Assembly Employee Reviews about "upper management"

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  • "Decent perks such as free food throughout the day at a good quality(in 27 reviews)

  • "In the London office at least- there free breakfast and lunch, with a beer fridge(in 26 reviews)

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  • "Work-life balance is a bit challenging to attain(in 34 reviews)

  • "Uninvolved upper-management that plays favorites when it comes to promotions(in 23 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Strong place to start your carrier

      Dec 9, 2019 - Analyst in London, England
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      Pros

      In the London office at least- there free breakfast and lunch, with a beer fridge. The company changed the catering company recently, so the quality of food has improved quite a lot. There is a good set of training programmers, so is a good place to start your carrier. Compared with other agencies, the company has invested in technology and the company is driving automating a lot of the jobs. Flexi time is also welcome. The managers (in my team, anyway) are very willing to push people out of the door if they are still working after 5:30] Yoga, Pilates and HIIT classes offered for free.

      Cons

      Progress in projects is can get tough at times- the office is quite cliquey and it can be hard to have progress in tasks. There is good work happening- the devs managing to bring in new apis. the information is not shared well at the moment. There are people who are the "rockstars" in the company but are somewhat disruptive to work progress and team efficiency. Not much is done by the upper management team about this. Team out in Hong Kong are continually swamped in work, and will message the London team at 11pm in HK time. They don't have the resources to be able to learn how to make their lives easier, and to simplify the process that they have going on Starting salary is not competitive- and the number of promotions is bloated by having graduate joiners having one job title while in probation, and then they get promoted to junior analyst

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Cliquey corporate penny-pinchers

      Oct 14, 2020 - PPC Analyst I in London, England
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      Pros

      Decent perks such as free food throughout the day at a good quality. Other perks were periodically cut while I was there coz they wanted to prioritise company growth. Nice social vibe. Decent office location. Decent training for juniors.

      Cons

      When I started, this was a decent place to work. But then they went on a growth spree and the place turned into a corporate hell hole. Perks were cut in order to save money and promote growth. Social aspect of company completely lost. Massages were cut, beers on a Friday were cut. The recreation room was turned into a client meeting room. The office became insanely overcrowded with people crammed basically back to back. Even with the recreation room and conference rooms used as breakout work spaces, there just wasn't enough room. Battery farm springs to mind. Upper management are a joke, arrogant and cliquey. They're only there because they outlasted everyone else, not because they're actually any use. Promotion across the agency is based solely on how chummy you are with management so start sucking up early if you want to get anywhere. Turnover of staff at lower levels is really high. Senior analysts and team leads NEED proper management training. They're not respected by or trusting of anyone they manage. This caused massive rifts within teams and sometimes outward conflict. Culture of blame, finger pointing and gossip. Work life balance became a real issue. The agency over promise in order to win clients and it's the juniors who pay the price in terms of their work hours. Pay too low.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great but not perfect place to work

      Nov 1, 2019 - PPC Analyst in London, England
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      Pros

      Working with some truly great individuals and access to good clients

      Cons

      Middle management don't represent upper management values, salary is very poor and progression can be slow, depends on what team you join! Gaps in managerial positions are filled based on seniority, and not necessarily based on management skills.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company culture, but a few internal problems...

      Dec 17, 2015 - Content Manager in London, England
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      Pros

      Fantastic benefits, good opportunity for career progression and an exciting array of clients to work across.

      Cons

      The structure can be too flat at times, you can end up taking on way too much and not being recognised for your efforts. There's a huge gap between the people at the top and the consultants/team leads and below. I worked there for 3 years and I never had a chance to meet upper management. People tend to get promoted based on how long they've been there, rather than actual career merits or goals achieved. There's an air of unfairness around it all and there's not much flexibility to work across teams. HR are a bit out of touch in regards to why staff are disgruntled. But there are a lot of good things too!

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Mixed Bag

      Nov 16, 2021 - Associate Manager in Columbia, SC
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      Pros

      - Brilliant co-workers who have next-level work ethic. - Get to work with a wide variety of large companies (i.e., great for resume building).

      Cons

      - Uninvolved upper-management that plays favorites when it comes to promotions. - Grossly underpays and overworks employees until they threaten to quit. - Terrible work-life balance. You are expected to be on-call at all times.

      3 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Don’t Work Here

      Aug 7, 2021 - Anonymous 
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      Pros

      I truly can not think of one single perk to working here. I would not recommend it to anyone

      Cons

      I’ve never been at a company so disorganized. Several people left due to this and I know plenty of others are currently looking. Upper management acts like they poop gold and they do not care at all about the team underneath them. I was at this company for almost a year and had not one single review or plan of how to move forward in the company. If you want to be treated like a human and not a cog in a machine please don’t work here.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Taking positive steps as a company. Media agencies don't have great benefits in general.

      Jun 4, 2021 - Senior Director in New York, NY
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      Pros

      exposure to a lot of different industries decent work/life balance depending on role upper management seems more open to listening to employees than I've seen from past companies

      Cons

      clients can be difficult benefits are mediocre

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Lost sight of what's important, the talent

      Oct 22, 2020 - Planner 
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      Pros

      -(used to be) the people and team structure, if you had your solid team you were golden and could function as your own machine...when they shifted to a new structure, teams quickly fell apart and team morale/performance started to go down the drain -beautiful office (not a huge pro at the moment obviously) -competitive pay

      Cons

      -work/life balance isn't great, would easily clock in 50+ hours a week - predominantly due to understaffing and misplaced support -Director-level employees and up are completely out of touch with their own teams -upper management blatantly acts on self-interest, in late 2019 nearly all senior leadership were large-scale given promotions while middle and entry level employees had promotions delayed, empty positions they had to cover for on teams and no bonuses for over 8+months -SEM is the agency's only priority, the entire Display dept. is hemorrhaging talent because teams have gone understaffed and underpaid for over a year -potential for growth outside of SEM is minimal

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Over Worked

      Sep 8, 2020 - Digital Media Manager in New York, NY
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      Pros

      The NYC office is unlike any other. I have peaked in office spaces. Bar carts, some big clients, cross media work, lots to learn here.

      Cons

      You will learn a ton here ..simply because they don't hire enough people for teams and you will be taking on the work for 4 people. There's little to no understanding when it comes to work life balance. It will be easy to burnout quick here. Low pay for low level workers. There's no formal training for people management or for new SEM coordinators. Training falls on the person above you who likely wasn't trained on how to manage people. Upper management thinks they are amazing just because they have worked there for a while. If you're in to office politics this is the place for you! How they handled Covid-19 says everything you need to know about the upper management and how little they care about their people. Furloughed a ton of valuable workers, cut pay for everyone and no reversal in sight. Also, interesting how all the five stars reviews happened in the last few weeks from the UK Office - looks like they encouraged their employees to write positive ones to distract from all the bad.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Crazy Hours and It All Depends on Your Team

      Dec 9, 2019 - Integrated Media Planner 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The snacks and office are really nice

      Cons

      You will be working 12 plus hour days and if you are one of the teams with a smaller client are often ignored by upper management

      4 people found this review helpful
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