Mission: “It is the mission of The Local Pages to provide an outstanding & comprehensive product to each of our individual clients at a very affordable price. It is our goal to ensure that every customer has a positive experience from the initial sale to the ...
I have been working at The Local Pages full-time (More than 3 years)
As an Outside Sales or "Advertising Consultant" as the company calls us, you work with amazing people your co-workers in time will become more like family. The pay is what you make of it, you have the ability to make, as much or as little as you want, depending on your motivation. This company will give you flexibility and freedom that few company offer. Travel is expected, but if can handle life on the road this company offers opportunity to become immersed in the small towns of the west. My medical benefits are great and at reasonable cost. I can say I do love my job and the people I interact with everyday working here.
There are cons, the being on the road is the largest of them. In this job you are often on the road for 8 to 9 months of the year. If you don't like to travel or you expect the company to book you in Ritz Carlton every time you go away from home for a week, you will be upset and start writing bad review on websites.
You are selling advertising for a living, you are selling print ads. That is easier in some markets then it is in others (tougher markets away from home will always burn out even the greatest sales people in the world). But those that say that selling phone books is the problem, they should try selling newspaper ads, radio spots, or even websites, they all have the same problem they are advertising, so you have to have thick skin because you are going to hear "No" more often then "Yes."
Sometimes the instructions from the Corporate office make no sense to the people in the field. Some sales teams will get negative because it makes them feel like they are not listening too the realities that they are facing. It takes time to make changes and no management team will ever be nimble enough to solve the problems the next day. Many times the Corporate instructions, you need to follow up with clarifying questions. The Corporate office doesn't spoon feed their outside sales team, but they also don't micromanage them either.
There are angry customers, when a company handles thousands of contracts a week sometimes there are mistakes. Often the outside sales reps have to handle difficult situations that many times they are not trained to handle when they first start. These one in a thousand customers makes the job more challenging and frustrating, but you are selling adverting and so it should go with your job expectations.
Like any Commission based sales job, pay can be a challenge to earn. Not every sales rep is as honest and upstanding as you are, so the company will often hold out payment to clarify that the contract is legitimate. While sometimes it makes it hard when you are expecting a commission, and there is a delay in receiving it but you will get paid for it eventually, but not always at the time you want it.
Advice to Management
Make realistic expectations in projections. Ask more input from the rank and file outside sales people, not just from the high performers.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at The Local Pages (Salt Lake City, UT) in June 2016.
Applied and they cold called me wanting a technical interview after business after hours. This place gives you vacation/benefits -see the job description after one year. I would seriously look at their BBB ratings and other reviews before applying.