Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services)

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Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) President & CEO Mark Mantovani
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  1.  

    Great company in 10 different ways.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing exactly what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Trade Promotion Management is stressful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    Fast paced company, high stress.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great for those who enjoy stress and being underpaid.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Get What You Need...And Leave!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employee Appreciation Activities - Payday popcorn, Food trucks, Office Happy Hour, Birthday appreciation, Employee appreciation, Holiday parties
    Cool building - pleasant working environment
    Steady paycheck.
    Small holiday bonus.

    Cons

    Owned by an investment organization. Very little money is spent on investing in the business and people. The technology isn't up-to-date, no professional development for the employees, and not enough people to support work activities.
    Management (all levels) does not recognize the contributions and sacrifices that the staff routinely makes for the organization.
    Management style - decidedly "50s" style - micromanagement, bossing employees, lack of collaboration, treating employees as liabilities and not assets. I am surprised by the lack of basic business communication skills from some of the managers and leaders.
    The annual performance review process is a joke. The raises are appallingly low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I admire your desire to promote from within, but there needs to be greater emphasis on staffing your leadership team with experienced PROFESSIONALS from outside of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    You will quit within a year

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

    I worked at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services)

    Pros

    Friday happy hours, friendly building, newly installed market, decent coworkers, occasional "appreciation" events (pizza).

    Cons

    It is very hard to advance but people are quitting left and right. Upper management does not seem to care if they provide adequate staffing, because they are making money off of not having the contracted amount of people for each team.
    The business as a whole is more interested in making money and creating new business than the happiness of the staff. Most people are unhappy, just waiting for a better job to come along. The pay is on the low end and the day-to-day tasks are underwhelming. Your previous work experience, skills and education will do nothing for you, as you will become another cog.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees a livable wage. Look at your employees skills and interests. Do something new--certain departments are obviously failing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work although beginning positions are not the best.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Growing company, opportunities to do interesting work, exciting future

    Cons

    Beginning jobs can be very "sloggish" and boring, but if you hang in there, opportunity to advance and do more interesting activities with increasing responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put financial goals ahead of people--we rely on the lowest-level people to get the job done, but do not reward them enough for that responsibility. Pay more and care more about those that are the most important to the company's success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    In retrospect, not the best.

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

    I worked at Ansira (formerly NSI Marketing Services) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers. Fun employee outings. Valuable experience.

    Cons

    It has gotten increasingly hard to advance. Senior management isn't communicating well enough with positions below them. Some managers take pleasure in being rude or lazy and it's often overlooked because of tenure. Goes too far at putting clients before employees. Overly focused on revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to reward lower members of the team more often. They're often working lots of hours with very little benefit and lots of critique. Also, watch out for the negativity/bad attitudes of senior team members. It makes for a very long day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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