Affinion Group

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Good place to work and advance if you are willing to work hard

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Franklin, TN
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN

Pros

having worked in several companies around the same size I really feel that the Franklin office in TN is a very good place to work. There is a lot of respect and teamwork between the different departments and senior management does recognize a job well done and does communicate important information

Cons

The economy has been really tough and Affinion like other companies has been impacted. The Franklin office has gone thru several rounds of layoffs and pay increases have been rare to both the troops and management

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to improve the bench strength at both the CT and Franklin office. The same people are always being pulled to ongoing projects

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    a terrible department head and some other bad managers too

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    The money is decent. The benefits are pretty good. Some of the people are okay. Some of the company events are fun.

    Cons

    When they have layoffs, they get rid of the best people, both management and non-management. Then, they go ahead and fill those vacant management positions with losers from other departments who haven't a clue what they're doing. But senior management promotes them because they are yes-men.The non-management positions are filled with people who will work for less money.
    The people that are laid off are often the ones that have been there a long time, or the ones that question or disagree with any of the company's policies. Some of the least productive, incompetent people are able to keep their jobs because they're friends with their managers outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the above comments only apply to the department I work in. But there is most definitely favoritism shown in other departments too. Find a way to evaluate people based on their job performance. Really. Too many decisions are based on who is sucking up and who isn't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Difficult organisation

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    Current Employee - Technology Specialist  in  Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Technology Specialist in Trumbull, CT

    Pros

    Great business partners and customer base
    Excellent line of business
    Very good, sustained cash flow and reserve for the company
    Potential opportunities exist in this space that Affinion can capitalise on

    Cons

    Highly political environment that starts from lower management and extends up the chain.
    Zero opportunity for associates that are not involved in the political landscape.
    Old boys club is rampant in the higher management tiers. Senior management are surrounded by old collegues making it increasing difficult for talent at lower levels to progress within the company.
    Dangerous alignment with HR(primarily non-CT) and middle/upper IT management to effect measures designed to suppress complaints and issues concerning non-management employees.
    Essentially HR is not working for the benefit of the employees as they fulfill the management agenda.
    Management by fear accross the technology department
    Absolutely no planning around mission critical projects.
    A lack of technical leadership at the top results in millions of dollars in capital being wasted per annum over initiatives that yield little business value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace management styles characteristic at the enterprise level. Affinion has grown out of its shell in Tech management and needs to shift gears to ensure IT is recognised as an added value to the business.
    Step back and look inside your organisation. Understand one key element-technology enables the business via strategy. There should be no reason for the business to be making technology decisions.
    Install succession planning internally to ensure you identify and retain key talent.
    Full transparency.
    All issues stated above are real and experienced by non-management employees. Ensure a proper framework is in place to address these issues.
    Start thinking like an enterprise and less like a small and medium business. Empower your employees rather than engage in supression tactics.
    Stop the brain drain. If the company was being run appropriately then employees would not have a reason to look elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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