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2.9 28 reviews

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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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    Exactly what you'd expect working in the entertainment industry

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsCool if you want to work in the movie industry

    ConsThe top talent is allowed to get away with pretty much anything they want. The egos in this place are out of control.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJose Royo RIP. You were a great leader who left too soon.

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    Lots of changes going on

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt's a job. It could be worse.

    ConsExpect lots of results with few resources. Like many companies, they're concern about cost regarding everything. Some priorities are questionable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think the divestitures was a smart move. It should have been done years ago. Lots of hard working people that go on unacknowledged. You are fortunate you have very dedicated employees that love the industry.

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    WOW

    Vice Admiral of Opinion Review (Current Employee) Northvale, NJ

    Prosclose to home
    near many restaurants
    outstanding mix of personalities
    every day at work is a new adventure - there is alwys something you have never seen before

    Conshours suck
    aging facility - equipment is in need of an upgrade - a lot of the equipment should just be trashed and the facility should start from scratch witha rebuild

    Advice to Senior Managementpress for a game plan for the future - upgrade equipment and look to weed out whatever malcontents remain.

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    Great vision, lacking in execution

    Program Management (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsAscent Media has many smart, driven people, with good vision. Newly appointed CEO is inspiring and visionary; company has great digital services vision, but squandering execution.

    ConsPoor communication, losing ground in new services, lack of clear business strategy; many employees are demoralized and frustrated. Morale is low, and threatening ability to retain good people

    Advice to Senior ManagementImproved communication across organization

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    Married and looking...

    Creative Services (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIt's a great place to be if you're an artist in the post production world. Ascent Media has some of the industry's best talent working at its facilities and it's leveraging the latest technology. In light of the recent writers strike, the company did a decent job of retaining as much talent for as long as possible, which was very difficult in light of the circumstances.

    ConsDepending on the department, it's rather difficult to move up with in the company. There simply are no established career paths one can follow, which is very frustrating.

    Depending again on the department, the wages are not competitive and merit increases don't seem to exist at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn the interest of cost-cutting and moving the company into the future, remember that a price (in the form of employee turnover) will be paid if it's done incorrectly. Also, it would great if senior management gave employees a more clear-cut explanation of how they plan to achieve the goals that were laid out at the beginning of the year.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt used to have great leadership

    ConsIt used to have great leadership. But too many unnecessary high paid execs with expense accounts made the company fall to pieces.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great people, LA headquarters made managing difficult.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people at the NJ facility, with talent and dedication. The location is convenient for NJ-based business and very easy to get to.

    ConsBuilding business from NYC-based clients is very challenging due to preconceived notions about NJ. Senior management is in Los Angeles, which creates a burden of reporting and a non-creative approach to management, because it is very difficult to institute changes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is great staff. Hold on to them and keep the core business flowing. Don't waste too much time and energy attempting to break into new areas.

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    Quickly rise to glass ceiling

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGenerous financial compensation and benefit options. Opportunity for advancement is available even if slow to offer and with poor incentive.

    ConsCommand-and-control leadership drains off ambition, especially when dictated methods only serve to hinder efficiency. Very little openness to meaningful collaboration.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore effective communication and transparency between departments would provide for less internal bureaucracy and red tape which would streamline work-flow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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