Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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Michael Vivio
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Pros
  • Good benefits package, especially medical insurance (in 6 reviews)

  • Good, stable and structured work environment (at least when it comes to the IT department) (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Since we are 100% commissioned sales reps, we get no paid vacation or sick time (in 5 reviews)

  • Opportunity for advancement can be lacking (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great opportunities for helping businesses grow through marketing and social media!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Consultant in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems

    Pros

    Training from Rookie to Achievement Club level.

    Cons

    Health insurance is not fully funded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Valpak Owner

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Owner in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Owner in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great company and I have been very happy here and we are very fair to our employees who we realize are the most important people in out company

    Cons

    Takes a self motivated self directed person to be successful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have to be more aggressive with salaries in year 1

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Too much production work for sales commissions.

    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems

    Pros

    Envelope product recognizable to most customer, reasonably priced. Training was sufficient but I had previous experience so wasn't important. 1099 status made compensation too little. The online layout and revision of ads was time consuming. Maybe good opportunity if you buy a franchise but not as a commissioned sales rep.

    Cons

    Too much focus on the online component that was not of much interest to customers.The online layout and revision of ads was time consuming. 1099 status made compensation too little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer some benefits or expenses in addition to sales commissions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Support Staff.
    Solid Online Resources
    Flexibility in the field
    Ok training

    Cons

    Very negative Culture
    Your Base Pay Goes Away to drive you to quit
    Inconsistent Pricing of the product
    Always a new thing to sell, but not given the tools to be successful
    Micromanagement
    Threats

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the cons.

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

    Worst place I ever worked at!

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Oak Brook, IL

    I worked at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    At first they seem like really nice people to work for, but after you have been there for a few months there true colors come out.

    Cons

    There is no loyalty to the new people, they favor the people that have been there for many years. The veteran reps have all the good accounts and the new people end up with the leftover scraps. The only accounts leftover are the people who only want to sign up for one month and you put so much time and effort into it and only make a few dollars after you take gas expenses into consideration. You don't get any allowances for gas or your car. When you interview they make you think you will make a lot of money, but actually I had a hard time paying my bills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic about your expectations!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Good products if you can afford to work for straight commission.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX

    I worked at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent print, direct mail and online marketing organization that is a great resource for small to medium sized businesses. You have the full force of the corporate ties Valpak, Inc. has with it's sister companies with a great website containing great referrals from happy clients in other cities and digital experts that sometimes fly to Houston to make sales calls with reps.

    Cons

    Way too much pressure is brought to bear on sales reps while not living up to the promise and signed agreement when hired to pay a base for a year with certain conditions and parameters. Unfortunately, those parameters were changed to the benefit of the owner and not the reps & resulted in large decreases in the guarantee. Saw at least 10 reps come and go within a 4 month period, in addition to the firing of a longtime employee who was billing about $100K a month. No consistency in pay plans and personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people a decent living while they're building a business and don't change their plans because you didn't want to live with the contract you offered them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Great sales environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brand and reputation in the marketplace. The leader in envelope shared mail.

    Cons

    Small clients take more time than the large ones, but they are necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find sales reps with a desire to make a ton of money. That will improve your results!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. fast paced, interesting people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boonton, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boonton, NJ

    I have been working at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    fast paced, interesting people, 9 to 5 job

    Cons

    not being paid enough money, no accolades

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your staff better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Hope

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture, co-workers, and comp are decent.

    Cons

    They are rolling out digital products & services that I hope corporate will fully back so sales teams can dominate not only print but grab a piece of the digital pie too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep training engaging, processes simple, transparent, and efficient and sales team will be able to maneuver more quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Taking money from small business owners & giving it to Valpak

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paycheck, schedule, no overhead, company parties

    Cons

    Guilt of knowing that the product isn't the best option for the business owner in the majority of cases based on the real world results observed over time. It is much easier when you are new & believe the company's version of what works & why vs the real world...
    There are only a few business categories that are consistently conducive to success by utilizing the Valpak marketing options -
    The monetary benefits are OK and the work schedule is good. It just gets down to how well can you sleep at night.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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