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Great American Opportunities Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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  1. "Senior Sales Consultant"

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

    I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time

    Pros

    Great company for which to work. Very family oriented. You get to make your own schedule and work when it works for your life.

    Cons

    Don't enjoy cold calling and delivery day mishaps.

    Advice to Management

    Improve in technology and deliveries


  2. "Fundraising Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time

    Pros

    Fun and exciting atmosphere. Great incentive trips and prizes

    Cons

    You spend slot of money on prizes and gas with no expense reimbursement.


  3. "Program Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time

    Pros

    Have the ability to completely manage your time. The freedom is addictive. You create your own schedule and book your own appointments.

    Cons

    The company does not have a CRM. You have to pay out of pocket for things like that. You also have to pay for prizes. In the beginning you need to have a lot of deals to make any money. At least 50-60 contracts in the Fall and another 50-60 in the spring. Commission is about 20%. You can also get growth bonuses which is great. You would make between 50-60k with that many deals. Reps who've been in the business for a long time will make significantly more with that amount of deals.

    Advice to Management

    Get a CRM.


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  5. "This company truly cares about its employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You never have to feel like you're in a box. You can create your own opportunities and get rewarded for them. All you have to do is communicate with the management.

    Cons

    No cons. But don't expect to sit around checking Facebook. You are there to work and there is plenty of it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great insurance and benefits going.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fundraising Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fundraising Consultant in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Fundraising Consultant in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big pro-working for a company whose primary focus is helping schools, students, & teachers reach their goals & enrich the educational experience of our youth; it's a job you feel great about, with purpose & fulfillment. As a mother and wife, this job also offers invaluable flexibility. As a professional, unlimited financial potential-you are recognized and rewarded for your work. As an individual and team player-you control your schedule, and are backed by a top-notch rep support team. I have yet to encounter an individual within the company who has not been fully supportive and encouraging. Great benefits and incentives. Fun & ever-changing environment; you're definitely never stuck/bored in an office from 9-5.

    Cons

    You must be a self-starter to be successful in this job. While you do have the support and training from management and fellow coworkers, there is no "clocking in" on a day-to-day basis. You really do determine your own schedule and success. If you feel that kind of freedom may be problematic for you personally, then this may not be the career for you.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fundraising Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fundraising Consultant in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Fundraising Consultant in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Great benefits and Help from all who work with the company.

    Cons

    You are depending on Children and Sponsors on succeeding, for your commission.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Waterfall Hybrid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, using relevant technologies.

    Cons

    TFS, Waterfall business model, needs work with processes and some technological choices

    Advice to Management

    better define teams and give ownership to those teams for projects/products - IE get more agile. Hire QA.


  9. "Fundraising Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great flexibility with work schedule. Variety of fundraising programs to offer schools and youth groups. Outstanding customer service and rep team.

    Cons

    Sales reports are never update to date. You have to constantly manually manage your own numbers. For being one the largest fundraising companies, they are still behind on the technology.


  10. "Great People & Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Product Manager in Lebanon, TN
    Current Employee - Marketing Product Manager in Lebanon, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great American Opportunities (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ability to make a difference for others.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance could be better


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Far from Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work out of your home, flexible schedule, work with administrators and parents. Fantastic people in Customer Service

    Cons

    -Work long hours to be successful 60-80 hours
    -Territories very limited
    -Pay your own expenses (don't but their double talk how expense are paid for)
    -Car Allowance only if you hit unrealistic goals (only 10% of employees enjoy full benefit)
    -Uncaring and incompetent upper and middle management
    -Summer meetings IN MIAMI- WTH!
    -Stock Program that is a Ponzi schedule and has been questioned in open court- See North Carolina Ruling
    -Serioulsy declining industry
    -Closed minded Marketing Department
    My advice do not join this company, you will be sorry!

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a top to bottom culture change. The company started to decline over the past four years but since Kevin Hawely took over as president that decline has been accelerated. Advice to the Board of Directors? Replace Kevin Hawley with someone form the outside.

    Great American Opportunities Response

    Aug 9, 2016

    How many jobs today allow a person to make great income, while enjoying 3-5 weeks off a year? It's likely that any job where someone works 60-80 hours they would be successful, yet hundreds of our ... More



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