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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)

    "Poor Leadership/Old School Thinking"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (12)

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

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    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.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "If you like “House of Cards” consider working in ASI's sales department"

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

    I worked at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time

    Pros

    Do you thrive on uncertainty, fear, disruption, manipulation and constant reorganization while enjoying great coffee in a casual attire environment? Over the past few years, ASI updated the once upbeat culture that rewarded sales performance. The new cut-throat, scheming and dysfunctional environment will be perfect for the right sales person. Is Frank Underwood a role model? If yes, you may be the perfect fit. If not, avoid train platforms and you might survive the season.

    Cons

    If you aren't a fan of games, manipulation, unclear communication, constantly shifting goals and compensation plans, and clocking in and out for a professional sales job this may not be the place for you until they fix the issues. Knowing in advance, you can be prepared if you accept a role in this (once) amazing company.

    Advice to Management

    The ownership family truly seems to care about passing the business on to future generations. Take a serious look at your business culture. Talk to line level people OFF the record. Understand the issues and make changes towards the top sooner versus later for survival. Your customers are being impacted. Please, take reviews seriously and take action.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Former employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free parking. Starbucks. Casual dress code, sometimes hectic environment, sometimes slow. Some nice people work there and are happy to help.

    Cons

    Like a modern day Game of Thrones... IT sector has understaffed. Upper Management thinks they're better than everyone. Place has no organization structure, people don't know what they're doing half the time! CEO is a cool guy, but he can be brutal when laying off people but that comes with the job description.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing so you can get fired and more qualified people can take your place.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Used to Be a Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Cohn family who own the company.

    Cons

    Too many managers who have no management experience. Painfully understaffed. No upward mobility or anyone to even speak to about a career path. Paranoia and mistrust is everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Your biggest resource is your employees. Get to know them and use them wisely.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good career starter"

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    Former Employee - Publication Coordinator in West Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Publication Coordinator in West Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work/life balance, decent starting salaries

    Cons

    no career growth and management in production department leaves a lot to be desired


  7. Helpful (12)

    "ASI Well Established but run like a Mom & Pop"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trevose, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trevose, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities, employees re generally hard working, benefits okay

    Cons

    CEO is an ego-maniac and a bit mean spirited. Exact job requirements not always expressed in a way where one understands duties and reporting structure.

    Advice to Management

    Get a CEO who understands show management and marketing. It's not all about "destroying the competition" It's about serving the members better.

  8. Helpful (15)

    "Was a great place once"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are awesome! The building is gorgeous with fair priced cafeteria and a Starbucks.

    Cons

    Upper management was inconsistent and unsupportive. They underpay employees and act as if you should be grateful. They make it clear your expendable regardless of how long you've been employed and there's no security.


  9. Helpful (18)

    "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"

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

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

    Pros

    Great customers; good products; intelligent line-staff and middle management.

    Cons

    Upper management disconnect; inability to trust HR Department for support/troubleshooting/direction. Distrust in upper management and the abuse of "at will" decisions, including inaccurate, false documentation.

    Advice to Management

    Greed has changed this company from a wonderful, family business to an operation where for the sake of the almighty dollar, professionals who give their heart and soul are kicked to the curb without any hesitation. Executive management speaks a good game when they are up in front of the company touting the "Ra-Ra Speeches," but the true colors eventually show. You need to value your employees by treating them as professionals and not strategically setting them up for failure, just to make your bottom lines.


  10. Helpful (24)

    "Beware of the claims made by these reviewers such as “ASI truly rewards hard work” and “Like having a little Silicon...""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trevose, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trevose, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The location is superb for tri-state commuters. The office campus is safe and the commute is short.

    Cons

    I believe it's very unethical to submit positive reviews just to inflate their dismal ratings submitted by their former and current employees. It’s one thing to boast that this company offers many benefits, but writing one sentences for a con? Com’on,…. It’s just to show how this company undermines a individual or prospect employee looking to apply for this company. By the way, for any prospect employees looking to apply for this company, don't be misguided by the "attractive" benefits they offer, there are not that special from any privately own company.

    Advice to Management

    HR management, instead of trying to win “Best Places to Work” award, why don't you spend more time listening to employees for needs, wants and concerns. Like most employees, their job statuses are a major concern because your company has a quick turnover.

    ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) Response

    Mar 7, 2014 – HR

    ASI offers a comprehensive benefits package including Blue Cross Blue Shield Medical, Express/Medco Rx, Delta Dental, Aetna Life and Disability coverage, 17 days of PTO for new hires, 22 days for... More


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