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a2z Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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  1. "Great culture, innovative and rewarding"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at a2z full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The culture is relaxed, but everyone works hard. I think everyone buys into the goals of the company and overall direction. There is (some) flexibility in hours and ability to work remote from time to time. Good benefits. Professional development opportunities are abundant.

    Cons

    Some feel that there are too many meetings but I feel the meetings are productive, but maybe they don't need to be held as often.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Upper Management Communication"

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

    I worked at a2z full-time

    Pros

    Fabulous teamwork amongst the worker drones. The programmers who drive the development of the various systems are first-rate and a great team to be on.

    Cons

    Upper management, especially at the top, has a difficult time listening to alternate ideas and suggestions. And when things go wrong, there is a slow trickle-down effect in getting that news to the rest of us.

    Advice to Management

    Work on communication skills.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Its a good company but, its small and specialized"

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

    Pros

    Flexible, casual, fun environment. Lots of nice people that are open to teaching you. The company tries to do fun things. They are moving to new technology which is always good

    Cons

    Small company, i dont see much room for growth at all. The company uses alot of in house proprietary software that wont help you much of you go else where.

    Advice to Management

    Expand and grow


  4. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at a2z full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Departments work cooperatively across teams.
    There is room to grow and expand if you show initiative.
    The overall environment is very friendly.

    Cons

    Some roles require being involved in multiple weekly meetings.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding"

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

    Pros

    a2z is a positive learning environment.

    Cons

    At times creativity is stifled.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at a2z full-time

    Pros

    Overall, this is the best working environment I've ever been in. The various teams work well internally and in cooperation with each other, and there's a new challenge every day.

    Cons

    The pay is less than average, and it has the disadvantages of a small business - you wear a lot of hats, and making a bad impression has more impact when the company only has 60 employees.

    Advice to Management

    None. All things considered, a2z has done a great job of fostering and encouraging its employees.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Friendly atmosphere and fast-paced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at a2z full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has grown quickly from a dot com start up to a majority player in its marketplace of b2b event management software. It is a close knit group and employees get to know each other well. Many employers are actually former clients and vendors who worked on the other side of the relationship for years before joining as an employee.

    Cons

    It is a cozy group of people. It is also a very flat structure hierarchically where a new intern may land a plum project if they show talent and initiative. If you want an impersonal 9 to 5 office life, this may not be for you.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "a2z has a corporate culture most people envy."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at a2z full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Having worked at many other places before a2z, I can say that the atmosphere and culture are far superior to anywhere I've experienced. Respect, family-oriented, education-focused, and client-caring top the list for me.
    Respect: People of many ethnicities, faiths, politics and lifestyles work together and share ideas and opinions in a manner that allows us each to learn from the others.
    Family-oriented: when issues arise with one's family or health that require creative scheduling it is always available and team members are supportive.
    Education-focused: there is a generous education allowance, schedules can be re-arranged, and encouragement is always at hand.
    Client caring: a2z treats its clients like its team - sending baby gifts, sympathy cards, birthday cards - whatever the occasion warrants.

    I see a2z as a place where
     - interns can learn/be mentored and then go on to other opportunities better prepared (sometimes they join a2z full-time).
     - team members are given the tools to succeed.
     - all team members can feel that they have input and ownership into the projects.
     - everyone is appreciated.

    Of course the product is something in which I believe strongly - a2z is committed to saving clients time and money as well as helping clients find ways to ease the pains that come with hosting exhibitions and conferences. A consultative and collaborative approach facilitates that process.

    I have been with a2z longer than any other employment venue - if it were not a great place, I would have been gone long ago.

    Cons

    Not a "con" but a challenge: working in such a tech-based multi-generational workplace takes a special blend of gifts and talents. From time to time in the growth process this gets off-balance and must be addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being transparent and inclusive. Continue allowing team members to be themselves and fostering respect for differing views. Continue to be open to change and suggestions. Continue to expand wisely, watching for the growing pains and addressing them as a team.


  9. "Consultant"

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

    I worked at a2z full-time

    Pros

    Respect for the employee.
    Flexible working environment
    Very efficiently

    Cons

    No minpunten for the company

    Advice to Management

    no


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Professional, Authoritative, Monotonous"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at a2z full-time

    Pros

    Professionally run at the lower levels
    Good learning in terms of technology

    Cons

    - Nepotism at higher level
    - Dictatorial way of running mainly because there is no transparency and its a one man show. No board, no democracy.

    Advice to Management

    - Implement transparency
    - Take everybody into confidence for your decisions
    - Implement a board that decides things instead of only one person managing everything


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