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AroundCampus Reviews

Updated 17 September, 2014
Updated 17 September, 2014
208 Reviews
3.4
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Pros
  • You really learn a lot about yourself and how hard you work because this is the whole internship (in 13 reviews)

  • The training program in Chapel Hill allows you to meet lots of other students from across the country (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Long Hours: You are required to work 40 hours per week (in 24 reviews)

  • Hard hard hard job, basically no pay, advertising is outdated and hard to sell (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Work the interns extremely hard. Great cold calling sales experience.

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - resume help at end of internship
    - you get to work in your college town most the time
    - job fair at training that helps you network

    Cons

    - long days; work after you go home
    - no official meeting place
    - not a great product for all cities
    - training is in the middle of finals/graduation and is EXHAUSTING
    - pay is "15% of all collected sales" so if your accounts don't pay in full, then you get no commission
    - $200 a week barley pays for gas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They want to help you succeed, so they are completely invested in you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    While I may have learned many skills in regards to sales, the company itself was awful to work for.

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    Former Employee - Sales Team Leader
    Former Employee - Sales Team Leader

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Learned valuable sales skills
    - Gained confidence to talk to any business owner

    Cons

    - If you have a question, DON'T expect to get the right answer. Every single person you ask will direct you to someone else.
    - You're paid next to nothing
    - You'll be burnt out after 3-4 weeks (it's a 12 week internship)
    - You're selling a product that realistically does not help any businesses. You're basically lying to business owners, many small business owners, and it morally feels wrong

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unfortunate

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great resume builder, most companies require internships or some work-related experience. Training is the best part, it's where you get like 3 hours of sleep a night but it's fun because all of the interns are there.

    Cons

    Long hours and the pay is basically $4 an hour. The $200 weekly they pay you will be spent on gas. They say you make commission after $2400 but you actually have to sale over $16,000 to get 15% of sales after that (which most people don't do) they also didn't pay us the full $2400. Managers are nice at first then get really pushy and mean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting inside sales sale so much, you're taking away from the hard-working interns who are out in the heat working hard and burning gas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Bad Product, High Price

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Teaches you how to approach others and be persistent.

    Gives a good training environment in Chapel Hill, and connects you with other interns from across the nation.

    Cons

    Horrible product being sold. Must rely on puffery to sell product.

    Management is at times unprofessional and in my experience, will lie to business owners to get a sale.

    I felt bad after every sale knowing that the product would not help the customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Difficult, but learned a lot and got a lot of experience.

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You are able to work closely with a sales team and bounce ideas off of each other. Furthermore it teaches you to become comfortable in an uncomfortable situation and become more extraverted.

    Cons

    The job itself is tiring and draining. You are doing door to door sales so you hear a lot of "no's." It seems the company is confused about their own culture. Many managers switch between the role of manager and that of a friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest less in the interns and the selling and more in the product. The product was very difficult to sell because it was not moving with the times and innovative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not worth it

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I will try and say something nice here...

    -Gain Experience: as much as it absolutely sucks you do gain experience. It helped me land a job for after the program was over. The guy who interviewed me at my new job could not believe I actually did what I did (because it is so terrible). Also, once you are done with this, most jobs will be a breath of fresh air to you.
    -Sales foundation (kind of): since this is the bottom of the bottom for sales jobs (all cold calling with an outdated product), you are learning very quickly how frustrating sales is. You constantly told no. However, if you want to go into sales you do learn basic sales skills such as how to build professional rapport, territory and time management, prospecting, how to find the right decision marker, and how to close down accounts.
    -Set you own schedule (can also be a CON depending on the type of worker you are): extreme self motivation is very important. And I mean extreme. You only see your team (co-workers) twice a day at morning and afternoon meetings for 30 mins. The rest of the day you are ALONE and do not have a set structured schedule provided by the managers telling you where to go, what to say, etc. That is up to you. If you like tasks and structure, do not take this job. It is one of the many reasons I did not like it. It never really felt like a job to me.

