DataSphere Technologies

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DataSphere Technologies Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
81 Reviews
3.0
81 Reviews
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Satbir Khanuja
55 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great training program, excellent work life balance, encouraging team work environment, etc (in 6 reviews)

  • Great way to make money and the work environment makes you want to succeed (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Felt more like a pet project to fill the pockets of upper management than an actual business (in 6 reviews)

  • don't expect anything but base salary (which isnt huge (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Fun work environment, relaxed, decent commission structure

    Cons

    Horrible product, managers do nothing whatsoever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make managers more than just dj's. All they do is read online artlicles and change the music genre once in awhile.. oh and they yell out names of people who make sales that day and give pep talks. They are worthless but it's not their fault.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    You can do better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's a job. Co-workers were nice. Can do well in sales...

    Cons

    Sad attempts to prove respect for employees when there actually was none. Many a corner cut. A major focus on metrics and micromanagement. Felt more like a pet project to fill the pockets of upper management than an actual business. Priorities were clearly centered around sales (which had quite the churn rate by the way) so there's a lot of fast talking and over celebrating going on. Take any five star rating on this site with a big grain of salt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the job market wasn't so terrible, Datasphere would not survive. Show some real appreciation for the people that make your company successful. By that I don't mean more referral programs for free Kindle Fires and similar "Incentive" programs, they just come off as desperate. I will give you some credit: It's a smart move hiring people just out of school or without degrees, considering it's likely that they haven't worked at a decent company yet and don't know any better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Cold Call

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Freedom to do what you think is best to get the job done. Co-workers are looking out for each other and provide insight on how to sell better.

    Cons

    No training for management to help account executives. Only a few great managers. Can feel a little a little micromanaged. Some systems in place are not used fairly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be an anonymous reviews for managers so they can be more effective leaders instead of saying the same things over and over again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Typical Inside Sales

    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Management makes the day fun with games and activities.
    Commission plan is solid.
    Clear cut goals.

    Cons

    High pressure.
    Hit goals or get fired.
    Not enough coaching offered by leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain one on one coaching sessions and help execs relate to customers better

  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Forward Thinking Company - Always Training, Changing, and Challenging norms

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Management is focused and driven to help you succeed and the environment is relaxed to inspire creative activity. The energy is high and the senior account executives are some of the smartest, driven people I have ever met.

    Cons

    The Marketing is okay, and it is developing. I think they understand that the product is a little weak.The only value you really have to sell with is the partnership with the News Stations. "Calling on behalf of King5" opens a lot of doors. That's it though. If you found a business owner that was egotistical enough to overlook the flatness of the product and the weak ROI - winner winner chicken dinner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Development Team - Create more depth in this product. Your structure and leadership is right. I think the next step would be to start specializing to more industries than just Real Estate. If you did that more, you would have more of the success you see in LandWatch. This is too great of a company to dissolve due to failing appeal.

    Sales Managers: Keep rocking it! You are all my Heroes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    HORROR

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

    I worked at DataSphere Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent co workers, good location.

    Cons

    Entire company is an illusion designed to line the pockets of the few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Cold calling, high pressure telemarketing sales

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    - work/life balance
    - casual dress code
    - fun co-workers
    -free lunch once a month (either pizza or sandwiches)

    Cons

    - Product is very weak; there's a reason the ad packages are cheap; videos and ads are sloppily put together and placed on the news stations website; ads are hard to finds since people must go through several steps in order to see the spot; prices are just created randomly and have nothing to do with the amount of potential outreach;product does not sell itself; there's a reason customer churn is so high
    - Potential customers are misled, many salespeople have no hesitation giving information that's not entirely true (geo-targeting, launch, exclusivity, SEO benefits, etc.), just to get the sale; management turns a blind eye
    -"Don't let them get off the phone until you have their credit card digits and they sign the contract. If they don't want to sign, tell them you have someone one else waiting to buy it." -- That's the mentality at DataSphere
    - Only about 20-25 percent of people receive a commission check (if you hit 100 percent of quota); the rest make $15.62 per hour (before taxes) and pretty much wait to get fired or find another job (it's really hourly, even though they claim it's a salaried position, so keep that in mind)
    - Workplace is extremely loud; at any given time you'll hear at least four different songs blasting through the radio and people yelling. It's fun at first, but gets old very quickly
    - A lot of the managers are not trained to be managers; only job I've ever had where my manager just walks around, talks it up with other managers, surfs the web, and once in a while barge in on a call to supposedly help you (without even listening to the call from the beginning)
    - Advancement is limited (if you make quota); promotion to the next level consists of business cards, a slight bump in pay and new chair
    - Extremely high employee turn over; if managers like you, they'll try to keep you even if you don't hit quota, but that only buys you an extra month or two. If they don't like you very much and you don't hit quota, you'll be done in a few months
    -Benefits are a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire managers with management and leadership qualities
    - HR needs to be identify candidates who have the opportunity to in this field succeed. Stop going with the "see if it sticks method"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A fun and at times equally frustrating place to work

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    Former Employee - Non-sales  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Non-sales in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at DataSphere Technologies full-time

    Pros

    -Young, energetic workforce helps promote a fun atmosphere
    -Casual attire
    -Provided you can perform your job/hit your metrics/meet any set expectations, you can get away with a lot
    -Fairly easy to transfer to a different department and possibly change the course of your own career
    -Honestly met some of the most interesting, funny people here in my life.

    Cons

    -Working with a lot of other 20-somethings also means "often loud and downright obnoxious workspaces"
    -Most of the customer-facing/servicing positions are basically entry-level in terms of qualifications, work detail and pay, so you can get bored and demotivated quickly if you're truly skilled.
    -Micromanagement is rampant; most departments require their employees to adhere to strict schedules
    -Opportunities for advancement w/in specific departments is a bit limited. Most people "advance" by outright transferring to another department; otherwise, if you're interested in developing your career w/in a specific field or skill set, it might not happen there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the reins and treat everyone like adults. I've seen many talented employees stifled while less-deserving ones skate by for too long because the babysitting that masquerades as "managing" in some circles only serves to unnecessarily level the playing field.

    Free lunches and the occasional party is cool and all, but I'd trade most if not all of that for more flex scheduling, less micromanagement, and other examples of trust being placed in us which can help mitigate any dissatisfaction in pay and instill more loyalty among the employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Love coworkers - lacking love with executive and managers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people. Relaxed environment. 40 hour work week. No nights, no weekends. No dress code. Sales is sales. Make dials, make money. Not easy, but if you put in the effort you can make goal, about 50% of sales make money. 10 to 20%, make more than 60k. 15 vacation days

    Cons

    Execs/managers don't care about anyone but there favorites. No respect or reward for hard work. Benefits are the worst. Very few long tenured employees with the company. Not impressed with base pay, but everyone is very underpaid. Best place to work is not true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect people and stop being cheap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Awesome Fun Energy! High Paced. Ability to earn unlimited income. Great direction.

    Cons

    The work is repetitive. You will need to take a break from time to time. Quota starts over and over and over..you gotta be able to reset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More one on one's. It's an emotional sale, treat the employees with more emotion to find out what really motivates them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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