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  1. "Gone Baby Gone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    This company offered the opportunity to work with some of the top professionals in the Film/Video industry.

    Cons

    Terrible work place environment created by senior management. Management ineptitude resulted in a "Talent Refresh," the process of firing employees who challenged bad management decisions.


  2. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ascent Media had an excellent group of people to work with! They were very skilled and knowledgeable about the industry.

    Cons

    There were no real downsides to working at Ascent, understanding that there would be some travel as a part of the job. Unfortunately, the company closed.

  3. "sweat shop"

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    Current Employee - Tape Op in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tape Op in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great bath rooms deck and kitchen

    Cons

    sweat shop long hours low pay

    Advice to Management

    get new maagement that cares


  4. "Exactly what you'd expect working in the entertainment industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool if you want to work in the movie industry

    Cons

    The top talent is allowed to get away with pretty much anything they want. The egos in this place are out of control.

    Advice to Management

    Jose Royo RIP. You were a great leader who left too soon.


  5. "Not the best place to work"

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    Former Employee - Video Operator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Video Operator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with great people and new technology with a global client base. There is no doubt you get great experience at Ascent.

    Cons

    The job was a dead end - there didn't seem to be much in the way of promotions or salary increases.

    Advice to Management

    More incentives to motivate the work force.


  6. "Horrible Communication!"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ascent Media has an amazing amount of technology. Any System Engineer that works at Ascent Media will have the ability to get their hands on some cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    There are some serious issues that Senior Management needs to address. First and foremost they treat their employees with little to no respect. With the downfall of the economy they have used that excuse to treat their employees like dirt. The line “You are lucky to have a Job” is over used and starting to become demoralizing to employees. Second, there is little to no communication in this company. There is a major communication gap between Senior Management, Department Directors, and a major gap between development and the system engineers. If it was not for talented employees half the work would not get done at Ascent. Third and finally, in the 4 years I have worked at Ascent Media we are going through the third company reorganization. The prior two failed because there is a serious lack of leadership in upper management. The growing consensus amongst all employees is that the Newly hired VP’s, Directors and any other Senior Management role is primarily interested in personal growth and not company goals. Once they achieve a small goal they can add that to their resume, leave Ascent Media and obtain a position at another media company for a higher salary. The employees are not fooled with their town hall meetings and management should honest and if they truly cared about Ascent they really need to figure out a way to reverse the anger and frustration they have caused to their employees.

    Advice to Management

    figure out the solutions to the cons


  7. "Company sorely needs direction and improved internal communication. Management needs to better engage employees."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong technical talent exists at Ascent.

    Cons

    Poor internal company strategy or direction communication. Focused solely on the bottom line. Little financial support given to important initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal communication - directly engage employees in small group meetings. Where is this company going? What is its core focus?

  8. "Lots of changes going on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job. It could be worse.

    Cons

    Expect lots of results with few resources. Like many companies, they're concern about cost regarding everything. Some priorities are questionable.

    Advice to Management

    I think the divestitures was a smart move. It should have been done years ago. Lots of hard working people that go on unacknowledged. You are fortunate you have very dedicated employees that love the industry.


  9. "look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northvale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    tv work in nj
    not much else

    Cons

    nepotism, no degree of any kind needed to work here.
    people with no digital video experience work as "compressionists"
    people who don't even know what "right click on your mouse" means work with computers
    no clear direction of where the company is headed
    people with real skills and qualifications get laid off while incompetence gets rewarded

    Advice to Management

    Don't fire people with actual skills. Stop hiring people with no video background as compressionists


  10. "WOW"

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    Current Employee - Vice Admiral of Opinion Review in Northvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice Admiral of Opinion Review in Northvale, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    close to home
    near many restaurants
    outstanding mix of personalities
    every day at work is a new adventure - there is alwys something you have never seen before

    Cons

    hours suck
    aging facility - equipment is in need of an upgrade - a lot of the equipment should just be trashed and the facility should start from scratch witha rebuild

    Advice to Management

    press for a game plan for the future - upgrade equipment and look to weed out whatever malcontents remain.


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