Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services)

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Updated April 21, 2015
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Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) President & CEO Mark Mantovani
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  1. You have to own it!

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Marketing is a tough field by nature and it takes a personality that has both drive and sense of team to get things done and recognized. This is true for Ansira. It's a fast paced organization with a lot of opportunity for individuals to own their job. Just in the last couple months here I've seen two individuals from two different departments and two different levels just wow everyone in the company. Those two will do well and go far.

    The pros:
    - Smart People at all levels
    - Lots to do
    - Room for new ideas
    - The company is growing and expanding

    Cons

    The downside to a growing, fast-paced, sink or swim company is that at times the work can be overwhelming. That can affect work-life balance, but the company is trying to address that through several initiatives. If you want to come, punch in and punch out, this may not be the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    I think all leadership should keep their ear to the ground and make sure when and where possible help address work life balance issues and do their best to help retain good people.

  2. Overall a good experience culture wise but not career wise.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, employee perks, good benefits

    Cons

    Top heavy with skeletal staff to do the abundance of work.
    Growth opportunities only available if you're friends with the right people

    Advice to Management

    focus on career advancement for all, better training opportunities

  3. Helpful (2)

    NO

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services)

    Pros

    Interview process is not very stressful
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Office culture
    Compensation was not ideal at the time I worked there
    Room to grow

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  5. Company losing vision & innovations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Addison, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Addison, TX

    I have been working at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for entry level, and many managers are buddies of the CTO and lack technical skills, so interviews are easy, and job security for doers.

    Cons

    No standards or processes. PMO team doesn't exist. MDM process is flawed, standard data cleansing practices, NCOA or customer merge/purge are all missing. Nepotism prevalent, Silo driven, no team cross collaboration. Different team work on same task and produce different results. Insight team do not trust Data Services report/numbers. Most of the management team members are busy with new project presentations and acquisitions, so no time left to manage teams or fix the existing challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of running behind new projects and acquisitions, fix all the existing problems with our current clients. All the loyal clients are stopped renewing contracts as we are not addressing their problems and are only worried about getting the contract extended.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Trade Promotion Management is stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Full time job
    - business casual; a lot of people wore jeans, tshirt, and tennis shoes
    - young group of people
    - can drink at work every Friday starting at 2:30

    Cons

    - continually work OT (time and a half); your weekends will be filled with work
    - not enough people staffed on your team
    - get yelled at constantly by clients
    - management is a joke; say one thing but do another
    - turn over is high
    - pay is not good

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people who are helping your company stay afloat. Pay them better. Higher more people. Act on your word.

  7. Great company in 10 different ways.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator, Programming in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Database Administrator, Programming in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. No micromanagement: Come in, do your work, go home.
    2. Company closes for 2 weeks at Christmas, not charged to your vacation.
    3. Casual dress
    4. Half-day flex Fridays, all year
    5. And of course: BEER FRIDAYS. On-site bar opens at 2pm on Fridays, can drink at desk, in bar, whatever
    6. GREAT PAY because they re-bill you out. YOU ARE NOT A COST CENTER at Ansira, you're a billing asset (at least in IT)
    7. No pager, no on-call, typically 40 hours a week
    8. No stupid drug tests.

    Honestly, I've worked 15 tech jobs in my life. Ansira is worlds away the best.

    Cons

    1. Busy, lots of business and more coming in each day.
    2. DO NOT apply if you aren't sharp, motivated, and can show stable employment. If you want to coast, then go to work at a big company. Ansira is a small company, and you are therefore high-profile and have much expected of you.
    3. Work from home is a grey-area. It isn't allowed formally, but the rules can be bent when need arises.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing exactly what you are doing.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Takes extreme advantage of employees, especially lower level - all about the bottom dollar.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Christmas party, weekly happy hour, lower level promotion within - although little room for advancement.

    Cons

    Management clueless about value of employees, no investment in technology or talent, ridiculous how lack less and unproductive employees stay secure - regardless of continuous and egregious errors (even with payroll and HR issues made consistently). Long hours, very low increase in wages, little to no room for advancement. Nepotism rampant under management, new CEO is unclear on objectives. Very old school, St. Louis firm - who do you know to get in??

    Advice to Management

    Quit sacrificing talent for a few bucks. Realize the value (and lack thereof with those who should be gone) of your employees. Investing in people for two years only to give them to the competition is an enormous loss - in time, training, money and other resources. Additionally, it seems there are several senior vice presidents who have input into how things get done - to the point that decisions take months that should take one meeting. Who is in charge at this firm? EVP, CEO, CFO, Sales people? All seem to have a significant "say" in big and small decisions. It is a mess.

  9. Fast paced company, high stress.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Focused, can do attitude tech culture. Good team environment. Freedom to try new things and demo to clients. Ability to cross train if desired.

    Cons

    Agency based company with demanding clients. Account managers are often order takers and do not think through the process. Although the tech group is great, the rest of the company is extremely non tech savvy. High stress environment.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is horrible. Let the employees know of company changes as well as where things stand

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great for those who enjoy stress and being underpaid.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) full-time

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

    Pros

    Beverage cart Friday, Payday popcorn, Starbucks in the building.

    Cons

    Poor management/leadership, poor work-life balance, there are a a couple of highly unprofessional managers, low salaries (in the 10th percentile of the national average), high turnover rate.

  11. Good company

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

    I have been working at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company with a family feel. The people there are friendly and tend to try their best to treat employees well. Salaries seem to be on par with market rates. CEO seems very engaged.

    Cons

    Analytics practices very questionable. Not a company I would recommend. Rampant nepotism. Some departments better than others.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to employees on the ground to get the real story on why projects are failing. Middle management often lies and misrepresent facts.

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