DataSphere Technologies

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Run...don't walk away from this company!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at DataSphere Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Casual dress code
    -Young and fun environment
    -Uncapped commission
    -Paid time off & Paid holidays
    -Lots of freedom as long as you're selling
    -You can receive a $2 base pay increase as long as you are 140% to goal in 5 consecutive months.

    Cons

    -Low pay ($12/hr with no overtime)
    -One-time pay out of commission. No Residual
    -Product DOES NOT work
    -Sales associates have to (not want to) lie in order to sell the product bc it is so bad
    -Customers cancel within the first 90 days of a 12 month contract bc the product does not work
    -Local news stations are trying to cancel their agreements with Datasphere bc it is untrustworthy
    -No repeat customers (need I say why?)
    -Sales associates call customers "dumb" for signing up.
    -High turnover. 2-10 people leave every month.
    -Management is a joke. Most have drug problems and turn a blind eye to sales associates lying to get deals bc their commission checks depend on our sales.
    -HR doesn't exist here
    -Benefits are expensive and a joke
    -The company finds a way to avoid paying out commissions.
    -20-30% of sales associates actually make goal
    -The company does not care about their employees, only lining their pockets.
    -No growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your business model is so poor, you'd be better off firing everyone and starting from scratch or closing your doors entirely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    ON MY WAY OUT!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at DataSphere Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The hours are 7am -4pm or 6am -3pm get up early do your job and go home. The team is environment is the best. The sales is easy and not very stressful if you are experienced but if you are not you will struggle. When you make commission at least in my product I sold it was the best. If you manages to stay six months and have high talk time and hit quota another company will head hunt you right out of there with better pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Inconsistent policies making Senior AE is a joke. They keep changing the qualifications so lesser people make it. The pay is the lowest in the media & advertising industry and no one stays. There is an inexperienced operations person and most people in the position never worked the position in other companies to give a good outlook. The benefits are the worst and the company meetings are useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistency, quality and experience in everything you do will make a huge difference in your culture and longevity. Wonder why you have not been on best places to work? Walk around the sales floor and ask!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible product that is being sold to people who don't know nay better, and managers who are incompetent.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DataSphere Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Well the job is easy so i can't complain, a monkey could do this.

    Cons

    Where does one start? (This is within a non-sales department)

    - Anyone who is manager or a lead, has been solely promoted because they've been here long enough or sucked up. The people who are in these positions have ZERO people management skills, and most of the time don't know what they're doing (successful way to build a company)
    - the pay is a JOKE. any other real company pays at least $10,000 or more for the same position
    - again the team leads or managers like to re-assign work to other people because they themselves do not want to deal with clients
    - there is absolutely zero professional growth here, you will not learn much after a month or so
    - The benefits are a joke, you're better off not having insurance because it's basically catastrophic insurance
    -The turnover is so horrible, every month there's a contest with an incentive if you refer people who get hired, pathetic. maybe invest that money into your people's salaries so you won't have this high of a turnover.
    - The products are sold to people who don't know any better, it's a crappy product and everyone knows it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people just because they've been here long enough. The people who are managing have zero skills. maybe do some market research while you're at it too- the salaries are a joke, and you all know this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Love my job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at DataSphere Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Great coworkers
    Plenty of paid time off
    High Commission potential

    Cons

    Very low base salary
    Communication disconnect between departments, sales/ad creation department. I've lost a few sales due to their focus on how quickly they can finish a customers order instead of taking the time to work with the customer to make it right the first time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The base pay is the lowest in the industry. It would be awesome if it was raised after your 1 year anniversary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Boiler Room with prizes

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    Current Employee - Sales in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at DataSphere Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment. Fast paced and there are always sales dropping. Should meet some good people. The management from Washington had bright and intelligent sales minds. Easy one call sales so a shorter sales process. Good if you are in between jobs. Easy ramp up period for new hires.

