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SHI International Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
98 Reviews

3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It can be a laid back, flexible work place but that can also depend on your manager (in 10 reviews)

  • Surrounded by lots of great people who have the flexibility to be creative and provide feedback to executive management for improvements (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Inside sales reps in Austin are offered 3 times the starting base pay of inside reps in NJ (in 8 reviews)

  • Low base salaries for experienced sales reps so the financial peaks and valleys can be extreme (in 6 reviews)

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    Not recomended.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Short commute - saves on gas.

    Cons

    It is made clear through the actions of senior management and the Human Resources department that you don’t matter, you are replaceable, and therefore there is no need to take your concerns seriously. As far the salary, the amount that each position starts at is at the bottom end of the average salary for similar positions at other companies, and raises are few and far between (sometimes non-existent). If it wasn’t for the fact that there are labor laws in this country, you get the feeling this company would be run like a Dickensian workhouse that has employees leaving work at the end of the day with the proverbial soot covering their faces, just in time to return their low wages to the company store in exchange for some bread, and single ply toilet paper.

    The opportunity for career advancement is slim to none, with few jobs being posted internally that do not have very specific requirments such a years of experience in a similar position. Why would you be working in an entry level sales or support position at SHI if you already had the years of experience necessary to do something else entireley? You are more likely to win the lotto jackpot on your birthday, while a unicorn gives you and all your friends high-fives, than make a non-lateral move in the comapny.

    The morale amongst the employees I’ve spoken to is a similar to the crew of a doomed ship, slowly sinking into the unforgiving, brutally cold Atlantic. You need to get out of there as soon as possible, but where else are you going to go? Better Job Island was destroyed in the war, and is now completely uninhabitable.

    Another problem is the distinct frat house culture surrounding the just out of college 22-year-olds, who are placated by the free lunches bought for them by vendors in a misguided attempt to encourage the sale of their products. This kind of behavior seems to be encouraged, rather than looked down upon. Ping Pong tables are scattered throughout the lobby area in an effort to manufacture a false sense of enjoyment. If I wanted to see college frat antics I'd pop in a DVD of Animal House, but I'm at work, not the backyard of my best bro Ogre's parent's house while Mommy and Daddy are away on vacation.

    In a better job market it would be pretty hard for SHI to build up a staff. I do not reccomend working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experienced professionals beware!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support  in  Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Somerset, NJ

    Pros

    Woman owned company, pregnant woman friendly. Free reserved parking ; just get prego.
    -Commons area has added games like Dave and Busters for you to enjoy.
    -A Gym and classes you can take.

    Cons

    No growth, No or little raise, Company grew too fast and got too cheap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your business and employees better not just the God fathered people who started in 1989. Value and respect, invest in your employees. Stop being cheap, and hiring college grads with art degrees. Stop using DOS, for your internal system; aka SHOES. Become effective, use the products you resell for your own business instead of cheaply like referring to Excel as an ERP system. And lastly, stick to your niche. Investing in cloud business and branding it as SHI, is a terrible idea. Customers dont wanr that. Leave cloud to the pros.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Glorified Telemarketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Account Executive  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX

    Pros

    There are a lot of young, fun people here. Also- lots of free food and happy hours, etc. They want you to believe this is a real job with fun perks.

    Cons

    Hmm, where to begin. If you are someone who desires a job where you can actually use your brain (maybe I should say someone WITH a brain...) I would reconsider taking this job. In fact, not having a brain would probably be helpful here because you are essentially a robot performing the exact same tasks as hundreds of other recent grads. This means cold calling at least 50 companies a day WHO DO NOT WANT TO TALK TO YOU. You are encouraged to find ways to get in contact with the IT directors, honest or not. Did you get a college degree? You are probably better than this.

    Expect to see a list every day of how many calls and how much talk time everyone in the Inside Account Executive role made the day before. Expect to get in trouble if you do not make these 50 dials every day. That is the most important thing in this job. If that is what you want in a job, good for you.

    Maybe you could reconcile performing meaningless tasks hour after hour, day after day for good money but the reality is you probably won't see much commission for a year (so many reps have told me) so you will be surviving on close to 30k. Which doesn't stretch far in Austin.

    If you are desperate for a job and don't mind being a glorified telemarketer then this may be the job for you. I really do not understand why this job requires a college degree.

    You are also completely expendable. They are hiring 30+ people to fill this role every month. YOU DO NOT MATTER. Save yourself the trouble and get a job somewhere else. Don't believe everything you hear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring so many people. It is so blatant that individuals do not matter (on that note it is clear why this job is most people's first). Anyone with a solid educational background and the ability to think for themselves can see this for what it really is. Stop micro-managing. Realize that harassing people daily with cold calls is outdated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid the Sinking Ship known As SHI Corp.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Austin, TX

    Pros

    The one thing that SHI does extremely well is hire great people. I have made a great number of friends/coworkers at this company.

    Cons

    (SHI CORP ONLY)
    From 2008-2013 The Pay, Benefits, Morale, Learning, Management had been second to none. Unfortunately SHI made changes to their corporate compensation and management structure focusing on highly commoditized items which provides no real value to the customer, the company, or the sales people. Obviously this negatively impacted compensation as well as morale across the entire company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Remove the Disease introduced in mid-2013
    2. Get Back to what made SHI great, Selling thing for a profit...lot's of profit
    3. Treat reps like they are people, and not like cogs in a machine. Try and remember why you left Dell/Softchoice/CDW in the first place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Future Sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    Pros

    The company does a decent job at trying to make the fun., and It can be fun if it is your first or second job out of college. As a sales rep, you get an opportunity to learn on the job and you're thrown into variety technology situations.

    Commission plan can be solid, but you have to luck into meeting or exceeding your goals.

    Cons

    SHI is basically two companies. The enterprise team and corporate team. Corp is the red headed step child, but has the most growth and it's where I worked.

    The company struggles processing simple orders, and processes don't work well. District and Inside managers stretched too thin or have a limited amount of industry and company knowledge. They are know as Software, Hardware, Integration, but really it's only a viable software reseller, because the strategy to sell hardware is completely broken. There is a lack of knowledge, support, and processes to do it effectively and consistently.

    Upper management fires too many employees (EVEN THE ONES WHO'VE EXCEEDED THEIR GOALS) and there is little to no viable explanations for the outings. Several of the top people based on numbers are beginning to exit.

    Based on what managers have explained, the plan of the Corp Division hiring strategy is to over hire for every market to ensure that every district / region exceeds their goals. This is great for the company, but for a new or existing employee, you're basically getting less opportunity to make real money. It sets up new reps to call on customer bases that have little to no quality prospects, and the customers lists are basically accounts that have been evaluated and tossed aside due to lack of opportunity.

    Management also has created internal teams that are suppose to increase sales, but they take accounts and commissions away from every rep. Reps or direct managers have little to no control over avoiding these tactics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit being political in forcing out successful employees, quit trying to make this an American version of Softchoice in it's hayday, stop promoting average Account Executives into District Managers with limited success into roles that are above their heads just because you're afraid they're going to quit, and learn how to support the reps that are trying to sell hardware. Your reps are leaving because the writing is on the wall that time is limited and with Microsoft reducing EA fees on renewals, they won't be making as much money next year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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