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AREA203 Digital Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  1. "If they were still in business....."

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    Former Employee - Drupal Developer in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Drupal Developer in Chattanooga, TN
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AREA203 Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really loved working there and the development team was top notch.
    Director of Developers was awesome before he left for Hulu.
    Their Drupal Developers were the best in the business.

    Cons

    They paid the most for Chattanooga at the time but it still wasn't at national average but with the other perks it was hardly noticeable.
    This is probably the biggest one: They are not in business any longer.
    Changes in organization structure were not well thought out, planned, or they didn't tell anyone that a change was being made sometimes...communication?

    Advice to Management

    Should have pursued outside clients more vigorously instead of only relying on internal product to pay the bills and I would probably still be working there.


  2. "Closed"

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with the people here.

    Cons

    The company is now closed.

  3. "this place got what they deserved"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a very talented creative team

    Cons

    literally. everything. else. a total sham of a company.


  4. "Social Media Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None this place was a hell hole

    Cons

    Many you should never work here

    Advice to Management

    Go to jail.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company - poor ownership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Tons of advancement and educational opportunities

    Cons

    company went under due to poor ownership practices


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Very Poor Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AREA203 Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was work with a paycheck when it was needed.

    Cons

    Payday loan business, religious missions, prayer groups, bible studies -- not disclosed during interview process.

    Advice to Management

    Guess nothing at this point. Didn't they (finally) get shut down?


  7. "A few talented Digital Media People with no clearly defined product and less direction"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Sales in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at AREA203 Digital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people manage and work here and welcome new employees with open arms, seemingly well funded, nice office atmosphere with family focus.

    Cons

    Services are not clearly defined or aligned with personnel's skill sets. This makes it difficult to sell and deliver anything that is of real tangible value to a customer

    Advice to Management

    Assess your capabilities, define a market, and be realistic about your goals. Too much time is spent of philosophical BS and not enough spent on telling the customer exactly how you can help them get good ROI on an investment with you.

  8. "Great mission, great people."

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    Former Employee - SEO Specialist in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - SEO Specialist in Chattanooga, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AREA203 Digital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The agency was just restructured and very positive things are happening. Good benefits, very flexible when you have something personal to do, and very supportive team. What you see is what you get. Before getting hired, employees are told the mission of the company, and the fact that it is based on Christian values. To the other posters here claiming how uncomfortable it was for them to see biblical verses on the walls... Why did you accept the position? If you hate Christian values and helping others, there are liberal organizations out there that would love to have you. For me, it is a great place to work! My overall experience was great, and will miss most of my fellow comrades.

    Cons

    If you cherish your constitutional right to bear arms, this is not the place for you. Employees are not allowed to protect themselves on premises. Another negative aspect is that the company relies on IT support from a third party company that has no clue about IT. The word gross business negligence comes to mind. On the other hand, on-site IT support is fenomenal.

    Advice to Management

    Some people are extremely talented and pull their fair share, while others sit at their desk and consume oxygen for 8 hours. More accountability is necessary. Don't get rid of good employees, while at the same time reward employees who are harming the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great staff, everything else is just terrible."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AREA203 Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They know how to find and hire great talent. Unfortunately, they don't let these talented people do anything good, because they have no real clients other than the companies owned by the same owner as this company.

    Cons

    Shady, unethical. For the reviewer titled "great mission, great people." when you say "restructured," you're talking about the layoffs over the last six months that happened to good people doing good work, right? These layoffs never happened though, according to the PR lead, when asked by the local papers. And the Christian thing was never once a part of the discussion in my several interviews with several people. Nothing was mentioned by the company until orientation, when the Chaplain arrived. Prospective employees are also not told that the majority of the work they will be doing are for the owner's other companies, most of which are several payday lending shams. Ethical is not in their vocabulary.

    The higher ups gave up long ago and are only in it for the paycheck, which is quite obvious to the underlings left to do the actual work. Playing nerf basketball and video games in their office while the rest of the team works under ridiculous processes is how management operates here. Then they blame the underlings for the problems in the company. That strategy clearly doesn't work, because you have no clients to fall back on when the payday lending company goes down the tubes.

    Advice to Management

    Karma.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Outlook for this company not good, possibly closing soon"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AREA203 Digital (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good pay for Chattanooga digital marketing positions

    Cons

    it's really just the marketing arm of an online payday lender (Credit Payment Services, Inc.). it's owned by the online payday lender & that is all that you will actually work on. if you're OK with that, i'd say this place is for you but they will be closing soon as the government has already taken steps to shut down the online payday industry, which funds the company. so - they are effectively in a nose dive.

    Advice to Management

    polish up the resume's, if you don't get subpoenaed


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