Ascent Media
2.9 of 5 28 reviews
www.ascentmedia.com Santa Monica, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 1, 2014

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Ascent Media Chairman & CEO William R. Fitzgerald

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37% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Ungenerous company. Dedicated workforce.

    Director (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDedicated workforce. Good people to work with.

    ConsUngenerous company. Culture of trust absent

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo little too late

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disconnected leadership.

    Director (Former Employee)
    Burbank, CA

    ProsGood for software developers and employees based at the main office. If you were located there you had access to upper management and get direction.

    ConsPolitical infighting among upper management far outdistanced by any innovation. This company's weak leadership seems to allow it's executives to put more energy into their personal agendas than servicing the customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on a strategy rather than throw a bunch of ideas against the wall to see what sticks. You have to make decisions to be successful. You took on too many disconnected lines of business without an understanding of how to run them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the best place to work

    Video Operator (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsWorked with great people and new technology with a global client base. There is no doubt you get great experience at Ascent.

    ConsThe job was a dead end - there didn't seem to be much in the way of promotions or salary increases.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore incentives to motivate the work force.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible Communication!

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Burbank, CA

    ProsAscent Media has an amazing amount of technology. Any System Engineer that works at Ascent Media will have the ability to get their hands on some cutting edge technology.

    ConsThere are some serious issues that Senior Management needs to address. First and foremost they treat their employees with little to no respect. With the downfall of the economy they have used that excuse to treat their employees like dirt. The line “You are lucky to have a Job” is over used and starting to become demoralizing to employees. Second, there is little to no communication in this company. There is a major communication gap between Senior Management, Department Directors, and a major gap between development and the system engineers. If it was not for talented employees half the work would not get done at Ascent. Third and finally, in the 4 years I have worked at Ascent Media we are going through the third company reorganization. The prior two failed because there is a serious lack of leadership in upper management. The growing consensus amongst all employees is that the Newly hired VP’s, Directors and any other Senior Management role is primarily interested in personal growth and not company goals. Once they achieve a small goal they can add that to their resume, leave Ascent Media and obtain a position at another media company for a higher salary. The employees are not fooled with their town hall meetings and management should honest and if they truly cared about Ascent they really need to figure out a way to reverse the anger and frustration they have caused to their employees.

    Advice to Senior Managementfigure out the solutions to the cons

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company sorely needs direction and improved internal communication. Management needs to better engage employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Burbank, CA

    ProsStrong technical talent exists at Ascent.

    ConsPoor internal company strategy or direction communication. Focused solely on the bottom line. Little financial support given to important initiatives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove internal communication - directly engage employees in small group meetings. Where is this company going? What is its core focus?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ascent Media Lacks Direction

    Senior Network Engineer (Current Employee)
    Burbank, CA

    ProsWorking at Ascent has its ups and down, like any other company. My manager is very accomodating in terms of scheduling. That works both ways, as I sometimes have to work on weekends and after hours, but the filed of work I am in its normal. My co-workers are great, we all get along and look out for each other and provide assistance at the drop of a hat.

    ConsManagement is very hazy in terms of providing any sort of career path. They say that they will pay for training and education, but whenevery you ask to attend a trade show or traiing, they say its not in the budget.

    Management also lacks a clear vision of the company and decisions are made then reversed a few months later after we've spent considerable time and effort along one path.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide feedback to employees and provide a clear career path.

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    4 years of fun, 4 years of hell

    Vice President (Former Employee)

    ProsJoined the company when it was a lot smaller, two layers away from the CEO
    Interesting opportunities to work with global clients and international projects
    Leading edge on new media technology, some really good developers
    Trying hard to position itself for the future
    Some really good clients with respectful relationships

    ConsLeft the company when it was a lot bigger, promoted twice and now four layers away from CEO
    Many really disrepectful clients with overblown expectations (and egos) made some relationships beyond repair and led to very little job satisfaction
    At one stage there were six former senior management "put out to grass" with over $3M in remuneration all for various levels of incompetence, having fired a bunch of good people before being found out.
    Cost savings made after contracts had been signed resulted in not enough resources to deliver requirements
    Took a long while to work out that The American Way doesn't work outside America

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the people who work with the clients daily,
    Put some joy back into what should be a creative industry

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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