The Distinctive Edge

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The Distinctive Edge Reviews

Updated December 28, 2014
Updated December 28, 2014
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    The Most Valuable Position I Have Ever Held In Terms of My Professional Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Timonium, MD
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Timonium, MD

    I have been working at The Distinctive Edge full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The best part about working with The Distinctive Edge is that at every single step of the way I have been mentored by those who have more experience than I do and have had the opportunity to coach those who have less. The values system and culture at The Distinctive Edge is unlike anywhere else I have ever been and it fosters one of the best team environments. Since starting I have not only learned sales, but how to conduct professional interviews, train and develop new hires and most importantly teach them to do what I can already do. My ability to move up in the company is based solely on my own performance.

    Whether someone is simply looking for experience in business or for a career The Distinctive Edge will help.

    Cons

    I honestly cannot think of anything negative about The Distinctive Edge. I enjoy the Team Environment and the opportunity for continually personal development

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Team Lead: Gaining hands on experience, business fundamentals and how it apply to them to the business world.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Lutherville Timonium, MD
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Lutherville Timonium, MD

    I have been working at The Distinctive Edge full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    As a team lead I have many responsibilities, these include but are not limited to sales, training, data entry, interviewing and individual and group presentations. I am constantly preforming different tasks and my day goes by very quickly. My growth within the company is based off of my merit and ability to help others. I am excited to be apart of a marketing and sales company that cares about creating lasting relationship with their clients and employees.

    Cons

    I can't come up with anything I don't like about this company. I believe in merit based growth and working hard for the life you want.

    Recommends
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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Timonium, MD
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Timonium, MD

    I have been working at The Distinctive Edge full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The people support each other and truly care about each others growth
    -There is a great opportunity to learn and grow
    -Formal Training for your career
    -The environment is fun and motivational
    -Commission Pay, there is no limit to how much you can make. As long as you work hard you will do well

    Cons

    - Longer hours, but the day goes by fast and you don't even notice.

    Recommends
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excited to go to work everyday!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutherville Timonium, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutherville Timonium, MD

    I have been working at The Distinctive Edge full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is why I fell in love with The Distinctive Edge. I'm surrounded by motivated, hardworking people who are not only determined to succeed themselves, but also eagerly strive to help their co-workers succeed. Every one in the office has such great energy and are very passionate about what they do.
    I also like the training and advancement potential. No matter what position you're in, whether it be Entry Level or Consultant, we're always learning knew things and working toward bigger goals, there's never a dull moment!

    Cons

    Some people get scared away by the commission aspect of the job, but I see it as a great opportunity. There's an uncapped limit to how much you can make. Besides, we sell a great product!
    The hours are long, but no one became successful by doing the bare minimum at a boring 9-5 job. I love what I do and enjoy every second of it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growth

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Distinctive Edge

    Pros

    1. You will learn how to do sales which only improves every area of your life.

    2. You learn how to interview and assess talent, which is a two-fold skill for learning how to hire the right people and how to maximize any future interviews that you might have.

    3. You learn how to train others by teaching new team members what you have learned

    4. You learn how to manage and lead a team of 10+ people.

    5. You learn to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.

    6. Make long lasting relationships.

    7. Opportunity to travel

    Cons

    1. Long hours. 9 hours per day M-F and 6 hours on Saturday. That is 51 hours and as you build a team you will easily start working close to, if not more than, 70 hours a week. This is a negative if you don't buy into the idea of paying now and playing later in life.

    2. 100% Commission. No overtime. No salary when not making sales. Easy system to use to earn sales and to teach. Negative if you have a poor work ethic and lack confidence.

    3. No medical benefits until you reach management level.

    4. No reimbursement for gas or mileage as you use your own vehicle for travel.

    5. Time off for anything other then emergencies is highly frowned upon.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding Company with Community Involvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutherville Timonium, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutherville Timonium, MD

    I have been working at The Distinctive Edge full-time

    Pros

    This company genuinely cares about its employees as well as the community. Charity work is a huge passion of mine and this company does a lot of it. Last year The Distinctive Edge raised over $5,000 for Operation Smile, as well as doing other charities in the local community. They do this through various, fun, events that they host and get everyone's friends and families involved.

    The Distinctive Edge offers hands on and classroom training. The training is a constant development of yourself, professionally and personally. There is a lot of one on one training and anytime anyone needs help, someone is there to lend a hand. They promote from within so the training is always focused on getting someone to the next promotion.

    The office culture, although a lot of fun, is most certainly the best way to learn by doing drills, practicing, and implementing new strategies to perform at a higher level.

    This firm has extremely high standards, which makes anyone proud to work there.

    The Distinctive Edge encourages change. Management loves new ideas and encourages the employees to be innovative and creative.

    Cons

    The constant training will show your weaknesses. However, the company is there to help work on them and develop the skills needed to reach the next promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue training for leadership roles in the company. The library of books offered at no cost to read is a great perk. Stay as involved as you are and the company growth goals will most certainly happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Such A Dissapointment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leadership (Field Representative ) in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Leadership (Field Representative ) in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at The Distinctive Edge full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You get to meet many people from all facets of life.

    Cons

    No work life balance. You work 6 days 12 hours a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your new hire and you current leaders, don't feed them dream that will not come true.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work for people who hold themselves to high expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at The Distinctive Edge full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Fun yet professional work environment
    - Interactive teaching, training, and mentoring programs
    - Ability to work with Fortune 100 clients
    - Involved in community, as well as philanthropy
    - Travel options across the country, as well as the Northeast.
    - Challenging and performance based reward system
    - Fast paced advancement with lots of growth opportunity
    - Ability to work with like-minded people who hold themselves to a higher expectation

    Cons

    - I cannot think of any con's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Great training programs and mentoring networks both inside and outside of the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Internship Experience if you care about personal development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Lutherville Timonium, MD
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Lutherville Timonium, MD

    I worked at The Distinctive Edge as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Training, mentoring opportunities, and team atmosphere. I learned a lot about my own career goals, how to effectively manage my time and energy, and how to interact with clients to the best of my ability. Plenty of Opportunity

    Cons

    100% commission after your first week, and there is a sink or swim atmosphere. Often, the sales territories were over-worked, and there were a lack of qualified leads. Not a pyramid scheme, and they say its not "multi-level" but it really is. You have to have a certain amount of people on your "team" to get promoted, and once your team gets certain sales numbers, you can become a manager. No one gets fired, but if you aren't making any money, you'll probably quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue teaching, focus on continuous training rather than training people as fast as possible and having them train new people right away. Be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Team environment with lots of opportunity for growth!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter/Human Resources Manager in Timonium, MD
    Current Employee - Recruiter/Human Resources Manager in Timonium, MD

    I have been working at The Distinctive Edge full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of pros to working at The Distinctive Edge.
    - Travel opportunity. I've been to many new places with this position
    - Growth and advancement. If you work hard, you are rewarded with promotions and bonuses
    - Networking with amazing people
    - Managers treat you like a partner
    - Personal and professional growth
    - Constant training in new areas
    - Charity events with several different charities in the community
    - Promotes a Team environment (Win - Win mentality)
    - Offers a challenge

    Cons

    The hours can be long sometimes, but again, if you work hard, you are rewarded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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