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"Beware of Working Here in Sales"

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Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

great benefits, great technology, compelling product suite, big brand name in the space, leader in the industry, good HQ location, fun parties throughout the year, great benefits package, nice offices and amenities

Cons

terrible middle-management, bullying of employees protected by HR, ability to get ahead rests solely on having a corporate "sponsor" internally (you get it) , bait and switch on territories, territories always very unequal even though they claim that they are all equal, high turnover has resulted in employees being given $10,000 spiffs this year for all hired sales referals - they claim this is due to growth but it is because AEs are often miserable, given an impossible job with an absurd quota, bullied until they experience physical and mental health problems (see ALL of the other reviews and associated comments posted here - click on the comments after each review, there are dozens or these reports), and then shown the door. you are either part of the "old school" crowd here who was with the company pre-IPO so like 5+ years at the company, or you are having a personal relationship with someone in management who is "taking care of you," and then you are given preferential treatment i.e. vacation days not being tracked by your manager, cash-cow best territory year after year, etc. etc. ** OR YOU ARE NOT ** ... in which case you will probably not last here for more than 1-2 years, and probably not that long, because you will be treated poorly, given a territory that Benioff himself couldnt sell into (think rural Indiana and Idaho) and completely miserable. I can't count the # of AEs who fled this place in the 2009 timeframe - dozens. If you are crazy enough to take a job here, be sure you get the exact territory you will be covering written down as part of accepting the job offer - the bait and switch to lure people in here is well-known. You will be promised Chicago and leave your current job, get in the door, take your seat, and be given Louisiana (the boss' girlfriend will end up getting Chicago and no one will remember that you got told you were getting the Windy City - plus the boss' BF probably works in HR so no one to turn to in order to complain). Further, read ALL of the other reviews and comments here on Glassdoor.com - specifically the comments. Again there is a reason this company is giving out 10k referal bonuses to all employees who refer a salesperson who gets hired - and the employee(s) there will tell you how wonderful it is - they're desperate for new people to take the crap jobs so the AEs currently there get the good ones .... and the AEs want the 10k bonus for submitting your resume. They're so greedy for it - its all over LinkedIn constantly. PS - Don't believe the Forbes average salary hype either - that salary figure includes a tiny percentage of Sr. AEs who make $1M plus per year. Countless AEs didnt make jack above their base salary last year - ask about this. And if you get pushed out .... DO NOT LET THEM TALK YOU INTO SIGNING THEIR LEGAL WAIVERS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES

Advice to Management

Stop the favoritism and bullying by middle management - Make this the great place it once was!

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Overly aggressive money hungry culture"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great product
    Innovative culture
    Smart people
    Downtown location

    Cons

    Very political
    No life / work balance
    Overly metric happy - dashboards for everything
    Sales process too focused on short term goals

    Advice to Management

    The sales organization is run like a factory. A lot of good people burn out and leave. Management should think about the negative impact this has on the business.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Bad place for working moms"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    downtown office and youthful culture

    Cons

    This is not a company for working mothers. Insane work hours, lack of growth and denied requests for part-time employment are often common. I know 2 women (who returned to work after having a baby) are leaving because their manager told them that a job share or part-time was simply out of the question. really? what century are we living in when a good employee has to leave because of lack of respect for different work-life priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your HR issues, there are numerous violations in the company that are not getting bubbled up because HR business partners are deaf to employees and only listen to upper management. Also, there is no confidential hotline for employees to give feedback...this is a very basic thing to incorporate and is critical if you want to hear all points of view...not just the watered down version from middle management

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