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AMP Agency Reviews

Updated February 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance is generally better than other agencies I've worked for (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people and fun to work at (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • General growing pains such as making time to apply rigor in process to continually elevate the services we offer (in 3 reviews)

  • Also, because of the fast paced environment and clientele, there was a tendency to work long hours (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Social Media Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Social Media Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Social Media Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AMP Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Office on the beach with a great work environment. Great opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Did not feel connected to many of the clients or work.


  2. "Hoping BLITZ's rebrand/merger with AMP indicates a positive change."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMP Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -- decent work/life balance.

    -- stocked kitchen with snacks and drinks.

    -- exposure to cutting edge and interesting technology.

    -- cool projects/clients if you're lucky (combined with the above).

    -- developing national network of sister-agencies (cross training/transfer opportunities)

    Cons

    I found the LA office to be a highly political and toxic workplace, with zero on-site HR presence (causation or correlation? hmm), however most cons are for the parent company, ASM:

    -- unrealistic revenue goals are guaranteeing regular layoffs.

    -- awful benefits, weirdly long qualifying period for 401K and even health. (plus the CEO sends an annual letter to employees that's super passive-aggressive about healthcare costs and always makes sure to begrudge the ACA?)

    -- minor, but such a bizarre policy I'm compelled to include: around certain major western holidays, regardless of your job/level/seniority at the agency, ASM will expect you to spend a full workday at a local Target/Walmart/etc. stocking shelves with client products to help "increase visibility."
    You may get a free t-shirt out of this- but it'll be only size XXL, neon colored, and covered in text with 5 different fonts and a dozen corporate logos.
    (If this is what "Winning Together" looks like, I'm content with being a loser thanks.)

    Advice to Management

    -- have some compassion in your approach to people management- avoid actions like laying off a long-time employee when you're fully aware his wife had a baby the week prior.

    -- be sure all the members of your senior leadership team understand that, as white people, it's highly inappropriate for any of them to come into work on Halloween dressed like a Native American.

    -- try and see if you can re-sell the company to literally any other holding company that's not ASM?

  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMP Agency full-time

    Pros

    I worked with good clients.

    Cons

    Growing pains as organizations combined into one.


  4. "Accounting Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AMP Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great morale, mentoring from very smart people, awesome environment for employees, flex time, casual environment

    Cons

    Inconsistency and sometimes rash leadership decisions but overall great place to work and learn

    Advice to Management

    Don't spend too much time/money on bidding for the big clients that you take away valuable resources from your already paying clients. Reward those employees putting in the extra miles, and keep up all of your great team building strategies because it really did foster an excellent environment.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMP Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance (sort of)
    Free lunch Thursdays
    Happy hours
    Innovative (sort of)

    Cons

    Since acquired by Advantage Sales & Marketing they have set unrealistic and unprecedented expectations for revenue growth. If the company is doing better YOY but not meeting an arbitrary goal set by "the big bad ASM" then the conversation should be about resetting expectations, NOT where can we let folks go to save money and make our bottom line look better in our going public year...

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees
    Don't use ASM to your advantage or disadvantage when applicable


  6. "Project Management Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AMP Agency full-time

    Pros

    a lot of experience gained and great environment

    Cons

    A lot of responsibilities for an intern


  7. "Who says you can't be smart and nice?"

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    Former Employee - Group Creative Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Group Creative Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AMP Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some incredibly brilliant people occupy this agency, which has strengths in both digital production as well as marketing. My two years here were a whirlwind of education as I was able to get incredibly deep into a wide variety of specialities and activations. I was constantly surprised by the amount that people knew, as well as the passion and attention the organization as a whole gave to every single project. Great experience, great place.

    Cons

    There was some turnover when they were acquired by Advantage Solutions, but that seems to be gone for the most part.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster and grow the kind of talent you attract and you have no ceiling.

  8. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMP Agency part-time

    Pros

    - nice, welcoming, young coworkers who will help you learn and grow
    - great office location
    - free lunch once a week, coffee, tea, medicine, etc.

    Cons

    - some departments are negatively affected by other departments' mistakes
    - not well-known brand name for resume
    - stressful to build new client relationships and compete for work with larger agencies


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    "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented and smart people. Free breakfast on Fridays. Cool accounts. Awesome strategy teams. Hard working-but have to wear many hats to survive.

    Cons

    Lack of support in resources. Account managers don't know how to budget- and inexperienced. Creative Directors over think simple social media deliverables. Almost to the point of exhaustion.

    Advice to Management

    Creative Directors and account managers are inexperienced with social. They win clients with the strategy teams, but fail to give designers the time to brand these awesome accounts. Also, social media isn't rocket science-users just want to look at pretty pictures at the end of the day. So stop overthinking things people. I mean really. And be sure you have budget for the accounts you win.


  10. "Amp agency in new york"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMP Agency full-time

    Pros

    great office culture and employees

    Cons

    Small New York team and have to rely too heavily on boston


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