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Updated November 24, 2016
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  1. "great bones but poor management"

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

    I have been working at Active International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    has a lot of potential - very entrepreneurial - many of the people are great and care - benefits and time off are pretty good

    Cons

    lots of dead wood - high overhead costs - people who get paid who don't add value to the company - management takes care of itself before it's employees

    Advice to Management

    put your employees first - increases to those at the bottom before the top - stop paying people huge salaries who don't provide any value to the company or the bottom line


  2. "A Shame"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pearl River, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pearl River, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Active International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A terrific business model and some really creative, smart people.

    Cons

    An ineffective CEO, a bloated senior management team, and an unsustainable cost structure.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a real CEO and dramatically reduce the cost structure.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "What happened?????"

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

    I worked at Active International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work on fortune 50 accounts with top agencies and media vendors in NYC without the NYC commute. Not too much overtime

    Cons

    Everything else. Managers who know less about barter and/or the medium then the team that reports to them, extreme/ugly/blatant favoritism, Wasteful spending in lieu of raises, too many meetings, wasted time on numerous projects that never go anywhere, reporting to 3-4 managers all giving different direction. All about paperwork and process solely to place blame and point fingers. Despite what they might say, any "skills" acquired there are not marketable.

    Advice to Management

    It used to be a great place, a little crazy but really good. Then you fired or forced out those who cared and helped you build the company and replaced them with managers who have their own agendas. Why?


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Integrated Media Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Integrated Media Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Integrated Media Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Active International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Had a lot of experience gained in a short amount of time. As well as getting to work on a lot of big name accounts (ie abc & nbc).

    Cons

    Terrible management that was constantly changing and belittling you to make you feel worthless. i was verbally abused multiple times but could not go to HR because even that man was let go. I would leave work crying in my car many a time while working for Active International. They pay you cheap just like the company they are

    Advice to Management

    You need to pay your employees better and respect them as the individuals they are.


  6. "Used to be better"

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

    I have been working at Active International full-time

    Pros

    Flexible with work-life balance majority of the time

    Cons

    No room for growth, a lot of negativity from management as well as employees.

    Advice to Management

    Set career goals for your employees to continue to grow and work hard for you, don't just let them fizzle out.


  7. "Great start!!!!!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harriman, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harriman, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Active International (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, solid benefits. I would recommend to anyone starting out in media and advertising.

    Cons

    Working around the politics of a family run business can sometimes be a challenge!

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course!


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Caveat: If u want to wear jeans everday & go to cool happy hours its for u, but u get little else"

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    Former Employee - Media Buyer in Pearl River, NY
    Former Employee - Media Buyer in Pearl River, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Active International full-time

    Pros

    Easy commute, u dont have commute to the city. Nice business complex & office. Nice perks, e.g...parties, free lunches,etc. Staff members (worker Bees are great). Great business model for Barter.

    Cons

    Basically read every review, it's a theme here, not just one disgruntled employee. Duplicitous management & HR Dept. Management does not care about their employees, they mcromanage. Constant finger pointing & EXTREME favoritism. No raises for years & years. Late nights & hard work garner no recognition. They may have taken a lease till 2029 but they wont be around, their business & the company are going downhill fast due to it's horrific managers. A bunch of "yes men" & women.

    Advice to Management

    No real advice because they are the problem. The owners are old & set in their ways, they hire "spinmasters" & brown noses as upper/middle management instead of good managers who can build this once great company to it's potential. Care about your employees & your culture, read these reviews & listen to your workers, there is a consistent theme in all these reviews. All management is out for themselves & their own personal gain.


  9. "Director - New Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Active International full-time

    Pros

    Work with C- Level executives with strategic and consultative sales

    Cons

    Long sales cycle for complex media and asset purchase process

    Advice to Management

    Build better relationships with ad agencies rather than see them as the adversary


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Once terrific company that has become overwhelmed by its own ego."

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

    Pros

    Excellent media buying team that takes great pride in doing a professional job.

    Cons

    Duplicitous management team...great at virtuous speeches but does little to enhance bottom line. Does not walk the talk. Are not stakeholders in the success of their employees. Very insular, manage up culture.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of incentivizing performance and stop worrying about your own personal income potential or protecting turf. Work on your reputation through deeds, not spin.


  11. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Active International full-time

    Pros

    Active has really great people. Company is doing well and just signed a new lease until 2029! Salary are good and competitive.

    Cons

    People who have been working here a long time are very set in their ways. I see some of them surfing the net all the time.

    Always a concern about being bought from another company.

    Owners are getting old.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to grow your sales organization and operations teams.



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