Sweetjack Reviews

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  1.  

    Senior Account Executive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sweetjack full-time

    Pros

    it was fun while it lasted

    Cons

    out of business laid everyone off in July

  2.  

    Ridiculous

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

    I worked at Sweetjack full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free to surf the net all day. Could get work done for the day by lunch time.

    Cons

    Shoddy run business. No wonder it failed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue! No wonder the business failed....zero marketing outside of crappy radio plugs that no one listened to anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Could have been great.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sweetjack

    Pros

    They paid me on time.

    Cons

    They didn't pay me for very long.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Like riding a rollercoaster into a brick wall

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

    I worked at Sweetjack full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -The people made this place fun.
    -Life-long friendships were made.
    -Management was supportive for the most part.
    -Advancement could happen, especially on the sales side. I watched a few peers rise through the ranks quickly (sales/acct managers and sales director) and did the best they could with what was given to them.

    Cons

    -No support from corporate.
    -Lines of communication were always muddy (lack of team cohesion)
    -Minimal ongoing training (esp. sales training)
    -Lack of marketing materials to support sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late for this now. SJ is just a shell of what it could have been - layoffs throughout 2013 left the company with about 3 employees at this point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company closed office laid off EVERYONE!

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Sweetjack full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun while it lasted which wasn't long.

    Cons

    Grew to have over 100 employees but then Cumulus came in and laid everyone off un announced. They kept maybe 6 employees to close out business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some sort of warning would have been nice so the dozens of employees that were laid off could have been looking for a new job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good entry level job, fun atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Sweetjack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good group of people. Was surrounded by dozens of other young professionals. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    A lot of underqualified individuals had managerial roles. Not a lot of room for growth.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Don't give up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sweetjack full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Not a lot of stress and you are not micro managed.

    Cons

    Seems like they have given up on making it work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't give up. Have a great product. Just need to market a little and things will be fine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A company with great potential to grow and expand as a leader in it's industry

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Sweetjack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people make the company, and at SweetJack the people are fun, outgoing, down to earth, and welcome you with open arms. They offer a fun work environment with competitive salary and commissions. Big enough to offer a competitive advantage over the competition, but small enough to make everyone feel at home.

    Cons

    As a new company they are still trying to figure some things out. Some of these lessons learned along the way cause them to be distracted to what is right under their noses. Promises of advancement can be overshadowed by shuffling employees horizontally instead of vertically. As with most new, and small companies, they have to learn to cut the excess fat and prove the worth of those employees who can help take the company where it wants to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Inside Sales Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Sweetjack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Paid Training
    2. Relaxed dress code
    3. Putting Cumulus Media on your resume
    4. Sales experience if you don't have any
    5. Base pay
    6. Great for new grads.
    7. Still growing and learning from mistakes (Almost 2 years old)

    Cons

    1. Sales leads have no real experience (most under 25 maybe 1st/2nd job out of college).
    2. Recruiter tells you that you about someone who makes $100k that may have been true when there were 100s of "warm leads" in the system. When deals were not put through the extreme vetting process $100k+ was possible. Not the case anymore.
    3. Commission structure was different when $100k+ was possible.
    4. Poor commission structure
    5. Cold calling -- hardly any "warm leads"
    6. Should have focused on larger markets before expanding into smaller markets.
    7. Spend too much time explaining what SweetJack is (no real branding efforts)
    8. Sales Ops vetting doesn't allow certain things that sell great for other daily deal companies (pole dancing, boudoir pictures, chiropractor, eye doctors etc.)
    9. The small businesses that need a daily deal company do not qualify to SJ standards.
    10. Recruiter tells you that there are always opportunities to get a head quickly, not so much anymore after being in business for almost 2 years.
    11. Small market radio stations already have half off radio programs that offer more than SweetJack (Clear Channel specifically)
    12. Little to no communication between outside and inside sales (not coordinated enough)
    13. Still using the excuse that they are new for implementing proper policies and procedures.
    14. Not good for some one with work experience.
    15. Clock watchers
    16. Not sure if this is a Cumulus Media standard, but they have a high deductible health insurance. Not great. (get your own)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Sales leads that have experience. Do not tell stories of grander in hiring process. Be honest that you have to build your own lead list to be completely successful. Rethink the commission structure. Do a better job at branding so AEs don't have to spend 2 minutes explaining SweetJack. Especially if you want 40+ calls daily. Someone else said it, think annually not only quarterly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great sales job for a new industry

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Sweetjack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Extremely laid back work environment. Not many entry level sales positions have a base, PTO, 401k, and full benefits. There are no cubicles. You are given alot of freedom, especially if you are doing a good job. Most managers are young and very laid back but are very helpful and knowledgeable about the product. Its a great post college job as 90% of the employees are in their 20's including managers. If you have been in sales, you will think the product is a VERY easy sale.

    Cons

    Now that the company is large, most leadership position have been filled so the opportunity to move up is less likely than it was. Start up company can be stressful bc there is always changes and you dont know when the next one is coming and if it will be good or bad. Many of the employees are straight out of college so they can be immature and un professional. Managers are still expected to produce so this can create issues with sellers in those markets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on hiring more employees that have had sales job or atleast some kind of "adult" job in the past, not just people straight out of college. The team leads should not be allowed to sell and compete with their own sellers. Team leads need to be more transparent as to the goings on of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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