Ambius
2.0 of 5 10 reviews
www.ambius.com Buffalo Grove, IL 5000+ Employees

Ambius Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
Ambius – “Ambius Designed Lobby - Westchester, IL”

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.0 10 reviews

                             

25% Approve of the CEO

(no image)

Jeffrey Mariola

(4 ratings)

13% of employees recommend this company to a friend
10 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Great Company, Great People

Customer Service Specialist (Current Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I have been working at Ambius full-time for less than a year

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

ConsDepending on location, there could be some long drives

Advice to Senior ManagementGet 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

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

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Disapproves of CEO

 

Terrible, frustrating, stressful, unhealthy

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Ambius full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNone, none, none, none, none

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

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

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

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Disapproves of CEO

1 person found this helpful  

Company does not take care of Employees

Plant Technical (Former Employee)
Tampa, FL

I worked at Ambius full-time for more than 5 years

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

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

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

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Disapproves of CEO

 

Failing international corporation

Account Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Ambius full-time for more than 5 years

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

ConsPoorly 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 Senior ManagementShut 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

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

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         

1 person found this helpful  

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

Management (Former Employee)

I worked at Ambius full-time

ProsGood product, industry that people like to have

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

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

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         

1 person found this helpful  

Got fired by mail

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
Portland, OR

I worked at Ambius part-time for less than a year

ProsI don't work there anymore.

ConsHorrible 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 Senior ManagementGrow a spine.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         

1 person found this helpful  

$30,000.00 base + commission.

Sales and Design Consultant (Former Employee)
Milwaukee, WI

I worked at Ambius

ProsThe only thing I can think of is free plants.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThink 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         

1 person found this helpful  

Expect burnout.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ambius full-time for more than 5 years

ProsStarting 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.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         

2 people found this helpful  

Company only cares about making money

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ambius

ProsI get to work with plants, something I love

ConsLack of Management skills and Poor Management
Clients keep leaving due to poor service and poor Management
clients are frustrated

Advice to Senior ManagementHire the right people for the right job and recognize those that go above & beyond - not just management because they hold the management title. Give credit due to those that really deserve it and actually worked for it and most importantly, who have earned it.

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         

1 person found this helpful  

Not a fit for me

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ambius

ProsGreat for large corporation minded people

ConsCreative, experienced employees often are not recognized for their contributions

Advice to Senior ManagementExpand your horizons and be more flexible

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Ambius? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Ambius reviews and ratings — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Ambius CEO Jeffrey Mariola. All 10 reviews posted anonymously by Ambius employees.