Summit Group Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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  1. Summit is a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Summit Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    We have a diverse offering to our clients which leads to variety in our day to day work.

    Cons

    No normal hours. Client expectations are to be accessible, always.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make strides for work/life balance and cultural shift.


  2. Account Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Summit Group full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great peer group. Know the industry and willing to help.

    Cons

    Leadership and overall structure was very hurtful. Commonly referred to as the "Sales Prevention Team".


  3. Stop doing business like it's still the 90's!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Purchasing Agent in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Purchasing Agent in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Summit Group full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Overall Summit does try to create an environment of making everyone feel like "apart of the Summit family." They do make an effort to regularly put on social events to try to cultivate a positive team culture.

    Not to mention that there is always a lot of free promotional "swag" which can be pretty cool.

    Cons

    Summit executives need to learn the lesson of the goose with the golden egg. They have a small percentage of there associates doing a lion's share of the workload. They are slow to make decisions to correct those issues and the moral among the cross-functional teams is increasingly diminishing.

    There is little to no work-life balance - that is up to the individual associate to put their foot down and say enough is enough, but you might as well give up any thoughts to advancement or promotions if you do.

    Some associates have the option for telecommuting while other's don't - just depends what department you belong to and has nothing to do with whether your work tasks require you to be onsite.

    Senior executives are trying to get more and more out of less, but at the same time, they're slow to make commitments to invest in the tools and training that would greatly help the associates to manage the workloads that they currently have.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your associates and invest in the technology that will not only impress your clients, but that will also allow your associates to work more effectively and efficiently. Foster and encourage flexible work schedules and better work life balance. If you don't... you're going to lose more and more of your most valuable assets.


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  5. Fantastic ownership and office culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Summit Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is family owned and operated by some of the most caring and intelligent upper management I've known in my short career. We all know that you'll have bad days of work or days that you don't want to go in to work, however, that almost is never the case at Summit Group. Even if the actual work can be hard sometimes, the people that Summit hires and have kept around for 15+ years is fantastic and makes going to work every day a great experience. They are also a leader in the promotional products industry making it easy to grow quickly with your clients and impress on a daily basis.

    Cons

    A better lead generation team or tool would be helpful for AEs and AMs. Pay could be a little better from what I've heard with the salaried positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, continue to invest in technology to make work easier for employees, and continue to hire great people, it's what keeps the company the unique entity that it is.


  6. Unorganized and unfair – Don’t waste your time on this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Summit Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    OK benefits – not much else to offer.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as work/life balance at this company for certain position. A hand full of people actually work at this company and they are consistently over looked for promotions. Pay is well below market value for the job titles and expectations. SOME employees do the jobs of multiple people and are barely paid for one. Preferential treatment given to certain associations by upper management.
    Don’t expect a decent raise. At the most be prepared for 2%. Bonuses are promised but never delivered. Most likely they are saved for upper management. There are several managers there that are no value add to the company.
    Upper management is out of touch and either doesn’t know what’s going on or doesn’t care.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to say “Thank you” and how to properly screen/interview people for positions. Process and procedures are being made and not implemented properly. Clients will suffer in the end. Listen to your employees. No one wants to work for a company that makes them feel unappreciated. You will continue to lose good people because of your office politics.


  7. Totally unorganized

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Summit Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some good people but they're under valued and will leave.

    Cons

    No organization, no process, not open to change, several high paid managers that do nothing and keep their jobs while low paid lower level employees are laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what your employees are doing. You have people running freelance businesses out of your office.


  8. Perfect balance of work and fun

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Summit Group

    Pros

    Well understanding team, sharing knowledge across teams.

    Cons

    Needs a better project structure


  9. Great Company To Work For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Summit Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent ownership and upper management

    Cons

    Support Staff salaries are low


  10. Unorganized and unwilling to change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Summit Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    No raises or bonuses as promised.

    Advice to Management

    Work smarter not harder. Some employees do nothing while others are drowning.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Sourcing pens, not saving babies"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Summit Group full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Mix of a diverse group of hard-working individuals

    Cons

    -Decisions based on politics vs. facts
    -No room for growth
    -No work/life balance
    -Lack of etiquette or professionalism from majority of employees



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