SHI International

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SHI International Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
114 Reviews
3.5
114 Reviews
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SHI International President and CEO Thai Lee
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It can be a laid back, flexible work place but that can also depend on your manager (in 10 reviews)

  • Great place to work, definitely somewhere that fits into my long-term career goals (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Inside sales reps in Austin are offered 3 times the starting base pay of inside reps in NJ (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management is part of a good ole boys club that came from one of SHIs competitors (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interesting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I have been working at SHI International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very Interesting environment with some of the most entertaining/encouraging co-workers. Seems everyone gets a moderately different experience when entering SHI. Territories are assigned to individuals randomly after you complete training. The territories correlated to income potential vary greatly. It's a lot of work(years), but can be very rewarding.

    Cons

    It can also be quite a frustration when luck and persistent pay off; only to be rewarded with an error not previously percieved. The back-end/systems of this company really need an upgrade. Feels like luck is more of the name of the game here. No real competitive differentiators.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the back-end systems, and see retention/sales grow. Maybe consider adding some sort of compelling incentive to stay longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Glorified Call Center

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

    I worked at SHI International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    SHI provides a young and energetic culture to work in. At times, it may seem like a frat house or club, but that's what makes it fun. Free lunches provided by suppliers!

    Cons

    Competition among co-workers is extremely high. If you expect to survive, you will take your work home and work long extra hours. EXTRA LONG! Managers don't care much! They encourage you to lie and do what ever it takes to reach the person in charge of "IT purchasing" to sell. Unless, you're willing to trade in your soul, I advise you to run for the hills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to listen to IAE's needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good, not great

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

    I worked at SHI International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people on your sales team are the best part of the job. Young sales team that are all more than happy to help you.

    Cons

    Stressful. Hitting your quota is a must and if you fail to do so for over 3 months, they will find you a new position...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build smaller sales teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Scare Tactics

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

    I have been working at SHI International full-time

    Pros

    If you work hard you will be successful. If you have a thick skin, even more so. Lots of company growth which allows for upward mobility. There are many additional perks in the form of food, prizes, off-sites and so on.

    Cons

    Despite many bright, talented and insightful people in the senior management roles, the very person at the top of the chain governs by principles of rash decisions, closed-mindedness and bull-dogging. Rather than internalizing feedback, promoting innovation and encouraging constructive changes, he communicates a generic, "salesy" message that wreaks a callous, insincerity. What once was a fun, challenging, flexible work-environment, has now become a stifled, confined, corporate cog of a workplace that is gunning to be the next big thing, with little consideration as to how to retain the people that make the company thrive. It feels like a dictatorship.
    Where's the democracy?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the feedback being given and then work to not only communicate the changes being made, but work on overall transparency in terms of why things are being done.
    People are starting to leave just as quickly as they are being hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Culture and opportunity for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I have been working at SHI International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to grow your career and earn good money once you've established yourself

    Cons

    Starting and building a book of business is really difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to get started - opportunity beyond

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I have been working at SHI International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to learn about exciting technology.
    Potential to be very lucrative in a short period of time.
    Company and partner manufacturers work hard to provide a fun environment for employees.
    There is plenty of opportunity to find new roles across the company and across the US.

    Cons

    Increasingly challenging quota attainment - the opening position has a seemingly short shelf life.
    The number of new reps creates a challenging learning environment for new teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Comfortable work enviroment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at SHI International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flex hours, good pay if you sell alot of high margin product and services, friendly co-workers who are often very helpful. Women and minority owned.

    Cons

    lots of low margin products, some staff are in their positions just because of their tenure..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider everthing that is being said and listen all opinions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    IAM

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Somerset, NJ

    I have been working at SHI International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun, young environment. Great management. Ability to grow within the company. Overall good company. Gym in building is an extra perk.

    Cons

    Pretty boring work. Desk job. Could be on a really great team or could be on a terrible one. Mainly based on luck and up to your training managers discretion. Not much of a challenging role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure training program and placement procedures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great at first but a lot has changed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I have been working at SHI International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Co-workers
    Great pay, if you're good at what you do
    Great benefits and perks
    Majority of the time, no micro managing

    Cons

    Management is a mess. One day it's this and the next is the complete opposite.
    Hiring way too people
    Call center attitude
    Management is too worried about dials and stuff that doesn't make the reps money.
    Too many unnecessary meetings(just let me work, it's sales)
    Our system tools are the worst in the business
    A LOT of favoritism(I even have to "brown-nose" to get accounts thrown to me)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's take a step back in the SMB space. We have voiced our opinions for months now, but little has changed. Our work space is starting become a call center. Please stop preaching on numbers that do not make us money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not recomended.

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

    I worked at SHI International

    Pros

    Short commute - saves on gas.

    Cons

    It is made clear through the actions of senior management and the Human Resources department that you don’t matter, you are replaceable, and therefore there is no need to take your concerns seriously. As far the salary, the amount that each position starts at is at the bottom end of the average salary for similar positions at other companies, and raises are few and far between (sometimes non-existent). If it wasn’t for the fact that there are labor laws in this country, you get the feeling this company would be run like a Dickensian workhouse that has employees leaving work at the end of the day with the proverbial soot covering their faces, just in time to return their low wages to the company store in exchange for some bread, and single ply toilet paper.

    The opportunity for career advancement is slim to none, with few jobs being posted internally that do not have very specific requirments such a years of experience in a similar position. Why would you be working in an entry level sales or support position at SHI if you already had the years of experience necessary to do something else entireley? You are more likely to win the lotto jackpot on your birthday, while a unicorn gives you and all your friends high-fives, than make a non-lateral move in the comapny.

    The morale amongst the employees I’ve spoken to is a similar to the crew of a doomed ship, slowly sinking into the unforgiving, brutally cold Atlantic. You need to get out of there as soon as possible, but where else are you going to go? Better Job Island was destroyed in the war, and is now completely uninhabitable.

    Another problem is the distinct frat house culture surrounding the just out of college 22-year-olds, who are placated by the free lunches bought for them by vendors in a misguided attempt to encourage the sale of their products. This kind of behavior seems to be encouraged, rather than looked down upon. Ping Pong tables are scattered throughout the lobby area in an effort to manufacture a false sense of enjoyment. If I wanted to see college frat antics I'd pop in a DVD of Animal House, but I'm at work, not the backyard of my best bro Ogre's parent's house while Mommy and Daddy are away on vacation.

    In a better job market it would be pretty hard for SHI to build up a staff. I do not reccomend working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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