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Great American Opportunities CEO Aaron Lynn
Aaron Lynn
5 Ratings
Pros
  • "That being said, this is not a "work from home" business(in 5 reviews)

  • "Amazing income potential with the BEST customer service in the industry(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "You also have to pay for prizes(in 3 reviews)

  • "All sales reps were informed that they would now be independent reps(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Field Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for and very rewarding for thise willing to get up and go to work every day sd well as put in the time to research their market and target accounts. The company’s offers the best programs making it easier to be confident when pitching programs to prospects.

    Cons

    Commission is not quite as good as what competitors offer, but most others do not offer salaries either. Also, it isn’t the requirement of the FSM to provide all rewards for the programs, and depending on the territory and clients you work with as well as the competition in the area, the FSM May be responsible for paying for these items 100% which cuts into the commission you earn.

  2. Flexible

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      Former Employee - Sales 

      I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time

      Pros

      Flexible, rewarding, set own schedule, can make good income

      Cons

      Expenses out of pocket. No local support

    • Helpful (14)

      Run

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      Current Employee - Sales Representative 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Used to be a truly Christian/Family based company but change in leadership over the years has lead to the total collapse of a great company.

      Cons

      Down to no products other than trying to use charitable organizations like kids with cancer as a profitable target market. Just blindsided their sales force, customer care and warehouse personnel by taking away their lively hood.

      Advice to Management

      Look in the mirror and try and remember what Spencer Hays said!

    • Helpful (5)

      Don’t do it.

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      If you’re an evil villain and you’re looking for material for your next mission, you can find great ideas from the higher ups.

      Cons

      The salespeople are great. Managers are also great. The higher ups (CEO, board) decided to blindside all the loyal employees who work so hard for their schools by taking away insurance, forcing them to be 1099s, taking away all but 4 product offerings starting next school year, and refusing to give any information. Unacceptable

      Advice to Management

      Your employees really care about their schools and their customers. Show them the same respect.

    • Helpful (9)

      You do not want to work here

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      Current Employee - Office Administrator in Nashville, TN
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      None. There are literally none.

      Cons

      Administration is greedy, ruthless and will straight lie to your face.

    • Helpful (8)

      Great American should be avoided

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      Current Employee - Field Sales Manager 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      There are no good reasons to work at GAO

      Cons

      GAO did a company wide phone call Thursday, Jan 31. All sales reps were informed that they would now be independent reps. At the same time all health insurance was canceled. Reps were told that they can now just sign up for insurance under Cobra. Most people’s out of pocket for family coverage will go from $600 a month to $2200 a month. The product line has been cut from a full line of fundraising products to...

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    • Helpful (2)

      Territory Manager

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      Current Employee - Territiry Manager 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Flexible schedule, Great customer service

      Cons

      Management gives little direction, sink or swim mentality.

    • Helpful (4)

      Sales Representative

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

      I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Flexible Hours Primarily work for yourself Will be plenty of territories to be filled

      Cons

      Management structure is very poor. Managers run own territory and no time for help in the busy season and very little training other than a 3 day cram session in Nashville. They will pressure you for more sales as that is how they "earn" their salary as managers. Because of this territories are up for grabs at best and the managers scramble to pick up territory as it is more money in their pocket. Therefore, your territory...

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      Advice to Management

      I have faith new management has the ability and potential to turn some of these issues around however it will take some drastic mid management overhaul and not sure they are up for that challenge or battle.

    • Not for everyone, but it is for me!

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      Current Employee - Sales Representative in West Palm Beach, FL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Flexible schedule and make your own hours, I get to help teachers. there are bonuses and incentive trips on top of our commission. Great support from team and management. A lot of reps are share holders and are more than happy to help if you reach out. Even if you aren’t on their team! Very team oriented. GA frequently hires teachers and is willing to train teachers to learn sales skills. A lot of them are really...

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      Cons

      Must be self motivated, it’s simple job but you will get “no’s” from teachers so you must have THICK skin or be willing to grow calloused. You have to meet a lot of people and make a lot of calls. Ten people a day is expected when you start. Your business starts from zero your first year and grows exponentially afterward. A lot of new people who are successful are the ones who reach out to the veteran reps who are...

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    • Live Chat Rep

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Worked for a well known client, adding international cell phone features for those traveling abroad. Learned a lot about the cell phone industry. Job was work from home. And it was pretty easy to earn $$ with adding the features once you became familiar with everything. Not sure if it's still set up that way though.

      Cons

      At the time, there were no slots for day-time hours & the impression was given that only those with seniority had the ability to request preferred shifts; other than that I would've remained.

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