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1105 Media President and CEO Neal Vitale
Neal Vitale
33 Ratings

    High turnover, low company morale, poor compensation and terrible benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 1105 Media full-time


    I had a great boss and regardless of the sinking ship 1105 Media Inc. has become, due to poor decisions made by upper management, I learned a tremendous amount
    Lenient about teleworking
    Decent PTO


    Little to no training or professional development. I was essentially given a laptop & told to learn html, making it incredibly stressful for me (as the new hire) and my boss (struggling to set aside time to train) in the midst of having to do 20 other jobs because layoffs were so pervasive.

    The office is a ghost town. Due to massive layoffs to cut head count so that 1105 could pay back their investors without receiving late penalties, there are a ton of empty cubicles; this is really the "elephant in the room" for current employees and significantly contributes to poor morale.

    Poor compensation. You may start off at a "competitive" salary, but even a simple "Cost-of-living" raise is hard to come by - even if you are a high-performer and have made significant contributions to your business unit. Top talent has left 1105 Media Inc. for their competitors (GovExec etc.) that recognize the value of investing in their employees and rewarding them for their efforts.

    Decisions are NOT made strategically. This company keeps beating a dead horse, attempting to re-market products NO ONE CARES ABOUT and sets unrealistic goals for the reduced staff they have now, and are surprised when the lofty goals are not met. As a result employees are harangued by executives/upper management.

    Antiquated technology. This company is using cumbersome, dated and ultimately flawed technology platforms that hinder business productivity and trying to pull one simple report a head ache.

    Benefits. They are incredibly expensive and go up each enrollment period. No surprise given 1105's current state that they cannot match contributions to 401k.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent: If I earned a dollar for every "restructure" email I received I would be retiring early. These emails were VERY misleading. On the one hand acknowledging the cuts in staff and on the other hand speaking of "growth opportunities". Tell them e-x-a-c-t-l-y how it is and don't promise growth opportunities when they may not be in the cards.

    Reward/invest in your employees:
    Even if it is providing pizza on a Friday or having an ice cream social, making a small gesture goes a long way, especially when you cannot offer them more than a cost of living raise.

    Stop remarking products that are unsuccessful:
    This is a BIG one. Invest more time in market research and less time in re marketing products are ultimately unsuccessful - it makes marketers feel like they can't market and the whole team incredibly frustrated.

    Make decisions from the bottom up instead of the top down:
    Given how lean this organization has become. Get to know what your employees pain points are and before making a huge decision that impacts everyone - as a team decide what the best approach is and if this is the right time for making a huge change.

    Get rid of bad technology:
    All of the business technology platforms are not integrated and need to because right now most things that are manual...shouldn't. Your CRM and database should be 1 platform. Your email marketing platform should talk to your CRM.

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