Vocus Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
255 Reviews
3.4
255 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of young people and laid back work environment (in 27 reviews)

  • There is a great work-life balance here (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication from upper management need to come down the chain faster (in 15 reviews)

  • They finally started to improve the building after they hired twice the Sales reps (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Short Lived. Hired, finished training, then laid-off without a chance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    The building, the gym, work-life balance, work individually within a team atmosphere, great co-workers, overall positive people

    Cons

    executive leadership, lack of communication, company direction, GTCR, new owners, lack of cohesiveness between departments, not a lot of company events outside the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of hiding from the employees, you should listen to their honest feedback and ideas. Former CEO wasn't fit to run the company at that level, but at least he valued the staff and the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyable and Friendly

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    Former Employee - Not Sales  in  Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Not Sales in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Everyone at this company was very enjoyable to work with on a daily basis. You couldn't have asked for a better place to work. Until the recent takeover by a private equity firm.

    Cons

    The recent takeover by the private equity firm has changed everyone's passion. It wasn't the same when I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide updates and a firm direction on where the company is headed. Reintroduce the culture to the company or risk losing employees due to unhappiness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Young office with cool perks, but poor management and high turnover.

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    Former Employee - Lead Generation  in  Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Lead Generation in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    They do have some cool perks at the HQ in Beltsville like an on site gym, lots of cool coffee machines, candy, and themed areas. The office also had a lot of young people.

    Cons

    Management was rigid in their thinking and unresponsive to the opinions of employees. The product was also lackluster. Despite the effort to cultivate an appealing office space, turnover was high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees and be willing to try new ideas. Plan for the long term, not just the quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Vocus was a cool place to work, but incredibly unorganized.

    Former Employee - SMB Account Executive  in  Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - SMB Account Executive in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and people. Work hard, play hard environment. Rewarded for your work.

    Cons

    No one has a clue what is going on at the company right now and it showed.

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    Great to start your career, but that's about it

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive  in  Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    -amenities, facilty
    -fun, young people to work with
    -casual environment
    -basketball court

    Cons

    -low pay
    -product did not work as advertised
    -very unstable, people lost their jobs constantly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees, provide better compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great While it Lasted.

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    Former Employee - SMB Sales Executive  in  Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - SMB Sales Executive in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    If you are good at sales, ambitious and money motivated, then Vocus was an awesome place to get a start. Commission and bonus structure are solid, and the experience of being successful there looks great on a resume. Young group of employees, so it feels like college that you get paid for. As long as you are above your number, it is an extremely laid back and fun place to work and make a lot of quick cash.

    Cons

    Infrastructure between departments was nonexistent. Couldn't rely on deals being processed and successfully on-boarded once the sale was made. No accountability on the AE side for them to follow up with new business.

    And the marketing suite side of Vocus will probably be no more within 6 months, due to the acquisition by GTCR and their focus on the PR value of Vocus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Non - Been bought out.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good sales job with ups and downs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, great company perks (office, gym, food trucks, events), good office environment, decent training.

    Cons

    frequent changes, poor communication, relatively high turnover and lack of strategy for keeping up with the flux

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    So much room for opportunity

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Headquarters are awesome- bootcamp, yoga, delicious coffee, young atmosphere.

    So much room for opportunity. The digital marketing industry has seen significant change the past couple year. With that, a company has to change as well. If you can't adapt to change and go with the flow, Vocus isn't the place for you. If you aren't afraid of working hard, going the extra mile, and staying positive, then you will love it here!

    Cons

    The office is open on Christmas Eve.

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

    And the hits just keep on coming...

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    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    The amenities........ That's it....really it is

    Cons

    I can't believe they're rolling even more people out of there. It seems as though every month a former colleague is reaching out for work. What is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope you know what you're doing. AT least for the sake of those left standing.

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

    Not now

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    Current Employee - Mid Market Sales Executive  in  Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Mid Market Sales Executive in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Cool Campus. Great PR tool and horrible Marketing tool

    Cons

    This is not the time to join. They are merging with their #1 competitor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The software doesn't work for every industry so find it's market and grow from there.

    Definitely needs an outside sales team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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