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Iostudio Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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  1. "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Iostudio full-time

    Pros

    The owners are awesome, the perks are great, and the outings are really fun. I've really enjoyed contributing toward a company that puts out quality work time and time again.

    Cons

    Some of the middle management lack interpersonal skills. One of the directors was caught saying something very discriminatory about an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Teach the directors how to be great leaders and not just good managers. When employees feel engaged and like their ideas matter their strengths will begin to emerge.


  2. "Awful Leadership"

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

    I have been working at Iostudio full-time

    Pros

    If you get past the leadership, the people actually doing the work are great. But seriously, you'll regret it if you come here. Don't do it.

    Cons

    Incredibly awful, demoralizing leadership. Don't be fooled by a couple clients that seem like they'd be fun to work for. The leadership here is textbook bad. I think the owners are afraid of the people they chose to lead, so they let the VPs treat the employees very poorly. These "leaders" have never led anything outside of iostudio, and they just don't know what they're doing. Lost contracts and layoffs are the norm. New ideas are shot down immediately or stolen. Blame is always shifted. Hyper-political. Also, 3 owners and 4 VPs to manage like 15 employees. Kind of overkill on the hierarchy. It's not worth enduring horrible leadership. Go someplace that appreciates your contributions as an employee. This place will not change. Also, several of the positive reviews here are obvious fakes. I guess it's easier to write fake reviews than improve the culture. Be skeptical.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the countless complaints you've received about leadership and do something about it. Your leadership has no idea what it's doing. Value and listen to your employees.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are Christmas parties, baseball games, family picnics, Margarita parties, etc. There are free chips, coffee, soda, fruit, and sometimes candy or doughnuts. If you're one of the chosen ones they company will pay for you to go on trips and be trained in almost anything. If you're family or can successfully take credit for others' work you can get great raises and promotions.

    Cons

    It's all smoke and mirrors. The Partners have become disengaged and leave all of the decision making to the incompetent management that does not have the company's best interest at heart. Management also has no interest in the company being run according to the Partners "Guiding Principles" as it's hard to "Do well by doing good" while you overwork your employees and threaten them with being fired. And the "Mission first. Family always" principle only apply to those that are workaholics that don't actually have any family. The RIF in 2013 was handled horribly and even though the employees that were let go were taken care of very well, the ones left behind had to pick up all the slack with no compensation other than "be lucky you still have a job." And since the entire financial structure of the company was built on the government contract that fell through that should've been a wake up call to make the other side more profitable. But no, that just made everyone more adept and putting blame on others. It's a sinking ship and it won't survive unless the Partners start showing up take control again.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for your teams failures AND successes. Learn from them and learn from the mistakes. Stop sweeping things under the rug or blaming your subordinates when things go wrong. Stop promoting unqualified people into supervisory positions and stop hiring "consultants" that have no idea what they're supposed to be fixing.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "more to follow"

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

    Pros

    pay check and free snacks

    Cons

    everything but the pay check

    Advice to Management

    why? they think they are beyond any


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen"

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    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free snacks; cool holiday party

    Cons

    The company does not invest enough in its employees. Get used to taking ridiculous orders; lots of busy work; processes that don’t work; being called and texted at home at all hours of the day; being yelled at or undermined by management; being questioned about every project you submit; being talked down to and constantly criticized, even if you’re doing a good job; and being disrespected or ignored because you don’t have time to play along with corporate “Good-Old Boy” games.

    After massive company downsizing and others jumping ship, any employees left behind were penalized with more work duties and fewer promotions. Instead of hiring people to replace those integral employees who left, all responsibilities fell to those who remained. This caused severe stress and trust issues with management. Morale is bad. Employees are in a chronic state of stress and exhaustion due to an environment of fear and job burnout.

    This company needs to seriously check its priorities. Many departments at the company do not offer any upward mobility, unless you're cool with working overtime on nights and weekends consistently, even at the expense of family and home life.

    Some advice: When you know you have more to offer the world, don't second-guess yourself. Get out of iostudio as fast as you can.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know all of your employees on a one-on-one basis. Ask them what they would do to improve the work-life balance and the overall morale at the company. Be sure middle managers are tapping the creative skills of the employees and making them feel valued. This may help to enhance creativity, engage their spirit and reduce job burnout.


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IOStudio has competitive salaries and great perks. It's a relaxed atmosphere and there doesn't seem to be much intra-office politics. All the employees work diligently to make superior work product.

    Cons

    IOStudio management needs to better set the direction of company. We need to land more new clients as we seem to work for a small handful of legacy clients most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Better communicate our corporate goals and strategies to the employees. Hire sales people that have a proven track record and require them to produce results quickly rather than letting them linger on without sales for extended periods. If we aren't getting the big sales, identify and provide solutions for smaller targets.


  7. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Iostudio full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, good balance of work/life. Very family oriented. The work was challenging but mostly government clients.

    Cons

    Client work could be a little more exciting.

  8. "One of the Best in the Marketing Communications Arena"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Murfreesboro, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment and benefits are better than any competitor's to my knowledge. There are many very talented folks, and there's excellent work being produced there.

    Cons

    All companies in the marketing communications industry must adjust staffing up ... and unfortunately sometimes down ... to keep payroll in line with income. Clients come, and sometimes they leave — often for reasons completely unrelated to the superior quality of your work and the excellent results you've produced for them.

    Advice to Management

    Owners, begin a structured, routine program of speaking confidentially and candidly with every employee from "lowest"/newest to "oldest"/highest at least four times a year.


  9. "N/A"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great office, fun accounts, the Partners were great and cared about the employees' well-being

    Cons

    It's a competitive industry, losing accounts can be devastating and winning new work is difficult even with a strong sales team in place


  10. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Iostudio full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment. Fun parties and team building exercises.

    Cons

    Recent management structure that was put into place is questionable.


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