Intellisphere
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www.hcplive.com Plainsboro, NJ 50 to 149 Employees

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Michael J. Hennessy

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Nice Environment and Awesome Co-worker but management needs something extra.

N/A (Former Employee)
Plainsboro, NJ

I worked at Intellisphere full-time for more than a year

ProsGood for entry-level positions into a market especially for Pharma-Sales and Editors careers. Even if you dont report to management directly, Owner will come up and interrogate you. It helps to have a manager have you back and most will. Managers and the co-workers are very helpful and will help you anytime. During your average day you will be glad you joined because of the co-workers.

ConsManagement is unstructured as it is a Private Company (Owner holds you by the B@!!5) and Sales commission is very low (make sure you get your commission before you get fired). Leave before 5:15pm, that when Owners does the rounds. Make sure that you have a remote setup to do your work 24/7 if you want to keep up.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat people like you want to be treated. Sometimes just providing a paycheck is not enough.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Complete lack of respect for employees/culture of abuse

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Intellisphere full-time

ProsAwesome, talented employees--people are talented and hard working and if management ever got its act together and tapped into that, the company would be a powerhouse.

ConsNo work/life balance. Employees emailed and called at night, weekends, vacations, on the death beds of parents (yes, this actually happened)
Company run by the whim of the CEO. No planning for new products. New products demanded by the CEO on unreasonable deadlines and whether or not they are actually marketable. No analysis made of whether they are marketable, and then sales is berated for not being able to sell them.
New publications and concepts constantly started and then taken away from the people who put the hard work into developing and selling them
Constant travel demanded of emplyees, with no comp time
Endless useless meetings. CEO attends meetings and interrogates employees with arcane questions that are generally not really relevant to the project being discussed. Employees who don't know how to answer these off-topic and puzzling questions are then berated in front of co-workers
The company works with many nationally known physicians. When an employee cannot get a physician to complete a project on time (on some impossible deadline set by the CEO on a whim), then it is the employee's fault and they are berated in front of co-workers for it.
No regard for employee workloads, which are huge. Employees given new projects and told to complete them on arbitrary deadlines. Employees who hire freelance help to complete projects are then berated for spending too much of the company's money
Senior level employees walk out the door with no job lined up, things are so bad.
Jr level employees pray they don't get fired or else pray they will be laid off and get benefits so that they can find a job with clear, reasonable expectations
Which brings me to: impossible to ever guess what the CEO will want/ask in any of the meetings that he makes employees attend. Instead of the normal company meeting in which employees are asked to update the status of their projects and detail challenges and how they are overcoming them, employees attend meetings in dread because they never know what kind of strange questions the CEO will ask or what his questions actually mean or what goals he wants to achieve with his strange questions. Asking the CEO what he means or wants either brings no answer at all, or an answer that makes no sense--despite repeated attempts to get clarity.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's too late.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Aggressive yet micromanaged work environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Plainsboro, NJ

I worked at Intellisphere

ProsIntellisphere is a well structured organization that thrives where few others do within the publishing industry. The management team provides alot of structure for less seasoned hires mostly recent college graduates. Through daily written and oral reporting from every sales person, the management team keeps very tight control over operations. For someone who needs alot of hand holding, this environment provides a good learning environment in which new hires can launch their sales careers.

ConsThis same environment at Intellisphere is less than ideal for more seasoned employees. The structure provides too much overhead for managers, and it demonstrates a lack of respect for employees with more experience. Furthermore, senior management often does respect work-life balance as they will not hesitate to call employees off hours and on weekends to discuss things that should be left to be discussed during normal work hours. The sales team is also required to start work at 7:30AM each weekday morning, and management keeps attendance records of all sales people. Despite work/life balance needs, they do not respect these personal obligations as demonstrated by their ban on any vacation time between Labor Day weekend and December 31st.

As a privately held company, the owner has placed his children in senior management roles which one would expect. However, these individuals are not held to the same strict rules in which the rest of the sales must follow. This behaviour sets a bad example, reduces morale and clear promotes an atmosphere of favoratism that is harmful to the work environment.

