American Direct Marketing Resources

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American Direct Marketing Resources Reviews

Updated June 4, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014
6 Reviews

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  1.  

    OK but getting worse every year

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Direct Marketing Resources

    Pros

    Left alone to work independently
    Stable company
    Annual raise
    Good training program

    Cons

    Management out of touch with employees
    Low morale
    No opportunity for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you care about all employees--not just those at the "Executive" level. Throwing a couple parties every year doesn't create a happy work environment; treating everyone with respect and care every day creates a happy work environment.

  2.  

    Out of touch & lost their way

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

    I worked at American Direct Marketing Resources full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Non-Executive level co-workers are terrific
    -Profit sharing is generous
    -Clean & organized work atmosphere

    Cons

    -Senior management out of touch with employees
    -Low pay compared to others in the industry
    -Employee morale is very low and gets worse yearly
    -Little to no new products & company does not adapt with the times
    -High levels of workload with near-impossible schedules
    -100% of mistakes/problems falls on the mid level employees
    -"Good Ol' Boys" club mentality & treatment of particular employees
    -High turnover for long term employees
    -No room for career growth or advancement
    -Consistent employee complaints are never dealt with, simply swept under the rug.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like they are replaceable. Listen to new ideas instead of discouraging them. Positive reinforcement for good work would be appreciated. Cut the dead weight around the company and pay employees what they are worth. Actually develop new products rather than rehash the same ones. Get an actual sales and product development team who know what they are doing. The majority of employees don't see this company being around in ten years and are looking for jobs elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Direct Mail Company

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

    I worked at American Direct Marketing Resources full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Stable company
    - Job security
    - Excellent job training
    - Some very nice people work here
    - Job roles well outlined
    - Used to be a great place to work

    Cons

    - Every year was worse
    - No room for growth
    - Heavy workloads, high stress, impossible (poorly managed) deadlines
    - Low, locally uncompetitive pay; employees not paid equally for similar jobs
    - Workload & responsibility increases did not come with compensation
    - Expected to regularly work overtime without compensation
    - Years of high turnover in some departments with no changes implemented to improve retention
    - Huge divide between execs and the lower levels. Middle managers powerless to make decisions & in some cases clueless to the roles they were assigned to manage. Upper level not open to new ideas nor receptive of hearing new ideas; have the 'everyone is replaceable' mentality. Micromanaging in some areas. Yelling at employees. 4-5 supervisors at a given time
    - Nitpicked for anything that could be considered negative. In some cases did not hear about mistakes for months, even though early feedback could have improved performance
    - Positive feedback and/or praise was rare
    - Openly told to keep desk messy to look busy or be assigned more work - the neat and organized punished here
    - Employees in some departments were unwilling to help colleagues for fear or being assigned more work
    - Bad attitudes, laziness and low office morale. Not unusual to see temper tantrums and crying in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure. Pay attention to all areas in the company, especially the areas with high turnover. Be open to your employees' ideas; everyone is in the same boat at the end of the day. Find ways to encourage teamwork & improve employee morale. Spend less on elaborate parties and more investing in employees. Middle managers should stand up for their employees. Provide positive feedback and reward good work.

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

    No Advancement, Lots of Red Tape, But Good People

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

    I have been working at American Direct Marketing Resources full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    President Provides Excellent Perks. Cards game, Gift Cards, Bonus, Parties. Consistent raises, no fear of "going under."

    Cons

    Expected to work overtime and ALL of the time. Big Brother is an understatement. All of the Big Wigs have been there from the beginning without real experience outside of the company, so they are not efficient and bad with updates or change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the ideas of your employees a try instead of keeping old old old traditions that hinder and slow the process simply because of a few growing pains a long the way! Signatures for everything keeps careful record always to have someone to blame - makes employees timid and scared rather than looking for efficient updates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Undervalued and frustrating

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

    I have been working at American Direct Marketing Resources

    Pros

    Somehow American Direct has managed to gather some really amazing and talented people to work there. Just how much longer this will be true, is the question.

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch with the employees and how the company runs. Almost every department is understaffed and overwhelmed. The morale is at an all time low, yet goes unnoticed by those that could and should do something about it. Team work is an almost non existent concept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The small group of people that determine the course of American Direct need to take a realistic look at what is happening at the company and how it is affecting the employees. They show no interest or concern that there are some major problems with how the company is currently running.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Strong stable company

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

    I have been working at American Direct Marketing Resources

    Pros

    Great benefits, great employee perks, annual raises, respect for work/family balance, independent work encouraged, left alone to do your work

    Cons

    Performance reviews are non-existent. They just give you your raise amount and that's it. Some departments are micro-managed. Leader of the company is very conservative and old school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees, praise positive efforts and results, weekly casual day, don't treat support staff as less than, performance reviews

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