GDS International Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
26 Reviews

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    Open Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GDS International

    Pros

    Good for those who love a challenge in sales.

    Cons

    If you don't like an open office environment, it's not for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work with great people, but limited career potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at GDS International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The opportunity to meet and work with c level executives among all industries. Great travel opportunities. Work with some of the greatest people, fun environment.

    Cons

    No clear direction with job roles, upper management. Salaries aren't great and poor career advancement

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    Not much guidance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GDS International

    Pros

    Give you the opportunity to work on your own

    Cons

    Had to constantly cell phone source for C-Level Executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the difficulty of reaching a CEO of a company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    GDS

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GDS International

    Pros

    Great place, fun people, good experience

    Cons

    bad chain of command for the whole company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    International Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at GDS International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very interactive work environment - Ping pong tables, vending machines, smoke breaks every 2 hours.

    Cons

    The most unprofessional work environment I've ever seen or heard of. Unfair and unethical management. Company is full of lies and deceit to get potential clients. Company partakes in illegal solicitation in order to get in touch with CEO's and other Executives.

    GDS recycles employees like its their job. Someone gets fired and hired every single day. No job security. Boiler room environment. Lots of interoffice dating and affairs.

    Its like working in a big Fraternity house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wrong Values, Wrong Practices and a Good Product

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    Former Employee - International Sales Executive  in  Miami Beach, FL
    Former Employee - International Sales Executive in Miami Beach, FL

    I worked at GDS International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Young and nice people.

    Cons

    The company has a long list of wrong doing that they don't let you know until 1 week after you are hired. You have to lie to get CEOs cellphone number. They suggest you pay for a service that pretend you are someone else on the phone. You have to lie to clients on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest on your people and improve then rather than discarding them as if they are nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smoke and Mirrors

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GDS International full-time

    Pros

    Great Booze and Music and Salary

    Cons

    No Branding, Clickish and Mediocre

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    learned a lot and developed some unique sales skills. good people..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GDS International full-time

    Pros

    they treated me fair. no complaints

    Cons

    lots of management movement while I was there

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to learn, but bad for longterm

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at GDS International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good training, sales prizes, good commission

    Cons

    Upper management is full of liars and frauds.
    Intense sales goals.
    Unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop feeding employees lies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    High Pressure Sales in a young, frat-like environment

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    Former Employee - International Sales Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - International Sales Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at GDS International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) Location...The NYC office is located directly on Wall St in the Trump Building. It's an easily accessible location, and it makes you sound very official to your friends and family. 2) Ping Pong...There are two ping pong tables and a huge level of competition amongst your co-workers. They are in constant use during breaks, lunch, and after hours. 3) Easy to get hired...You don't need to be a college grad to get hired or succeed here, but rather a thick skin, affable personality, and determination when it comes to phone sales 4) Travel...If you do last for more than a few months, you will be able to travel to the "summits" that you have been selling over the phone. Most everything is paid for, and it's a good time in locations around the US, and abroad. 4) Vacation and Benefits... A "winter break" that is unheard of...you get off from like Dec. 23rd to a few days into January. The benefits are decent as well. 5) Base + Commission...The numbers were in the process of changing as I was leaving, but you make an industry-standard base, and depending on your sales skills and time spent, the sky is the limit. Some of the veteran sales people make BANK 6) It's a decent place to work for a thick-skinned, sales-driven 20 something, or it could be a placeholder if you got let go from another job and are looking for a better job. THIS IS A JOB...NOT A CAREER OPPORTUNITY

    Cons

    1) Low Morals.....In order to truly succeed, these sales practices do require you to give up some of your morals. Lying to clients' assistants to get them on the phone, pretending to be someone else to get a number from a co-worker, some people even found the home phone number and pretended to be a co-worker to get the cell phone number from the wife. The confirmed list of people that you tell your prospective clients over the phone is usually completely inaccurate, especially at the beginning of the sales campaign. There were loads of bad reviews on the internet about GDS, they paid these companies off to take them off, and hired people to write good reviews to outnumber the bad ones too. 2) Lead-sourcing...You are required to find your own leads on the computer, using any and all methods. Most of the people you call have been called before, refuse to work with GDS, or are banned from working with GDS due to being burned in the past. 3) High Turnover... There is a training class it feels like every 2-3 months because many quit right away, and the others don't cut it. My training class was about 25 people who got accepted to work there....After a year, there were less than five left. 4) Rejection...As goes with phone sales, prepare to be rejected dozens of times a day. It is frustrating to say the least. 5) Monotonous...Every day, you go to your desk and make dozens of phone calls a day, most ending unsuccessfully. That's not the fault of GDS, but rather the industry. 6) Room for Advancement... Unless you are a sales prodigy, you will not move up. There is little upper-management, and they are not fit to manage. They just exceeded at sales, so they moved up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing can be said.. They wouldn't listen. Also, I didn't leave on bad terms and have a respectable position now at an admirable company. There is no bad blood and I've made a few good friends there, but I wish I'd known more about GDS before joining. It's not for the morally righteous, or thin-skinned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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