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Major League Soccer Reviews

Updated 18 March 2019
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  • "Also, it might be a New York thing (I'm from the south) but no one was extremely personable" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Micro-managed to the N'th degree by the SVP of Technology" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Major League Soccer part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work with opportunity for growth

    Cons

    management was not always very helpful


  2. "Foot in the Door"

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    Former Employee - Sales Trainee in Blaine, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Trainee in Blaine, MN (US)

    I worked at Major League Soccer part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of support all-around. Unique approach to teaching sales, and definitely emphasized a far more useful and personable approach than the used car salesman schtick.

    Cons

    Dorms were kinda sketchy. Very rigorous program. Some technical issues hurt as well.

  3. "Sales Trainee"

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    Former Employee - Sales Trainee in Blaine, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Trainee in Blaine, MN (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Major League Soccer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    had cool trainees to work with.

    Cons

    Be prepared to make cold calls all day, every day. Management is also trying to get rid of trainees that they do not get along with. Management was also disorganized.


  4. "Fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Sales Planner in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Planner in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Major League Soccer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team. Fun Environment. Positive atmosphere. Managers are open to feedback

    Cons

    Communication between departments was not always smooth.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "If Effective Leadership Is Important To You, I Can't Recommend MLS"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Major League Soccer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The concept of what MLS puts forth is very attractive... valuing teamwork & diversity of thought, a creative/innovative environment, opportunity for personal growth....

    Cons

    However, after a year here, I have yet to experience any of those values in practice & usually see pretty much the exact opposite. Much depends on who you report to but unfortunately many of my piers compare notes & we have similar concerns/setbacks/frustrations b/c our voices are muted if we present a different point of view than that of our VP's even if we have the same if not more experience.
    The politics of the organization seem to be centralized around the same core group of people who think similarly & have a long history with the organization. Their camaraderie is tough for newer people with a fresh point of view to penetrate.
    Taking concerns to HR is said to be welcome however the resolution is often deferred back to the department head (VP/SVP) which is usually where the concern stemmed from in the first place...so it can feel like a cruel cycle.
    My VP is pretty disconnected from our team, manages by fire drill and operates more with manipulation, pressure & control vs. experience, inspiration & support which in turn makes it tough to respect said VP and to keep team morale in a good place. Junior level staff see things even if I try to shield them & it discourages them from believing our team can ever evolve.

    Advice to Management

    Truly take the company values to heart and redevelop organizational policies, league initiatives and leadership structure to be consistent with those values in practice. Don't keep the thinking the same people can deliver fresh results & seek outside consultant/agency support to help with the restructure, strategy & platform prioritization so an organizational roadmap can be laid out vs multiple departments creating/delivering plans in a silo.
    Be more mindful of hiring people in the right roles & at the right levels. Hiring someone who's capable, smart & has broad industry experience/relationships and then having them report to someone who primarily has MLS knowledge but is not an industry expert is no way to promote new ideas or sustain a healthy culture. It just makes the senior person defensive & isolates the new person.
    Continuing on the current path you'll keep a revolving door for your best people who you may never even realize are your best people.... Increasing the number industry experts & partners who won't be able to respect or ever consider MLS at the same level of expertise/strategy/delivery as the other major sports leagues.
    I think Steve Jobs said it best..In weak companies politics win. In strong companies the best ideas do. And in the top companies, experts aren't hired so you can tell them what to do, they're hired to tell you what to do."


  6. "Sales Trainee | National Sales Senter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Major League Soccer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity to learn hands on sales experience in a professional setting.
    Managers are there to help you learn and give you advice.

    Cons

    Can get very competitive.


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Major League Soccer full-time

    Pros

    Cool place to work and office had perks

    Cons

    No growth and structure to follow

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Major League Soccer full-time

    Pros

    The marketing is great to build your own personal brand.

    Cons

    They do not care about their employees at all.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Major League Soccer full-time

    Pros

    Amazing vacation and holidays. The environment is generally relaxed and there are a lot of different departments to gain insight.

    Cons

    Management is not the best. A lot of managers have been grandfathered in and are not open to new ideas or changing processes.


  10. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Equipment Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Equipment Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Major League Soccer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I want to have the experience of working in the first division

    Cons

    I dont see any cons on working in the league

    Advice to Management

    I want to have a good place to work and improve my skills