Sales Rep (Former Employee), Atlanta, GA – February 10, 2013
Pros: flexible schedule, lots of support materials and training from corp. offices
Cons: ramp-up is tough, toxic work environment (atlanta office), internal politics, product can be a tough sell
Overall, this is a great company and the product is a consumer favorite. It is ultimately owned by Cox Target Media; however, local offices are owned by franchisees. You are not technically a Cox employee unless you work at the corporate office in Tampa. My experience? Commissions are capped - once I started making good money, the owner made life miserable – more... until I finally found another job. Although I was an award-winning top-performer - didn't matter. You are at the mercy of your franchise owner. Most believe all accounts and relationships are ultimately theirs. Go in with eyes wide open then keep half shut until you leave. – less
Worst experience EVER, NO support, BROKEN promises, WORTHLESS
Account Executive (Former Employee), San Diego – September 16, 2013
Pros: i didn't have to sit in an office!!!
Cons: micro manager, no database, no book of business, no room to excel, manager didn't know how to build an ad, no i.t. staff on hand yet we were suppose to be internet company, no corp support
Upon being hired I was told I would be "given a book of business". That was a lie! I should have known..there was NO database. NO computer system. THAT's right NO management system. They did EVERYTHING w/ manila folders and hand written notes!!! The office was an absolute MESS! Folders EVERYWHERE..and if they weren't there...they were in the trunk of – more... the ONLY reps car (when I say only reps car) it was the only rep that was left after all the others left, or got fired!!!
The turnover in San Diego was overwhelming. They had 3 reps in one part of San Diego in less than 4 months. The customers couldn't keep up! Therefore they didn't want to buy advertising or cancelled their contracts...so how are you suppose to make money as a sales rep? $30K a year and 6% commission..can't live on that in San Diego!!!
The Manager did nothing but talk about other reps when they weren't in the office, crack offensive jokes, micro manage us and write lengthily emails to us telling us how we should be doing our job, but yet tell us that this is an outside sales job! When we would be out in the field he would text us constantly asking us "Where are you", "What are you doing"....he LOVED to micro manage!!!
The San Diego franchise is a MESS, don't waste your time in applying all they want you to do is go in there to clean up their mess. They have no database, or way to keep track of their customers. Their senior rep wants to control all of San Diego as well as control YOU! She thinks she is helping you, but she is just easing her way to get to know your accounts so she can eventually take them when you get fired!
Don't waste your time, effort or energy....
PS-The health insurance stinks too...and dental insurance you don't get for a year!
business development (Current Employee), Culver City, CA – August 18, 2013
Pros: 8-5 good hours and liked being independent with my job.
Cons: no 401k
Did extensive research every morning before I went on the phone as one of my major duties was to set appointments for all the sales reps. I liked my job and enjoy the aspect of being the rock as the reps referred to me as on a daily basis-meaning holding the sales dept together with motivation.
Sales Consultant (Current Employee), Fort Lauderdale, FL – August 14, 2013
Pros: trust and a good, respectful working environment
Cons: limited market/opportunities for expansion
- Visit existing clients to maintain accounts. - Visit prospect clients to open new accounts - Knowing the mission and vision of the company, as well as all the products/services offered are the basic yet fundamental ingredients for a good salesperson. - Respect, accountability and teamwork are essential for successful results. - The hardest part of – more... the job, is probably the one that when achieved, brings the most satisfaction. Rejection is never easy, but being able to persuade difficult customers to listen to your presentation and being able to close the sale is very motivating and encouraging. – less
I can say everyday day was a different day. Yes, you had your normal daily duties but you also had the unexpected. My first and foremost part of my job was to help the employees with any benefit issues and concerns they had. I enjoyed providing assistance to our employees and vendors and learned a lot about people and about what's important. To balance – more... work and family is very important. I had the opportunity to work with some great co-workers and have always learned new skills along the way. The hardest part of the job was there was never enough hours in the day. You could always do more. One of the things I found most enjoyable was meeting and helping employee's so that they either understood their options or gained knowledge. – less
This is a low moral company that act as they are a good one. Work harder, less respect, discriminated, day to day is a miserable day. No body cares about employees or anything like that. This is suck company
Sales & Marketing Manager (Former Employee), Visalia, CA – April 12, 2013
A typical day of work with Valpak included sales and marketing of our advertising services. I learned the difference and importance of different advertising methods. The hardest part of the job was the cold calling. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting new people and helping them achieve their revenue goals.
Sales Representative (Former Employee), Atlanta – February 28, 2013
Pros: there are other cox properties that know how to treat their employees
The work is hard, the pay is nominal, and the support from management is minimal, employee morale is dismal and cut-throat. The owner of this franchise is an arrogant egomaniac with tantrums and fits of foul language.Give him a few drinks and he an "Human Resources Nightmare", if you know what I mean, ladies.
Interviewed for a position (Former Employee), Atlanata – January 13, 2013
Cons: late and unprofessional.
Unprofessional. I was made to wait 20 minutes after arriving on time for my interview. Who would accept a position with a company that hires a person, and then sends them through a training process BEFORE confirming that they have the position??!!! I predict this company will be sold or disbanned within the next two years. It is owned by Cox and Cox – more... is planning on converting to a total digital operation by 2014. – less
Account Executive (Current Employee), Franklin, WI – September 18, 2012
Pros: work from home, salary plus bonuses and commission, freedom
I was recruited to come work for Valpak in May by a friend's fiance and the GM of the Franklin location. I enjoy setting my own schedule and meeting with multiple business owners to help them set up successful marketing campaigns. My management and leadership team is top notch and have helped me become very well versed in all aspects of the business. The – more... hardest part of the job is maintaining your monthly revenue while constantly attracting new business clients. The most enjoyable part of the job is having off on the weekends, setting my own schedule and working from home. – less
I once thought the management team was understanding and I had the proper support. I did extremely well in building my business. But once I had a Family Medical Leave they parted with me over 2 days more than they allowed. Overall the company has a lot of awareness and support, but this particular franchise did not have the management to build a stron – more... team. – less