Mspark
2.6 of 5 11 reviews
www.mspark.com Helena, AL 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 14, 2014

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Albert Braunfisch

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Horrible, Horrible Company. Steer Clear of This Place.

    Account Operations Specialist (Former Employee)
    Helena, AL

    ProsThere is a gym on site.

    ConsAccount services management is a complete joke. The training they give you is the most unorganized, antiquated bunch of garbage I've ever seen. They tell you from day 1 that it will take 6-12 months to understand the job but will fire you after a couple of weeks if they decide they don't like you. People are quitting left and right because of the quality of management over account services. This place is very "clique-ish." Employees flock together and bad-mouth other employees where everyone can hear. The work is extremely taxing. So much so that management warns you up front that people are "mean" on deadline days. I went to the ER twice with high blood pressure in the 46 days I was worthy enough to work in that place. If you see that they're hiring just keep on scrolling. If you apply for the job and get hired you will regret ever filling out the application. Aside from all that you really have to wonder how long junk mail is going to last. Seriously, who cares about junk mail? I don't even bring it in my house. It makes a straight line from the mailbox to the dumpster. This company's product is a sinking ship.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvery one of you should hang your heads in shame for allowing the account service management to behave as they do. They act like pre-schoolers and don't have the sense to be successful at managing human beings. It's a mean girls club and they love the power trip of confusing new employees and neglecting their responsibilities as trainers and leaders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Micromanagement

    Artist (Current Employee)
    Helena, AL

    ProsPay is fair. Casual dress and atmosphere. Office is nice. Software is up to date and computers are very good.

    ConsMiddle management micromanages every part of the art department. There isn't room for career advancement. Information is horded by managers. "Busy work". Pay raises are low. Good work is not rewarded. There is low worker morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not treat your workers like children. Set out a career path where your artists can get more responsibility and more skills and advance in their careers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay Away

    Advertising Account Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsYou get to play on the internet sometimes. PTO is great compared to some places, you can roll over up to 1 week a year. We have an exercise facility. You can decorate your cube however you want.

    ConsPay is really low with the amount of money and responsibilities that are delegated to you. You have homework that doesn't apply to anything you have to do at work. You have to take notes at meetings and they might be reviewed by management. Unfair promotions, they would rather hire people from the outside.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust recognize what we are worth. Stop treating us like children. We don't want "pizza parties" we want raises and bonuses!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Its a good place to start a career, just don't stay too long

    Technical Field (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Ice Machine
    Flexible schedule
    Lots of friendly co-workers
    Good place to meet new people

    ConsIT does not fix issues in a timely manner
    Like to Hire from the outside instead of promote from within
    A lot of good people hampered by bad decisions from the top
    Good place to meet new people

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut more stock in tenue and performance, not outfits.
    Treat all the groups evenly don't make it obvious who the favourites are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Please oh please stay away

    Account Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsWork from home, flexible schedule

    ConsExtreme micro managing for a job with no base salary. VERY outdated technically.

    Advice to Senior Managementstop the micro management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good learning experience

    Territorial Sales Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsSales support ( but that has gone away for most accounts now), Marketing and mapping departments giving you collateral materials, product is excellent and relevant.

    ConsInternal departments have become victims of bureaucracy and are more concerned with number targets than getting actual work done. Simultaneously cut base salary and commission percentage so many sales people left. It's a shell of the sales organization it once was.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour profit margins may be better but the culture has been destroyed and I would pose that this has fundamentally weakened the company for it's long term future and viability. However, that may be of little concern to the investors who are looking to maximize profits and then bail.

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    Eh, it's ok I suppose

    Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsNice coworkers. Very friendly and welcoming. That was my favorite part.

    ConsTerrible management. They play favorites. if you are a girl who dresses cute you might be liked by them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great atmosphere in a dying industry

    Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Helena, AL

    ProsThere is a great corporate atmosphere. The training is very thorough

    Consselling print mail is EXTREMELY difficult in the digital age. The new hire compensation system is bad for sales. And the account services and graphics team are grossly underpaid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRethink the sales process for Inside Sales. It doesn't work the same as outside sales. The new hire compensation system is bad for sales. And the account services and graphics team are grossly underpaid.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great at recruiting great people. Total mismatch of talent and position.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-they have recruited great talent
    -software developed on-site
    -all depts great to work with except client services
    -appear to be growing in a bright new direction
    -produce loyal and hard-working employees

    Cons-in need of management overhaul
    -high turnover in client services

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a complete mismatch of talent and skill in client services. Sales staff is stressed out trying to meet unrealistic goals. Double marketing...outsource client services.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Environment, Inspiring Leadership, Uninspiring Industry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Environment, Inspiring Leadership - The senior management all are very competent and genuinely care about the employees of the organization. The environment is professional but very down to earth. Family-oriented atmosphere.

    ConsUninspiring Industry - There's just not a lot to get excited about although the company is becoming very dynamic and recognizes that it needs to adapt to the changing landscape of print media.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep moving toward digital to make it over the coming hump in print media. The insurance plan could be a bit better given the size of the organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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