    Cons

    Hired unqualified leadership. Those who didn't perform were ignored. You could go a day without a sale and you were looked down upon. Pay is low compared to the Washington location. Be ready for tons of change constantly. Very entry level sales. Tons of pressure that mounts up quickly. Do not call sales are abundant. Lots of cancels ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow your potential stars to roam unattended. They will find work elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    DataSphere Technologies Response

    Jul 2, 2014HR

    Thank you for your feedback. We are proud to offer a base salary plus an uncapped commission plan that rewards our Account Executives who meet or exceed their monthly sales quota. The majority of ... More

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DataSphere Technologies

    Pros

    Great company benefits, relaxed work environment, parties every month, no overtime as they stress work life balance. Fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Training is a joke. My dept (won't mention), there is no formal training. "Here's your computer, log on, get yourself familiar with the programs, ask questions" No real guidance, structure, too very laid back. Expects you to succeed with barely any support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    I've had worse jobs

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    Current Employee - Customer Success Advisor in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Success Advisor in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at DataSphere Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Monday-Friday work schedule, casual dress code, fun people, fun parties, easy to get hired on, good location, no taking work home with you.

    Cons

    Low pay in an expensive part of town. Terrible benefits. High turnover. Focus is definitely not on those in non sales positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on compensation for non sales positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Management, Poor Pay, Stay Away!

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at DataSphere Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Young staff (20's-30's) which makes for a more fun, youthful environment
    -Great music playing, keeps you motivated in a mundane, repetitive job
    -Cool, relaxed environment

    Cons

    There are quite a few of them.....where to begin?
    -Managers are not managers...they are salespeople who were promoted based on having high sales. Just because you can sell a product well doesn't mean you can effectively manage people.
    -There is a LOT of different radios and music playing and cheering can get incessant. It was fun at first, but it gets extremely obnoxious when you're trying to focus on a call.
    -Hung up on CONSTANTLY...lowers morale very quickly.
    -Expected to put in at least 100 calls a day, or 6 hours of "talk time"
    -The product is really crappy...it's advertising on the customers' local news station's website...down the page quite a bit, rotating with quite a few other businesses
    -Pay is VERY low...they tell you it's a salaried position, but it's not. You get paid about $14/hour after taxes, which in Seattle's cost of living is more like $9/hour. Most of my coworkers, even in their thirties, are living with roommates because they cannot afford to live based on the lack of salary.
    -You only receive commission if you hit your quota. You can be $1 away and not get a commission check!

    My personal story: I quit Datasphere because my husband was transferred jobs across the country. I was never paid my commission check (of about $1200) because I moved before working there 90 days. Supposedly it was spelled out in my employee handbook, but I could never see where it stated that. I would have hired a lawyer, but $1200 isn't worth it after considering legal fees! Very unfair...especially since it wasn't my decision to quit; my husband was getting transferred! There was really no choice on my part. I would have quit eventually though!) Also, my manager cussed at me and made me feel threatened quite often. The only time anything was ever done about it was when I went to HR. Even then it always felt awkward. I was glad to get out of there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to promote successful salespeople as managers, make sure that you train them on how to be effective managers. Just because you can sell doesn't mean you can manage others and train them well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Young adult babysitting

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at DataSphere Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy product to sell since management pushes for misrepresentation. Decent for a first job.

    Cons

    Horrible product that doesn't work for any clients. Poor customer retention. Totally unprofessional work environment. Extremely low base salary with decent commission structure as comparable to the salary. Micro managing to the point where it's almost like a young adult daycare. Clueless upper management on tech side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the "targeting" on your product and deliver something close to what your sales force pushes. It's a good idea with no follow through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No money here....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at DataSphere Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, relaxed atmosphere, ping pong tables, kegs of beer, poker for prizes, etc

    Cons

    Base salary is low and the average cost of an ad to place is very low and the commission is not great so you make no money here. Required to make 40 calls a day. Extremely high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest some time doing this job yourself so you see what your employees are going through and realize that you need to be able to provide results and pay your people more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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