Pros: working from home
Cons: low compensation, low job security, frequent management restructure
In my 8 years at Actionlink, not only did I learned about the latest and greatest in consumer electronics, I gained the ability to become an effective leader on and off the field, work with some of the most talented individuals in the tech industry, and travel to some the most exciting cities in the US. Often times, working at Actionlink does not feel like work because I enjoy it.
While there are many perks at Actionlink such as the ability to work from home and attending electronic conventions, there are some challenges...(after all, this is still work). One of the toughest challenges for a Field Manager is maintaining talent. Since full-time work in the field is limited, the most talented representatives on the team will eventually leave to look for a more secured position elsewhere and management would have to hire again. Depending on location, the level of difficulty increases as you move into more remote areas with minimal pool of applicants to choose from. Due to this challenge, a manager is constantly in recruiting and staffing mode. In some cases, this may occur on a monthly basis. Staffing will be significantly more difficult during Q4 when one has to ramp up and hire approximately 100-300 more reps, respond to countless emails, run multiple Blitz programs, adapt to last minute changes, and work with a limited budget. (Note: Surviving Q4 at Actionlink will give you a very rewarding experience and provide you with the confidence to conquer the world.)
Overall, my time at Actionlink was quite positive and I would recommend it to anyone who loves gadgets, has a passion for sales, and enjoy working with people.