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  1. "Very high turnover rate..."

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay in comparison to other entry level sales jobs. Coworkers all worked together very well.

    Cons

    Your job was on the line every day. One day a "hero" next day a "zero".

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the long term success of employees and be reasonable about the real potential of sales in a down economy. Be more fair in distribution of canvas's, meaning one person shouldn't be give all the prime big money accounts and others receive lots of small potential accts.


  2. "Sales Rep"

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

    I worked at The Talking Phone Book full-time

    Pros

    There are none for this company.

    Cons

    Management's only concern is money.

    Advice to Management

    Get a heart.

  3. "Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers. Depending on assignment you can make good money.

    Cons

    Everything. Your job is threatened every single day.

    Advice to Management

    Find some compassion. Your employees are actual people.


  4. "Very disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Directory Manager 2006 in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Directory Manager 2006 in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Talking Phone Book full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Usually a good starting salary. They may only plan on paying it for a few months.

    Cons

    In spite of making sales goals, you will likely be removed from your position without cause. I was the 4th person to take a mid level management job in an office that had only been established for 3 years. If it were only my story, not worth mentioning. Unfortunately, I observed them do this to numerous individuals who had been relocated only to be removed from the position in less than a year.

    Advice to Management

    If there is anyone left in the industry that would consider going to work for you, it would be wise to treat them better than the miriad of people you've jacked with.


  5. "TPB"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hours of business, casual environment

    Cons

    Low pay, management not open to new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Quality costs money


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Expect to be frustrated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Hours of business - 8:30-4:30. Casual Dress.

    Cons

    Constant, non-sensible strategies from senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Spend a day doing what you ask your employees to do.


  7. "Worst Place I have ever worked. Longest hours everm for the least amount of money!"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn a real strong sales approach. They teach the "old school" selling method. The totally micro manage, so if you are not organized they will make you organized.

    Cons

    They play a total mental game with you. The consistantly use scar tackets to push you to close business. They run the office much like the milatary, if you are one minute late coming in the morning or for your afternoon check back in you get written up, even if you were writing business. They also will require you to come in early and work late, even saturday if the team is not where they need to be. They will not make exceptions to this, even if you have children or a commitment you cant get out of. For several weeks, I was working 12 hour days 5 days a week and 5 hours on Saturday in the office. There is also a ton of take home work that you have to do during non selling hours. Worst job ever!!! They never use positive reinforcement, it is always negative.

    Advice to Management

    Be positive instead of trying to scare everyone into selling. Management at the local level is nothing but glorified babysitters.