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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. Helpful (1)

    "Former Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I really can't think of any pros for this company except that you are forced out of your comfort zone.

    Cons

    After putting in about a month of full-time work with no pay, I eventually came to realize that the Campus Special is a joke. They use a lot of manipulation tactics to motivate you and get you work a crazy amount of hours for almost nothing. The fact that they are utilizing a business models that relies almost solely on interns is genius actually. The average intern makes about 2500 over a 12 week period, working full-time. There is no adult human being who would take on a job like that. Avg 2500/480 hours of work= 5.20 an hour. They no that only naive college students could be sold on such a little amount of money for extremely hard work and it clearly works for them. STAY AWAY. We had Facebook pages of my fellow summer 14 interns that said that people were doing work and weren't even getting paid and if they got paid it was never on a timely basis.

    Advice to Management

    You should be ashamed of yourselves for basically using manipulation tactics to motivate young kids to do your dirty work for you for almost no pay.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture, coworkers and task at hand are all pros. Each day is never the same.

    Cons

    Summer season has long hours, but day goes by quickly and the impact you have on those whose shoes you were once in is all worth it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "This company taught me how to step out of my comfort zone and deal with real challenges."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My manager was amazing and extremely supportive of me.

    Cons

    It was difficult to get local businesses on board which was frustrating.


  4. "Underpaid intern for too much work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    Pros

    -Lots of great leadership and sales training
    -Lots of daily support
    -Gain a lot of experience in communicating with business professionals
    -Gain cold sales experience

    Cons

    You are definitely underpaid for the amount of work and time they ask you to do. Often see little to no reward or pay for the amount of work you do. Commission is not the way to get paid.


  5. "Intern Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great, hands-on, quantifiable experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Paid position as a campus rep is a hard thing to come by

    Cons

    Relies heavily on "who you know" that can help you out with distribution

    Advice to Management

    Keep up-- it's awesome that you offer something that college students can gain experience as well as a paycheck from!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "its good IF you can finish"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience. VERY CHALLENGING."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to get your feet wet in the sales world. You learn a lot about dealing wit: leads, old customers, cold calling and negotiation. You get to travel to Chicago for a 3 day conference where you meet hundreds of intern and your supervisor. They try to make your learn ask much as you can during that time about campus special and how to sell the product. The reality is that the time for it is to short to learn everything, but the first week of work you will eventually learn the basics. Overall is a great internship i which i learned so much about sales. It will look good on your resume and probably open doors in the future. Is not an easy internship, but i will pay out in the long term.

    Cons

    The pay sucks only getting commission on sales and most of it will go to pay gas. If you depend on this to pay bills/ rent you better be ready to work really hard.The people that make good money are the ones usually in big markets/city. I was in a small town and it was harder for me and my partner to get business. How much you make will also depend on how much you put each day of work. Nobody is supervising so it is easy to leave early or not go to work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Costs you more to work here than what you get paid"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Trip to Chicago for training
    Learn how to cold-call
    Can basically make your own hours because sales manager lives in Atlanta

    Cons

    The amount of money you'll spend on gas is unreal and there is no compensation
    They expect you to go to 30 businesses a day, but majority of the time business owners aren't in so you never really get to meet with the actual owner
    The product you sell isn't worth the amount they're trying to get you to sell it for.
    It's all trickery, the product really is not that great
    They don't give you adequate training to effectively sell

    Advice to Management

    Have sales managers actually in the city
    STOP TRICKING COLLEGE STUDENTS INTO THINKING THIS IS A GOOD INTERNSHIP


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