GDS Group - It really is that bad... | Glassdoor.co.uk
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    "It really is that bad..."

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    Former Employee - IBL in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GDS Group full-time for more than a year

    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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    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the corrupt working practices Get rid of corrupt staff Be critical of what you are offering - You are dressing up mutton as lamb Stop promoting staff who are not management material Make the non-sales part of the business accountable for poor performance of the product! Stop the culture of lying over delegates attending and project intelligence

    GDS Group2017-12-29
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    "Great"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GDS Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team mates and bosses

    Cons

    Cold calls and long hours

    GDS Group2019-09-24

    GDS Group Response

    October 13, 2019C E O

    Thanks for this review. Prospecting by phone is the best way to engage our C suite customer. Make it interesting, honest and intelligent and I am sure it will begin to feel less like cold calling. You obviously suit the environment and the people so I wish you huge success! Tanya

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    "Work hard and reap the rewards"

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    Current Employee - Manager of Strategic Alliances in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GDS Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great office environment and colleagues - I wouldn't say it was your average sales floor. The training is excellent upon arrival and is continued throughout. You get rewarded for working hard and there are always people around to ask for help and guidance. You do need to be motivated, but I think the company is fab.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work a lot off your own back. The more you put in, the more you will get out. Also be prepared to be quite flexible.

    GDS Group2019-09-18

    GDS Group Response

    October 13, 2019C E O

    ...and we think you're fab too. A fit like this will mean high achievement, happy customers and a growing business. Enjoy!

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