Pavlov Media Reviews

Updated May 18, 2015
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  1. A place of growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Pavlov Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to get learn new skills, sharpen dull ones, and learn to work constant under pressure.

    Cons

    Compensation was very lackluster. Benefits were pretty good. Management were often not on the same page. Directions changed very often, and usually weren't in the best interest of the business. Offices were cramped and poorly heated and cooled.

    Advice to Management

    Work together to solve problems, rather than run around in different directions throwing money into the fire.


  2. Good People Terrible Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pavlov Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are a number of very talented, hard working and intelligent people sprinkled through out the company. There is a lot to learn from these people and they are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    CEO will not accept advice from his employees. He also micro manages everything and disagreeing can result in loss of employment depending on his mood. Promotions and Positions are frequently given to CEO's friends or internally usually to the unqualified. The idea of hiring and paying for qualified talent seems completely foreign here. There are huge pay disparities with in departments and with in the company with no correlation to skill or work output. Both sales and upper management do not seem to know how to say no to difficult clients and will promise anything including the impossible to "get the deal". Successful and hardworking employees are rarely if ever rewarded for their hard work. Bonuses after success have been routinely promised but never delivered. Hypocrisy runs rampant within management. HR is nonexistent thus there is no forum for reporting inappropriate behavior from management. Numerous employees have been retaliated against from complaining about mistreatment from upper-management. Moral is low and management thinks they can fix it with platitudes and more promises with out showing real action. Most departments are understaffed making it difficult to actually use the paltry amount of PTO provided. Benefits shrink from year to year.

    Advice to Management

    To understand why there is a "negativity problem" within the company take a look at management and their general practices. Stop betraying the trust of your employees and then berating them when they are unhappy about it. Start paying fair compensation. Reward proportionally reward success. Stop taking credit from the work your employees do and blaming them for your mistakes.


  3. Terrible work place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pavlov Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    To be honest, there aren't a lot of pros that I can think of. There are a few, dedicated employees who were a pleasure to work with, and who really knew what they were doing, but that was few and far between.

    Cons

    The CEO is insane. His goal in interviewing is to "break" the candidate and is rude and aggressive simply for the sport of it. He is disrespectful of the staff and is condescending to everyone. The organization is consistently losing money and is bailed out with angel capital funding from the family of the CEO. There is no value placed on the employees, the pay is miserable and the hours expected are ridiculous. Extremely low diversity, and blatant racist and sexist remarked made constantly by the CEO. The entire executive team takes their cues from all of this and have a united front of disrespect. Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees. Train them. Actually be clear about what their job is. Set goals and plans, and actually work towards them instead of running around in chaos all of the time. Be proactive instead of reactive.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Don't work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pavlov Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no real good reasons to work here. The management doesn't care about anyone.

    Cons

    Doesn't matter how hard or how much you work you won't be compensated for it.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Generally Defunct

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pavlov Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall vision and intent is good. The company generally wants to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Work life balance is generally skewed towards work. Management has misplaced priorities. Top-level management suffers from good vision, but flawed execution.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the approach to strategy and stay consistent. Treat your employees like real people


  7. Helpful (1)

    A great place to learn.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pavlov Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyday can present a brand new interesting challenge.

    Cons

    The company is not mis-managed but my opinion is that priorities were misplaced.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Wonderful People, Horrible company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pavlov Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Due to a complete lack of standards you are exposed to a wide range of technology, forcing you to learn on the run.

    Cons

    Complete lack of process, complete lack of standards, no clear idea of who the company is trying to be. Low pay, high stress. The company Pays for a domestic and remote support structure, which is regularly bypassed by staff at the executive, director, sales, or account management level, WHY PAY YOUR STAFF IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO USE THEM. Selling customers used equipment. For people willing to do the work, there is no work life balance. High turn over rate, the place is a revolving door, which completely negates the possibility of there being any real legacy organizational knowledge, or the ability to learn from past mistakes no cost benefit analysis,no real R&D, no real tracking, reporting, or trending done to determine a better way of doing business or technologies to invest in. All of this is done in someones head between split second bad decisions. A PROFOUND DISCONNECTION BETWEEN SALES/MARKETING, ENGINEERING, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND REALITY. Time and time again customers are sold a product or service which they cannot provide, then the support structure is forced to deploy substandard services to the customer, and then held responsible when the customer states that they are not receiving the services they were promised.

    Advice to Management

    This company will either get bought out, or go under. The only chance i can remotely think of is : Send your SALES, Engineering, and project management departments home for 1 month. Higher a master project manager with actual experience, and stay out of his way. Let him speak to the techs and staff members, and let him decide who needs to be fired. Then rebuild and restructure Everything, Also move the executive / director level personnel to another location in a different city, or move the support/operations personnel to a different city (more than 2 hours Apart). The operations and support personnel need to be allowed to keep the company running. And the executives need to go somewhere, and actually run the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Learn and Grow!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at Pavlov Media full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * The career opportunities are great too! The company is constantly growing so openings in all of our teams give many internal employees opportunity to shift in to new roles. * There is always the ability to make a difference. As the company continues to grow, those who thrive here are ones that can identify issues and propose solutions that work within the constraints of the organization. * Working with cutting edge technology is always exciting and employees get to tinker everyday. You aren't just a number here so ideas are shared and you get to see those through to fruition. It's a work environment that encourages innovation and foward-thinking.

    Cons

    * As a growing company there is constant change. For those who can't handle that, this is not a place for them. * Lack of training in some areas. Technology does change at a very rapid pace. Self starters and self taught individuals do well here. While some departments have GREAT training, there are a couple of groups who still have their growing pains and are working on it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Noncompetitive and management problems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pavlov Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You are given the opportunity to work with many different technologies. The lower-level co-workers are often bright and good to work with.

    Cons

    High turn-over rate. Compensation and benefits are as low as it gets. Management never listens to knowledgeable employees, causing projects to fail. The CEO is known to curse at employees and publicly bury their contributions for all to hear. Upper management is constantly looking for ways to fire as many customer service employees as possible. Bonuses are promised but never given.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to knowledgeable employees. They are invested in their work and will have good ideas. No one wants to work on something they know isn't going to work. CEO, work on being less invasive and keep your temper in check.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Upper management is either really good or really bad.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Pavlov Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There were some members of management there that really tried to make it a good place and genuinely cared for the employees. If you work hard you do have the opportunity to learn new things and advance

    Cons

    For the most part the upper management could care less about the employees including making fun of them with other employees. Always a chance of losing your job because of "budget" issues. CEO was very disrespectful and was known to curse and scream at employees on a regular basis. Frequent process changes and lack of good and accurate process documentation.



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