest, a rare once in a lifetime opportunity. Since you have this group of 60 c level executives in need for their products. And two people referred them to you. (Names you throw around from a previous summit, without their knowledge or consent) Then you drop the bomb shell. It's a five figure check within 24 to 48 hrs. You can imagine how the conversation goes. At that point, you are trained to be even slippier!!! Management will call intrude, stand over you, tell you what to say.

    If you are OK with all of the above,. Set a call back between Prospect CEO and your manger or director. They will strong arm prospects even more. At this point, majority of clients have had enough. They will walk.

    NEW HIRES ARE USED AS LEAD GENERATORS:
     Sometimes Manager and Director will strike a side deal behind your back. Stealing your commission, leaving you to struggle on minimum wage. While others reap the rewards of your hard work. "That one got away. Give ME ten more just like it. I promise we will close" They will advise you not to use directories or sponsors from conferences as lead prospects. It's too easy. "Branch out" in reality, they have all that. They need new, fresh ideas.

    BLOW OUT: The famous, love to use blow out. If prospect doesn't agree in 24 to 48 hours you pull it away. "Shelf it for now" it's just more psychological BS. You and your colleagues will call again and again and again... With a different name (We never state Marcus Evans) and different fake urgency story.

    REVOLVING DOOR: I wondered why, it wasn't acknowledged when we lost a team member. It was very odd to me. I quickly received my answer! It's not uncommon to go to lunch, return and find people missing. In 4-1/2 months 9 people terminated their employment. 10 if you include me. 4 were hired. Keep in mind, summits team is approximately 12 people or less. Most will quit within the first two weeks. Others will try to make it work. But as soon as you catch onto the poor business or about time your benefits kick in, you get the boot. It's the Marcus Evans way. Treat clients and employees as substandard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit blaming employees. Stop lying to potential employees that people are lazy or its hard work. You make it hard, with bed of lies and deceit. Take accountability, this is a horrible way to do business. Every one making 100 calls a day, every day, top performers not closing ONE deal for over 4 months. Real businessmen know the con game. And seasoned sales executives, or anybody with a smigid of morals, ethics and integrity will not remain. IF Marcus Evans is so wonderful, you should be able to call a prospect, simply state you are preparing a summit, there is a need, get you in front of X amount of people for X amount of dollars. Show them a professional business proposition, for 5 figures that's the minimum we should provide.. Guarantee people would be more responsive, than the pitch that simply honks them off, when they discovered they were being played, by an an anonymous caller, made up name with a fake story .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you have low morals and like talking to operators- please apply.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive Summits in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive Summits in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Marcus Evans full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's in NBC Tower?
    I will ask way more questions in future interviews.

    Cons

    Only form of sales communication is cold calling CEOs. Not VPs or Directors- ONLY CEOs.
    You must lie and manipulate Executive assistants and automated dialing systems to get through to a CEO.
    Once you lie enough to get a CEO on the phone, you must be rude and unprofessional to him or her by talking over them and product dumping meaningless, outdated information.
    You further need to get that CEO to make a $30-$60k commitment within 24 hours of receiving your call unless they hang up on you before you can even discuss the price.
    There are no skills involved in this job. It is pure manipulation and reading from a script.
    They say they are a "global business intelligence company" yet no one has computers at their desk and are not allowed to professionally communicate to prospective clients via technology.
    The limited computers that are available are terrible and leads to inefficient "research."
    Open- loud and obnoxious sales floor. Talking to a CEO while people are swearing in the background really helps seal the deal.
    Management talks a lot about fearing rejection. There is a difference between fearing it and accepting it because of the poor business conduct that you are forced to participate in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a prospective hire tells you that they are good at sales because they are a trusted, respected relationship builder- you probably shouldn't hire him or her. Those are rooted qualities and cannot be "thrown away" during training aka brainwashing sessions. It's 2014- no one answers their phones. Especially from an UNKOWN caller. No one likes to talk on the phone. Interrupting an Executive's day and rudely forcing them to listen to you unannounced is not an acceptable business practice to 99% of society. Your turnover is high because of your business model and restricted, unethical sales tactics. If the product is so amazing and has a proven ROI for clients- you shouldn't have to force people to sell it the way that you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very little ROI for the clients that invested

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Marcus Evans full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great bunch of people, it's unfortunate I couldn't retain my clients.

    Cons

    Very little success for vendors participating in face to face meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower the cost and reduce the profits to the multi-millionaire Mr. Evans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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