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Solid Experience, Helped me professionally and then I left

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Former Employee - Project Leader  in  Columbia, MD
Former Employee - Project Leader in Columbia, MD

I worked at Arbitron

Pros

-Tuition Reimbursement
-Work/Life Balance
-Strong support of professional advancement (courses, conferences, etc.)
-Interesting Work
-Stable (for the entertainment industry, which is largely unstable). Never felt like I was on the verge of being fired.
-Progressive on HR policies
-Smart Co-workers in most departments (not technology though)
-Minimal Ego Issues
-Lots of well earned respect for most of the the top executives.
-Academic-like mindset in research and development groups.

Cons

-If you're moving up really quick in your career, you unfortunately will eventually need to leave after 3-5 years or so.
-Technology/Engineering group is particularly weak in talent except for a handful of people.
-You only hear larger management goals/strategies once in awhile.
-They struggle with new initiatives outside of their core radio ratings business...nearly all eventually flop.
-Could benefit from some entrepreneurial spirit.
-Management is too distant from what the regular employee knows.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Management needs to be more open with employees about where they want to take the company and listen to employee recommendations once in awhile. Most employees there have smart ideas that could help a great deal and help advance the company.
-Add some entrepreneurial elements to the job to retain star performers. When I saw really talented people leave it wasn't because they hated their jobs, it was just that they had grown so much that they had amazing opportunities they could take elsewhere and Arbitron couldn't compete by offering them a similar level of responsibility and salary.
-Don't let your company become too much of a slow moving monolith. Do a better job keeping up with the times while still retaining your core business that you do successfully. It shouldn't be an either or route.
-Diversify beyond just radio ratings. That will only work for so long.

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    great pay, easy to get fired

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Arbitron

    Pros

    great pay and benefits after 90 days

    Cons

    no room for mistakes or time off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    being to strict with time off , relax the laws that be , you will have more happy workers

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Arbitron

    Pros

    Great part time pay with benefits. pretty simple job.

    Cons

    lack of communication and lack of respect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop treating the RA's like numbers

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