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Srds Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
Updated February 13, 2015
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  1.  

    Great company - left because not enough challenge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Developer in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at Srds full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very family friendly
    Good with encouraging work life balance
    Open to trying new things
    Not much bureaucracy
    Willing to stay up on technology

    Cons

    Some challenges with inter-department communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not For Everyone

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

    I worked at Srds full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    SRDS is a decent company for those who are more concerned about work/life balance than salary or career opportunities. Ability to work from home, never work more than 40 hours a week, and very flexible, making it a nice environment for those with young children who need that extra flexibility.

    Cons

    The biggest issue is that they are very bad at developing and retaining young talent, which is alarming for a digital company whose primary users are 25 year old media planners. Those across all levels of management tend to be promoted into their positions because they are good at their job - not because they are good at training and mentoring lower level employees. Because of this, those under 35 tend to stay with the company for two years and then move elsewhere, typically for significant increases in salary since SRDS tends to pay well below market rate in exchange for the flexible work environment. The most frustrating part of this is that the company simply assumes that their younger employees will leave in 2 to 3 years, and makes zero effort to help them grow as professionals as a result. Its a sentiment that has been openly discussed after a young employee announces their resignation or when hiring someone young to fill a new role. The biggest blow was during my job hunt when I was ready to leave. I was told multiple times that my position with SRDS was a “step down” from what I did in the past, which definitely made for a long and exhausting search.

    Because the company is so tight-knit, senior leaders forget to reach out and welcome newer employees across all ages and across departments. Just about every time one of the senior leaders was around, they would walk around my area, say “hi” to those who had been with the company for 10 years, and then completely ignore my existence – I have heard similar stories from others who also started more recently as well. This is unacceptable in a small 60 person office. Similar experiences occur at lower levels in the organization as well, depending on the department. It can sometimes feel more like high school than the “family” culture that they often brag about having.

    Senior leaders also tend to make rash decisions regarding new products and features without doing any research as to whether or not these roll-outs are sought by our users or if they will result in a profit. Instead, this has resulted in a series of failed products and initiatives, none of which have made a positive impact on our continually decreasing product usage. Rash decisions are also made in terms of hiring, which inevitably leads to annual layoffs for roles that are no longer needed.

    All of this creates an environment where people seem complacent, instead of being motivated and passionate about their daily work. It seems that most people are simply at the company due to the flexibility and because they are so comfortable and friendly with their coworkers. There is definitely a divide in the company: the SRDS “lifers” who will likely never leave and the remainder of the roles being filled and refilled every two years due to turnover. While this is a good fit for some people during certain stages of life, if you are a go-getter who is career-oriented and financially-driven, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its nice that those who have been with the company for 10+ years get along so well, but managers should still think before they speak. When you have leaders in the office openly participating in conversations and laughing about how a team member "doesn't want Jewel employees carrying their groceries to their car because Jewel employees have bad hygiene", you cross the line from being "family-like and friendly" to being offensive and unprofessional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Small family friendly Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at Srds full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family friendly enviroment. easy to commute.

    Cons

    The compensation is not good compared to other industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look more sources to generate revenues.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company with a "family-owned" feel

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at Srds

    Pros

    Small, intimate company with a "family-owned" feel. The president and all of senior management know every employees name and greet you by name in the hallway or lunchroom. Great benefits and work environment. Work parties, gatherings and activities are frequent and always well attended.

    Cons

    Because of the great benefits, people tend to stay with the company for a long time therefore there is not much room for professional growth and development. Also, it's in the suburbs so the public transit (Pace Bus) can be somewhat unreliable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In lieu of career advancement, try to include as much verbal praise and public recognition as possible.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    SRDS - Watch out for new competition!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Srds

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial spirit; Family-like feel; Great employees.

    Cons

    Since majority of revenue is advertising based, it is not a good place to be in a down economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nielsen corporate needs to reinvest in this business. Competitors are out their getting ready to pounce. Watch out their coming!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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