Great American Opportunities Reviews

Updated Jan 9, 2021

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2.4
32%
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Great American Opportunities President Aaron Lynn (no image)
Aaron Lynn
15 Ratings
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  • "All sales reps were informed that they would now be independent reps(in 5 reviews)

  • "There have been some people that have worked for GAO for 15 years(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Field Sales Manager"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 5 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. "Good company"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, great leaders, caring

    Cons

    Not innovative, does not know how to keep ahead of changing times

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  3. "Not for everyone."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Make your own schedule is a perk!

    Cons

    If you do work with micromanagement. This job is not for you!

  4. "Great American Opportunities Fundraising"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Controllable working hours, work from home, summers off and winters (if you want). Exciting and fun. Creative ideas can flourish.

    Cons

    Low quality products - both the food and the retail goods. Dying industry in California. Better success in the South and mid-west regions of the USA

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  5. "Sales Rep"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Sales 

    I have been working at Great American Opportunities full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours , create your own schedule

    Cons

    bad communication and management, treated reps poorly when company fell

  6. "Running old business model"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Fundraising Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Corporate sales service reps were very nice and very helpful and always went above and beyond

    Cons

    business model was out of date.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyable job, lack of guidance"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Fundraiser 

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time

    Pros

    I really loved the type of clientele I worked with

    Cons

    There was not much support due to the fact that my managers were out of town and running their own fundraising campaigns.

  8. "Aweful"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales 

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Hours flexible at the time

    Cons

    Kept commissions confusing , no loyalty to employees, poor management

  9. "Company was amazing until the uppers ran it into the ground."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Before January 31st I would have a list a mile long.

    Cons

    Management and CEOs are a joke. They ran this company into the ground and then basically blamed the restructuring on the employees and sales reps. You can work 80 hours a week to keep your teams afloat to never receive any good feedback. Management is always in a mood and basically non existent with the employees that are left. CEO is more worried about the other Southwestern companies than the #1 fundraising company in the US. Well, GAO used to be #1 until the uppers and management dug the grave. Stay away from this place. They are the most unappreciative company. Spencer Hayes would have NEVER let this happen! What’s dome is done and it was shady but Southwestern Fundraising will crash the same way due to the “uppers”.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Outside sales consultant"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser in Nashville, TN
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Great American Opportunities full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Make own hours and build your own schedule

    Cons

    Where do I start. When being hired they tell you your base salary.... that isn’t anywhere close to what you will be paid after out of pocket costs for miles on your car ( you will go way over what they plan for ), the materials you hand out for free, and the prizes you give away. Also don’t believe them when they tell you your territory during the interview process( I was told one state then all my accounts were over an hr away)

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