Pros: commissions when you are making on turf sales, benefits, flexibility, and interacting with new people daily
Cons: compensation plan as a whole, management, company's customer service, lack of longterm career opportunity
Typical Day At Work
Canvassing door to door in specified neighborhoods that are given to you from your supervisor. You can work whenever you choose, but the hours that were asked for you to work were between 2pm until 8:30pm. Be prepared for constant rejections from potential customers as door to door sales is truly a tough way to make sales. Most of – more... your assistance will come from your direct supervisor and team members.
What I Learned
Sales in this environment is "survival of the fittest." You have to possess a lot of patience (with customers and your own company) as well as self-motivational, interpersonal and organizational skills.
Micro managing from the Supervisors occasionally. But this is dependent upon your supervisor at the time. Management here only cared about numbers. Numbers do determine our incomes and job status. Nevertheless in an industry where you constantly face negativity and where your numbers are affected by more than just your own effort and skills, you think management would be more understanding or thoughtful of unfortunate circumstances, but they are not. All blame for anything is given to you, even when 95% of the time you did not do anything wrong. From my experience, my overall opinion on management is that, as an employee you are just another number on their budget line. If they want to find a way to get rid of you, they will.
Most were very helpful and supportive. You really do get that team environment feel in this position
Hardest Part Of The Job
Overcoming objections at the door, staying motivated to knock daily and dealing with the lack of integrity that has become a culture within the company. Sales will repeatedly get stolen from other sales departments and the contracted technicians will repeatedly botch jobs purposely in order to complete more simpler jobs to get paid more money. Also dealing with the compensation plan. The plan was rewarding, yet limiting in that you were not compensated properly for sales not in your "turf" even though the work & time put in was the exact same. Putting wear and tear on your vehicle.
Most Enjoyable Part
Interacting with new people constantly. Freedom to not be stuck in an office. Ability to make money from referrals while at home.
This is a solid opportunity to learn a lot of necessary skills to start a career or end a career, while making a decent income and having some flexibility with time. The benefits are also above average. Yet this is not a career opportunity. Turnover is very high. Networking for customers is frowned upon and door knocking gets tiring. The company's poor customer service will affect your pay greatly at times. Support from management is low as well. – less