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American City Business Journals Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Financially healthy relative to most media, good work-life balance, good health benefits and PTO (in 8 reviews)

  • Great place to start your sales career (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • If you want to grow with the company, moving up can be challenging at the local level since local teams are very lean and mean (in 4 reviews)

  • They typically do good to ok managing the editorial side but make it an absolute train wreck for the sales team (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sales and Marketing Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Great experience
    -Working on lots of different tasks
    -Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    -Sometimes work odd hours for events


  2. "Sr. Sales Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Circulation Sales in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Circulation Sales in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American City Business Journals full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The job is overall easy if your on the right team. Renewals is the team to be on if you can choose.

    Cons

    Tons of favoritism. Leads are not scrubbed, account executives vs Corporate marketing makes the sale difficult. Agents are expected to sale, scrub leads, make collection Calls, and hover over the time clock to insure your clocked in by the minute.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the job your managing from the sales standpoint. It's a piece a cake to tell an agent how to do their job, but it's different when you know the good, the bad, and the ugly for yourself. Fight for your agents and they will fight for you. If you place your faith more on technology than your agents, you leave your agent without a leg to stand on. If your ever going to compete with a red ventures, it's going to take big bucks. Remember what you invest in your company, your company will produce. Ric Elias has built a sales model so sophisticated that he can tell you how many sales you WILL close out of 10 LEADS based on statistics and algorithms. You can't expect to prosper if you don't take the time to scrub your leads and send quality leads to your troops in the field. Finally, there are two sales teams renewal and breaking news. Renewals agents retire from the company while breaking news agents are terminated or they resign. Figure out why this is true, and trust me I've been on both sides and it has nothing to do with the workload.

  3. "Great jobs, limited opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Editorial
    Former Employee - Editorial
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American City Business Journals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The structure of having local publishers in each of the 40 cities where ACBJ has papers allows for a lot of local control, and minimal bureaucracy.

    Cons

    There is very limited room for advancement within the company.


  4. "Constant change at sr. leadership of my business unit made it impossible to develop a consistent business strategy"

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Sales in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Vice President, Sales in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ownership seems in touch with the changing face of media content delivery and evolve strategically to stay in front of, or on pace with the competition

    Cons

    Some elements of seniority and loyalty to senior leadership across different business units, combined with serious nepotism issues have lead to not always placing the most qualified leaders in charge


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Leaving as soon as I can."

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    Current Employee - Editorial Side
    Current Employee - Editorial Side
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American City Business Journals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great health insurance. Great connections and ability to meet and talk to lots of people in local business community. Benefits are nice...but pay is meh...

    Cons

    Chaos. The company expects more than the market can provide. Worst is the turnover rate. I have been here for a few years and seen over 30 people come and go. Management doesn't care about editorial and only what the ad side can do. No vibrancy in the culture of the company, no emphasis on wellness either.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the culture of your company and all your employees. People spend their life here and they should at least feel like you are grateful that they do.


  6. "My view"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American City Business Journals full-time

    Pros

    Great company, dedicated, loyal employees

    Cons

    Nothing but good things to say

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not a career but a stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American City Business Journals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clients and coworkers on your level are great and most will remain close friends even after you leave. Once you leave this job there isn't much you can't do as its mentally tough.

    Cons

    Management is the worst I've ever experienced. Mainly at the local level. They are mainly pathological liars and if you have a complaint about any of them, just know corporate reviews it then sends to them for review. Next step is you are either being forced to quit as your goals and work life becomes a living hell or they will recruit other managers to embellish or lie to get you fired.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees and be grateful for their hard work while you sit in your office and shop online. Practice what you preach. Lead by example and remember that the handbook also applies to you.

  8. "Surviving"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American City Business Journals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company still largely maintains editorial-sales separations, unlike so many other publishers where there is scant difference.

    Cons

    Like all publications, its efforts to return to the flush days of pre-Internet are less than successful. This leads to fewer hands on deck.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course until someone finds the magic bullet.


  9. "Lack of Leadership, structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American City Business Journals full-time

    Pros

    having trouble finding one...good health insurance

    Cons

    a total joke, complete chaos


  10. "Advertising Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American City Business Journals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The paper is very well respected among the business community for its editorial content and events although almost all of them do not see the print advertising of the paper as effective or a worthwhile investment.

    Cons

    There was a constant turnover before, during and after my time there. Most of the sales reps and ad directors were consistently unable to meet the companies sales goals and objectives and to earn a reasonable income, despite most being very qualified and experienced people. The desperate sales situation and turnover leads to a very poor morale and work environment for the ad sales department.

    Advice to Management

    The senior management team should take a look at your history of sales longevity and figure out why you have such terrible turnover and inability to keep new sales people employed.


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