Professional Sports Publications Reviews

Updated Sep 21, 2020

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Professional Sports Publications President         Jarred Metze (no image)
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84 Ratings
Pros
  • "Solid base salary for new sales reps(in 21 reviews)

  • "Salary and benefits are great for an entry level position(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "phone calls a day is really your job(in 16 reviews)

  • "You need to be motivated in order to be successful at PSP(in 13 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Great Company/ Lots of Incentives"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Professional Sports Publications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Unlike most people who start at PSP, I had 10 years experience with a similar company, as well as other sales companies and I can honestly say I’ve seen good and bad and this is a great company. The starting salary, especially for recent grads with no sales experience is excellent. Hard work is noticed. There are monthly bonuses and quarterly trips for employees that qualify and they are attainable. The potential to make money is there, but you have to want to work. If you work hard you should be able to attain a decent commission within a couple years. The office culture is pretty solid; no political opinions are being forced on you, everyone seems to get along and want to make you feel comfortable. There is a willingness to help from management as well as tenured co-workers on phone calls. Management will give you advice on how to handle certain situations and it is never done in an over the top way to embarrass anyone, it is always handled eye to eye and in a professional manner. I have seen people last here for a very long time that struggled to make sales, but they lasted because they gave the effort to want to improve. In my personal experience, Management has been nothing but honest and straightforward with me, even having to go thru Covid and the unknown with the sports world stopping, there was always an open line of communication. 401k & full benefits. I would definitely say this is an excellent place to work. I couldn’t be much happier.

    Cons

    You have to want to work, in my opinion that is the only Con I can come up with. If you are taking a phone sales job, whether it is here or somewhere else, you have to dial the phone, there is no way of avoiding that. If you want just sit in your seat and collect a paycheck this isn't the place for you.

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  2. "Great place to start out of college."

    4.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Collections Representative in Elmont, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Professional Sports Publications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    -Offer good benefits including healthcare, 401K and paid time off

    Cons

    -Limited room to grow and advance -Massive lay offs because of COVID19


  3. "Good company to start a sales career. Requires a positive attitude and teaches you how to overcome/handle rejection"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Professional Sports Publications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Solid base salary for new sales reps. Potential to increase that quickly over time with success.

    Cons

    Tough to attain consistent commission. Top tier of sales reps see reward, but doesn't always correlate directly to amount of money they make over less successful peers who are happy with their base pay and not striving for more.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good job If you're money hungry and don't care about company culture"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ad Sales Director in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Professional Sports Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you do not mind being on the phone all day. Despite there being negatives, the positives outweigh or negate the negatives. There are plenty of opportunities to make a lot of money including bonuses and commission on top of a generous salary. There are also incentives where if you reach a certain quota you will be taken on an all-expenses-paid trip. You also don't have to take your work home with you. The company offers a reasonable benefits package. Certain executives will help and constructively critique you.

    Cons

    This job can be an ethical dilemma for some people. You WILL NOT be selling sports all year. You will be required to sell guides that have nothing to do with what most people believed they signed up for and the recruiter/hiring manager will most likely not tell you this. It is also important that you understand what the salary and how a draw works, the recruiter/hiring manager probably will not explain this to you properly. You are required to take lunch at certain hours and there is no flexibility for when you can come and leave. You are treated like a high schooler and micromanaged. There is not a lot of room for growth despite the opportunity for money.

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    Professional Sports Publications Response

    Recruiter

    Thanks very much for your feedback. While we certainly agree there are numerous opportunities to succeed here, you assertion that we are anything but exceedingly candid in the interview process about 1) how commission works and 2) the fact that while our properties are disproportionately sports, some of our properties are non-sports, is ludicrous. I can tell you first hand that this is a major point of emphasis with our our recruiting department. Recruiters are instructed in no uncertain terms that they MUST cover these topics with full transparency in interviews. In fact, most candidate who are hired must go through 2 or 3 interviews, and they hear the same message 2 or 3 times. No one who works here can say the commission was not explained clearly or that they were not aware of the of the non sports properties we represent. Obviously, the lion's share of our properties are in the sports world (hundreds of colleges, conferences, events, and and professional teams). However, we hire people who are passionate about selling advertising regardless of the medium. This fact is central in our messaging to candidates. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply not true.

  5. "Call Center"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - National Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Professional Sports Publications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Younger staff so a lot of coworkers the same age, going through the same struggles

    Cons

    Call center - had to make 250+ calls a day and selling outdated "promo packages" for ad space

  6. "Honest Review"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Professional Sports Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I read some of the reviews and they are so ridiculous.  PSP sells advertising space over the phone.  PSP sells advertising in the souvenir publications that are available at college and professional sports games. They also sell advertising in various guides that are not sports related, ie, Hospital, Military, school and Ports.  It is tough, and many people don't succeed.  Rather than look at themselves, they want to blame PSP.  I will not do that, I will tell you about my experience.  PSP is my first job out of college, been working since May 2019.  In my first year, I went to Cancun on a company paid for trip and also hit three $500 monthly sales incentives and one $1,000 incentive. That is on top of the salary I get paid. Although sports is in the name of the company, I like that I get to sell ads in various products, it gives me exposure to a lot of different experiences and industries. PSP gives all their employees the tools needed to succeed. The training prepares you for what you will experience when making phone calls. Management truly cares and wants to see employees succeed. Management encourages you to learn and ask questions. Great work life balance. Very competitive starting salary, health benefits and matching 401K

    Cons

    Can take a while to get comfortable on the phone. Most people do not hit the numbers needed to earn commission in first year, normally takes at least one full year to hit the commission numbers. Turnover is high. It's sometimes a competitive environment.

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  7. "YOU GET WHAT YOU PUT IN"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Director in Elmont, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Professional Sports Publications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Hard work and dedication is always rewarded. Opportunities to earn additional money are omni-present. Leads are always supplied and help is always offered.

    Cons

    The rejection that comes with sales, especially at this level, can be hard to handle. Balancing the ups and downs can be a challenge.

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  8. "The Truth about PSP"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Professional Sports Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I read some of the reviews, and I am going to tell you the real deal about PSP. Working at PSP is a tough job, but if you are competitive, work hard, want to make money, it's a great place to work. I hit monthly incentives, made a few company incentive trips (all expenses paid) made some good friends. -Health Benefits -Paid time off -Company matching pension -Casual dress code -Corporate nights out -Management is hands on, they will help you succeed -Reps can work out of offices in different cities if they want

    Cons

    -Turn over is high, many reps are not successful and either move on or are let go -Can be repetitive, have to make 200 plus calls a day

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  9. "Overall A Good Starting Place for Graduates"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Professional Sports Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - great work/life balance, you never take your work home - the people are awesome. in my years there I met some really amazing people. they make work better every day and you make really close relationships - base salary is good for sales industry - incentive trip opportunities -monthly bonuses

    Cons

    - its exactly what you'd think: 200+ phone calls a day is really your job. it can be grueling work. sometimes you don't mind it and sometimes it can really get you down. it really just depends on your perspective and how you look at it day to day. - no room for growth. there is no higher level to get to besides making commission at the end of the year. - management micro manages from time to time. checking call numbers listening to calls etc - outdated sales programs and phones

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  10. "good money"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ad Sales Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Professional Sports Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great salary, fun young environment

    Cons

    sketchy, meaning both the job and management

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