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Quickly rise to glass ceiling

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Ascent Media

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ascent Media

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    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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