Corporate Traveler Employee Reviews about "base salary"

Updated 28 Aug 2020

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  • "Work Life balance wasn't always great(in 12 reviews)

  • "Base salary which is competitive but you have the capability to earn as much as you'd like with no cap(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Solid company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Travel Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corporate Traveler full-time

    Pros

    -independent work -small team that helps you -very fun work perks and conferences in different cities/countries -opportunity to travel -laid back office and attire

    Cons

    -base salary is not high enough -the yearly guarantee NEEDS to be extended longer, HR basically lies and say you will make more than you actually will -getting new clients is very unpredictable which makes your commission unpredictable

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  2. "Overall a Good Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Travel Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corporate Traveler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Good training provided - Not a lot of micromanaging if you show to be competent - Monthly happy hours - Good commission when you have clients trading - Open lines of communication with upper management - Unless you made a big mistake you're not bothered after you clock out

    Cons

    - Don't have a lot of say in who your clients are so it can take some time to build up a portfolio - Low base salary


  3. "Engaging, Challenging, Rewarding & Constant Growth."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corporate Traveler full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Higher management is very accessible and helpful. Transparent Structure throughout the company. Corporate conferences are well ran and exciting. Team structure is extremely supportive on the sales team & operations. Ability to connect with C-levels with other companies throughout your area and nationwide. Employee travel/vacation is encouraged. The company is fast growing with terrific opportunity. Work/life balance is one of the best I've been a part of.

    Cons

    Base salary which is competitive but you have the capability to earn as much as you'd like with no cap. You don't walk right into commission like some sales job, you have to work to build a portfolio of clients.

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  4. "Worth the wait"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Travel Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corporate Traveler full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Culture and people are great -Can be lucrative if you stay with the company and get lucrative client portfolio -Flexibility -Typically good management and training -Agent Rates and discounts

    Cons

    -Low Base Salary -Uniform -must work in office- no flexibility to work from home

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    "Business Development Manager"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corporate Traveler full-time

    Pros

    -Culture: very fun place to work. Everyone is outgoing and welcoming. There are also two conferences a year so you get to meet everyone in the company across the nation not just those in your direct office -Future opportunity: management will help you work towards your goals. there is opportunity with sister brands as well -Management: great management. Higher levels are also accessible when needed and will even reach out to you directly when you hit personal bests -Personal travel perks are amazing!!

    Cons

    You won't start getting commission checks for the first 6ish months so your base salary will be your income for a bit. The job is a grind so just be ready to cold call

  6. "Great atmosphere, high energy, rewarding career!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corporate Traveler full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary guarantee for new employees. Opportunity to move up in the company. Fun, supportive, team environment. Travel benefits. High income opportunity.

    Cons

    Can take some time to build portfolio. Base salary is low.

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  7. "Work hard, play hard, move up!"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corporate Traveler full-time

    Pros

    young work culture, fun team, great bosses, training that prepares you for sales meetings, great opportunity to move up and go far. Work life balance is great!

    Cons

    commission does not come right away, prepare yourself to be on base salary for about 6 months. When commission does start, do not expect the world. This job is a constant hustle, and if you're not up to it, it will show in your sales results (that's with any sales job though!)

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    "Great opportunities--but with A LOT of sacrifices"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Travel Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Corporate Traveler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    *Making friends with co-workers (sadly many of them have left the company for better opportunities elsewhere) *Free booze in the office on Fridays or on any month end day. (If you really like to drink, you'll love it here.) *Some discounts on travel when you're able to take time off. (Summer months are usually blocked out.)

