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Chicago Marketing Reviews

Updated Aug 1, 2019

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74%
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86%
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Jacob Cline
105 Ratings
  1. Helpful (14)

    "This place is not for college grads from an accredited university"

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    Former Employee - Entry Level Marketing 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Marketing full-time

    Pros

    The training I guess is okay, they teach you what to say for when you go to the stores. The CEO is very good motivational speaker

    Cons

    You have to work your way up from the bottom-nothing wrong with that, but what you have to do isn't worth it. You have to go to a Sam's Club/Costco and try to get shoppers to switch energy/cable providers. The shoppers don't give you the time of day and are just really annoyed with you/think it's a scam. You might as well be a waiter/waitress bc you'll make more money anyways.

    Advice to Management

    Tell people that this is straight up SALES, not marketing. Such a waste of time

    Chicago Marketing2019-01-23

    Chicago Marketing Response

    January 28, 2019Human Resource Director

    Hello, thanks for the feedback. Our CEO is awesome, indeed. :) As noted here, we do work with some big client's (We actually have over 12 National Accounts that we have partnered with) and are proud to work with and for them. With that being said, it sounds like you applied for a ...

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  2. Helpful (5)

    "Promising Comp"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Marketing full-time

    Pros

    The environment is energetic and often spastic, but in general it is a strong company to grow within. The team is supportive, the training is strategic, the opportunity is unique. I appreciate the pay structure, the growth opportunity within the company and the upbeat environment. I ended up being transferred out of state for school sports so I had to leave - other wise I would still be with the comp.

    Cons

    The environment, as I stated before, is a bit spastic. The energy flows spike and dip often but outside of getting used to that - it's a laid back environment.

    Advice to Management

    More one on one training/ mentoring for the new hires and with people trying to move into higher positions.

    Chicago Marketing2018-12-08

    Chicago Marketing Response

    December 15, 2018Human Resource Director

    Hello there and thank you for your review! We hope that you come back to visit soon!

  3. Helpful (5)

    "At first I was skeptical..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Trainer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Marketing full-time

    Pros

    At first I was skeptical because when I went to my interview I saw a lot of fresh faced kids in suits. I'm not ready to be put out to pasture yet, but I'm not exactly a young stallion anymore either, so you can imagine my concern. Irregardless, I needed a job so I thought 'why not, I'll go with it for now'. I didn't realize what sort of affect this would have on my career path. I've been given more opportunity to advance,...

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    Cons

    In the training program there are things you will learn that feel redundant. There were times were I found myself growing impatient because of the simplicity of the lesson...It is unfortunate that these things truly are the foundation of your new career. I had to learn that the hard way and it set me back a few weeks. Being a good student is the most important part of this entire process. It sounds simple but this should...

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    Advice to Management

    More participation in local community events will increase our brand's reputation.

    Chicago Marketing2018-11-27

    Chicago Marketing Response

    November 29, 2018Human Resource Director

    Hi there, thank you for the feedback you have provided. As stated, the process is one that works, as we have perfected our training, our processes and procedures. They evolve as most everything does in our industry at a fast pace, but in the end, the key components to our success ...

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Trainee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Marketing

    Pros

    The atmosphere at the office is usually pretty upbeat. My direct manager is well educated in the business and spends a lot of time coaching and training our team which is helpful since we are given a lot of information up front. It took a lot of studying and extra time to understand the processes. I am about three weeks in and really enjoying the process. Making decent money and excited to see where it takes me.

    Cons

    The schedules are flexible if you know what your limits are a head of time. If you, like me tell them that your schedule is pretty open, they will change your shifts often and last minute. It shows that they trust you to be where you are needed when you are needed but can be frustrating

    Chicago Marketing2018-11-24

    Chicago Marketing Response

    November 29, 2018Human Resource Director

    Hello and thank you for your positive feedback. We are glad that the training is going well for you and that you are taking advantage of the opportunity! We understand that the schedule changes as of late have been a bit frustrating with the weather, holidays and so forth and appreciate ...

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The business model CMI uses is beneficial for the team's growth. I had a chance to meet and work side by side with management and the HR team this past month (Normally in the Sales Field) and got a bigger picture and understanding for the opportunity for growth that is laid out for each person in one way or another. Jacob, the CEO went over his ideas, goals with me personally and I shared mine with him. He literally sat...

