Vocus

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Vocus Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
275 Reviews
3.2
275 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a work hard, play hard environment in addition to a work life balance approach (in 16 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Communication from upper management need to come down the chain faster (in 16 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  

    Growing my career at Vocus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Outstanding perks
    Ability to expand your skills
    Grow your career
    C-level exposure

    Cons

    Around the clock working hours some days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Introduction into a growing industry

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    Former Employee - Software Sales Executive - Small Business in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Software Sales Executive - Small Business in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    I took this job with limited B2B sales experience and was quickly educated on the cloud marketing space. There is a casual work environment that gives a lot on the job perks and company outings.

    Cons

    The Salesforce is HUGE!!! So quality leads are sparse and hard to come by which leads to higher turnover than what there should be. Too many middles managers that have small teams. If you have a bad manager then they can make your life miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Sales force small

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Alot of HUGE and positive changes....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Sales Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing Sales Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Made massive changes to the salesforce- increased salaries - changed commissions
    re structured sales under new leadership
    great opportunity to make alot of money now
    new chief revenue officer
    havent made layoffs recently-- people are performing

    Cons

    vocus went through growing pains last year- based on the new leadership changes I do not think that will be the case anymore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate with employees, grow slowly, extra money is a very good thing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    good

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    Current Employee - BDA in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - BDA in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    a lot of incentive great place to work, very young work force

    Cons

    territory management, a lot of pressure be ready to do the job when you get in

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It passed the time

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    Former Employee - Media Researcher in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Media Researcher in College Park, MD

    I worked at Vocus part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Little expected of me; room for promotion

    Cons

    Boring, tedious, intrusive work that was morally ambiguous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at Vocus full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good decent OK moderate mediocre

    Cons

    Not so good poor unwell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vocus has the best work environment I have ever experienced

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There is a great work-life balance here. The facilities are amazing with a large gym, basketball court and fitness classes daily like boot camp and yoga.

    Cons

    Some turnover but this is to be expected from a sales heavy organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in top talent!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fun and, at times, challenging--presents a lot of opportunity for personal growth.

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Beltsville, MD

    I have been working at Vocus full-time

    Pros

    Fun colleagues and work environment; Flexible work hours and telecommuting policies; Great fitness facilities onsite and lots of free fitness classes throughout the week;

    Cons

    Open, shared workspace is overdone; Management plans, policies and leadership roles are sometimes confusing or ambiguous to non-management; Lighting in most main areas produces too much glare.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    My experience at Vocus has been great, my managers and coworkers are great to work with.

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    Current Employee - Business Associate in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Business Associate in Beltsville, MD

    I have been working at Vocus full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Increased salary, excellent workspace, down-to-earth co-workers

    Cons

    Long waits at the microwave at lunch

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Today was my last day after 2 years!

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    Former Employee - New Sales Representative in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - New Sales Representative in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    The main office is a fun environment with lots to do. Everyone dresses pretty casual and we're all basically the same age. These are all things every other review is saying, so let's move on....

    Cons

    Things have changed majorly since I first started! My last Glassdoor review was honest, but I still felt like it was a great place to work. I no longer feel this way and since I was robbed of an opportunity to speak to my directors' boss (yea, he didn't even say bye after 2 years of hitting my numbers...) here is what I would have said:

    When top talent isn’t performing there’s usually more to it than lack of focus. It’s really unfortunate that upper management does not take the time to continuously develop their top talent, aside from consistently throwing metrics in their face and calling it “motivation”. Any top performer is always conscious of their numbers so during a dry-spell support from your superiors would go a long way and show that they’re committed to their employees’ growth. More recently it has been all about numbers and metrics at Vocus, which has been fostering shady behavior. Everyone knows what’s happening, and it’s clear that management is looking the other way because all that matters is revenue. This is discouraging to anyone who doesn’t want to succeed that way.

    I was not performing because I won’t cheat a co-worker out of an opportunity and I won’t lie about services we provide. I do not believe in what we're selling anymore, and I don't trust that there's anything being done to support my role. Why are we not ranking on search engines for any marketing keywords (i.e. online marketing, online marketing platform, marketing automation, etc.), but we are for PR terms (i.e. free press releases, news monitoring, etc.)? Why do the majority of our D2R leads have no idea they signed up for a demo? Why are there no recent case studies for VMS? Why is Vocus the only company that still requests an upfront payment for an Enterprise solution? These are questions I’ve had for over a year and since they still haven’t been addressed I can only assume it’s not a priority. My prospects have very similar questions (if not the exact same ones) and I can no longer dance around the truth.

    I am not some bitter employee who was fired and wants to bash Vocus; I left on my own terms after a few months of being unhappy. I am so thankful for the skills I learned at Vocus; selling a dream and asking for money up front isn’t easy. If you don't mind bending the truth and sneaking behind coworkers backs to be successful then Vocus is a great place for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees!!! You all are so far removed from the sales floor and what real customers are saying that you don't get how we struggle. It's not just in new sales, it's account executives and the marketing department as well. We're all saying the same things over and over and over again, but you only seem to care about revenue. No one wins when our backend and front-end aren't on the same page. You will continue to lose top performers if you don't talk to them and fix the things that have been wrong for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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