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  1. Gone Baby Gone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Ascent Media

    Pros

    This company offered the opportunity to work with some of the top professionals in the Film/Video industry.

    Cons

    Terrible work place environment created by senior management. Management ineptitude resulted in a "Talent Refresh," the process of firing employees who challenged bad management decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. Poor Communication

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ascent Media

    Pros

    Nice employees, good benefits Clean working enviroment

    Cons

    Place 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. sweat shop

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    Current Employee - Tape Op in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tape Op in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ascent Media

    Pros

    great bath rooms deck and kitchen

    Cons

    sweat shop long hours low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new maagement that cares

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. look elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northvale, NJ

    I worked at Ascent Media

    Pros

    tv work in nj
    not much else

    Cons

    nepotism, no degree of any kind needed to work here.
    people with no digital video experience work as "compressionists"
    people who don't even know what "right click on your mouse" means work with computers
    no clear direction of where the company is headed
    people with real skills and qualifications get laid off while incompetence gets rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fire people with actual skills. Stop hiring people with no video background as compressionists

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Ungenerous company. Dedicated workforce.

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

    I worked at Ascent Media full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated workforce. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Ungenerous company. Culture of trust absent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too little too late

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

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    Former Employee - Director in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Ascent Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good for software developers and employees based at the main office. If you were located there you had access to upper management and get direction.

    Cons

    Political infighting among upper management far outdistanced by any innovation. This company's weak leadership seems to allow it's executives to put more energy into their personal agendas than servicing the customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a strategy rather than throw a bunch of ideas against the wall to see what sticks. You have to make decisions to be successful. You took on too many disconnected lines of business without an understanding of how to run them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Not the best place to work

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    Former Employee - Video Operator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Video Operator in New York, NY

    I worked at Ascent Media

    Pros

    Worked with great people and new technology with a global client base. There is no doubt you get great experience at Ascent.

    Cons

    The job was a dead end - there didn't seem to be much in the way of promotions or salary increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More incentives to motivate the work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Horrible Communication!

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Ascent Media

    Pros

    Ascent Media has an amazing amount of technology. Any System Engineer that works at Ascent Media will have the ability to get their hands on some cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    There are some serious issues that Senior Management needs to address. First and foremost they treat their employees with little to no respect. With the downfall of the economy they have used that excuse to treat their employees like dirt. The line “You are lucky to have a Job” is over used and starting to become demoralizing to employees. Second, there is little to no communication in this company. There is a major communication gap between Senior Management, Department Directors, and a major gap between development and the system engineers. If it was not for talented employees half the work would not get done at Ascent. Third and finally, in the 4 years I have worked at Ascent Media we are going through the third company reorganization. The prior two failed because there is a serious lack of leadership in upper management. The growing consensus amongst all employees is that the Newly hired VP’s, Directors and any other Senior Management role is primarily interested in personal growth and not company goals. Once they achieve a small goal they can add that to their resume, leave Ascent Media and obtain a position at another media company for a higher salary. The employees are not fooled with their town hall meetings and management should honest and if they truly cared about Ascent they really need to figure out a way to reverse the anger and frustration they have caused to their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    figure out the solutions to the cons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Company sorely needs direction and improved internal communication. Management needs to better engage employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Ascent Media

    Pros

    Strong technical talent exists at Ascent.

    Cons

    Poor internal company strategy or direction communication. Focused solely on the bottom line. Little financial support given to important initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve internal communication - directly engage employees in small group meetings. Where is this company going? What is its core focus?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 years of fun, 4 years of hell

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at Ascent Media

    Pros

    Joined 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

    Cons

    Left 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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