Sweetjack

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Sweetjack Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Terrible company with improper values...

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    Former Employee - Image Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Image Coordinator in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Sweetjack full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent hours with not a lot of work to over power you within the day. Very nice coworkers. Happy working environment starting out.

    Cons

    Terrible customer service. Sold fake knock off products. Awful treatment of their vendors.

    *** As of July 2013, Cumulus let everyone go*** - They only hired people to grow their markets and portfolio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management had no clue what they really wanted. They just wanted workers to grow markets across the United States, then fire the workers and set it to cruise control. Awful business practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Ridiculous

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Sweetjack full-time (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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Like riding a rollercoaster into a brick wall

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Sweetjack full-time (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
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    Company closed office laid off EVERYONE!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Sweetjack full-time (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
  8.  

    Good entry level job, fun atmosphere

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Sweetjack full-time (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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Sweetjack full-time (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
  11.  

    Inside Sales Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Sweetjack full-time (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

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