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  1. "great company to work with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great people , best product platform , great management

    Cons

    nothing to say , no cons


  2. "Great leadership and amazing platforms, until........"

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    Former Employee - Sales in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlobalSpec (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The early leaders had a true vision for the organization and it was an amazing place to work. You could truly believe in what you were selling. Feedback was constant, and you could truly grow as an individual and as part of a team.

    Cons

    The acquisition by IHS quickly changed the culture for the worst. They had no idea how to run a B2B media company and brought in, outside senior management that completely crushed the morale of some amazing colleagues. Top performers were laid off on a "whim" times, and the directors and VPs that grew the organization to where it had gotten consistently, had their abilities and strategies undermined by top management in IHS, and the senior leaders they brought in from the outside.

    Advice to Management

    Sell this part of your business to a true media company and let these people flourish again. Great model, and great products. KR crushed the business.

  3. "Sad to see the demise of a company that was great"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GlobalSpec (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co workers and focus that company had on excellent customer service. Very good marketing products for manufacturers - prior to the company being acquired by IHS

    Cons

    Being acquired by IHS who had no knowledge of b2b marketing and media. They drove the company down by bringing in outside management with no industry expertise

    Advice to Management

    too late


  4. "Great product-tumultous times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlobalSpec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    forward thinking company with a great product but part of a larger organization that does not understand how to properly manage. Day to day was typical sales and you are fairly independent to manage your own business. Great people

    Cons

    Poor management decisions from the corporate level

    Advice to Management

    Let the people who truly understand the business help dictate the direction of the company.


  5. "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many good people; part of a huge company (which is good and bad); interesting work.

    Cons

    Part of a huge company (good and bad); lots and lots of downsizing in the past 12 months or so which is stressful since you don't know when it will be you, and because the work still needs to get done. In some ways, they can't get out of their own way with bureaucracy. Hoping that will improve based on what the new CEO is saying about his goals.


  6. "It was fun and idealistic then not so much."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This was a fun place to work when this was a startup. We had grand plans on how we would change the field of internet search.

    Cons

    Early euphoria dissolved into disappointment as new investor management team made it clear that they would chase the advertisers instead of staying true to the users. The patience was not there for a "build it and they will come".

    Advice to Management

    Now that IHS has taken over and funding should be an issue, re-design the website into a truly useful tool for the users.


  7. "Pre-Sale Evaluation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Loved working for the company before it was bought by IHS. I'm note sure what's happening at the company now. It used to be a very innovative place with lots of smart people.

    Cons

    Heard there has been lost of turnover since IHS bought the company.

  8. "A Company with Vision, Constantly on the Move!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  9. "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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GlobalSpec full-time (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 Management

    hang on to your good people


  10. "It was fun"

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    Current Employee - Sales in East Greenbush, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in East Greenbush, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GlobalSpec full-time (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 Management

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


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