American Conference Institute

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American Conference Institute Reviews

Updated May 6, 2014
Updated May 6, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    A company with a lot of potential for improvement.

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    Current Employee - Conference Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Conference Producer in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Conference Institute full-time

    Pros

    The clients- you get to work with top thought leaders

    Cons

    Internal promotions are slow, and there is not much room for long term growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your talent well, and you will retain more quality people.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    This company has been in a decline for the past 2+ years and so no sign of getting any better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Conference Institute full-time

    Pros

    work life balance. able to take care of personal issues from home.

    Cons

    No promotions. Low pay. They play the blame game. The lower sales rep gets blamed for an event being poor. No one cares about you. They only care about profits and making more sales. New upper management does not know how to handle the team and is rude. They lie in interviews and do not know how to manage. This used to be the place to work for but now its a sinking ship and everyone is looking for a way out. Go else where for more pay and to feel appreciated. HR doesn't care and most things get swept under a rug. What they are doing now is a little too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of your recent management and let the people who know the company run it. but its too late. Sell the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sink or Swim

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Delegate Sales Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Delegate Sales Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at American Conference Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's one of the few companies you can actually consider as a 9-5 job and you're in the heart of Flatiron which is nice.

    Cons

    Intense amount of daily dials
    Little support from upper management
    Pay is not competitive by any means
    Health benefits could be a lot better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    great people/atmosphere, poor money, few advancement opportunities

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    Former Employee - Delegate Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Delegate Sales Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at American Conference Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    super nice people from upper management down, very relaxed place

    Cons

    low base salaries, limited commissions, very hard to move up in company, not all managers display competence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do a better job of weeding out incompetent employees/managers, have a realistic track to advance, allocate resources more productively

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A bit of a let down

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    Former Employee - Conference Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Conference Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at American Conference Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They hire relatively nice people and it's relatively a calm workplace

    Cons

    It's evident from the start that employees are disposable at any time and for any reason. The salaries are low in comparison to others and as soon as not clearly thought out / researched events start to have issues, the culture of the organization is to promote the blame game. Managers distance themselves from responsibility and you are on your own. The growth opportunities there are very limited and the high staff turnover explains the reason for dissatisfaction, the blame game and employees looking over their shoulders. It's no different from other conference companies in that sense. This stems from training, of which their is none so employees are almost set up to fail. Was a major relief to get out of there after a while of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your staff to alleviate the turnover issue. Also, clearly research event viability rather than throwing stuff against a wall and seeing if it sticks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No upward mobility, lack of training and low salaries

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Delegate Sales Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Delegate Sales Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at American Conference Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the people that work there are very nice and it is a pretty relaxed culture. The production staff is very competent, making it an interesting work environment.

    Cons

    The salaries are incredibly low. There is no room for growth and they refused raises to even the best of the sales staff. Some departments are micro-managed which makes for an unpleasant work experience. There was poor communication between management and staff. HR was basically non existent. They focused heavily on minor things - such as being 1 minute late when big things were going unnoticed - like selling 20% above quota.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be accurate in the interview process and do not promise what you can't give - upward mobility, salary reviews, etc. Compensate your best sales people better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A great place to work if you are entrepreneurial and like challenges!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at American Conference Institute

    Pros

    As a small company, there are a lot of opportunities to make a difference. Employees are relatively autonomous and have a direct and significant impact on the products they market or develop, and therefore the money that they can make. No idea is off the table and all innovation is encouraged. The environment is relaxed and collegial and the work is interesting.

    Cons

    Salary is not comparable to other potential positions, particularly for the lawyers who work at the company. The training program is virtually non existent and new employees are thrown in without a life preserver. There is very little support or ongoing training for employees due in part to the company's small size, and in part to overworked or unengaged management. Incompetence on many levels is accepted and some employees end up doing the work of others in a totally different department -- in addition to their own job--because of it. There is no accountability for mistakes made by some; and too much accountability by others. There seems to be no formal review process, and a very underdeveloped HR function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training, staff appreciation, and engagement will go a long way to making happy employees.

  9.  

    Good quality of life with some tradeoffs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Conference Institute

    Pros

    work-life balance; supportive of taking time to deal with issues at home

    Cons

    job security (you are completely replaceable at any moment)

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