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Ambius Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
12 Reviews
2.3
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fantastic Growing Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Anaheim, CA

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

    Pros

    Company is growing it's customer base by hiring the right colleagues to sell, service, and maintain customer relationships. On average we have grown over 10% each of the last 2 years and continue on that trend. Pay is extremely good and the culture is great to be a part of

    Cons

    Not many at all, lot's of work; as you would expect the harder you work the more rewards and this company provides them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on growth and expanding our product line. The positive atmosphere is great and I enjoy coming to work each day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pest Control Company Destroys Ambius

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    Former Employee - Sales & Design in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales & Design in New York, NY

    I worked at Ambius full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not much after the Cintas bunch took it over

    Cons

    This is not a freaking pest control company !! Plants & holiday décor are a different industry, treat it as such !
    Every business needs pest control not everyone needs a Christmas Tree you idiots !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Cintas boys need to leave and give back Ambius management to people who understand the interior landscaping business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, Great People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Ambius full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Set your own schedule, Company Vehicle (With expense account), Company phone

    Cons

    Depending on location, there could be some long drives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better vehicles for drivers, at a minimum they need cruise control. If you set a limit that is slower than the "normal" flow of traffic, it's hard to keep it below that speed without cruise control.
    Install a navigation system in the vehicle.
    Add some kind of "lift gate" system to assist some of the employees with the heavy tank

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible, frustrating, stressful, unhealthy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    None, none, none, none, none

    Cons

    Everything you imagine a poorly run large corporation to be, in it's worst form

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regroup, remember about people, not focus on $$ because you've done a horrible job over the years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company does not take care of Employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Technical in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Plant Technical in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Working with and taking care of plants is the only Pro at this company

    Cons

    Management only cares about the bottom line, not the customer or the employee. Too many changes, lack of or no training, poor family/personal time during the holidays. You only get a good review & raise if you are in good with Mgmt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right person for the right job and listen to what your employees are telling you not just when other managers tells you what you want to hear. And listen to your customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Failing international corporation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Very few, occasional opportunity to be creative and be oneself.

    Cons

    Poorly managed, no support, lot's of hype, no deliverance. Huge corp that cares nothing about the people that actually do the work. I was laid off in a callous way after 5 years.
    During my tenure, observed millions of dollars wasted on foolish campaigns, silly trips and parties for "upper management".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut it down, sell it off. You have no respect in the Interiorscape Industry at this point. Remember it's best done by small, privately owned companies that actually have their pulse and focus on the business and clients needs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ambius is being milked for its cash flow by the parent company Rentokil Initial

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Ambius full-time

    Pros

    Good product, industry that people like to have

    Cons

    Public company ownership really only care about cash flow and profits. Customers come second.

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

    Got fired by mail

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR

    I worked at Ambius part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I don't work there anymore.

    Cons

    Horrible training; was hired to be an administrative assistant, and was taught virtually nothing about company processes. Ended up turning into a field worker, where I received little guidance, and was on several occasions went out to do fairly intensive labor without the appropriate tools or instruction.

    Shortly after passing my probationary period, I broke my toe. I visited the doctor, took a few days off, and during this period I received a letter in the mail with my termination. Classy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a spine.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    $30,000.00 base + commission.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Design Consultant in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Sales and Design Consultant in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Ambius

    Pros

    The only thing I can think of is free plants.

    Cons

    The company chose to change their 2 week watering schedule to a 3 week cycle without telling their customers. Plants died, and our small branch had to take the hit with all of the replacement costs. Customers were always calling to complain that they haven't seen any of the service techs in 3 weeks. Very hard to sell plants in this recession and we had numerous companies calling to cancel plant service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think twice before you change your watering schedule. Any idiot knows that a plant can't survive without water for 3 weeks. If you plan to do the 3 week cycle to cut costs and lay off employees, install sub irrigation systems before all the plants die. Then you won't have to replace all of the dead plants and lose valuable customers. Those customers then call our competitors (David J Frank, Kei, Interiorscapes) and pay less for a better service! Know I know why Ambius changed their name and image from Initial Tropical Plants, they were trying to hide the fact that are overpriced and low on quality service.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Expect burnout.

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

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

    Pros

    Starting wages and benefits are competitive, if not great.
    See lots of people and workplaces great for networking.
    Self-management is key.
    Self-scheduling is encouraged.
    Work with plants.
    Work with people who love working with plants.

    Cons

    Company only cares about making money.
    "Points" to earn swag have basically replaced raises.
    Workloads increase steadily, but rewards do not.
    Employees get frustrated.
    People are disposable.
    Organizational structure is totally vertical, resulting in predictable norms of communication.
    Company only cares about making money.
    Costs get cut, but fees get raised.
    Promises don't get kept.
    Customers get frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on a regular basis, focusing especially on Jacob Marley.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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