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Tom James Company Reviews

Updated August 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Work with great people in a fun, but hard working environment (in 11 reviews)

  • You can make a lot of money but you spend most of your time traveling to meetings (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • little to no work/life balance in the beginning (in 11 reviews)

  • Long hours initially and unbalanced work life (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "sales representative"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tom James Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    there is not job that will give you the satisfaction & reward than this one; if you work hard, you will do well. It's all about what you put in. Its a great opportunity. If you want a job that everyone is granted the same opportunity and growth is made by your work ethic & not who you know or what you know; the is for you! the company will always support you no matter what you do & it is the most positive environment you could ever be in. If you have the ambition to make 500 k or even 1 million per year, you can; but its up to you & you have to be willing to take care of your clients

    Cons

    its a hard deal! you have to be willing to work and a lot of people are not. There no free lunches... the days that are hard, are indeed, hard... but the days that are great are great. The days that suck, suck. but overall, the pros out way the cons

    Advice to Management

    treat your office staff like they are as important as your sales people bc they are! each office is a team; they all have different roles, but it takes the entire team to get where you are going.


  2. "OK place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tom James Company full-time

    Pros

    Lots, lots of alone time

    Cons

    Not enough foot traffic or customers

  3. "constantly annoying people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Tom James Company part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    you are in control of how much you make and set your own schedule

    Cons

    no salary, constantly phoning and emailing

    Advice to Management

    there needs to be some sort of base pay for everyone, especially because such expensive clothing is not a need and can be hard to sell


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tom James Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very family oriented. PTO for part time. There seems to be a genuine concern for employees. Many bonus and trip opportunities that can be achieved if you are persistent and diligent. Management is hardworking and very loyal. 401k contribution matching. Hard work gets noticed and appreciated.

    Cons

    Tom James is growing so fast that they can hardly adjust to the growth. There is so much emphasis on sales team growth that the support staff is neglected. Support staff is not generally included in bonus opportunities, stock options or trips. Offices can feel segregated between sales team and administrative staff.

    Advice to Management

    Support staff is the back bone to the success of Tom James offices around the country. When planning company growth, look at the entire office and not just the sales department and the sales people. Support staff is vital, but often left behind.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Leader"

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    Current Employee - Sales Leader in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Leader in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Tom James Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    No ceiling on the opportunity both from a business clientele building perspective and from a personal growth perspective. The company provides excellent training and support from assisting in the growth of the individual during their formative years! Equity positions to everyone who hit performance levels. Privately held company where the company's stock has grown over 14% since 1974.

    Cons

    Hard work, direct sales, so it is not for those who are unclear as to their high goals. It is a clientele building business so, it takes patience to build.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for helping my family and myself!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Professional Clothier"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Tom James Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Enjoyed writing down my goals daily, things I was grateful for, etc. (this will not be taught by other employers)
    - Great full selling cycle experience
    - You build your own clientele (con - when you leave everyone fights over who gets who)
    - You can make great money if you're willing to have no life
    - Great people succeeding

    Cons

    - I would never in my life recommend this job to anyone, it was the most miserable year of my life
    - People are cool, but there's a lot of company gossip/drama
    - Terrible management
    - Absolutely no work life balance (even a doctors appointment is frowned upon)
    - Expected to work weekends
    - Be prepared to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the office and sometimes leave almost at 10pm (or later)
    - You need a car for appointments
    - Way more growth elsewhere
    - Expectations from poor management are high
    - When you quit people don't want to see you succeed elsewhere

    Advice to Management

    - People will stay when you create a work life balance policy and have way less office drama. Learn to be professional, Tom Jane lacks that.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Personal Growth"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tom James Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I am an better Father , Husband. over all a better person because of my career at Tom James.
    The leaders of this company have spent most of their time developing me as a person vs trying to get me to sell more. Therefore, I have grown personally every year of my life. At the same time I have grown my income every year .

    Cons

    You get out what you put in. Ultimately you are responsible for your success here.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Different from most sales jobs."

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    Current Employee - Clothier
    Current Employee - Clothier

    I have been working at Tom James Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong office culture in which people support each other to succeed at the highest level. Most people in the office have a very abundant mentality. The opportunity to work with highly successful business owners and learn from your clients what makes them successful.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations about the amount of work necessary to build a clientele and strong business.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Rep"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tom James Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company let you follow seasoned salespeople for three months to gather referrals. There is an endless pool of resources to help us succeed.

    Cons

    Very similar to running your own business

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with the level of work required to succeed


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for- just wasn't for me!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tom James Company full-time

    Pros

    Teaches you confidence in sales
    Leader devotion to new beginners
    Training Program
    Fun Trips
    Good Money for entry-level job

    Cons

    Stopping people on the street to get a business card
    Having management follow you around and take over your work for you
    Feels door-to-door with having to drop into businesses coldly

    Advice to Management

    Management was great...always took the time to sort things out with you. Possibly tone down the heat in the beginning, this job is overwhelming and expectations are really high for the first couple of months.


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