Employee Review

  1. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    It really is that bad...

    29 Dec 2017 - IBL in Bristol, England, England
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    Pros

    It is possible to earn good money - although incredibly difficult

    Cons

    I worked for GDS for some time, and eventually left because I didn’t want to be associated with a company that had no moral compass. GDS is an events company that prides itself as a market leader in their field which is ultimately in ‘meet the buyer’ type events. They arrange 2.5 day ‘Summits’ where 65+ executives from brands come armed ready to speak with companies about their top challenges. The brand executives come for free, but the companies wishing to meet them pay substantial sums of money for the privilege (The standard package is around £25K). In order to sell slots to companies, GDS claims to obtain project intelligence from the brand executives about their top 3 challenges. This is where most of the fraud is committed by GDS as most of the project intelligence is either completely fabricated, or, an obsolete project from an old summit that has been regurgitated. The sales campaign starts around 6 months before the summit takes place, and usually there will be around 15 or so brands that sign up at the start. This is not enough to encourage companies to participate, so fake lists are used to make out the summit is not far off being full of delegates. Likewise there will be little (If any) project intelligence, so sales staff are instructed to make up their own. This will be the case right up until a couple of weeks (Sometimes days) before the summit takes place. This dishonesty is not as a result of a few desperate sales staff, it is a company-wide problem starting with the CEO and working down at all levels. The office environment is best described as toxic. If you work at GDS then you can expect to be micro-managed, treated like a child, given little support and basically made you to feel like you are expendable. It is very difficult for any semblance of structure because of constant changing at the whims of management. Drugs are openly dealt in the office and regularly consumed in the toilets. There are undertones of sexual and racial discrimination. The turnover of staff is insane. There is constant back-stabbing, dishonesty, and attempts to steal sales deals. The middle management are largely inept and corrupt. It is true you can earn a lot of money, but this is the exception not the rule.

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Excellent opportunity to work with some real players in the industry

    28 Apr 2021 - Director of Talent Acquisition in Miami Beach, FL
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    Pros

    Very peppy environment and fast paced.

    Cons

    Lots of changes last minute but that was not always a con

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Hard work, high earnings potential, growing company!

    16 Mar 2021 - Business Development Executive in New York, NY
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    Pros

    GDS offers exceptional earning potential which is pretty amazing considering the global pandemic. Uncapped earnings puts me in the driving seat – competitive base, super strong commissions, quarterly and annual bonuses and great prizes and incentives. As with any biz dev role, you have to work for it but we are selling a strong product and get great support – my earnings have grown from $92k in y1, $134k in y2, $202k in y3 – clients like the product, rebook, cross sell and new clients working with me all the time. I even have an SDR now that works directly for me that gives me even more time and this will be a record breaking year for me personally. Its not an easy job, but one where you have support and if you are open to learn, your opportunities are endless. This job has significantly changed my financial situation.

    Cons

    At this stage, there is none for me.

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