I worked at Positive Promotions full-time (Less than a year)
I think it might be pretty hard to get fired there if you are halfway competent (nevertheless, I did see people get let go). To me, it seemed just like selling paper for Dunder Mifflin but instead of paper, you're selling keyrings and pencils and buttons with positive messages on them. If you can get excited about that, then more power to you. You will probably have a job for life as long as you don't step out of line.
I don't want to be overly negative about this company. They treated me fairly, but the marketing department seemed to be having a rough time doing their job properly and it caused tension between the other departments. Maybe that's changed, but I doubt it. They seemed like lifers in the company who gave up worrying about losing their jobs long ago and just did things their own way. They also worked more closely with the owner more than anybody else, so if you have a problem with their work or behavior, there's not much you can do about it. And I think they like it this way just fine. Lots of goofing off, lots of revising the revisions they revised all week, but especially at crunch time. It feels like you have to push a boulder up a hill every day just to find it at the bottom of the hill the next day.
I have no idea what it's like to work in the call center or the shipping department. I worked with marketing, copy writers, designers, and sometimes the higher-ups.
I can't imagine what your next step would be if you stayed here a long time. It doesn't seem like the skills you use here will really turn anybody's heads later on, so I would either use this as a stepping stone job to gain experience if you can't find anything else...or else make a lifelong career out of it, grow old with these people and retire a Positive Promotions lifer.
There's no real room for growth or anything. It is what it is. You're selling items that are not sold anywhere else and I think it would be a tough sell to get hired anywhere else if you spend more than a couple years there. Certainly nothing I did here goes into my portfolio.
Advice to Management
None. I know they wouldn't change anything, anyway. Somehow this company is successful. I can't believe they are, but they are. And that is a good thing overall for everybody involved.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Positive Promotions (Hauppauge, NY) in October 2014.
Approached by a recruiter to submit resume. I had one phone interview with the president, one with the CEO/owner. Then had a day full of in-person interviews with staff, dinner with the CEO/owner, and breakfast the next morning with the CEO/owner.
Reasons for Declining
Was leery of a company that was family owned. Have never had good experiences in the past, as family owned business owners tend not to make good business based decisions; too emotionally invested. Also, the pay was significantly lower than what was originally discussed.
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