Summit Marketing Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
9 Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent Company

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

    I worked at Summit Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Corporate was hard to deal with in St Louis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Associates; Disappointing Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Summit Marketing full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Summit 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.

    Cons

    Annual 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 ManagementAdvice

    Executive 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    very good experience

    Former Employee - Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Summit Marketing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    chance to grow and develop

    Cons

    fast pace and longer hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep growing

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  5.  

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

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at Summit Marketing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Leadership 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Low turnover

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    Former Employee - Copywriter  in  Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Summit Marketing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Siloed and a bit conservative.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Pretty good place to work -- People are great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at Summit Marketing

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Upper management does not communicate well. No corporate focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep people informed and let them know the direction of company and people will be more comfortable and produce more.

  8.  

    Frustrating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Summit Marketing full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No longer current with solution offerings, archaic technology, unethical practices, and dysfunctional lack of leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Summit Marketing

    Pros

    good money great benefits and fun

    Cons

    boss was annoying that sucked at life

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great people, casual environment, rewarding job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Summit Marketing

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends

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