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Iostudio Reviews

Updated December 20, 2016
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  1. "Nice place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  6. "N/A"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Worst Company Ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Vice President in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Iostudio full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is free snacks and a roof over our head. The office is pretty central. Free parking. I have an income.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Turnover is absolutely a joke. I think it must be 60-80%. People come for a job and quickly find out that it is the worst place to work.

    You will soon notice the only employees to stick around drank the owners kool aid. They will soon find themselves jobless when the company goes under.

    Speaking of the owners...really? Do you guys really think you have an ounce of credibility, integrity and respect left? How do you go to sleep at night? Start looking into other business ventures because this ship has sailed.

    Advice to Management

    The only words of advice I would give is step back and break yourself from the spell of these 3 jokers. I realize you have no leadership skills but you will not be developing any more under this regime.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "The Epitome of Bad Corporate Cliches & Practices"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Creative in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - At the time, had decent benefits
    - Outings
    - Parties
    - Baseball games
    - People are friendly
    - Talented coworkers

    Cons

    - Super stuffy for a "creative environment," e.g., dress casual and cubicles - Had to dress like a PGA golfer regardless if you're a designer or manager
    - Raises and promotions are incredibly rare here - they'll pass up high-level internal talent to hire a buddy
    - Saw a coworker told he'd be fired if he didn't pick up an out of town client with 15 minutes notice when he was scheduled to pick up his children on court ordered visitation
    - One of the managers stood by the door with a stop watch and would send you an email if you were more than 2 minutes late - didn't introduce herself to the team, nothing - just started blasting us with emails - Got a threatening email for being 5 minutes late - they don't do this now, but did back in 08' - 09'
    - Everyone walks around like they're afraid they're going to get fired - very fearful environment
    - Super political environment - you have to act like you'd take a bullet for the company, or they'll weed you out
    - Partners are completely uninvolved and apathetic with the happenings in the company - I've seen people bring things up respectfully in meetings only to see the partners look like they didn't want to hear it

    Advice to Management

    IoStudio used to be a great place to work. When I started in 2007, it was relaxed, creative and everyone was treated like adults and everyone got their work done. Start treating people well, get rid of the fear culture, and only hire competent managers that have extensive experience in their field.

    When you churn and burn, you eventually run of out people. You're going to be limited to out of town talent and college grads. Which, I know for a fact has been the case. I know half of your new talent has been relocated from out of town.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Started off great, went downhill eventually"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    People, work-life balance, cool work and some good clients.

    Cons

    Upper management couldn't right the ship after the loss of a government contract forced layoffs of about half the company.


  10. "Best place I have ever worked in my 30 years of work experiences."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Iostudio full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everything is true in regards to the last reviewer with the military experience. the owners are absolutely great! The director and supervisors are great too. If one can't get along with the management team at this company, there is something wrong with them. I have worked at iostudios for almost 5 years, and the call center has gone remote, so we work from home now. How awesome is that?

    Cons

    There are no cons to working for iostudio

    Advice to Management

    Thanks to the leadership from the partners down to the supervisors!


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Very frustrating place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free snacks & beverages
    Good place to network
    Minimal team structure, so you don't have many bosses to check in with (if any at all)

    Cons

    Poor management with lack of experience
    Poor communication
    Promotions based on politics
    No direction or future planning
    Reactive, not proactive leadership
    Most of agency revenue comes from 1 client
    Focused solely on profit

    Advice to Management

    Stop writing fake reviews and start listening to the negative ones.


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