I worked at Avenir Publishing full-time (More than a year)
Boutique firm, so there are not that many people; therefore, one gets to really know everyone. Makes for a great team environment and really fosters a "family" feel. The work is not "hard" but it is challenging. If one can deliver results there are nice bonuses and perks in addition to the commissions. Also -- which I think is huge nowadays -- the owners/management are more than willing to work with employees to help them to be successful. They understand that happy, productive employees are going to make the company to be more successful. For somebody just out of college who wants a solid place to start a career here in Chicago this can be vital.
Friday's gatherings could be a wee bit longer :) Maybe incorporate in a 10- 15 minute morning and 10-15 minute afternoon break?
Advice to Management
Perhaps create some new avenues/channels to generate sales revenue that can be used as upwardly mobile positions for employees to pursue?
The process took a week. I interviewed at Avenir Publishing (Chicago, IL) in March 2011.
-Phone interview with Joel Fohrman was very straightforward
-In-person interview with Joel Fohrman, Jim Potter, and April Larson
-Duties and responsibilities were thoroughly explained (there were no surprises once I started working)
-I didn't have any questions because they were answered during the interview
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