DataSphere Technologies

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DataSphere Technologies Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
85 Reviews
2.6
85 Reviews
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Satbir Khanuja
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is AMAZING-- which I love (in 8 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    A fun and at times equally frustrating place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Cold calling, high pressure telemarketing sales

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

    I worked at DataSphere Technologies full-time (less than an 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Love coworkers - lacking love with executive and managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at DataSphere Technologies full-time (more than an 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
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Account Executive

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at DataSphere Technologies full-time (more than an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Executive Exerience

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

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

    Pros

    I was able to meet some good people which will definitely help with networking going forth in my career. The place is revolving door with people coming and going constantly. This isn't good for the company does help with meeting many new people.

    Cons

    Work is extremely repetitive and unrewarding. Their advertising product isn't very strong which makes you feel bad when people purchase it and put their faith in you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better product that sales people can get behind.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good first time inside sales experience with very little risk and a lot of income potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    you start out needing very little to be successful, especially if you are a good looking girl. Yes that's right! The whole company is run by men. So if you've got the looks, you've got the job (although no one will ever be able to prove it because the managers only talk about it behind closed doors). If you're a guy, you'll have to either present yourself as a hotshot sales person, or a lame frat boy type that is willing to kiss but all the time and be a mangers little play thing. Once you get passed all that, the job is cake. Sit in a cubicle all day and make 100+ phone calls. Nobody is real uptight, people have waterguns and arcade game that they play around with, and until your second or third month, you really don't have someone watching over you. If you are good and you can sell you will make friends there and have a lot of support. If you don't then you won't, and you will be back on this website again, looking at reviews.

    Cons

    Sitting in a cubicle all day rotting your brains out in front of a stupid computer while you try to track people down on the other end of the phone.Typical inside sales position. If you can handle that you can handle the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are phony liars and biggots that look down on other people just because you think you are hotshot sales people. Screw you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career, not a long term job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced and usually great energy. Perfect entrance to the corporate world for recent graduates and those new to the industry.

    Cons

    Office energy has significantly dropped. Things have gotten harder since media hasn't had a new city launch in over 6 months. Management is having the same high expectations when it is simply harder to find prospects. Monthly quota is higher than it should be, but still achievable for top dogs. No growth from sales unless you are a top hitter, which is doable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To treat all employees more like they're significant than disposable, not just the top hitters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you like cold calling this is the place for you.

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

    I have been working at DataSphere Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, constant change.

    Cons

    The pay is very low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Cold Call - Call Center

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

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

    Pros

    Company tries to promote a fun new age working environment.

    Cons

    Unless you thrive off of dialing, cold calling and being hung up on this probably isn't the place for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great Opportunity for those who want it...and WORK for it.

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

    I have been working at DataSphere Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rapidly changing. Always growing. Young and flexible. Filled with go getters.

    Cons

    Lots of people make snap judgements. This is an inside sales 100% based on cold calling. You dont make dials = you dont make money. Lots of people are quick to point the finger and hesitate when it comes time to take a long hard look in the mirror.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest a bit more in training. Maybe a bit more in the salary area to attract better talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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