    Cons

    *No life-work balance. Get ready to work 50+ hour weeks to pull in as many sales as you can to make commission. *You're expected to attend regular after work events (unpaid), taking away from the little personal time you'll have. The company almost has a cultish atmosphere and you will be pretty much obligated to attend every frequent meeting, event, vendor promotion--all under the premise of it being a "party," but it can seriously be draining. *Commission is really mark ups charged to customers, so you have to be a great salesperson and be ok with questionable sales practices. (The airlines don't really pay commissions anymore--and for hotels it's minimal. Commission is all about sales and mark-ups.) *Health insurance coverage could be way better for as big of a company as it is (part of Flight Centre and Liberty Travel). *The workplace computer programs used are slow and archaic and it's a long-running joke within the company. Doing basic tasks and running reports can take much longer than they should. *Micro-management is usually not that bad--but it can be bad as far as Accounting goes. Ordering simple office supplies almost requires an Executive Order. *Preferences are given to Australian and UK employees for positions and promotions. I've seen many U.S. co-workers passed over for promotions that they should have received which were instead given to Australian employees with little knowledge of U.S. Geography, or U.S. employment practices. One thing that you'll see the high rated reviews post is that you can make great money if you're "willing to work hard" and that anyone complaining must be lazy or a bad employee. It's really a luck of the draw of who you get as accounts and customers. I've had some co-workers make great money (six-figures) and work around 50 hours a week, whereas other co-workers will work 50 or 60 hours a week, but because they're not able to get away with marking up their travelers' fares as easily as the other agents, they then have to put in more hours to try to sell to more customers to make a decent salary. Plus, in order to cut additional costs, you are hired as a travel agent, but you will also be doing accounting work and sales, too, as you are expected to spend time bringing in new accounts. The base salary is lower than most other travel companies because the company pushes Sales more so than Travel Industry experience. And "commission" that agents make isn't commission that's paid by the airlines or hotels--it's mark ups on airline tickets and hotels sold to clients. If the traveler checks in online and sees how much the ticket really cost and they complain and request a refund, then the marked up amount difference is then taken out of your month's "commission." (So, the company encourages agents to do it to make a decent salary, but if you get called out on it, it comes out of your pay--not the company's bottom line.) Some people might have an issue of conscience about it. Otherwise, if you're a fierce salesperson and able to disconnect from sympathizing with your clients, you'll make some great money. And WAY too heavy of a drinking culture. I like to drink, but even I had to do a detox after my first few months. I guess because so many employees can't have a normal social life outside of work due to the work hours, the company tries to use drinking and partying as a way to have employees think that they have some free time. Even now I would rather have the company skip the free beer, wine, and hard booze and just allow us employees to be able to leave the office as a decent time by getting a faster I.T. set up and not pressuring us to take on a ton of accounts.

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    "Sales more than Travel"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Travel Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Corporate Traveler full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You can get some on the job travel agency training. I have met some friendly co-workers over the years since I have been with the company. Occasional travel industry discounts (when you are able to take the time off to use them). If you like drinking, you will have plenty of opportunities inside and outside of the office. Company events to attend in the U.S., as well as overseas. (Usually only 2 nights stay with a long flight, though, and it is unpaid time when you attend.) Moving up in the company can be easy since they are constantly creating random positions.

    Cons

    1. Not a job for anyone with a spouse/partner or family life. Long office hours (10 to 12 hours a day on average), and frequent morning meetings and after work company events that you are expected to attend. They will say that the events are not mandatory--but you will get talked to later if you skip more than one event. 2. The company likes to cut costs, so you are not just a travel agent--you are also expected to act as an accountant and as a sales rep and are expected to spend time searching for new possible accounts even though there is an actual Sales Department. 3. The company blocks vacation time in the summer, which can stink if you like to vacation with your family when school is out. (See #1 again.) 4. The health insurance could be better for a company as large as it is. The rates are not competitive with other past employers I have had--and many of us employees with spouses usually just go with our spouses' insurance plans as they are often much better. 5. The bad Polyester uniforms that we have to wear--even though you maybe see your customers once a year. (What is the point?) They will start falling apart after a few washes, so you might end up having to substitute other personal business wear clothing items of your own until you are able to purchase another uniform item from the company. If you are caught wearing non-uniform items, though, you could be asked to go home for the day. Those who drink the company Kool Aid keep mentioning here and on the Flight Centre board that it is those who "work hard" who are the ones that make big money--and that anyone who complains about the job is essentially lazy. The truth is, in order to make the "big money," you have to be ok with marking up fares, hotels, car rentals, etc. If the customers' find out and question you about it, the amount is then deducted from your individual pay. So, making money with mark ups can be a big gamble. I have watched a few co-workers lose big accounts after getting caught marking up. ("Commission" is what is paid by the airlines, hotels, and car rental companies to travel agents. Mark-ups are when you charge a traveler more than what the airfare or hotel actually cost. So, mark ups are -not- the same as commission. The company should not be saying that there is "unlimited commission potential" because we don't make an income from commission--we make it by overcharging travelers.) There is a very slash and burn mentality to making money (make money now and don't worry about customer loyalty later), which means there is always a revolving door of clients if you do choose to mark up. I have friends who work at other travel agencies and their companies are able to negotiate decent agency commissions. For a company as large as it is (owned by Flight Centre and part of Liberty Travel), the company should have the buying power to negotiate better rates so that employees do not have to resort to mark ups to make a decent salary. Here, they pay a very modest base salary for the industry--and after you factor in the amounts that you have to pay for your health insurance and other benefits, and the time that you are expected to spend unpaid at company events, you are making the same that you would at a retail job. The economy in most U.S. cities for businesses is rough. Does the fact that we are probably doubling (if not quadrupling) their travel spend help businesses or help our Economy in the long run? (The company is Australian, so I guess it helps Australia's economy, at least.) Why am I still with the company? Because I love my customers and hope that the company will eventually make some improvements. (But after a few years, I do not know that will ever be the case.)

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