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Updated June 8, 2017
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  1. "Good place to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Intern in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Intern in Des Plaines, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good place to start your internship and it's excellent working environment too. Friendly people around you and you can work at home sometimes as an intern.

    Cons

    The company is part of Rentokil Initial, so the headquarter is in Pennsylvania, sometimes is kind of tough to work with virtually with other colleagues in the different state.

    Advice to Management

    Better Corporate Management Systems and maybe focus on internal management more than seeking for exclusive business opportunities


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't expect support from this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with plants, some nice people to work with, pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    Management seems disorganized, ever changing with no real improvements that fall down to workers. Promises made and not kept. Job description at interview ended up not realistic. Open positions not filled for lengthy times requires others to pick up the slack and be overworked. Some decisions seems penny wise and pound foolish. Don't feel supported by administrative staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to suggestions by those working in the field and in the warehouse and help accordingly. Departments that interact with each other need to connect, communicate and help resolve issues together rather than just complaining.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Completely discouraged from poor business practices"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Service in Des Plaines, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ambius full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with plants and customers that believe in adding enhancements to the work place is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Ambius does not provide what we need to properly service our customers. Most technicians and operations managers are over worked and underpaid. High unrealistic expectations that in the end affect the customer. In the past year when someone leaves their work is absorbed by others and they are not replaced causing more stress out in the field and it shows to the customer and the bottom line. No support for those that are in direct contact with customers. Back in the day we were like family, encouraged to support one another now the culture is fend for yourself. Management lies and does not listen. They say they will hire and don't. They say it will get better and it's gotten worse. Worst holiday season every....was an embarrassment to present product to our customer and most of us were overworked. Not safe to push some that hard.

    Advice to Management

    If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your customer and your business will thrive. Don't treat Ambius like pest control because it's different. Stop just focusing on the bottom line and implement good business practices like training (managers and technicians), support (efficient and timely admin and billing), incentives to build team culture back, quality product (don't skimp to save a buck), support ops management (they seem so frustrated). GIVE US WHAT WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR CUSTOMERS AND ASK US AND LISTEN TO US.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Worst company I ever worked for. Period."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Service Technician in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Service Technician in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have nothing positive to say. This particular branch was horrific. Beat down the employees,mentally and physically.

    Cons

    The whole Boston branch is laughable. The hiring of management without any horticulture background is ludicrous.Treated long time,and I mean employees of over 25 years-horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Get a horticultural background. Take some management classes. Take an class on etiquette.Learn how to treat all people with respect,not just your management staff.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "plants"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Car, phone, diverse duties, providing a service most appreciate.

    Cons

    Changing Managers from pesticide hire relatives and friends know 0 about plants. Overloaded routes, no or little raises. Backbreaking work. Run.

    Advice to Management

    Plants are different than killing pests. Your employees are your wealth and should be respected. Company being run into ground


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Really not worth it!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Care Technician in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Plant Care Technician in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ambius (More than a year)

    Pros

    You don't spend money on gas or wear & tear on your vehicle. You use the their vehicle.

    Cons

    No advancement and it's back breaking work.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Misogny rules this company!"

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    Former Employee - Tecnnician in Souderton, PA
    Former Employee - Tecnnician in Souderton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ambius (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some great people to work with,unfortunately not the people in management. New management company cleared out many of the knowledgeable experienced workers for easier to manipulate newer trainees or flunkies. Continue to learn and love working with plants.

    Cons

    Poor communications within the company. Misleading information, set up for failure with overload of work on the willing and able. No good deed goes unpunished. Never a real productive conversation with management more of a patriarchy " Father Knows Best" approach. Very disturbing now that I think about it. Uneven pay scale throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    Shame on You! Get a conscience!

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Look for another company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Souderton, PA
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Souderton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Ambius (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can make your own schedule. company car and phone but they know where you are every second. Build in GPS so big brother is ALWAYS WATCHING !

    Cons

    Add on duties that your not hired for or payed for ! 25 cent raise a year if your lucky some yrs. nothing. Never been giving a Christmas bonus not even a card in over 10yrs. Benefits suck

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people so your current workers don't have to kill them selves. Management should be people that actually have a back round in Horticulture not because they have a supervisor's back round.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Seasonal Temp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Seasonal Temp in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Temp in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ambius part-time

    Pros

    I worked at their location in Woburn, MA several times during the busy holiday seasons over the years. I did anything from helping assemble Christmas trees/decorations, to helping with installation at various locations in the area. Everyone I worked with was friendly and diligent. There is a real sense of teamwork and pride. You were expected to pull your weight (there was so much to do in preparation for the season!) but anyone was willing to help you when asked. Generously provides a wide variety of coffee and snacks when you need refueling throughout the day. Overall, great work environment! Only had good experiences with management.

    Cons

    I only worked as a seasonal temp, so I can't comment too much on the negatives, but there isn't much that comes to mind. The work can be a bit monotonous, but that comes with the territory of assembling holiday decorations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. There is a great team there.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Business Development Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Des Plaines, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Offers professional services on interior plant design, maintenance, holiday décor and premium scenting. Not hard getting through to the decision makers of companies, hotels, restaurants, etc. to secure an appointment for the designer to go in and make the sale.

    Cons

    Too many different lists to call from. Easy to call the same company over and over for the same thing. Commissions are done manually which left much room for error. They need updated systems and a central CRM.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what the employees are saying and stop changing the direction of the company every 6 months.


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