GlobalSpec Reviews

Updated June 12, 2014
Updated June 12, 2014
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    A Company with Vision, Constantly on the Move!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlobalSpec

    Pros

    Kept growing their product lines and adding value for the user, and the customer. Top of the line compensation, bonuses, benefits.

    Cons

    Constant growth came with ongoing restructuring and continuing shifts in Management, which made for some confusion. Pretty high pressure sales environment.

  2.  

    Great company great team

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Executive  in  East Greenbush, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Media Executive in East Greenbush, NY

    I worked at GlobalSpec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people provided great leadership and the ability to learn

    Cons

    They only look at what you did for me lately

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hang on to your good people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was fun

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  East Greenbush, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in East Greenbush, NY

    I have been working at GlobalSpec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The teams worked together and helped one another for the most part, something that is rare in sales. You were a person not a ID # and leadership worked with you. You learned a lot and

    Cons

    Having senior level people brought in from the outside with NO Clue about industrial B2B, most of all seemed shocked when dealing with the clients and the realities of the conversations. Leadership also was working under an assumption that IHS's ( the acquiring company) name will overcome any and all objections.

    The top leader of the organization could not close a door let alone a client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start looking outward for ideas not just rehashing old failed ideas. Make the audience the top priority and get rid of that yahoo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company not entirely sure what it wants to be when it grows up

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Troy, NY

    I worked at GlobalSpec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Initial culture was terrific: customer- and employee-minded, the product(s) are very high-quality and easy to sell if you "get it", intellectually stimulating work

    Cons

    Was really top-heavy through 2010, though I understand many of the golden parachutes have been pulled since IHS purchased it. Not a lot of official in-career training, but initial training is good. Once tenured, it's up to you and your peers to continue education, learn your field. VERY negative environment for women to work in sales. Inconsistent application of HR rules across departments (especially for mothers and mothers-to-be).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think long-term again; short-term panic nearly decimated the bottom line *twice*. Hopefully IHS guidance will give more stability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Innovative, forward thinking company.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at GlobalSpec full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Leaders in their online offerings.

    Cons

    A long sales cycle in alot of cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More interest in the lives of your employees outside of the workplace

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work No Longer Matters....

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  East Greenbush, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in East Greenbush, NY

    I worked at GlobalSpec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    *Original GlobalSpec employees are very knowledgeable about the business
    *IHS GlobalSpec has an excellent benefits package
    *New product introductions create a more interesting sales proposition

    Cons

    *New IHS management has no knowledge of industrial marketing
    *Unreasonable sales quotas which are used for "corporate restructuring" downsizing
    *Key personnel who built a very successful model were being shown the door with no warning
    *No career stability which makes their current sales personnel nervous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will need to re-strategize about how you are now running the company. Bringing in new sales management with no industrial experience to downsize key employees. This will certainly lead to catastrophic results - both in new business acquisition and in renewal rates. Everyone in sales is stressed to the max based upon unreasonable sales quotas and seeing their colleagues either leaving or being asked to leave.

    Additionally, clients are realizing that the core GlobalSpec product has nowhere near the 6.3 million registered users as client results keep getting worse. The newsletter subscriber totals are also well below what is claimed as evidenced by same lack of client results. IHS needs to quit hiring outside the industrial space for management as their sales expectations far exceed what the market or reality truly is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Keep an empty box handy - just in case...

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    Current Employee - Full Time  in  East Greenbush, NY
    Current Employee - Full Time in East Greenbush, NY

    I have been working at GlobalSpec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Prior to acquisition - company was in the process of reinventing itself and maintaining clients and revenue despite huge drops in web traffic and a depreciating legacy directory business model.

    Cons

    Post acquisition - company suffered a "brain drain" and all the ones driving the pivot were either shown the door or left; new folks in the door and remaining talent is insecure and following whatever direction they are given just to protect their jobs while they search for a new one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing you can do now but accelerate the demise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uncertainty seems to be status quo

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlobalSpec

    Pros

    Great Product and Services for the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Great people work here.

    Cons

    Commission plan has changed...making less money. The fire drills change daily on what you should be focusing on...Uncertainty is the new normal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn our business

  10.  

    If a Ghost Were To Say "Get Out!" Would You Leave? Cuz that's the warning you get from us.

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Albany, NY

    I worked at GlobalSpec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A one time GREAT marketing solution. A one time innovative company. Still Great people working there but the beautiful parts of GS have diminished in the past 3-5 years

    Cons

    The Audience (the only thing GlobalSpec had going for it) has disbanded. Through exhaustive spamming and over-the-top advertising, the millions of users (circa 2008) have moved to less threatening resources to find their information

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They had better hope that no one files a class action suit regarding the false advertising (Newsletter subscriber (and open/click-through rates) as well as the erroneous and misleading site usage statistics).. This, combined with the horrible management people that are still in place, will kill any hopes that you have in growing this company from what you bought it at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good culture - acquisition is changing things in a mixed way

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    Current Employee - Manager Level  in  East Greenbush, NY
    Current Employee - Manager Level in East Greenbush, NY

    I have been working at GlobalSpec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good culture in office; but periods of nervousness due to recent acquisition by IHS. Strong product offering overall - but getting dated.

    Cons

    IHS has done some stupipd things in the integration process that made way too many people nervous.
    Zero mobile, tablet or social strategy for product offering - high risk to fall behind tech curve
    Good people looking to leave due to nervousness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better presence in office by IHS HQ folks vs. fly by meetings when no one knows you are coming
    Retain key folks - they can help settle nervousness and anxiety as they are far more trusted than you are or will ever be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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