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Strategic Value Media CEO Aron Sawyer
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Pros
  • "Good base salary for a first job, but that's the only thing(in 9 reviews)

  • "It's a tough job, have to work hard, make a lot of calls, but you get out of it what you put in(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Making 150-200 calls a day to the same people over and over gets old(in 5 reviews)

  • "Inside sales is not for everyone but everyone who is sales oriented will enjoy this(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Challenging, rewarding and good salary"

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    Current Employee - Sales Director in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Strategic Value Media full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I like that I learn a lot about different industries, different companies. The company sells advertising sites on web sites and print directories in different industries. Benefits of office are: -casual dress code -paid time off -contests and commissions -8-5 (I get in early, stay a little later, management likes that, I get rewarded for that)

    Cons

    A lot of phone calls, about 200 each day, I personally am OK with it, work hard, make more sales, make more money

    Advice to Management

    Have more nights out, have the sales incentive trips, they are so much fun !!

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity for those ready to put in the work."

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    Current Employee - Sales Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Strategic Value Media full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    There has been a lot changing over the previous year at SVM and its all for the better for those who are actually in it to put in an honest days work. All of the negative reviews are likely people that felt like they were owed sales rather than earning them so they probably stopped working hard and then in turn stopped selling as well. With that said the culture in the office has only been improving by subtraction as...

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    Cons

    No free food. Except when the manager Thomas brings in bagels or orders pizza I like that haha.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing in the fresh projects!

  3. "Good Exposure, bad product"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

      I worked at Strategic Value Media full-time

      Pros

      decent salary for entry level sales job and good learning experience

      Cons

      the ads you sell are an absolute joke

    • "Be Motivated To Be Successful"

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      Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Overland Park, KS

      I have been working at Strategic Value Media

      Pros

      -Great Base Salary -Great Benefits and 401k -PTO and Health Benefits -Competitive Environment -Great Branch Manager That Wants You To Succeed. -Additional Training If Needed -Friendly Co-Workers -Different Sales Projects (You Should Never Get Bored Due To Selling Different Industries) -Mon-Fri 8-5. Never Take Work Home With You. -Perfect Way To Begin A Career In Sales

      Cons

      Every job has its cons. This is going to require you to pick up the phone and make a ton of dials. It's up to the employee to adjust and keep the ball rolling. There is no such thing as a perfect job. I'm sure your idea of the perfect job is sitting at home with a cold beer in your hand watching your favorite show while getting paid for doing absolutly nothing. Its easy to find the job that pays for that house, that beer...

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    • Helpful (4)

      "Zero Integrity for The Customers"

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      Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in Raleigh, NC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Strategic Value Media full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      It is true that you only have to work from 8 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday. You will be paid ~$40,000 per year to do so. There is a commission structure, but you have to sell over $200,000 in ads to start making commission and you will make a quarter of the cost of each ad you sell after that point (it will not be prorated to include the first ~$200K). The most popular ads bought are generally in the $350-500 range,...

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      Cons

      If you can get past the fact that you will be worked until your nerves are shot, there is still one insuperable hurdle that you will have to clear, and that is the fact that Strategic Value Media lacks anything that remotely resembles integrity towards the associate members of the trade association buyers guides you are working on. Associate members are professionals who are not a part of the trade association itself...

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      Advice to Management

      Operate with integrity and be open with your customers and employees. Be open in your responses to future reviews as well. You don't want to be the company that bends the truth in Glassdoor responses, only to have future hires realize that you did so after they've been on-boarded. Additionally, if you are going to use scripts, don't include blatant lies in your pre-determined responses.

      Strategic Value Media Response

      February 25, 2019Recruiter

      We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your time at SVM. Our goal is to create a positive experience for all of our employees and we regret that this did not happen in your case. That said, your experience does seem to be an exception as we generally receive very positive and encouraging ...

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    • Helpful (2)

      "Worst job I've had...?"

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

        I worked at Strategic Value Media full-time

        Pros

        Good starting pay, every weekend off, laid back work environment.

