MSDSonline Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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Pros
  • Great work environment; friendly colleagues; open door policy with HR; hands-on CEO (in 7 reviews)

  • Great entry level experience and high growth company so lots of room for promotions (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • sales-oriented, high-turnover, i don't feel expected to stay very long or feel very made to feel like a real employee (in 5 reviews)

  • The company hires such a high volume of sales reps and the position is somewhat of a revolving door (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great entry level sales experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at MSDSonline full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Young workforce, laid back, fun atmosphere, good B2B sales experience, sales training program for new hires, get feet wet as associate with no quota for first couple months

    Cons

    Not for those afraid of cold calling, high school type cliques within management, no room for internal growth if management is your goal, locked in at sales position


  2. Ok I guess

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

    I worked at MSDSonline full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a fun atmosphere. A lot of company parties both on and off the office premises. The pay is decent.

    Cons

    High turnover rate especially on the sales side. Not a great place to grow for minorities. A lot of office politics and favoritism shown.

    Advice to Management

    Be true to your word more. Give minorities and opportunity to show their value. It would better to keep experienced sale rep who haven't hit their quota than to hire brand new reps that needs training.


  3. Great for awhile...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MSDSonline

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

    Pros

    The people where nice to work with.

    Cons

    The management in some areas. Some of the management team would talk to the employees any kind of way, and nothing was done to stop this behavior. There was also not a lot of room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Look at how the management team is managing, ask the employees every once in a while how they feel about the management team without consequence.


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  5. High School/Sorority Atmosphere and Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MSDSonline full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Young environment, good for recent graduates to get in the tech industry

    Cons

    Management is poor, well below average starting salary, no room to grow with company, micro management with no coaching and direction, revolving door..

    The only way you are accepted by your peers and position yourself for success is to attend happy hour with management or be an alum to certain alma maters. Sorority like atmosphere where decision making is supported on social aspects rather than actual business metrics and goals.

    Advice to Management

    Don't discourage employees on what they can't do, instead help them improve or guide them to attain their goals. I was told my articulation wasn't to par, wasn't given reliable support, and advised to change industry. I still work in the SaaS industry with a more complex solution and have had no issues with management and their view on articulation.


  6. Not so bad

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

    I have been working at MSDSonline

    Pros

    Fun culture. Lots of young people

    Cons

    Not the best pay. Somewhat stuck In your role

    Advice to Management

    Allow a little more freedom to sales reps


  7. fun, but stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MSDSonline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good atmosphere, young people, exciting

    Cons

    favoritism, low starting salary, many dumb people

    Advice to Management

    work on compensation


  8. If you're looking for a college party...

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

    I have been working at MSDSonline

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

    Pros

    - Cool people
    - laid back environment
    - incentives
    - That's about it

    Cons

    - low pay
    - No program for experienced candidates, they treat every as if you just walked out of your last college class
    - not a lot of responsibility
    - telemarketing feel
    - takes a very long time 18-24 to get into a senior sales position regardless of experience.
    - everyone starts off as an associate
    - very long time to start earning commission

    Advice to Management

    Create a program that suits all candidates, experienced and nonexperieced.


  9. Young & Fun Company to Start Your Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MSDSonline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great environment for college grads/young adults
    -Fun incentives, happy hours, intramural teams, camaraderie
    -More opportunities for training/development than when I first started
    -Great location right off the brown line
    -Casual dress code

    Cons

    -Sometimes the "young/fun/relaxed" environment can be too much of all of those things. Often times, quite unprofessional.
    -Some managers seem more interested in being cool and "one of the guys" than actually helping their team with accounts
    -Not a lot of opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Try harder to integrate the different departments, try to create an environment that is more focused on personal development


  10. MSDS Full time

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

    I have been working at MSDSonline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great friendly work environment, open to questions

    Cons

    Getting to know everyone takes time


  11. if you don't see success within 6 months, leave

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSDSonline

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    company culture is fun, employees are good people

    Cons

    extremely tedious and repetitive work



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