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  1. "Challenging"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging and competitive. Always trying to do more with less. If you work hard and innovate you will move up.

    Cons

    Management turnover. You work hard and endless hours to achieve advancement opportunities then your manager or VP leaves and you have to start over with new management.

    Advice to Management

    Give raises to your better employees. Even in an economic downturn it is still cheaper to pay your best employees rather then let them migrate to the competition.


  2. "VP of Finance and acquisitions"

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    Current Employee - Head of Finance and Project Manager in Cerritos, CA
    Current Employee - Head of Finance and Project Manager in Cerritos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascent Media (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, management team and owners. Which helps in effective communicating. Goes a long way when everyone's on the same page.

    Cons

    Tedious protocols unnecessary micro management which hinders work getting done in a efficient manner.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up with the micro management, allow us to get things done without the constant distractions


  3. "Asent Media"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ascent Media full-time

    Pros

    The pros of ascent media were some of the people i got to work with and the lasting relationships i made with my team.

    Cons

    The cons of ascent media were high turn over rate, long hours, long hours, long hours expected. Higher ups didn't care about lower level employees.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would to be more flexible with employees life especially when you demand such long hours.


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  5. "Temp Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good place to work, nice people.

    Cons

    Daily grind. Lots of cubicles.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within


  6. "Senior Master Origination Controller"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ascent Media full-time

    Pros

    Meet some nice and helpful people

    Cons

    Management never care for staffs. super low bonus average of 2 weeks and increment average of $20. No matter how long you have work there, still will be sacked over minor mistake. All staffs are replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    If you dun take care of staffs, how you want them to work hard for you?


  7. "Ungenerous company. Dedicated workforce."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ascent Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated workforce. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Ungenerous company. Culture of trust absent

    Advice to Management

    Too little too late


  8. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ascent Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learned A Lot, gained vital technical experience

    Cons

    poor work/life balance. Cold corporate environment.

    Advice to Management

    Should care more about staff's request


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Services in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Client Services in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Ascent Media part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely talented co-workers. Every day is different dependent on clients booked for sessions.

    Cons

    Very large corporation. Easy to get lost in the shuffle.


  10. "Disconnected leadership."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ascent Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good for software developers and employees based at the main office. If you were located there you had access to upper management and get direction.

    Cons

    Political infighting among upper management far outdistanced by any innovation. This company's weak leadership seems to allow it's executives to put more energy into their personal agendas than servicing the customers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on a strategy rather than throw a bunch of ideas against the wall to see what sticks. You have to make decisions to be successful. You took on too many disconnected lines of business without an understanding of how to run them.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Diverse media company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ascent Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small management team
    High quality clients
    Interesting work
    Good access to SVPs/EVPs
    Good position within sector
    Competitors face similar challenges

    Cons

    Poor links between achievement and reward
    Slow approvals process
    Disconnect between divisions
    Disconnect between US and EMEA client priorities

    Advice to Management

    Better motivated staff would have yielded much better results



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