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ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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Timothy M. Andrews
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Pros
  • Great environment, family owned business with casual dress (in 5 reviews)

  • Nice people, hard working, some parts of culture are pleasant (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Very belittling leadership style by upper management (in 8 reviews)

  • Some people they let go were pillars of the company (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "No Growth (unless you are here 5+ years, keep your mouth shut, or make them $)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Feasterville Trevose, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Feasterville Trevose, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Cafe + Starbucks, Froyo/Smoothies
    - Casual Dress, friendly atmosphere, fun annual events
    - IT department
    - Volunteer opportunities
    - Encouraged to take walks/exercise/eat well
    - On-site gym, daycare
    **They will suck in you with "perks"to keep you**

    Cons

    - You will do 3+ peoples jobs (they cut budgets left & right but pay for airfare/events/hotels/transportation/nonsense for upper management, no problem)
    - No guarantee of salary increase (get it in writing, if they say so)
    - No growth
    - Little to no training (as the managers do not know how to manage--their ASIUniversity does NOT train managers)
    - Health benefits are awful
    - HR concerned with "action plans" and not "actually" helping
    - Management inexperienced + only promoted if either: been here long, know the family/upper management friend, had a life event, did something outstanding, make them money, make them money, make them money (get it?)

    Advice to Management

    STOP throwing titles around to those that are not qualified.
    Managers are labeled "managers" and aren't managing anything, or know the first thing about managing.
    Ignoring/blaming employees who aren't managers/upper management on issues that are management's fault.
    Reviews are completely skewed to only "meets expectations" no matter how much you try, often only receive better if you make them money!
    Fix your benefits, review employees accurately if salary increases are not "based on ratings"as they say


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Leadership/Old School Thinking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Trevorton, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Trevorton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, hard working, some parts of culture are pleasant. Some loyal customers who love the company. Had great potential but....(see cons)

    Cons

    Old school rigid culture, some abrasive personalities who are unwilling to change/adjust as business changes. Very belittling leadership style by upper management

    Advice to Management

    Need to interview former employees in all divisions and listen carefully to feedback. Business climate is changing (some business is shrinking) but management mindset is not. Leadership is not listening to staff and addressing chancing business conditions.

  3. Helpful (11)

    "Use to be amazing... now just care about bottom line"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Feasterville Trevose, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Feasterville Trevose, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Use to be the best!!! Company had a family feel. Your hard work was compensated and complimented.

    Cons

    Slowly, after Tim Andrews took over, through corporate restructuring and management turnover and shifting, it became a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately company. They started letting go people who had been there for decades because they were older. And I believe they let the older people go not just because they felt they were paid too much but because they were older. Some people they let go were pillars of the company. People who were known throughout the industry but forced into retirement. HR runs a by the book type ship... not for compliance but so they have reasons to let people go without claims of wrongful termination. You have to watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to 2004 when you valued good people. Your decade and a half shift is sad and you are no longer the great company you once were able to claim to be.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company Culture, but that's it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Trevose, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Trevose, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Great co-workers
    - Summer Hours
    - Great company parties

    Cons

    - Extremely under paid
    - A lot of turn over in Sale, Marketing and Other departments
    - Always changes (No Standards)
    - Over worked (not paid for it)
    - Very tight budgets
    - No training

    Advice to Management

    - Give better pay
    - Provide entry training
    - Have a standard for the company to follow instead of each manager making there own


  5. Helpful (5)

    "management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Management Sales in Feasterville Trevose, PA
    Former Employee - Management Sales in Feasterville Trevose, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    parking food nice employees parties

    parking
    food
    nice employees
    coffee

    Cons

    horrible self loving chairman family run micromanagement

    Advice to Management

    hire a better leader


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Long Established Family Owned Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Feasterville Trevose, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Feasterville Trevose, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, excellent benefits, gym onsite, weekly free gym and workout classes, Starbucks!, new Scoops frozen yogurt, daycare center, 8 weeks paid daycare, employee mixers; ASI Olympics, Diversity Days, Ice Cream socials, ownership meets with employees to get feedback and ideas every month, quarterly meetings with CEO, tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    A lot of change and reorganization in sales area that impacts other depts. Stability would be better. Offer regular training to employees and managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with a strategy longer than a few months. Too much change is stressful.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Getting worse and worse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Trevose, PA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Trevose, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    On site cafe with outdoor seating, Starbucks, office parties, convenient location for commuting, on site gym, daycare, and dry cleaning

    Cons

    Funny how it's the HR department that writes "No cons. There will always be 'problem employees' in every company that need to be let go'" to justify why there are so many negative reviews. Newsflash: Most if not all of these reviews are from CURRENT employees or ones who left on their own because they couldn't take the hostile and corrupt environment anymore. I have been at ASI for many many years, and these negative reviews are right on point. The CEO claims that he does not tolerate liars or inequality, but most of upper management are in their positions based on who they know, and not what they do. Favoritism is a huge issue, upper management are elitists and will hand leads and top accounts "under the table" to their friends, and if you complain that things are unfair you're told to mind your own business. This place is a total joke and getting worse every day.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is a huge part of the problem. If the CEO doesn't start making changes from the top down, this place will continue to lose valuable employees and spiral downward.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "This place is a NIGHTMARE and will suck the life out of your soul. RUN and RUN fast!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Sales in Bensalem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free parking, Starbucks onsite, gym onsite, close to train station, on site cafeteria, that is about all of the pros I can say about this company.

    Cons

    A nightmare for sales people. The CEO has no clue what is happening. The company says they are inclusive but I have heard with my own ears racist comments to employees. Management has absolutely no clue how to manage and promotes their friends who are less than qualified. TOP TALENT has left the company due to favortism, knee jerk reactions and decisions by management without really investigating the core issues. Total lack of respect for employees and their customers. Upper managment is completely disconnected from the reality of what their customers want. HR rather spend their time witch hunting instead of fixing the problems ruining the business. It's terrifying to in such a toxic and volitile environment with viperous coworkers. Change needs to happen from the TOP down.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They are at the front line of the battle. Stop driving The good employees aways and letting the bad ones ruin what is left of this company.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Levittown, PA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Levittown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great cafe', in house day care, awesome holiday party

    Cons

    company was a revolving door, management fails to deliver what is promised, no long term job security, had to be in clique to get ahead, back stabbing competition within sales department

    Advice to Management

    Stop firing from the bottom up, look at upper management


  10. Helpful (10)

    "No Respect for Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers were friendly and fun to be around on breaks.

    Cons

    I think this company has no respect or integrity whatsoever. They don't care about you even a tear drop's worth. They are very quick to lay people off, even without good reason. Some former employees of mine were deliberately set out to fail by being given tasks outside of their job description, and when they struggled, they were fired. I have no words for the level of disrespect and lack of integrity of managers and HR. This is an absolute, "Do as I say and not as I do" culture. Upper management would talk all day, one even about graphic sex. This particular individual was so rude and belittling to employees. I cannot FATHOM why she wasn't fired. It boggles my mind. They laid off many employees, but yet had the funds for camels for a Moroccan-themed Christmas party. Tell me what's wrong with this picture.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the concerns of your employees. They are HUGELY dissatisfied.


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