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SHI International Reviews

Updated 18 August, 2014
Updated 18 August, 2014
98 Reviews

3.2
98 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)

  • Surrounded by lots of great people who have the flexibility to be creative and provide feedback to executive management for improvements (in 5 reviews)


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

  • Low base salaries for experienced sales reps so the financial peaks and valleys can be extreme (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Okay place to cut your chops

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

    Pros

    Vibrant culture, people care about one another for the most part. Lots of vendor sponsorship and events which allow for networking opportunities.

    Cons

    -Middle & senior management is very green in most districts/regions
    -Metrics are prioritized over sales results
    -Not enough "selling time" due to manditory office days and other events/activities unrelated to actually selling product/solutions to customers.
    -Lots of "hand-holding" versus given the tools to succeed and being treated as an adult.
    -Unless you live in Austin or NJ, limited opportunity for career progression
    -Culture of 'working 24x7'. Not being responsive to email while on vacation is frowned upon which can lead to burnout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relize that sales results are the key driver towards profitibility. Too many 'flavor of the week' type campaigns which distract focus from key objectives of which the campaigns should be ancillary to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Junior Sales role

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    Flexibility and earning potential and the opportunity to develop a roster of clients in a local market. Long leash, and the autonomy to succeed. Transparent quotas, and the ability to be setup for long term success.

    Cons

    Market is saturated, and there is loads of rep turnover. Go to market strategy is simplistic, and does not resonate with customers. Too much emphasis on metrics versus actual selling. Very young and green leadership team, with not a lot of selling experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership team is inexperienced and does not have enough direct sales experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    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 (US)
    Former Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX (US)

    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 (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    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 (US)
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX (US)

    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 (US)
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX (US)

    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

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

    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfied

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

    Pros

    Great work culture. Laid back depending on your manager. Room for growth if you put in the effort to stand out. Busy enough so you're not bored, but not so busy that you're overworked.

    Cons

    Very young workplace. Over 30 is overage in the Inside sales position (Entry Level). Low pay but equal for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Job advancement is too heavily based on time with the company and not based on experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IAM

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

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recomended.

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

    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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