Ascent Media
2.9 of 5 28 reviews
www.ascentmedia.com Santa Monica, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 1, 2014

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Ascent Media Chairman & CEO William R. Fitzgerald

William R. Fitzgerald

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37% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Married and looking...

    Creative Services (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIt's a great place to be if you're an artist in the post production world. Ascent Media has some of the industry's best talent working at its facilities and it's leveraging the latest technology. In light of the recent writers strike, the company did a decent job of retaining as much talent for as long as possible, which was very difficult in light of the circumstances.

    ConsDepending on the department, it's rather difficult to move up with in the company. There simply are no established career paths one can follow, which is very frustrating.

    Depending again on the department, the wages are not competitive and merit increases don't seem to exist at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn the interest of cost-cutting and moving the company into the future, remember that a price (in the form of employee turnover) will be paid if it's done incorrectly. Also, it would great if senior management gave employees a more clear-cut explanation of how they plan to achieve the goals that were laid out at the beginning of the year.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt used to have great leadership

    ConsIt used to have great leadership. But too many unnecessary high paid execs with expense accounts made the company fall to pieces.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, LA headquarters made managing difficult.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people at the NJ facility, with talent and dedication. The location is convenient for NJ-based business and very easy to get to.

    ConsBuilding business from NYC-based clients is very challenging due to preconceived notions about NJ. Senior management is in Los Angeles, which creates a burden of reporting and a non-creative approach to management, because it is very difficult to institute changes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is great staff. Hold on to them and keep the core business flowing. Don't waste too much time and energy attempting to break into new areas.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood working environment and lots of nice food choices around the vicinity

    ConsInsufficient manpower leading to extra working hours beyond the standard time

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to upgrade office equipment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Communication

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice employees, good benefits Clean working enviroment

    ConsPlace is kind of clickish. Poor management. Doesn't want to be bothered with anything you tell them, bad attitudes. Fileroom clerk is not very friendly

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet managers who will listen to you instead of pushing you away and telling you that they don't
    have time or do not want to be bothered with your ideas

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quickly rise to glass ceiling

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGenerous financial compensation and benefit options. Opportunity for advancement is available even if slow to offer and with poor incentive.

    ConsCommand-and-control leadership drains off ambition, especially when dictated methods only serve to hinder efficiency. Very little openness to meaningful collaboration.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore effective communication and transparency between departments would provide for less internal bureaucracy and red tape which would streamline work-flow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Profit rules the roost but this is the corporate mantra, in most cases

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCutting-edge technology and equipment, good & comfortable work environment, knowledgeable & nice co-workers, unified team effort, 24-7 365 facility so there are always shifts available.

    ConsCorporate higher ups are not in the trenches working alongside the frontline. If they do they are only in passing. The bean counters do not appear to be looking any further then beyond the next quarter. It appears to be all about the money & profit as opposed to the people and the services offered. Maybe the higher-ups could take pay cuts so that there wouldn't have to be layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe don't work for you, we work with you. Get out to the frontline and see what people need personally and work-wise. Stop with this whole cheaper faster bottom line approach.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 years of fun, 4 years of hell

    Vice President (Former Employee)

    ProsJoined the company when it was a lot smaller, two layers away from the CEO
    Interesting opportunities to work with global clients and international projects
    Leading edge on new media technology, some really good developers
    Trying hard to position itself for the future
    Some really good clients with respectful relationships

    ConsLeft the company when it was a lot bigger, promoted twice and now four layers away from CEO
    Many really disrepectful clients with overblown expectations (and egos) made some relationships beyond repair and led to very little job satisfaction
    At one stage there were six former senior management "put out to grass" with over $3M in remuneration all for various levels of incompetence, having fired a bunch of good people before being found out.
    Cost savings made after contracts had been signed resulted in not enough resources to deliver requirements
    Took a long while to work out that The American Way doesn't work outside America

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the people who work with the clients daily,
    Put some joy back into what should be a creative industry

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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