AroundCampus
3.5 of 5 170 reviews
www.aroundcampusgroup.com Chapel Hill, NC 50 to 149 Employees

AroundCampus Reviews

Updated Apr 02, 2014
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3.5 170 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

AroundCampus President John O'Brien

John O'Brien

(69 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great overall experience

Sales Team Leader/Sales (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA (US)

I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

Prosexcellent training opportunities
great team based structure and support
younger regional management which makes them more approachable. (all have been through the internship)

Consmost business owners aren't interested in student customers
the pay is not great considering you have to drive all over Atlanta 5 days a week

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Outside Sales Representative (Current Employee)

I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe training was really fun. You get to meet other students/interns from different universities in the country. Obviously, they mostly hire good looking and social people. The managers really want you to succeed. You learn a lot about yourself in this position. Your determination will lead to make a sale. The CEO visited us in our location, nice guy.

ConsThe actual work was really hard especially at first. Cold calling takes a lot of guts, and could be really embarrassing. Half of my team quit within 3 weeks. Forget the training, you actually learn in the field.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Challenging but rewarding

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

ProsYou get to work with some really cool people your age. You really get to know tons of people from your college town.

Learning the basic art of selling is tested on a daily basis here.

ConsCold calling door to door at businesses. Some businesses see your ads as really worthless, so you have to be ready to back up your product at all times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Entry-level Experience

Inside Sales (Former Employee)
Chapel Hill, NC (US)

I worked at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

ProsHands-on work experience, friendly environment, managers/supervisors are very approachable and willing to offer advice. Contests in the sales department and pretty casual dress. Decent summer job, internship during college, or first "real-world" position.

ConsFor the inside sales department, some calls may be cold calls. Occasionally you'll encounter less-than-satisfied customers. Fair amount of rejections which you'll need to counter. The summer gets pretty hectic.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe mobile app and coupons are great ideas, but as a college student who used the planner all 4 years I honestly had no idea until I began working at UD that these pages existed. Often while redeeming a coupon businesses remark that they don't receive many from customers. I've actually been thanked multiple times for redeeming the offer. I think the app and print coupons are theoretically sound, but the app is admittedly finicky, and the planner deals could be advertised better. I'd suggest 1) better visibility of the physical coupons (i.e. a starburst on the planner cover) and 2) emphasizing to clients their role in promoting the coupon via social media, etc.

Additionally, from working in ISD I'd really recommend reaching out to customers before inside sales resumes and an increasingly forward approach to touching base with clients. Many customers responded that my call about a sale was the first they'd heard from UD since renewing or signing a contract over the summer. Taking initiative and reaching out to customers, asking for feedback and offering to promote their deals prior to selling emphasizes that the advertisement is a relationship, not just a sale. Additionally, a few minutes over the course of a couple months would undoubtedly lead to more successful advertising. This would greatly help customer retention. Better client retention would in turn benefit summer sales, many of which came way too late creating artwork problems.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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everyday was different!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at AroundCampus

Prosevery day is different which made it challenging

Consnone that I can think of

Advice to Senior Managementkeep doing what your doing

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA (US)

I worked at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

Pros-If you do well, you will get flooded with job opportunities from the career partners of the company
-Great hands on experience
-Not an office job

Cons-VERY DIFFICULT, but rewarding in the end

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great start to a sales career

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at AroundCampus

ProsExpenses paid sales training in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Great networking opportunities with career partners. All of the hard work pays off when it comes to looking for a career in sales.

ConsIt can sometimes be a pain to have to constantly bug the same businesses after they've said no 5 times. Paper advertising is the hardest type of sales, and it really takes a lot of motivation. My market was small and so was my territory which made it harder to sell.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This was a great place to intern.

Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at AroundCampus as an intern for less than a year

ProsYou get to work by yourself for most of the day. Management was very helpful. Really looks good on a resume. Team bonding was very strong. Opportunities to move to a new market when you're done with the current one. All expense paid trip to NC. You get out what you put in.

ConsCompensation is low. You put a lot of miles on your car, and it gets really hot.

Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe up the compensation or do something to help with gas

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at AroundCampus

ProsGreat preparation if interested in sales and marketing, training is extensive and people are great

ConsIntense day to day grind with outside sales and cold calling. Pay is limited for hours put into summer and lack of commission gained after internship

Advice to Senior ManagementEmphasize how to gain money from clients worked with

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Got me where I am today

Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Bellingham, WA (US)

I worked at AroundCampus as an intern for more than a year

Pros-Amazing opportunities
-Fun
-You get out what you put in
-Great culture

I now work at Amazon.com selling marketing and that 100% because of this internship

Cons-Not completely transparent
-A little bit $$ hungry

They tried to charge for a flight that I had zero obligation to pay for, a little stingy, but hey, gotta make that dollar

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement kicks ass, but there needs be more honesty and transparency across the board in terms of the product, how it works, and the way its presented.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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