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Pros
  • A trip to Chicago for the paid training, nice hotel, good food (in 16 reviews)

  • Training conference in Chicago was a great experience and really helped set the stage for the rest of the summer (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • No matter how they put it to you all it is door to door sales (in 8 reviews)

  • Rigid internship structure (set number of weeks/hours), no base compensation for newer, tougher markets (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Campus Special (More than a year)

    Pros

    This company did an amazing job training all new comers to the program. It was a great experience and management did a great job helping us succeed.

    Cons

    The downside of working with Campus special is that it is B2B sales which can be tough for some. You have to be prepared to accept rejection. Also I was selling the advertising in a really bad market where there was a ton of competition


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Former Account Exec intern"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Athens, OH
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Athens, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Campus Special (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interactive managers to help through the process.

    Cons

    Strictly commission.
    Vague training.
    I made only about $100 dollars the entire internship. Yes some people may have made a lot more but the area I was selling to consisted of very small, local business owners who wanted nothing to do with a large advertising company. Those who had worked with Campus Special in the past did not have that great of things to say about the outcome of purchasing advertisement space. Campus Special didn't understand that every university is different. My university culture was rural and small.

    Advice to Management

    Base pay for incentive

  3. "Was a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Campus Special full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the people were great, made life long friends and connections. I've had two jobs since TCS and even though both jobs were at bigger and more well known companies neither are as fun as this one.

    Cons

    it got political after the acquisition and things changed fast and we couldn't keep up. it was better the way it was before all this happened. free food was great even though i gained lbs.

    Advice to Management

    not much i can say, wish things were the way they were before


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Do your research."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Prairie View, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Prairie View, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is an opportunity to get direct marketing and sales experience. Participants also learn to develop people skills, talking points, effective pitches, confidence boosting, perseverance, and goal setting.

    Cons

    If you are in a new market, this can be very difficult. Campus Special seems to do little research on the market. Wear and tear on your car if you are in a large sales area. Very low compensation for the time and effort. No base pay. No personal contact with managers. Meetings are by phone. If you don't meet close to 10k, your market will be scrapped and you have nothing to show for your work. Better off getting an unpaid 20hr internship and a part-time job.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should encourage honesty. They should also be forthcoming and maintain a level of trust with their interns. Should help interns meet realistic sales goals daily.


  5. "Full-time enjoyment with only part-time problems."

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Duluth, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The enthusiasm of the people, the overall high energy of the place and the friendly and team-life environment helped make the rough patches bearable.

    Cons

    The long hours during the summer could be quite grueling. The turnover in the past year was detrimental to those who were still there.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, make wise decisions regarding implementing their changes but communicate in detail regarding changes not made.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "DO NOT DO THIS INTERNSHIP"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Denton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Campus Special (Less than a year)

    Pros

    none, none, none, none, none

    Cons

    manager was fake and picked favorites, was in a terrible market where they expected amazing sales, was lied to multiple times, only made one sale after 3 weeks, phone calls were pointless and a waste of time, wasted countless gallons of gas

    Advice to Management

    STOP LYING TO COLLEGE STUDENTS


  7. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My manager was an awesome dude. Helped us a lot and was very on top of us.

    Cons

    Very, very free. You can literally not work a day if you don't need the money.
    Very difficult also, they are stuck with antiquated forms of advertising that no one wants to buy anymore (coupon books)

  8. "Intern Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Campus Special full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot, really taught me the importance of being self-motivated. Literally long hours but only way to get sales was to work above and beyond 9 to 5.

    Cons

    Almost no work-life balance, they put you in markets that are super hard to sell to (like Pittsburgh) and honestly you barely make any money.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "its good IF you can finish"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Campus Special full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good learning experience, can be challenging.

    Cons

    on your wn, no help

    Advice to Management

    work with your employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience. VERY CHALLENGING."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Managers are always there. Great career partners program. Work hard for them and they work hard for you.

    Cons

    Extremely challenging and time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    More in depth training.


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