    Cons

    Let me try and keep this short

    -Cold Calling: you come in with zero leads. NOT A SINGLE ONE. You try and divide your town up into territories amongst your team members the best that you can and hope for the best. You walk into 30+ businesses a day looking for someone who can make a decision on advertising with the platform to present it to them. It is very hard a lot of times to find or get in contact with the decision maker. You are literally a door-to-door solicitor. In fact, many places have no soliciting signs. I was told by management SEVERAL TIMES to go into these places anyways. Really? That is just disrespectful, bad business, and speaks volumes about this company in my opinion. Cold calling like this gets exhausting, especially if you have to walk around a lot in 90+ degree weather in hot clothes.
    -Compensation: YOU are the one who makes all the money for this company. YOU are the one who works 40+ hours a week to bust your tail for them. How do they thank you? With a nice $200/week check. Do the math, its around $4 an hour. They like to say "Well, we are one of the few paid internships!" Yes, well most companies do not fully rely on their interns for all of their profit. Most internships are very project based and solely for the purpose of gaining experience. The company is not dependent on the intern.That is why most of them are not paid. However, this is a different situation. In this case the company is VERY dependent on the interns. WE are the ones making you all of your money. PAY US MORE. It is absurd and people should be pissed.
    -"Scamy" vibe/ cheesy motivational tactics: Constant pumping of motivational videos and quotes and dumb cheesy sayings. Do not buy into it. They know you are a work slave for them and try and mask it with this. It just reinforces the "scam" vibe that the company has to me.
    -Training: Aka summer camp for freshman orientation. This is what that week felt like. I was older than half of the managers there and was talked to like a 16 year old at camp. It was very unorganized, and just flat out annoying. Someone on here described it as a "pep rally to get hooked into their scheming ways" and that is very accurate. It almost felt like a week long brainwashing session. It was very spooky almost to see a lot of people get so into it. They make you memorize a script (which you quickly ditch out in the field because a rehearsed scripted sales person is very weird and not efficient) and I would literally walk around the dorm at 2am and see people in the hallways, stairwells, etc reciting it to themselves over and over. It was like a weird brainwashed mental institution. Thankfully, I never brought into any of it. It also felt like a weird evangelical "come to jesus" conference. So many testimonials about how wonderful AroundCampus is. Enough of the comparisons, you get the point here (hopefully).
    -The product: Ad space in a college day planner/directory. They also have a website and app that nobody has ever heard of (at least in my market). The majority of business owners in your territory are smart enough to see that this is not a great way to advertise and will honestly tell you so. It is hard to battle their objections when you AGREE with them deep down. The company likes to act like every business needs this platform. Many businesses are straying away from print advertisement as they feel it is outdated. Students do not use the planners/directories much anymore at all. Lots of business owners will ask their student workers and customers if they have ever used one or seen one. Guess what the answer is 99% of the time? "Nope". Multiple times semi-interested businesses owners ended up telling me no after doing this. Smart on their part honestly.
    -Market Dependent: This is a BIG one. Almost all of the top performing markets were all smaller college towns where the local businesses DEPEND on the college around them for business. In larger city markets, this is not the case at all. In some towns, the businesses do not care about the college, especially in large tourist cities. Management was not very understanding of this and would just say that "every market has objections". While this is true, some markets have it way worse than others. This platform does not work everywhere. Accept it.

    Honestly, while it is a decent way to learn the foundation of sales and gain some experience, it just is not worth it. The cons much outweigh the pros. So many people quit during the summer, management is annoying at times, and the company simply just does not have good ethics. I witnessed management be flat out RUDE to owners at times when trying to fight their objections. That is the AroundCampus way! "Everyone needs this product and you are dumb if you do not buy it!" All it did was push them away further. Good luck using that sales tactic in the real world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please eliminate under performing markets. There are markets that consistently under perform. After years of this, have you maybe ever even thought that this could be the market? That this product does not succeed everywhere? Take a look at your top performing markets and compare them to the ones that do poorly. PULL OUT of the under performing ones. Do not continue to stay in them and keep blaming the poor performance on the interns. That is not good business at all. Instead, enter markets that are similar to top performing ones. JUST AN IDEA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Negative Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I had a great team that I worked with every day. We got along fairly well by the end of the 12 weeks. The training in NC was pretty fun too.

    Cons

    First of all, even though the training was in a fun location, it was very time intensive. You were expected to put in overtime and stay up until 3 am despite a usual 6 am wake up time- all would be fine, but the training was without pay. Next, I felt like management promoted lying to any potential customers to get any sort of sale, which I took negatively. The market I worked in didn't quite take to the product but they would not take no for an answer. Also it was essential to put in more time after our allotted 9 hours a day, without any overtime being paid. The weekly base pay also was not nearly enough because of all the money spent on gas and other things. I essentially made no money last summer and this internship was a mistake in my opinion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Beware of AroundCampus, formally known as University Directories

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    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader
    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    sales experience, good resume builder but only for saying how you overcame challenges

    Cons

    horrible compensation, no benefits, drive around city all day don't compensate for gas, unprofessional managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would really note all the positive and negative comments on here. If this internship was as good as some of the reviews are saying, there wouldn't be nearly as many negative reviews as on this page. I would be very careful when applying to this internship because while interviewing they keep it very general so you don't know what you're getting into. Almost more than half my team quit before the internship was over. So make sure to keep ALL reviews in mind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much work, not enough pay

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    Current Employee - Full-time Summer Sales Intern
    Current Employee - Full-time Summer Sales Intern

    I have been working at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    good experience opportunity for someone that doesn't really need the money.

    Cons

    -only get paid $200/wk , visit over 30 businesses each day, but you have to pay for own gas in car.
    -training is draining & overly scripted sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay student interns more because the money is definitely needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great if you want to get into sales, NOT MARKETING

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    Former Employee - Sales Team Leader
    Former Employee - Sales Team Leader

    I worked at AroundCampus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Real sales experience
    -No one hovering over you, you're self directed and responsible
    -Great networking opportunity
    -The training in SC was the best part, learned a lot of great things.

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -No work-life balance, you're expected to put in long hours
    -Hearing "no" so many times can be exhausting
    -Little growth within company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop advertising this as a marketing and advertising internship. It's not, and that's FALSE advertising. I quit after a few weeks because I was so miserable. This a sales internship. Nothing else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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