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By: Jamie M.
Top Consulting
I have always wanted a job in advertising/pr, but when I graduated from The University of Illinois, I knew it was a highly competitive industry for people with no experience. Top Consulting was my first real job out of college, and I tell you, no other classroom; job; seminar; or learning environment would have ever given me the amount of professional, real life knowledge that I got there. I learned the value of maintaining a great attitude, building rapport with customers, closing a sale, and how to coach and develop others. No...My relationship with Top Consulting didn't turn into management, but I did get a job in the advertising industry, which is what I have always wanted to do. The skills that I learned at Top Consulting were the reason I was able to land my dream job. Any successful person will tell you that people skills are the most valuable asset to have in any business, and that is exactly what I was able to master by working with Chris and some of the other guys there. Sure, doing sales everyday can get tough, but it made me a more resilient, tough-minded individual ready to take on my advertising career. If you want a job where you sit in a cube all day, for a limited amount of money, then this is not for you. But, if you want a position that requires hard work and a student mentality with a real opportunity to advance where the payoff is UNLIMITED money-making and advancement opportunities, work here. Because, you will get exactly what you put into it. It changed my life for the better, and that is not an exaggeration, that is fact.
By: Kayla W.
Top Consulting
I have been working at TOP Consulting STL for 6 months. I didn’t know anything about this industry before I started, because I didn’t have a lot of experience outside of retail. After talking it over with my parents, I decided to accept the position as a Junior Consultant. They told me that even if it didn’t work out long term, then I would gain valuable business/sales skills. I have always been a hard worker, so I was up for the challenge. Also, I had interviewed with a few other companies that had similar structures (Management Training Programs), but they hadn't promoted anyone to management yet. TOP Consutling told me that they had promoted a manager to the Houston, Texas area, so I thought, that at least they have done it once. Since I started, I have learned about sales, training, interviewing, and leadership. They’re have been obstacles to overcome, such as tough customers, but I am making more money than I was as a retail manager. I have met some great people at leadership conferences and even won a trip to New York City, which I had never been to before.All in all, from my experience, things have been just as expected. I have learned a lot, feel more confident, and am excited about my future. Even my parents have noticed my progress. For anyone thinking about getting into this field, I would say to them, “Enjoy the ride!”
By: Dan L.
Top Consulting
I would venture to say the experience working with Top Consulting gave me skills that you simply can't learn sitting in a class room ie. how to read people, how to communicate your point effectively, and how to have someone invest in your idea. The team at Top Consulting have a proven track record of effective training, motivating, and incredible work ethic. Also, this is a place to succeed, you must put in the work, it only works if you work with the system, and I must say, they have had tremendous success with those who work with it.One of the biggest assets however, is their leader, and is a fantastic one at that. Chris has vision, competence, and flexibility, and is eager to share his employees' successes and work with them through their shortcomings, b/c he realizes that their success is his success, and their shortcomings, are his as well. VERY few employers have mastered that art. I will say that it is very tough if you don't do well in a performance based positions. However, those who thrive in it do great. Keep up the great work, and remember to constantly instill the good values you teach to your people, that they represent something bigger than themselves, and you will continue to be successful.
By: jay22bill
Indoor Comfort Team
We have a downstairs and upstairs, and we notified them that the upstairs one never seemed to cool as well. He checked and that unit had a leak in the coolant line. We decided to replace it after they explained the options with another unit. Installation of new Trane unit, running new lines, increasing size of return vents and putting in duct work for a return in the basement (which we plan to finish off) were included in our price. It also included an Ameren efficiency discount. We have used this company for two years and have always been pleased. They were prompt, and had to return to do the return vent correction (which was the builder’s fault) and all was done in a timely manner and with professionalism. We plan to continue using this company in the future. Member Comments: we were pleased and our upstairs has never been more comfortable. The corrections they have made to our system were spot on. Their professional approach and timeliness were appreciated by us. Two weeks later the temperature was very high, so we really appreciate them finishing in such a prompt manner.
