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Great American Opportunities Reviews

Updated August 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Amazing income potential with the BEST customer service in the industry (in 7 reviews)

  • Flexible Schedule, Great benefits and Help from all who work with the company (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Sales reps are made to pay for prizes and other expenses out of their pockets (in 4 reviews)

  • This job is for the self motivated (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Visalia, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Visalia, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Great American Opportunities part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, nice people

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not Impressed"

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility
    Decent Commissions

    Cons

    Declining Sales and Products to Schools

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Tough Place to work"

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

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great customer service

    Cons

    "8,000" account is confusing, no expenses paid for, you pay for your sales materials (brochures), you pay for your own business cards, very little support from upper management, most schools getting away from selling junk, very low pay

    Advice to Management

    Kevin Hawley needs to go, clueless on how to run a company


  4. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative/Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Representative/Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture- most everyone here would want to share in your success. Always people wanting to help you, share ideas, etc. It has a good schedule, kind of like a teachers schedule, but with longer hours. Above average income for people who possess good work ethic. Good benefits: health, profit sharing, 401k, company stock ownership.

    Cons

    This is about as close to owning your own business as it gets, If you are just looking for a salary job this isn't for you. You pay for your own gas, vehicle, etc. The money you can earn makes up for that though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in new products, technology, hiring new people, etc.


  5. "Rewarding profession helping kids"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Great freedom! Provided you are a hard worker and have a solid territory it is a great job and company.

    Cons

    Really depends on your manager. Mostly all commission so you need to produce.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fundraising Consultant"

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    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.


  7. "Program Director"

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    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.

  8. "Senior Sales Consultant"

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    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


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

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fundraising Consultant"

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    • 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.


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