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33 English questions out of 33

August 1, 2019

What is health insurance like at American Marketing and Publishing?

Pros

Lots of positives learning lessons, life lessons. This is a good way to cut your teeth if you are new to sales. If you follow the system then you will learn the basics of selling advertising that can transfer well to your next step. Print product is great but declining at 4% a year studies show, online is decent but inferior to competition. AMP just does listing management and review management which is essential, but a business owner can do this on their own if they care at all. Is it worth the price point, yes since most business owners realistically wont, but the program is super basic. There are many social media sites that need to be managed, SEO, SEM, robust websites etc and AMP does not do these. Some of the leadership is amazing, some are not and are in way over their head, it 100% depends on your territory. The CRO is the backbone of the company that has been forced to take on way too much which he seems to handle, but all difficult things filter to him. Without him this company would be in deep deep trouble. Good system to learn and enforce good habits, good week long paid training, and if you ask for help you will usually get it depending on your territory/leadership. Lastly, if you last you will learn a lot about the world and what makes these small communities run.

Cons

Products-Again good products, but as additional products layer on in the areas they serve business owners just get confused, overwhelmed, and feel nagged if not approached correctly. Turnover is so high at AMP because the work requires independent people, that have the ability to create interest within seconds, be candid, coachable, with street smarts that 45k a year is not realistic to pay the required talent this position demands. 1 in 8 new hires make it 90 days. The number of 100k earners has declined significantly over the years as the company struggles to transition from declining print to digital. The couple remaining 100k earners are print heavy veterans that are bitter and difficult to work with. Ask in your interview is there more or less 100k earners 5 years ago to now. 10 years ago compared to now. CEO will use non competes to the fullest extent I have heard from many people, so be careful and read thoroughly what you sign. The CEO should realize if you take care of people better you wont have to hold them hostage. Pay people more, the job market is currently great and the work is just too hard to pay people what they are paid. Not including killing your car and with the 2018 tax changes the write offs declined for AMP reps cutting their earnings even more. I hope the company adjusts pay to take inflation, taxes, expensive health insurance, into account. This company has a conundrum, now 5 or so good helpful products with a new CRM tool, but the work requires higher skilled people and you wont get that unless you pay more. To skillfully dig into a town with different products requires a rare person with great leadership. a 45k-70k person just doesn't have this ability in most cases. If they have this skill then they should work somewhere else and get paid twice as much.

Advice to Management

Pay people more. The CEO is printing money like crazy and that's fine, but at the detriment of people because turnover is so high. 25/30k base has been the same for over a decade. Even if the base remains the same incentivize more through bonus/commissions. This is a hard job, and great for 1 in 8 people, but pay them more because they are more special than you know. Less greed!!

I hope the company adjusts pay to take inflation, taxes, expensive health insurance, into account.

August 1, 2019

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April 25, 2019

What are perks and other benefits like at American Marketing and Publishing?

Pros

I have been working with AMP for over a year now and have seen a lot of growth in myself and in the company as a whole. This growth has been primarily because of the leadership I have seen from my superiors and fellow coworkers. -Continuous training and personal development options are available. Monthly Leadership Development programs, weekly one-on-one calls with my District Manager, Monthly team meetings, and the CEO is easy accessible when I need to reach out. I've actually been able to text/call him when needed. Very rare to find that type of communication within a Mid sized company. -Not easy work. I list this as a pro because if my career is easy then I don't feel challenged and get bored quickly. -Competitive base salary (Many sales positions are commission only) -Insurance (Medical, Vision, Dental, Life) starts after 6 months of employment and are really good. -401k match is the highest I've ever seen at any company (Mom & Pop or Corporate) -PTO accrues very quickly and able to use it pretty much whenever I need -They don't micromanage you, they give you a goal and let you achieve that goal. If you need help they are always willing to give you suggestions and will help problem solve when dealing with one-off situations.

Cons

-Sales is not for everyone, that being said many people cannot handle the freedom that comes with working primarily remote and not having a desk that they sit at everyday. (This could be a "Pro" depending upon your personality.) -You put a lot of miles on your car, but they do give you a decent monthly car allowance. I think with the changes in the new tax laws that this monthly allowance should be increased. -New CRM is being implemented which will be great once most of the bugs are worked out but it can be a little time consuming until they get it more streamlined.

Advice to Management

-Continue to develop your online programs and services. -Stress the importance of having "Notes" on each account so when a sales person visits year after year we have a brief history of the client or potential client. -Increasing/improving the leave behinds or email approved literature would be great. Reaching the decision maker seems to be getting more and more difficult as face to face interaction seems to be dwindling in virtual society.

You put a lot of miles on your car, but they do give you a decent monthly car allowance.

April 25, 2019

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March 13, 2020

Does American Marketing and Publishing give bereavement leave?

