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ARS Advertising – Saint Joseph – “ARS Advertising”

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    ARS is fun yet challenging and offers a career developing atmosphere.

    Senior Art Director (Current Employee) Saint Joseph, MI

    Prosvery team oriented, open door policies, structure but flexible, process but creativity is expressed in many ways, not just work work work. not too much overtime but very demanding, challenging work. diverse group and sits "right on" Lake MI, close to Chicago

    Conssmall town although very nice, clients are demanding so there's surprises a lot with fast turnarounds but I guess that's normal, some clients better than others

    Advice to Senior Managementcharge more money so we make more money!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    If not fired, a dead end for sure

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Palatine, IL

    ProsThe only pro I can come up with is what others have pointed out, if you're fresh out of college and looking for that first gig you can get a start here. That being said, you should exhaust all other options first. It's good padding on a resume but it ends there. The negatives vastly outweigh this one aspect.

    ConsAlmost too much to go into. Employment here is determined by comradery with management and little else. In my 3 years at this place I never received a review and had only one marginal raise. Senior staff and new employees alike are cut loose with no warning, and on a very regular basis. Management is completely inept and prone to their emotional whims. You are expected to be on call at all hours on all days and the wages do not reflect this responsibility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice was given to management while employed here and it was clearly given on deaf ears. Unfortunately the problem with this company lies within the management so any advice would be pointless.

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

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    Overworked, underpaid, mistreated and lied to.

    Interactive Developer (Former Employee) Palatine, IL

    ProsNice client list and good start for newbie devs or designers who don't mind being overworked, underpaid or easily expendable. Great people to work with while they last plus the location is nice with easy parking and the metra train next door.

    ConsARS Advertising, which also runs business legally as ARS Interactive and now Aisle Rocket Studios, has an impressive client list however be ready to develop for IE6 while using poor web standards and working in a multitude of very outdated systems with under-qualified account executives.

    Decent project management is lacking along with the inept, outdated developing procedures which forces unnecessary yet highly encouraged overtime upon employees with false promises of overtime pay or comp time to entice. Unfortunately anyone who asks for that promised comp time will instead be given a pink slip. Countless social and team building events are also held during lunch and business hours causing even more overtime to meet deadlines. With no employee loyalty or respect it seemed quite odd to hold so many team building events when the revolving door of employees constantly changed the dynamic of the office environment.

    Biggest con is their awful exiting procedures whether an employee had worked there 1 month or 5 years. Leaving any or all personal items at your desk would be highly discouraged due to the fact that when they decide to let you go you will be asked to an office and never allowed to return to your desk. A very negative work atmosphere was a horrible side effect of this business practice.

    Ultimately employees are undervalued, extremely underpaid by about 1/3rd to 1/4 of their worth, they are given a false sense of team loyalty then discarded when top management doesn't like them.

    Loyalty, hard work, passion and initiative are not at the top of managements priorities so keep your head down, bring salsa to the potlucks, dress up for Halloween and ignore everything you've learned about proper coding and you'll get along great!

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsistent, decent project management and accountability is desperately needed. Maybe learn a bit about web & design if you are going to offer services to companies other than Sears. It would be great to actually respect all your employees and not limit their talents. Team building exercises don't mean jack when you have no actual loyalty to your team members so stop the lies and fulfill your promises. Lastly, a proper HR department is needed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time

    Art Director (Current Employee) Palatine, IL

    Prostalented employees that are not respected. nice office.

    ConsMicromanagement
    Secretive bosses who play favorites
    No growth potential
    Horrible project management

    Advice to Senior ManagementRevaluate your entire strategy. The best leaders are the ones who actually jump in and lead not micromanage.

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

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    Micromanage much?

    (Former Employee) Palatine, IL

    ProsOpportunity to work on cutting edge interactive projects
    Talented design and dev staff
    Consistent work

    ConsWorking weekends and nights are expected
    Senior management is inexperienced outside of ARS
    Senior management embraces micromanaging, embarassing employees, and won't hesitate to fire you if there is a personality conflict of any kind

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your employees more autonomy. Don't micromanage every single project. Incentivize employees with more than a stable paycheck for long hours. Say "nice job" every once and a while.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    great for college grads...no mentorship in regards to growth

    Art Director (Former Employee) Palatine, IL

    ProsVery talented group of designers to work with, fun atmosphere,.

    ConsHorrible management, no growth potential. Management is very secretive and not willing to train or mentor individuals skill sets. If you're good at one particular thing you'll be stuck doing that forever. The longer you stay the younger the talent gets. The place is like a revolving door of talent. No one stays more than 3 years. They keep losing clients but there's no new clients coming in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest to your employees and actually act like you care about their future in the creative field.

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

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    Good stepping stone kind of job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLaid back atmosphere, flexible working hours (honor system), exposure to bigger household brands like Sears, Kenmore, Whirlpool, Craftsman, cushy jobs for parents with young children.

    ConsHigh turn around rate of employees in all departments, little to none mentorship, little to none upward mobility, unchallenging work for ambitious types.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency with how the company is doing, learn to keep your good employees, distribute new work evenly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The coffee is the best perk

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chattanooga, TN

    ProsLaid back, good coffee, casual dress code

    ConsNo raises even with good performance, low pay, no upward mobility, insurance premiums rise yearly, inconsistent treatment of employees, hard work is rewarded with more work, lack of communication from management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees have incredibly low morale. Reward good employees with pay increases or increases in vacation time to help retain them. Communication is severely lacking.

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

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    Great experience, great people

    Account Coordinator (Former Employee) Saint Joseph, MI

    ProsPeople, opportunity to work on well-known brands, client headquarters so close

    ConsOnly one client, lack of mentoring opportunities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    People are not respected here

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Palatine, IL

    ProsCasual attitude toward dress code, hours and cursing
    Covered parking
    Metra accessible

    ConsSenior management prefers "warm bodies" at low salaries over committed employees at competitive salaries
    Senior management communicates little with employees beyond condescending "my door is always open"
    Senior management does not interact with employees
    Very little advancement opportunity
    One or two senior managers protect their turf at all costs
    Not competent at forecasting their business
    Not competent at judging prospective employees
    Witnessed several disastrous hires made worse by manager's refusal to admit his mistakes
    There's no HR function other than an overworked admin in a different location
    Raises are unheard of

    Advice to Senior ManagementRedefine your business, create a strategy for growth, decide whether to keep and nurture effective employees or keep travelling down the same path.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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