        Cons

        First rule of sales: believe in what you're selling. These ads do not work. You're selling the worst possible advertisement and screwing good people over for an outrageous price because they believe you're a part of an association that they love.

        Advice to Management

        Just close the company... It's a joke.

        Strategic Value Media Response

        February 4, 2019Recruiter

        We hate to hear you did not enjoy your experience here. However, your claim that our product does not work is unfounded. The only reason we are able to maintain hundreds of partnerships with industry associations (most of our partners have been with us for years) is that they see ...

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      • Helpful (2)

        "Telemarketing Is hard"

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

        I have been working at Strategic Value Media full-time

        Pros

        Higher base pay than most entry level sales positions Co-workers are friendly

        Cons

        Tedious, dull work Insulted on the phone Don't let anyone fool you, you are definitely a telemarketer.

      • Helpful (8)

        "The Real Truth - A Comprehensive Breakdown"

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

        I worked at Strategic Value Media full-time

        Pros

        Base Salary - $40,000 - You do have opportunities to get raises, however management makes it next to impossible to hit "goals" Good Health, Vision, 401k benefits You get experience selling in many different industries Some company outings. That can be fun. Unlimited alcohol. it does give you experience for much better jobs in the future. The people you work with are all relatively young, and you have...

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        Cons

        Now lets get to the real truth about this company. This is what we would like to describe as a "revolving door". If you are not a superstar epitome of a sales guru don't apply here, and even if you think you are, think again, because even when you begin to do well, if you don't sell in an exponential growth pattern from year to year, they will make sure every day you are miserable until you quit. They do this so that...

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        Advice to Management

        Treat your employees with fairness and respect. Don't play favorites. Give employees the same opportunities as everyone else. Update your product. Stop lying to clients and employees. Have realistic expectations for sales numbers. Be honest about traffic to your website. Make goals attainable. Make commission attainable.

      • Helpful (12)

        "...Where to begin?"

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        Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Strategic Value Media full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Good base salary for a first job, but that's the only thing.

        Cons

        There are so many, it's hard to list. Favoritism, a toxic company culture, dysfunctional executives and management, constant disrespect, demanding your employees lie, and harassing them if they have any sort of feedback to your processes. After being at the company for what's considered a "longer" tenure for their employees, I can honestly say it does not get better here. Get out while you can.

        Advice to Management

        Shut the company down. You are all failing your employees and your customers. This company runs on constant lies and has no respect for the fact that they're conning people out of their money. Not to mention, you treat your employees as if they don't matter. I'm sure someone will respond that this review isn't "representative of SVM's company culture," but that's a lot of BS, too. I am thankful that I had this job,...

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      • Helpful (8)

        "Senior Sales Rep"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Doesn't Recommend
          Positive Outlook
          No opinion of CEO

          I worked at Strategic Value Media

          Pros

          I’ve worked with SVM for almost 6 years in the Overland Park, KC Office. I’ve had some amazing experiences with this company. I’ve had the opportunity to travel, earn a very good living, meet amazing co workers, and learn about different industries. This is a great place to start a career and figure out if sales is right for you. Some of my best memories is going on company incentive trips and having the time of my life-...

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          Cons

          Sales— Think about it. Most people get into sales in order to be rewarded (commission) off the sales that are made. This is not the case with SVM. You will receive a “draw” which is frustrating to hungry sales reps . People who come in and work their take off want to be rewarded off what they accomplish. Every sale you make is going into someone else’s pocket. How is that motivating?? The “base” is tempting- but you...

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          Advice to Management

          Innovate. Adapt. Just because the PSP side of the business worked 10+ years ago, doesn’t mean this divisions needs to operate as such. Invest in your product! Invest in your employees! People are leaving (whether it’s giving up, or simply quitting) for a legitimate reason. It’s not all about how much managements will collect on a $500 sale- reward the sales rep who make those sales. Not with gift cards, but pay those...

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