“Politics play a huge role in your career path,” says one Salesforce.com employee on company reviews site Glassdoor.com. “If your not part of the ‘club’ then your path is going to be a long one, even with success.”
This is a common perception at the company. In fact, 29% of Salesforce.com (CRM) employees who have reviewed the company on Glassdoor.com use the words ‘politics’ or ‘political.’ The average across all companies is 6.5%.
Some other comments:
- “Advancement really depends on political posturing and dealing with that takes away from the fun of the actual work.” — Senior Business Analyst based in San Francisco:
- “Most promotions are based on political savvy instead of your contribution to the company.” — A Manager of Sales Strategy, also in San Francisco:
- “Internal promotion has become political and long-winded,” says an employee in sales
- “A very young, aggressive, smart and energized workforce has its downside: intense politics. If you are not in the right place or plugged in with the right crowd, it’s hard to get ahead,” wrote a Senior Program Manager in San Francisco.