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BDS Marketing Reviews

Updated May 23, 2018
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Pros
  • Pay is good for the type of work (in 10 reviews)

  • they're very good with flexible schedule, in terms of management their really great (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Not full time more promotions in Houston (in 14 reviews)

  • Everybody who is part time gets thier hours dropped every year (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "A Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDS Marketing full-time

    Pros

    A supportive manager who is very responsive

    Cons

    I have no cons to report


  2. "Lots of Training Videos to watch."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can make your own schedule

    Cons

    Not sure yet. Crash course from training videos. Which they pay a set amount regardless of the time you put in. Some of their videos wouldn't run or got stuck in the middle and you don't get paid for your time trying to make your tech fit in all the different versions of training videos they produced over the years.

  3. "Ahh ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDS Marketing full-time

    Pros

    Freedom for the most part

    Cons

    No chance to move up


  4. "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDS Marketing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The agency itself it phenomenal!

    Cons

    The clients sometimes make things extremely difficult


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad for some one with less than ambitious dreams"

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    Former Employee - Market Team Lead in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Market Team Lead in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BDS Marketing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Semi flexible scheduling, Meet lots of people, work independently, no sales, high turnover means that you can show your worth earlier

    Cons

    Exempt Salary= no paid overtime, you will work more than 45 hours a week
    Car allowance= no mileage no matter where you drive. The car allowance will not cover gas and maintenance. So be prepared to drive 2-3 hour trips in one day as they are not fond of getting hotels unless you are working a lot in one area. Be prepared to drive 500 - 1000 miles a week.
    High Turnover= as a Market Team Lead you will be filling in for reps that leave constantly. BDS is not interested in change to make people want to stay, they just care about getting the job done so you will get work loaded on you.

    Advice to Management

    If you are happy with the high turnover then you do not need to change.

    If you want want to keep good people that you have in the field, take care of them. It sounds simple but seeing 10 people leave in 8 months means the program and BDS is not compassionate about the reps in this market. Be honest with MTLs during the interview and tell them that they will be worked 50 hours a week and expected to drive 500-1000 miles a week to fill in.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "brand ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDS Marketing part-time

    Pros

    No manager on site and decent pay

    Cons

    long repetitive reports, weekend work


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Really Misleading"

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    Current Employee - Break Fix Merchandiser in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Break Fix Merchandiser in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BDS Marketing part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get a very low paycheck every two weeks, and if you use NetSpend it will deposit on wednesdays at 12am.

    Cons

    They accuse everybody of stealing at some point, regardless of wether that is true or not. Which makes it very hard to discern who is actually stealing from the cases- especially when there is a theft ring locally on all BEATS by Dre Displays. Thier locks are stolen repeatedly in Walmart Locations- and even thier INVUE Best Buy locks are broken on brand new displays within months of installation. Some security features are already broken when the displays are setup, but they are repeatedly left that way with no real fundamental resolution.

    I've escalated this to Best Buy management in multiple locations- and to Apple directly, and to BDS- and there has been no resolution. Just to direct the store to order a new lock repeatedly- while they are still being stolen without tools, bare hands, walking out bleeding themselves trying to steal.

    On top of that- it would seem that nobody that works for them really wants to work for them, even thier trainers warn well in advance that the job 'isn't for everyone'. What they really truly said was, they won't pay you for all of your mileage no matter what you do- wether local or travel, and often they short your hours via thier 'law of averages system' for admin time and for your instore hours.

    They advertise thier pay at 12.50 per hour for tech/break fix merchandising but then they tell you two weeks later you will only be making ten dollars per hour for on the road time, .35 per mile reimbursement for mileage, and then 11.00 per hour merchandising MOST of the time, because there isn't 'that' much break fix work to go around.

    The visits are all less than 30 minutes, sometimes an obvious barely 15 minutes needed to complete in one store- but you have then driven for over an hour to get there, which makes it financially unstable as a job choice.

    They also tell you that you get insurance several times in training, but then when you need health insurance it becomes obvious that they only give it to those who are working 30 hours or more every week for a year- which is rare in this job.

    Most people work an average of 15 hours per week or less sometimes. Everybody who is part time gets thier hours dropped every year. Nobody can actually achieve those standards for insurance.

    CATCH 22: once you are working with them then you disqualify for insurance through the STATE in most states, and therefore cannot get health insurance.

    Though most stores are reasonable about the process- and can be friendly, nobody really talks to you or cares why you are there or what you are doing, until you have been quietly doing your job without disrupting anybody for months- and so they think that you are stealing.

    WARNING: They fire almost every person that they hire in break fix, 3 or 4 people in a row, literally seasonally hiring and firing. Wether the person has stolen or not. Even if the items in question were just simply trash from the display.

    (they don't really want anybody working here in this position, and nobody stays in it long enough to actually earn a living because they can't)

    They pay is literally that low- if you consider the cost of being on the road and the fact that they are not ever going to cover the cost of repeated weather and pot hole damage.

    Advice to Management

    Don't run your company from a nice sunny state, where there is never freezing or thawing, or huge gargantuan pot holes. It makes it appear that you are in sunny california, probably getting high- and not paying attention to anything at all.

    1) TRUST the people who are doing GOOD WORK. and THANK THEM.

    2) VERIFY that they are actually doing thier job, properly.

    3) DON'T EVER ACCUSE ANYBODY OF STEALING WHO IS NOT TRULY FOR SURE STEALING FROM YOU.

    4) There is only one way to manage a team remotely without being a creepy person yourself about it, and it's to STAY PROFESSIONAL.

    IF the people you're hiring into management can't do those things, you don't need to put them into a nice cushy management job, move them across the country, or anything else.

    The way you're handling things costs your company, and all of your clients thousands of dollars which could be readily saved by just being PROFESSIONAL.

    Unfortuneatley it costs your reps hundreds of dollars, and they can't afford your mistakes.

    :( Read your reviews. :( You're going to loose your contracts. It doesn't take an MBA to know- if things are not handled with professionalism it's going to kill your biggest contract.

    BEST BUY

    they don't like it when you do that either! Ask them. Be Upfront. It's not your reps that are the problem. It's how you're handling them all nationwide.

    A REALLY GOOD MANAGER ALREADY KNOWS THAT.

    (and to be fair, managers are not perfect people- but they are humans too!)

  8. "Assisted Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BDS Marketing part-time

    Pros

    Great position if you need flexibility.

    Cons

    Position works on a seasonal basis, so expect downtime.


  9. "Good Job, tough work, good pay, bad communication"

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    Current Employee - Merchandising Specialist II in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Merchandising Specialist II in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BDS Marketing part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Setting your own hours. Pay is good for the type of work.

    Cons

    Work varies and travel is harsh. The call orders are too generic and often don't match the work to be done in store. Expected to call both FOM and support with near every issue, people get tired of you calling them. The promise of moving up seems to have not been real. Management has no problem writing emails that refer to reps as "lazy". Training is almost non-existent, you must be a self starter to do this job.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more.


  10. "Retail Manager"

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    Current Employee - Retail Manager
    Current Employee - Retail Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BDS Marketing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Autonomy. Flexibility. Growth opportunity. Great people.

    Cons

    no tuition assistance. no food in breakroom.

    Advice to Management

    increase the already good level of transparency.


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