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Updated Jul 24, 2014

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2.9 9 reviews

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Dan Renz

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Excellent Company

    Sales (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe General Manager of the Division Ken Wittenberg is an Excellent Leader

    ConsCorporate was hard to deal with in St Louis

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Associates; Disappointing Leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSummit has a flexible schedule which works well if you have children. The Johnson County, Kansas location is easily accessible and there is parking right outside the building. They put on internal get-together's that are fun to participate in.

    ConsAnnual reviews are anything but annual and the same can be said for salary adjustments. Benefits have taken a backwards slide for the past several years costing associates more out-of-pocket.

    Summit tends to chase their competition instead of committing to developing fresh and leading-edge turnkey strategies. They also sell what they have not developed which can create chaos and stress among associates who are committed to deliverables.

    Summit's executive leadership is in-cohesive, sending out mixed messages to associates about corporate direction, corporate values and corporate financial status. This same leadership openly distrusts their managers' decision-making abilities which not only leaves urgent issues (and clients) hanging but also creates an environment where non-exec management is not trusted by the associates they lead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExecutive Leaders - Lead instead of micro-managing. Replace associates with associates instead of contractors and pay enough to get the best & brightest. Celebrate successes and allow shortcomings to create a path for learning and growth.

    The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
    —Theodore Roosevelt

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    very good experience

    Manager (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    Proschance to grow and develop

    Consfast pace and longer hours

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep growing

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    great schedule - no opportunity to grow professionally due to lack of leadership

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Lenexa, KS

    ProsSummit Marketing has a very flexible schedule and generous time-off policy. They are also willing to accommodate most any schedule. Great clients.

    ConsLeadership every level is sub-par, this includes the CEO Dan Renz. Annual reviews are non-existent and although necessary, direct mail is a small fraction of the marketing and advertising industry. If you got a degree in marketing or advertising with the expectation of working in the fast-paced industry this is not the place to be. If you are wanting to work in fundraising this is still not the place for you. Summit Marketing is a direct mail warehouse, nothing more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire leaders that know how to lead and want to lead. Be quick to act. Communicate honestly with clients and employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low turnover

    Copywriter (Former Employee) Olathe, KS

    ProsThey care about their people and offer flexible schedule and great benefits.

    ConsSiloed and a bit conservative.

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    Pretty good place to work -- People are great.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Lenexa, KS

    ProsThe people are the best reason. Great support from the employees.

    ConsUpper management does not communicate well. No corporate focus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep people informed and let them know the direction of company and people will be more comfortable and produce more.

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    Frustrating

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEasy commute and free parking, relaxed dress code and atmosphere at times, and flexible time

    ConsNo longer current with solution offerings, archaic technology, unethical practices, and dysfunctional lack of leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe marketing world has changed since 1992 ... stop trying to use old tricks to get new results.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood money great benefits and fun

    Consboss was annoying that sucked at life

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, casual environment, rewarding job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is very little turnover because people at Summit genuinely like their jobs. The environment is casual yet productive, and the management is very friendly and very highly respected. Much of the work we do is for nonprofit clients, making it a very rewarding job.

    ConsThere isn't much opportunity for advancement, simply because people hold on to their jobs so long. Also, the departments are somewhat segregated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more opportunities for everyone at Summit, or at least people from different departments, to work together on projects (or to just socialize).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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