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Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Able to work from home and flexible schedule (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits; community involvement; good office environment (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work from home was left out of everything (in 4 reviews)

  • In 10 years there have been 3-4 lay offs and put up for sale once (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, friendly and helpful coworkers, and generous benefits. There is always more to learn and opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    I currently have nothing negative to say about this company. It can be busy at times, but it is manageable and resources are available to you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep of the great work!


  2. "Graphic artist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work from home. A lot of changes going on.
    Used to have great celebrations now nothing.
    Good insurance and benefits and used to give great bonuses. Mgmt got that.

    Cons

    No communication. Work from home was left out of everything. Would never go back, after 20 years. Could increase pay never made what outside made.

    Advice to Management

    Quit the 'clicks' in mgmt and customer service needs training on how to talk to people. Probably going to fail but good luck.

  3. "Horrible, run by ego maniac, Hyper micro-management, lies to all new employees. Tons of employee turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work hours somewhat flexable, office staff often verbally abused from management

    Cons

    company usually shorts your commisions, they will chisel you out of anything they can

    Advice to Management

    stop letting current management abuse good people


  4. "General"

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

    I worked at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility , income potential , branding, recognition

    Cons

    No support , expensive, bad reputation, area


  5. Helpful (1)

    "2017"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Older company, reputation as largest direct mail company

    2. State of the art VMC (Valpak Manufacturing Center), no other facility like it for the production of coupons. Has a distinct uniqueness.

    3. Established distribution methods of product (mail system), time tested and effective

    Cons

    1. No job stability at this time. Company purchased by Platinum Equity from Cox, details of sale dubious and unverifiable. I think Valpak pays more out in severance packages than in bonus's.

    2. Massive layoffs recently in MANY different departments. Employee seniority, performance have little value. Platinum Equity, the new owners, reading their history, seem a bit ruthless and are only interested in flipping the company in 3 - 5 years, so they're only interested in SEVERELY minimizing costs to show profitability.

    3. Industry (Direct Mail) has a questionable future. Not sure if the market can sustain that industry model in todays advertising environment.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to give. Platinum Equity doesn't seem like the type of business to take advice from anyone. They'll simply do what their business history has done for years.


  6. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time

    Pros

    Print isn't sexy, but it works.

    Cons

    Advertising in general has a high turnover rate with clients.


  7. "Speed Bumps Ahead"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The who work there are very genuine.

    Cons

    Ownership changes at the beginning of the year has resulted in many fast and drastic changes.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.

  8. "Sale Executive"

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

    I have been working at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good company. Support is good.

    Cons

    100% commission...you just need to be a person that can self manage.


  9. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great leadership and the teamwork within departments is outstanding. The culture is friendly and family oriented.

    Cons

    Currently under major changes regarding organizational chart and systems. The next year will be challenging to morale and team efforts

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eye on the culture and morale. Sometimes acknowledgement and providing time for venting and feedback is crucial to retaining great employees.


  10. "Valpak of Long Island Franchise"

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

    I worked at Valpak Direct Marketing Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Product recognition. Corporate support for sales in print and digital platforms outstanding.

    Cons

    Unfortunately success depends on being able to open new accounts and retaining them Direct mail has been declining for years. Online advertising is already out selling print.
    Although Valpak corporate recognizes the eminent threat . Locally owned franchise owners have their own agenda. In Long Island the owner interests are to milk this Franchise for himself and family till the cow is dry. Turnover one of the highest of Franchise net work . Owner keeps churning for himself . Cant make money move on.

    Advice to Management

    Success in building a business means letting Sales people make money too!


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