By: Victor V.
Top Consulting
Entry Level opportunityFast advancement (based on performance, not on seniority)Fun AND Professional EnvironmentExperience in business related fieldsThis is really a great company to start out in or start a new career over in. This company is a marketing and sales company. The people on this site calling this company a "scam" think every sales company is a scam. EVERY company does sales no matter what they do, this company just happens to focus on sales while building business skills. I left this company for personal reasons but I left with major business skills I would have never had. In the 10 months I was there, I went from no business experience to learning how to speak in front of people (I was very shy), do business presentations, conduct interviews, sales techniques, marketing strategies, team building skills, leadership and training skills...I could go on and on. The point of it is, is this company perfect? No. Is it worth going to and forming your own opinion about if you are called for an opportunity to interview and see what it's about? Yes.
By: Dylan M.
Top Consulting
I have been working at Top Consulting for about 6 months now. Since I have been working here I have earned a promotion, and have gotten to travel to a few cities that I have never seen. As a recent graduate from MIzzou, I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do in life (like most of us), but I did know that I needed to gain some experience in order to build my resume. Since I started working here, I have learned how to train other people and develop professional relationships with other people, which has really boosted my confidence. I started with the intention of just getting some experience, but there seems to be a lot of advancement opportunities in the future. Also, the President of the company had me and another employee over for dinner and took us to a Blues game for winning an office competition. I am a very competitive person, so I like getting recognized for doing a good job. So far, I have learned a lot about business and have had a lot of fun. Wish me luck!
By: willlambert
Averill Heating & Air Conditioning
My furnace broke down on a Friday and I had my usual service company come over to repair it. They told me that the furnace was not able to be fixed and their Salesperson came over and quoted me a new system. Wanting a second opinion, I called Averill and they sent over Scott on Saturday to do a Load Calculation and pricing.  They were able to decrease the size of the unit and designed a system that qualified for a Laclede Gas and Ameren rebate totaling $720. I was even more surprised they were able to send Jason one of their service man over that day to get me temporary heat so we were comfortable and allow me to wait till the following Tuesday when I had a day off from work.  The install crew was just as great. They put drop cloths down on my new carpet and kept me up to date during the installation. You could tell that Mike and Chris were a team that cared about their job and my house. I would defiantly recommend Averill Heating to my family and friends.
By: stormd
Indoor Comfort Team
I have hired Indoor Comfort Team twice because they offer the two things that I value most: fair pricing and speedy service. Unlike other contractors, Indoor Comfort Team gives you the best price from the get-go: no negotiating necessary. When I call, I get a call back within a few hours and even during busy times never more than 24 hours from my initial call. Indoor Comfort Team is efficient, thorough, and responsive. Another plus is that Indoor Comfort Team will text and email as well as call to keep you in the loop of service appointments as well as to scan and send documents like proof of insurance. Overall, they are a solid company that I would gladly recommend to others and use again myself.
By: Barbara F.
Indoor Comfort Team
I called Indoor Comfort Team today to schedule an appointment for next week. When I described the problem we're having (in-wall gas unit where pilot light works fine but the heater won't turn on), they explained that I should look for the vent reset button on the upper left-hand side of the unit. Sure enough, that fixed the problem!They could have made over $100 (they charge $108 an hour with a 1-hour minimum) solving this problem next week, but they helped me get heat back today--this shows you the kind of customer-centered, upstanding business they're running! I'm definitely coming back to Indoor Comfort Team if we ever have problems with our heat again.
By: moonnavarro
Indoor Comfort Team
Indoor Comfort Team was dedication to project success through a collaborative approach is first-rate. They know how to per-plan at the earliest stages of project development and them proficiently execute to achieve the project goals established by the team. Most projects encounter "bumps in the road", some anticipated, some not. Their knowledge of construction runs deep and they often contribute to the issue resolution beyond the electrical scope. Having Indoor Comfort Team as part of your design and construction team adds substantial value not only to the project and the client, but also to the team they work with.
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