Summit Marketing Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. Summit Products

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    Former Employee - Vice President of Sales in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Vice President of Sales in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Summit Marketing (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic business strategy, it was a great 8 years. No complaints whatsoever. Turning a 2 person company into a $35 million force in the retail industry was among the best experiences of my life. My ideas and creativity were not only held in high regard but were almost always instituted. Success bred success.

    Cons

    Only that the great ride didn't last longer and as we rapidly grew perhaps at times we needed to slow down. Even having said that the formula worked.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Trust your instincts and continue to rely on your experience and knowledge in your business. No need to fix what isn't broken.


  2. Summit group

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible with days off and fun company events

    Cons

    Long hours, no career path. Lots of management changes


  3. Excellent Company

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    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Summit Marketing full-time (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


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  5. Great Associates; Disappointing Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Summit Marketing full-time (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 Management

    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


  6. very good experience

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

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

    Pros

    chance to grow and develop

    Cons

    fast pace and longer hours

    Advice to Management

    keep growing


  7. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Summit Marketing full-time (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 Management

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


  8. Low turnover

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Olathe, KS
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Siloed and a bit conservative.


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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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Upper management does not communicate well. No corporate focus.

    Advice to Management

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


  10. Frustrating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  11. great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good money great benefits and fun

    Cons

    boss was annoying that sucked at life



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