ARS Advertising Reviews

Updated January 15, 2015
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  1. ARS is fun yet challenging and offers a career developing atmosphere.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Saint Joseph, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Saint Joseph, MI

    I have been working at ARS Advertising full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    very 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

    Cons

    small 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 Management

    charge more money so we make more money!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Dead end job

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

    I have been working at ARS Advertising full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very laid back, casual dress code, consistent schedule, lots of time to check personal e-mail, Facebook, etc.

    Cons

    Little or no concern for employee morale. What's a raise? What's a promotion? Only negative feedback is ever given. Seniority means nothing. Laid leave days per year stop increasing after 5 years. There are too many employees for too little work.

    Advice to Management

    Put some effort into improving morale.
    Cut back on the nepotism/"good ol'boy" system of getting and keeping the job.
    Raises. No reason someone should effectively be making less per year in year 5 than they were in year 1.
    Communication could be greatly improved


  3. Horrible company

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

    I have been working at ARS Advertising full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Cant think of one other than the fact my paychecks cleared

    Cons

    horrible work life balance, unrealistic deadlines, incompetent upper management. horrible reporting hierarchy, salaries are not in line with what others are paying for similar roles. Hope you dont like seeing your family during the Thanksgiving-Christmas time.

    Advice to Management

    There is no saving the management team in place. No advice will help.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    If not fired, a dead end for sure

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

    I worked at ARS Advertising full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Almost 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 Management

    Advice 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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Overworked, underpaid, mistreated and lied to.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interactive Developer in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Interactive Developer in Palatine, IL

    I worked at ARS Advertising full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice 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.

    Cons

    ARS 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 Management

    Consistent, 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Don't waste your time

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

    I have been working at ARS Advertising full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    talented employees that are not respected. nice office.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Revaluate your entire strategy. The best leaders are the ones who actually jump in and lead not micromanage.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Micromanage much?

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

    I worked at ARS Advertising full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Working 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 Management

    Give 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good stepping stone kind of job

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

    I have been working at ARS Advertising full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Art Director in Palatine, IL

    I worked at ARS Advertising full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Horrible 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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    The coffee is the best perk

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

    I have been working at ARS Advertising full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Laid back, good coffee, casual dress code

    Cons

    No 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 Management

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



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