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Updated Aug 22, 2019

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Aspen Marketing Services President and CEO Patrick J. O'Rahilly
Patrick J. O'Rahilly
21 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great company. I learned a lot

    Mar 14, 2015 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good pay, great learning environment

    Cons

    none when I worked there

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Talented co-workers that will go the extra mile for the client and co-workers. Management that doesn't.

    Mar 9, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Quality of work / product generated is excellent. Epsilon is now putting big business muscle and resources in the company (Aspen) that was previously successful through individuals effort, hard work and perseverance. Personal Growth potential is what you make of it because the entrepreneurial spirit still lives. Thank goodness Alliance Data Systems ADS has put process and values in place. Benefits are good. ADS stock has seen strong growth through ESOP.

    Cons

    Management leaders are way above their head. A Car Dealership Management style still exists. Expect Glen Ross, Glengarry 1970's management. Don't expect support from supervisors. Rising through the ranks to management has been non existent due to the former owner's cronies and close "relationships" being in place. Don't expect praise or recognition. Hopefully all this changes as part of the ADS Epsilon buyout - yet it hasn't changed in 3 years since the buyout initially took place. Employees are hired to come in and hit the ground running. Not until Epsilon purchased Aspen has there been any training or career improvement resources.

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Good Job

    Feb 13, 2019 - SQL Developer in West Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Good place to be good colaboration

    Cons

    Itsnot a place fro young up and coming people.

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Not the place to go if you want to do good work or be happy

    Jul 25, 2012 - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Work life balance is alright, although the holiday schedule is limited. One of the few suburban agencies

    Cons

    Terrible wages, seriously not even within 40% of of the current market Lackluster benefits. If you're single or don't have kids you may be better off with a private insurance. Poor air quality. This may seem weird but the building has no ventilation, or at least limited. I suffered from terrible allergies while there. Once I left things cleared up. And seriously, clean the carpets! Tight deadlines. I can handle a quick turn around but 24 hours from start to finish is a bit ridiculous. No advancement opportunities. None! Very clicky. If you're not in with the right people you're essentially on your own. Inexperienced and lazy employees. A lot of people don't know what they're doing and others just don't do. Poor leadership. I just isn't good. An abrasive former owner. He wants you in your seat at 8:30 and reminds the agency frequently. Comes off as a used car salesman

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  6. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Run.

    Nov 5, 2008 - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Aspen Marketing Services tackles more than just DM, its a full service agency that has many branches that are utilized to support all client needs - from online to broadcast, print to telephony, you name it and we say "how high?". The positives about working at a medium sized company such as this is you learn a lot, and fast. Its a crash course on interpersonal skills, being resourceful, getting the most bang for your clients buck, and learning how to live without (without tech support in the office, without a project manager, and without respectable bonuses - hmm perhaps this answers the next question). But really, there are some great people that make the day to day enjoyable, the projects are challenging (in a good way, and the skill sets I have accumulated are invaluable.

    Cons

    One negative aspect of Aspen Marketing Services is it is growing though some growing pains. The company has not taken the time to appreciate or understand each unique branch it has acquisitioned. This makes working with other branches (and working internally) challenging because there is no common ground or established process. Everything is still being built up or broken down. The upper management still has not found or established their rolls especially on how to utilize their employees efficiently and effectively. I'm sure it will get there, but for now it is still a work in progress.

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  7. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Generations at Work

    Feb 12, 2014 - Programmer in San Diego, CA
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    Pros

    A very profitable company with a decent pay. Workload is manageable so it creates a very good work and life balance. I found it funny that everyone around here are very social and fun to work with except some in the management. Location is very good if you live close by, I got lucky I can just walk to the building.

    Cons

    Organization is mixed with multiple generations which turns into chaos at times in terms of thought process and expectations. It can turn into stress unless you know how to turn it around to handle people and manage up to your own benefits.

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  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Should have never sold out

    Nov 7, 2014 - Receptionist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits are alright. The employees are generally nice and enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    Ever since they were sold, it has been a clash of cultures with the parent company. Upper management has become jaded an basically given up. There are almost no advancement opportunities--you are better off quitting and reapplying if you want a new position/advancement or even a significant raise. Managers are afraid to "stir the pot" because things are still very tenuous with the parent company and you never know when the next big change will be or if that change will put anyone on the chopping block. We are on a "hiring freeze" which is the supposed reason nobody can advance or get a raise, but we have new hires every week. Despite that, turn around is very fadt. Support teams are not recognized and are taken advantage of, doing the work of managers without recognition or compensation.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Needed a bit more organization

    Jun 20, 2016 - Account Director in Atlanta, GA
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    Pros

    Wore multiple hats, which allowed career understanding and advancement. Lots of flexibility with creative and culture that thrived on collaboration.

    Cons

    Too many "cooks in the kitchen". Was there during a time of transition in the company and lots of big managers with different ways of doing things, which lent to confusion on who to report to as well as which method should be used as best practices.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    One of the best corporate companies in Atlanta.

    May 1, 2014 - Art Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Aspen Marketing has a great business model and company culture. Their main goal is always focused on the client but they never forget about the employee's. With comparison salaries, more than full benefits, three weeks vacation and free lunch Fridays - what's not to love! Also an added plus is the discounted Concourse Athletic club!

    Cons

    As with any career these days; Unrealistic deadlines, too many account managers / PMs and the struggle to be promoted in a timely manner.

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  11. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Terrible Place to Work!

    Sep 6, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I joined prior to Epsilon acquiring the company and I am one of the few that prob thinks the company is better for it. The only pro is Epsilon taking over. Hoping they can reign in the nepotism and other terrible aspects

    Cons

    The Aspen owner is a complete walking HR disaster making anti-gay and anti-female jokes on a consistent basis. This is overlooked by all senior leadership and they tell their employees that this is "just the way it is." They undercut competition to win business, over-promise clients and under-deliver. The organization is built as a paper tiger winning by coming in low; however unable to do great work.

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    6 people found this review helpful
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