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

AroundCampus Reviews

Updated Apr 09, 2014
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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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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The training program in Chapel Hill allows you to meet lots of other students from across the country"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Learn a lot about time management and multitasking"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long long hours and it is not as easy as it seems to make a sale"
    in 18 reviews
  • "Product you are selling can be expensive and hard to sell"
    in 9 reviews
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Sales Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at AroundCampus full-time for less than a year

ProsCompany gives you great training and you will receive a lot of opportunities from their corporate partners. Lots of opportunities to move up within the company.

ConsCan be discouraging when you first get out into the field and begin working. Product is considered over priced for many of the businesses.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds more price fluctuation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Sales Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at AroundCampus as an intern

ProsExpense paid trip to training at UNC-Chapel Hill
Met a lot of new friends from all over the country
Great experience
You get out of it what you put in

ConsA lot of work and time
Not easy
Be ready for rejection
Have to cover your own expenses

Yes, I would 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

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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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsVery hands on lots and lots of real world experiences for young people. Great internship, great company, I would do it all over in a second!

ConsFeeling over never having an ending point in a task. It however is a great challenge at the same time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm 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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Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Tallahassee, FL (US)

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

ProsThe experience was very valuable in terms of making contacts and learning about selling to local businesses.
Great training sessions for all interns!
Company always created competitions to motivate sales interns.

ConsRequired to make 30 sales calls a day in the blistering heat.
Territories aren't evenly distributed and can provide little opportunities for sales.

Advice to Senior ManagementExplore alternative ways to advertise on the behalf of local businesses. Print is dying.

No, I would not 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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