Ascent Media Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Great vision, lacking in execution

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Management in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Program Management in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Ascent Media

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ascent Media has many smart, driven people, with good vision. Newly appointed CEO is inspiring and visionary; company has great digital services vision, but squandering execution.

    Cons

    Poor communication, losing ground in new services, lack of clear business strategy; many employees are demoralized and frustrated. Morale is low, and threatening ability to retain good people

    Advice to Management

    Improved communication across organization


  2. Ascent Media Lacks Direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Ascent Media

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Ascent has its ups and down, like any other company. My manager is very accomodating in terms of scheduling. That works both ways, as I sometimes have to work on weekends and after hours, but the filed of work I am in its normal. My co-workers are great, we all get along and look out for each other and provide assistance at the drop of a hat.

    Cons

    Management is very hazy in terms of providing any sort of career path. They say that they will pay for training and education, but whenevery you ask to attend a trade show or traiing, they say its not in the budget. Management also lacks a clear vision of the company and decisions are made then reversed a few months later after we've spent considerable time and effort along one path.

    Advice to Management

    Provide feedback to employees and provide a clear career path.


  3. Married and looking...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Services in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Creative Services in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Ascent Media

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It'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.

    Cons

    Depending 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 Management

    In 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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  5. Senior Master Origination Controller

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

    I worked at Ascent Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Meet some nice and helpful people

    Cons

    Management never care for staffs. super low bonus average of 2 weeks and increment average of $20. No matter how long you have work there, still will be sacked over minor mistake. All staffs are replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    If you dun take care of staffs, how you want them to work hard for you?


  6. AMG

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

    I worked at Ascent Media full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It used to have great leadership

    Cons

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


  7. Great people, LA headquarters made managing difficult.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ascent Media

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Building 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 Management

    There 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.


  8. Nice

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

    I worked at Ascent Media

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Insufficient manpower leading to extra working hours beyond the standard time

    Advice to Management

    Need to upgrade office equipment


  9. Poor Communication

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

    I have been working at Ascent Media

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

    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 Management

    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


  10. Quickly rise to glass ceiling

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

    I worked at Ascent Media

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


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

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

    I have been working at Ascent Media

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting-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.

    Cons

    Corporate 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 Management

    We 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.



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