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Updated December 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Too much micro-managing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Association of National Advertisers full-time

    Pros

    Casual work environment, flexible scheduling and some great employee programs such as monthly wine & cheese, free lunch and breakfast days.

    Cons

    No real authority to make decisions for those in management positions, a culture of micromanagement and lack of trust. Change can be a regular occurrence.

    Advice to Management

    let your leaders lead and your managers manage.


  2. "Incredibly mis-managed & getting worse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Association of National Advertisers full-time

    Pros

    * Easy to work 9-5 (or other flex hours as allowed). Don't have to take work home with you - all good for a job but certainly not for a career.
    * Great access to some of the world's smartest marketers and thought leaders (members, not internal staff).

    Cons

    * Most problematic - terrible pay scale &, lack of career opportunity
    * Office / company culture are awful
    * Lack of strategic plan or thoughtfully crafted approaches to correct the many deficiencies & challenges
    * Silos, silos, silos
    * Senior leaders claim to care about employees but continue to prove otherwise
    * Once flexible work environment getting more restrictive (work from home policies are pathetic)
    * Lack of meaningful communication within the organization

    Advice to Management

    Since current executives ignore advice and fail in leading and managing the organization, my advice is to the Board of Directors. CEO is great within the industry as face but he is horrendous internal leader and incapable of affecting change. Clean house and replace all other senior leaders from the top down! Get a group who will not just protect each other (and their inflated salaries) with people who aren't afraid to drive real change.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid if you have any other options"

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

    I worked at Association of National Advertisers full-time

    Pros

    Easy to coast with the status quo; no one works weekends or late nights. Used to be a place where your job was secure.

    Cons

    Complete yes-man culture. All decisions go through the whims of one person at the top. Leadership got complacent after a period of growth due entirely to market conditions, made bad acquisition decisions, and doubled down with terrible hiring decisions. Does a good job putting up a front of being interested in change and moving forward, but does not reward people who rock the boat. Half-heartedly tries to create a culture but then threatens employees with taking away perks to punish them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking of employees as "entitled" if they want to be respected and appreciated for working hard. They have other options. You will lose talent and be left with only people who have failed up for years.


  4. "Major dead end"

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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 Association of National Advertisers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance and thats about it

    Cons

    Absolutely no room for growth no matter what level you are on. Very reactive environment as opposed to effective problem solving. No respect for employees and very little communication between departments. Major confusion among employees as to what is offered to members and who is in charge of what. Extremely traditional environment that is not welcoming to change.

    Advice to Management

    Extremely disorganized and toxic environment but they already know that. They refuse to change and yet wonder why the company is losing members and employees


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Some people love it."

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

    I worked at Association of National Advertisers full-time

    Pros

    Relatively easy work. Fair compensation. Flexible work hours are great! This was an easy day job for me while I built my side gig. It's fine if you're not too invested in company politics.

    Cons

    While I was there, management made a series of poor decisions that upset employees. The company claims to be stable and employee-centric, but in reality senior executives make random choices that regularly upset the status quo in the name of "pivoting", without any long-term strategy. This is an old-school company that is floundering in the new economy.

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk. If you say you're a flexible company with an investment in employee work-life balance, make it so.


  6. "Needs Improvement"

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

    I have been working at Association of National Advertisers full-time

    Pros

    Flex-time is definitely a plus, that and a relatively relaxed dress code. They do provide pizza and bagels twice a week, which is also nice, and have implemented a few employee networking events to approximate some kind of camaraderie in the office.

    Cons

    - There is no growth path for mid-level employees at this organization
    - There is no clear strategy for some of the business decisions made at the organization
    - It is pretty clear that HiPPO logic is the only logic that determines how things move ahead at the organization.

    Advice to Management

    You need to trust the experts you've hired, you need to develop talent internally versus launching initiatives externally proclaiming that we need more talent development, stop with the HiPPO decision-making, start using strategic methodologies when looking to develop new products and services.


  7. "Toxic place to work, terrible management"

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

    I worked at Association of National Advertisers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Appreciated the flexible hours.

    Cons

    Almost no professional growth. A lot of political, insecure, people. A very toxic, environment. Modeled from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Make this a better place to work by incentivizing growth opportunities, and pay your employees a decent living wage for the NYC area. Every year I was at that company a huge amount of people left. Not normal. Employees should want to be hired, and promoted, not fleeing at the first job they get.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, poor leadership, toxic culture"

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

    I worked at Association of National Advertisers full-time

    Pros

    The ANA is fortunate to have so many wonderful people working for them. They keep good talent because of the people and vacation benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. Toxic culture, lack of respect for employees. No accountability at leadership level. Lacking management skills, VP and higher level.

    Advice to Management

    Learn some new skills and treat your people with respect.


  9. "Solid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Transparency, flexible scheduling, small company, relaxed

    Cons

    Very strict about swiping in and out


  10. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Association of National Advertisers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bonuses, good work travel policies

    Cons

    Lack of mobility, a lot of middle management, no innovation

    Advice to Management

    Work towards more agility and less formal review


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