I resigned from Power Play Marketing shortly after I started for a variety of reasons. I've been in advertising for a few years, but I came to Power Play from a digital background, and thought it would be interesting to gain experience in print advertising. I interviewed with the VP of Sales, Jeff Nellett, who seemed very nice at first, and he described the job as an inside advertising sales position, and mentioned something about the added perks that come with all packages we sell. I thought it sounded interesting, and it was something I thought would be worth a shot, so I accepted the offer.
Once I started, I learned that the magazines that Power Play Marketing sells ad space into aren't measured, meaning that when a prospective client asks you about circulation and how many copies are actually sold, you have to tell them that you honestly don't know. Then to offset the fact that you have no statistics to back-up your claims that the magazines are "soooo wonderful," you're supposed to then mention that the advertisement comes with "free tickets to Detroit Tigers games." Basically, you're trying to get companies to buy ads in these mediocre magazines to get free tickets to sporting events or concerts. Any advertising professional can see that this is NOT an advertising position.
Getting back to the VP of Sales....
Jeff Nellett seemed very nice when I interviewed with him, but I saw a completely different side once I started at the company. He would have morning sales meetings on most days, which would sometimes last for over an hour, and would consist of bashing sales reps in front of their peers, swearing, and talking about how poorly the office was doing, with the exception of a few sales reps. He would repeat the same point over and over again using different analogies, as though he thought he was preaching to a class of preschoolers, which I found to be insulting, and frankly, a complete waste of time. Although he never exploded on me, I saw and heard him yell at other people in the office for asking questions, coming to him for help, and coming to him with problems, and I was completely shocked by his behavior. Most of the people in the office are young 20-somethings, and they're terrified of him. There are two ladies who are probably in their late 40's/early 50's who work there, but from what I've been told by other people in the office, they're there because they couldn't find a job anywhere else.
I started looking for another job after my first week, and luckily I had experience that allowed me to find another position somewhat quickly, but the five weeks I spent at Power Play Marketing were awful. Another woman who started at the same time as me, also left briefly after we started for the same reasons. All inside sales positions are very grueling, but this company is a textbook boiler room, with a highly unethical business model, and Jeff Nellett is one of the most unprofessional and disrespectful managers I've ever encountered.
I would strongly advise against working for this company if you're an experienced advertising professional, and if you're not, spare yourself the horrible experience.