AMC - Illinois

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AMC - Illinois Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
12 Reviews
3.3
12 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AMC - Illinois full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a second generation family business, and the owners are dedicated. They are also just very nice men. The new offices are very nice.

    Cons

    Pay is not great, and opportunities to advance are limited by the budget and growth of your clients, not the overall company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on talent retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at AMC - Illinois

    Pros

    Purposeful selection of clients, company mission

    Cons

    Slow pace, lack of growth opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop growth plans to retain talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If you want to be valued this is the place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Glenview, IL

    I worked at AMC - Illinois full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    AMC expects quite a bit from its employees but, unlike other companies, they also give so much back. The principles are friendly and very approachable. They want to get to know you. And community involvement is a big part of the company. I found the company wants, and encourages, its employees to share information between departments. And employees actually shared not because they had to but because they wanted to. I found AMC to be an extremely positive and friendly place to work.

    Cons

    Because it is a smaller company (around 200) it can be difficult, but not impossible, to be promoted.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best Place I've Worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AMC - Illinois full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The culture at AMC sets it apart from other workplaces. Company leadership is invested in both ensuring the happiness and success of its clients, as well as the happiness of its staff. Benefits are very good, and include a 401k, profit sharing, relatively competitive salary, health/dental/vision, HSA option, etc.

    Cons

    Coming from a different place, the onboarding process is a little difficult - there are a lot of things to learn. The young staff seems to turnover a little quicker than at other places I've worked. Not sure the reason for that honestly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going. We're on the right track and will continue to grow with your continued investment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A Great Place To Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AMC - Illinois full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The owners are very generous to employees. Profit sharing, 401K match, annual bonuses and annual raises are part of the compensation. My department offers great schedule flexibility to the team and the team itself is both responsible and a pleasure to work with. The company has been chosen as an Illinois Best Places to Work company for 3 or 4 years recently.

    Cons

    Some client teams can be challenging. Unrealistic expectations and unwilling to work within boundaries set forth. Sometimes I don't know how certain folks remain employed, (but this could really be said about any company).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A Great Place To Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMC - Illinois full-time

    Pros

    Association Management Center is a very family oriented company that provides work/life balance. The culture of the company really starts from the top of the company with the owners who are all very personable and approachable. The company also has a high ethical standards and don't put their employees in situations where they are forced to compromise their moral beliefs. The company promotes within and also supports professional growth and development.

    Cons

    While I enjoy working with Association Management Center, I must share that the salary range for entry level staff is not competitive with the market place and is often a barrier to acquiring high talented staff. Additionally, the employee benefits and tuition reimbursement is not competitive with the market place as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider the salary for entry level staff and reevaluate the tuition reimbursement policy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    AMC Will Kill Your Career and Motivation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Glenview, IL

    I worked at AMC - Illinois full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Comp time when working weekends

    Cons

    Do not demand high quality work from employees since they're so focused on being a "nice" place to work.

    Owners of the company don't know what the account executives are doing and the account execs don't support their team when a client is demanding, mean or detrimental to team culture.

    AMC gives staff too many accounts to work on so they make money and people are spread too thin to actually produce high quality work.

    People go here to take a "break" from their career and as a previous reviewer said commit professional suicide. Left because I seriously felt dumber by the day working here! I was losing my professional edge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Horrible team culture so focus more on exec culture vs. the culture you're trying to build as a company. Don't spread your staff so thin since they get burned out fast. Demand high quality work instead of accepting employee apathy simply because they don't have the drive and motivation to create high quality work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits but no room for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Glenview, IL

    I worked at AMC - Illinois full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits medical, dental, vision, flex spending, life insurance, etc; Family owned; small company; community oriented; charitable; open to changes

    Cons

    no room for growth; salary increases are very low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notice the amount of young people leaving your company because of the low salary, no room for growth and no challenging opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional suicide

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at AMC - Illinois full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, comp days when you work a weekend

    Cons

    This company positions itself as a "nice place to work" but the execs are nothing but nice. Tell you they want one thing and when the board asks for another or the exec is under pressure, they completely change their tune. Very little team culture (company culture is quite strong) since this is really left up to the individual execs. Working on multiple clients is very difficult especially when often you're working on very different clients/areas of healthcare, etc.

    Used to be a "family company" with nice family values but they got too big and fire people often. I can't count the number of emails I received that a certain person no longer works at AMC. Definitely not a nice place to work with that culture and fear among employees. Stay away from this place!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with execs to actually integrate company culture into team culture. Each team culture is so different that the experience can be entirely different depending on who your exec/execs are. This is definitely NOT a nice place to work and your company branding doesn't match the employee experience.

    Improve your benefits and pay... healthcare coverage and salary's are TERRIBLE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company talks a good game but doesn't live up to its own hype

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Glenview, IL

    I worked at AMC - Illinois

    Pros

    Easy commute from across Chicagoland.
    Invests in new technology regularly for employees to use so they can better serve clients.
    Varied and interesting clients and projects to work on.
    Some interesting travel opportunities.

    Cons

    On the surface, this should be an outstanding organization to work for. Dig a little deeper, though, and you will discover things that make you scratch your head.

    For example, some people are let go when the client(s) they serve change management companies, no matter what skills they can provide to the company, yet others in the same situation are kept on for years and years with no apparent real work to do and even if their management style drove the client away.

    Management practices vary from group to group and depend on the whims and personality of each individual team leader. Teams are incredibly siloed, making cross-team collaboration next to impossible, and keeping employees from being truly engaged in the company's mission and vision.

    Very little support given for professional development. Emphasis is on people earning their CAE designation; master-level and higher degrees are not highly regarded and certainly aren't rewarded compensation-wise.

    Managers definitely play favorites and each have their own "pets" who get treated differently from others on the team.

    At review time, there is no real follow-up -- at any level -- to address issues that are identified. The company uses a 360-degree feedback system, but the results are ignored and have no impact on an employee's performance rating or pay raises. Because people aren't trained well on how to use the system, some use it to denigrate their colleagues instead of using it constructively.

    Doesn't Recommend

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