Finally and perhaps most alarming, the way the company operates seems to be less than open and honest. A few examples comes to mind. First of all, several of us were hired for certain roles with certain responsibilities only to have them changed within days after we arrived. Furthermore, they started changing around compensation packages effectively reducing our pay without much discussion. Also, all sales people must pay out of pocket for travel and entertainment expenses. Aside from the considerable cash outlay, often times the management team does not reimburse us in full identifying petty charges and deducting them from pay without discussion. They also create a lag of a few weeks before reimbursing us whereby they control the cash flow by effectively delaying repayment.

Advice to Senior ManagementI strongly recommend to the management team that they rethink their approach to running the sales operations. After this experience, I would never work at Intellisphere nor recommend them as an employer of choice to anyone. The secretive and manipulating environment you have created may work well for new hires who do not know any better. However for those of us who have been around, these practices are unacceptable and would never be tolerated at most other companies. It's a shame, because you have the potential to create a much better environment where coming to work would be a pleasure.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Run by tyrants

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Intellisphere full-time

ProsNone the job steals your soul

ConsIf you want to be constantly bullied, have your family life disregarded, work alongside everyone in the company that is a director (they just keep promoting you and dont bump your salary), and give in to the ridiculous demands of the owner than work here!

Advice to Senior ManagementNone - this company is horrible and that is how they like it. Its a hobby for him and a place for his kids to feel important

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A job, not a career

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Pros- Laid-back, casual atmosphere for the most part (though this can be taken too far on occasion).
- Jeans and free bagels on Friday.
- Some great people.
- Willing to take chances on new graduates and entry level.

ConsA lot depends on your direct supervisor. You can end up with someone great that will make you feel like a part of a team, or you can end up with someone who will gossip about you.

What you get out of the company is not always worth the stress or the aggravation. It's risky to make this company your long-term solution.

- Recent layoffs. Turnover rate is HUGE. People are glad to go.
- Frequent travel, and no comp time.
- Many closed-door meetings lead to an atmosphere of anxiety.
- Communication between franchises is low and it feels like they're competing against one another instead of sharing resources.
- Sales and editorial are always fighting against each other.
- Reorganizations occur frequently and responsibilities are shifted onto employees who already have too much on their plates. A lot of murkiness and uncertainty about job duties, very hard to get a clear answer on what you should be doing or pursuing.
- Many employees are not challenged, often bored.
- Unethical practices.
- It's difficult to be recognized for your work unless you have a great manager in your corner. People are not shy in letting you know they believe your work is unimportant or not bringing in big enough numbers. But if a project of yours does well, these same people will not be shy in taking credit for it where they can.
- Obsessed with beating the pack, but not willing to invest in the talent to make that a reality.
- Barely any room for advancement. Promises made, hardly kept.
- Work/life balance can be poor.
- Employee morale is low.
- Unclear direction, goals and mission.
- Many pointless meetings that could be avoided with a few emails or a two-minute conversation.
- While the owner is present/involved, many decisions are based simply on his whim and what he thinks is going to be "the next big thing," which leads to a good handful of failed publications or ridiculous projects that people are too afraid to question.
- Nepotism.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate! Go outside the "inner circle" for ideas and stop putting people on pedestals just because they use buzzwords.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Interesting work but no job security

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Intellisphere

ProsGood place to do interesting and challenging work
A lot of good people who work hard
Decent salary and vacation time

ConsPoor benefits package
High level of turnaround
Overwhelming number of employees are stressed and nervous
Nepotism
Management less than honest

Advice to Senior ManagementStart showing respect to this very hard working staff, create an open and honest atmosphere, and improve the benefits package

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Good people to work with

Finance/Accounting Intern (Former Employee)

I worked at Intellisphere

ProsSmaller size, variety of duties

ConsA little far from my home

Advice to Senior ManagementPresident is very easy to talk to and visible. Beneficial to offer more opportunities for growth. Positive experience for me.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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