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event management company

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Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA

I have been working at Active Network full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

HQ in San Diego, great place to visit
Great flexibility
Physically active culture
Young staff
Always changing

Cons

Lack of seasoned management teams
Matrix structure which doesn't foster cross function collaboration
Lack of strong business processes in Finance, Sales, Marketing
Compensation not competitive with other "high tech" companies

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management needs to change the reporting structure of the BUs as a Matrix organization isn't not applicable to such a small organizations (revenue and employees). There is no true accountability at the management level as a result.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great Company for Executives Lacking Integrity and Focused on Empire Building

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Active Network full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Public offering provided ample funding to attract talent and invest in their people
    -Client base provides ample challenge and professional IT opportunities
    -Very dedicated team members

    Cons

    -Very rarely promote from within.
    -C-Level executives lack integrity, repeatedly lie to employees during "town hall" meetings and surround themselves with yes people who filter, spin and distort the facts in order to protect themselves
    -Due to diverse portfolio of subsidiaries, any solid performance of a single subsidiary distorted after cost-shifting occurs from under performing subsidiaries causing performance incentives to disappear for the employees of the subsidiary who worked hard to meet and exceed their numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Stop converting your stock options and immediately selling your shares while sharing with the public and your employees of your commitment for the long-term and confidence in the financial stability of the company.
    -Be honest and transparent. Stop lying to employees. Your town hall meetings where you claimed no one was being laid off while at the same time you were letting hundreds of people go in offices around the country labeling the loss of those employees anything other than "laid-off" was very offensive to the collective intelligence of your employees.
    -Come out from behind your wall of "yes" VP's and speak with mid-management and others who are on the front line to assess the true financial condition of the company, status of client contracts and mindset of the employees.
    -Your approach to purchasing companies to form The Active Network by guaranteeing senior management from each of the purchased companies a seat at the new company table might have been a sound strategy to retain key employees and keep knowledge from exiting while executing the acquisitions. However, it is now time to stop the purchased company "nepotism" in senior management positions and open them up. By keeping those who were in charge and in control prior to the acquisition and placing them in the same or even more powerful position in the new company hinders growth, ensures bad practices remain in place, does very little to break down the pre-acquisition multi-company management cliques and KEEPS THE ACTIVE NETWORK FROM FORMING ITS OWN IDENTITY, WORK ENVIRONMENT & BUSINESS CULTURE which it has desperately tried to define and acquire over the past several years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not seeing the forest for the trees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Active Network full-time

    Pros

    Great potential for work/life balance. Fun, casual atmosphere through most of the company and a great bunch of people in the rank and file.

    Cons

    IT management was obsessed with ticket count, but trying to reduce the count led them to disastrous management of the IT team. Stress and turnover was the worst I've ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to reduce the ticket count, then take advantage of the strengths team members bring to you. You will have more success and more customer satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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