Pros

I've only been working for the company for a short time - but I fall in love with the office more every day. - The opportunities for upward mobility are amazing, and the company really pushes people to find positions best for their skills and needs. - The workers themselves are great, social, and always willing to help. I haven't had a single bad experience with a coworker yet. - Management is very understanding. Whether that comes to getting sick, bereavement, or anything of the sort - I've never felt scared talking to my managements about these things or sensitive topics. - Following this, the culture and workspace of the office is wonderful. Constantly uplifting and positive. Praise is given in public, and critique is given in private in a very productive way. While the work is usually very independent, asking for help or advice is HEAVILY encouraged. Do not be scared to ask questions here. - Working with small business owners. Having people be excited to answer calls, and knowing that you're helping them make money and be successful can be such a rewarding thing. Getting on a first-name basis with several companies and CEO's inherently makes you feel important and seen. - The meetings ( oddly enough . ) They're organized, concise, and FUN. The yearly, company-wide meeting is awesome. Being able to meet the people you email, call, or reference consistently over a meal and a show basically is great. Abe is awesome at recognizing everyone's hard work, and it's hard to feel 'invisible' in the company.

Cons

There aren't many, but the cons can definitely be off putting as a new employee. - From department to department, training varies a lot, and seems very dependent on the new employee. Training isn't a very official process, more just "watch, absorb, mimic". It feels less like you're being forged into a good worker, rather testing how well you learn and adapt. (Which some will excel at, and some will not.) - Communication, communication, communication. There are procedures in place, but the number of departments and their different expectations vary greatly, it's easy for things to become muddy and a round-robin of "well, it's X, or Y, or Z's responsibility." Sometimes it feels like the main location is one big grey area. - Very mentally and emotionally taxing. Working with small business owners, almost every position requires some level of communication with them. Naturally, some of them will be stressed, upset, or down-on-business. You WILL have someone be upset with you directly just as a representative of AMP for any reason. If you're extremely soft and cannot handle a hard conversation every once in a while... this may not be for you.

Advice to Management

Keep doing what you're doing. I've fallen in love with the company - but I realize that starting out may seriously discourage some prospective employees. Standardize training, make it more clear and concise, and give more feedback to your newer employees.

Whether that comes to getting sick, bereavement, or anything of the sort

March 13, 2020

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April 25, 2019

What is the retirement plan like at American Marketing and Publishing?

Pros

I have been working with AMP for over a year now and have seen a lot of growth in myself and in the company as a whole. This growth has been primarily because of the leadership I have seen from my superiors and fellow coworkers. -Continuous training and personal development options are available. Monthly Leadership Development programs, weekly one-on-one calls with my District Manager, Monthly team meetings, and the CEO is easy accessible when I need to reach out. I've actually been able to text/call him when needed. Very rare to find that type of communication within a Mid sized company. -Not easy work. I list this as a pro because if my career is easy then I don't feel challenged and get bored quickly. -Competitive base salary (Many sales positions are commission only) -Insurance (Medical, Vision, Dental, Life) starts after 6 months of employment and are really good. -401k match is the highest I've ever seen at any company (Mom & Pop or Corporate) -PTO accrues very quickly and able to use it pretty much whenever I need -They don't micromanage you, they give you a goal and let you achieve that goal. If you need help they are always willing to give you suggestions and will help problem solve when dealing with one-off situations.

Cons

-Sales is not for everyone, that being said many people cannot handle the freedom that comes with working primarily remote and not having a desk that they sit at everyday. (This could be a "Pro" depending upon your personality.) -You put a lot of miles on your car, but they do give you a decent monthly car allowance. I think with the changes in the new tax laws that this monthly allowance should be increased. -New CRM is being implemented which will be great once most of the bugs are worked out but it can be a little time consuming until they get it more streamlined.

Advice to Management

-Continue to develop your online programs and services. -Stress the importance of having "Notes" on each account so when a sales person visits year after year we have a brief history of the client or potential client. -Increasing/improving the leave behinds or email approved literature would be great. Reaching the decision maker seems to be getting more and more difficult as face to face interaction seems to be dwindling in virtual society.

401k match is the highest I've ever seen at any company (Mom & Pop or Corporate)

April 25, 2019

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August 13, 2019

What is paid time off like at American Marketing and Publishing?

Pros

I enjoy working at American Marketing & Publishing for a number of reasons; first and foremost, as a young professional, the opportunity for growth has caught my attention. AMP consists only of internally promoted managers! The leadership and development available to all employees is outstanding. I would also like to note the company culture and environment. It is not only welcoming and successful, but also fun and competitive! I am constantly being pushed to better myself and challenged to grow. I do not have enough good things to say! The final pros that I feel are note worthy are: 3 weeks of PTO after your first 6 months of employment + 9 holidays and countless contests to earn more time off, the freedom to manage your own daily schedule and responsibilities, and the onsite managers and trainers always available for additional coaching!

Cons

The Schaumburg office is primarily sales oriented with only a few administrative positions available.

The final pros that I feel are note worthy are: 3 weeks of PTO after your first 6 months of employment + 9 holidays and countless contests to earn more time off, the freedom to manage your own daily schedule and responsibilities, and the onsite managers and trainers always available for additional coaching!

August 13, 2019

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