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    Cons

    It is a lot of work - just like anywhere else. We are coming to a really busy time in our business and I know it will be a lot of long weeks.... but in the end the reward will be there when my check reflects the work I put in.

    Advice to Management

    Do this more often. It really impacted me, maybe you do this already, but I know that it would be beneficial.

    Chicago Marketing2018-11-15

    Chicago Marketing Response

    November 15, 2018Human Resource Director

    We appreciate your feedback here. Thank you for the positive review. It is obvious that you were impacted by our CEO taking extra time with you to game plan your personal growth here. We train all of our management and leadership to do the same thing with all of our employees. It ...

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  6. Helpful (8)

    "High & Dry"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Marketing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some people were nice and the office is kept clean.

    Cons

    The CEO is rude and condescending. He legit said "I don't want you guys to go out there and make sales so I can have a day off. I want you to go out ther an make sales so I can go on vacation"

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like robots and have more organization when it comes to morning meeting. Also, saying you care is one thing but acting like sales men after saying you aren't is another.

    Chicago Marketing2018-11-29

    Chicago Marketing Response

    December 2, 2018Human Resource Director

    Hi there, we appreciate the feedback. We are sorry to hear that you had a somewhat negative experience here. There are times when jokes and or comments can be taken out of context - and it appears as this is one of those instances. Our CEO is in the office and working in the field ...

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Chicago Marketing part-time

    Pros

    Nice people were really nice

    Cons

    Long hours for 6 days a week

    Chicago Marketing2018-11-20

    Chicago Marketing Response

    November 26, 2018Human Resource Director

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your input. We have a 40-42 hour work week for our full time employees and 25-30 for part time.

  8. Helpful (25)

    "Vendor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Marketing

    Pros

    The people are nice and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Everything! It’s a pyramid scheme! It looks like a nice office but when you start, they finally show you the “office” and it’s just a room. Have to be to the office at 8am for an hour then drive usually far to go to a store. The ad I responded to said 80-85k a year salary. When I was given an offer letter, it said 1 month of training at $600 a week also after 5 sign ups a week, every one after that is plus $150. That...

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    Advice to Management

    Be realistic when hiring and tell people what they’re actually going to be doing instead of making it seem like they’re there to be trained to be a manager when in reality everyone is there for that and you have to open your own office eventually.

    Chicago Marketing2018-11-16

    Chicago Marketing Response

    November 19, 2018Human Resource Director

    Dear Reviewer, Thank you for taking the time to review us, in reference to a pyramid scheme that is an illegal business practice. This means in this business model you pay to work here and make money off people you bring into the company. We do not have anyone pay to work here, ...

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  9. Helpful (26)

    "All Lies!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Consultant in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Marketing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the people are pretty smart, but trust me, it's still not worth it.

    Cons

    They tell you that you will be paid a weekly salary for a full time schedule(40-42.5 hours) but then make you work 50+ including weekends, and tell you to take Wednesday off, like people don't have lives outside of this place. They say that it is not a sales job, and that they do marketing for Fortune 500 companies like Apple, Samsung, and Uber, but you just end up standing in Costco peddling Direct TV and Energy....

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    Advice to Management

    Be upfront in the interview. Tell people they will be forced to work weekends! Tell people that they will just be pushing Direct TV. And tell people this is pretty much a pyramid scheme and that they will never move up out of selling in Costco. The only promotion is the company sends you more gullible people to train. If they had even mentioned one of these things in the three interviews I went to, I would have been...

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    Chicago Marketing2018-11-13
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Inside Sales Rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Marketing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I started at CMI a few months ago. It has been an interesting run thus far. Ebbs and flows are expected when it comes to a new position as I navigated through training and learning the ins and outs of the role. I am still learning as we speak, taking on new responsibilities on a regular basis. I appreciate the ability to grow as my workmanship allows. They somewhat build the position around the individual and their strong...

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    Cons

    The training is thorough but needs some work. There needs to be more one on one training that is on going past the initial 90 days. Management needs to spend more time with the leaders in the office to make sure information is up to date before it trickles down the pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    More time with management for ALL employees

    Chicago Marketing2018-10-17

    Chicago Marketing Response

    October 18, 2018Human Resource Director

    Thank you for your feedback - As leaders in the industry we continue to grow at a quick pace and work hard to make sure each employee has the opportunity for growth as well. The learning curve for each person here differs from the next and we will continue to find ways to cater to ...

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