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Aspen Marketing Services Reviews

Updated 12 September 2018
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  1. "OK but not brilliant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aspen Marketing Services full-time

    Pros

    Good stepping stone to next job

    Cons

    schitzophrenic leadership at that time

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear direction


  2. "has its good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aspen Marketing Services full-time

    Pros

    You learn a lot . On Friday you get free pizza

    Cons

    Don't appreciate employees you're just a number to them

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It's a sinking ship."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Marketing Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Oportunity to build portfolio
    - Good brands to work on

    Cons

    - Poor work/life balance
    - Below average pay, no raises/bonuses. Compensation is not competitive
    - No overtime pay for exceeding the 40hr work week
    - People were nice at first, but slowly showed true unprofessional colours only months in
    - Verbal abuse
    - Often thrown under the bus without full knowledge of the situation
    - Credit is NOT given when due
    - Colleague would often take credit for success that they had no part in
    - VP and certain managers would indulge in alcoholic beverages during business hours, often causing unprofessional behavior and personal/racial attacks
    - Felt like school, where one would eventually have to ASK to use the washroom/go on lunch or break
    - ZERO opportunity for growth unless you are a favourite by the VP
    - Constant promises are being made to clients which are unrealistic
    - One on one meetings/performance reviews with VP are always cancelled the day of and never rescheduled
    - Understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Have TRUST in the people you hire. Stop pointing the finger. Learn the facts. Your lack of professionalism will only cause a higher turn around which in the end is a reflection of VP and management.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Executive Leadership"

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

    I worked at Aspen Marketing Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When I first joined Aspen, I was looking forward to working for a smaller agency. Everyone seemed quite friendly, but unfortunately that didn't last long.

    Cons

    Senior executives at Aspen are misogynists. They frequently and openly comment on women's bodies, while HR turns a blind eye. It became quite unbearable to work there. I once attended an event where one executive was rating women's backsides. Also, there's a lot of incompetent employees that seem to just hang on.

    Advice to Management

    I hope that Epsilon has become wise to the issues at Aspen. Aspen executive leadership either needs to be separated, or ideally, fired.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Aspen Marketing Services a division of Epsilon"

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    Current Employee - Programmer/Data Analyst in West Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Programmer/Data Analyst in West Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Aspen Marketing Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    variety of work is very interesting.

    Cons

    The distance I have to travel for work. If only every department could be allowed to WFH 2 days a week like the Corporate structure has been set up.

    Advice to Management

    Allow all departments to take part in the 2 days a week Work From Home policy.


  6. "Marketing associate"

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

    Pros

    Good company, encourages alot, easy to get along with employees, helpful with learning the process.

    Cons

    I can't think of any, I loved my job, If only I could go back in time:(

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work guys


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Account Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I worked at Aspen Marketing Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Welcoming to new employees, interesting projects/clients, opportunities to step up and learn more. Good work/life balance. Good starting point for new college grads.

    Cons

    No major cons. 9-5 type of atmosphere, sometimes felt like there was a lack of passion for the company/work.

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    "Needed a bit more organization"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Director in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Aspen Marketing Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wore multiple hats, which allowed career understanding and advancement. Lots of flexibility with creative and culture that thrived on collaboration.

    Cons

    Too many "cooks in the kitchen". Was there during a time of transition in the company and lots of big managers with different ways of doing things, which lent to confusion on who to report to as well as which method should be used as best practices.

    Advice to Management

    Have defined roles that are clear to all employees. Ask for feedback and promote creativity within the ranks. Continue to work between the the gaps that exist between both coasts.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Aspen before it became Epsilon"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in West Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in West Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small enough to give you plenty of opportunity to try new projects/clients. Large enough to allow for growth opportunities within company and the benefits of working with large clients.

    Cons

    People who are horrible at their job seem to never get fired. Salary does not increase sufficiently as your experience and worth develops.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Aspen Marketing Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I joined prior to Epsilon acquiring the company and I am one of the few that prob thinks the company is better for it. The only pro is Epsilon taking over. Hoping they can reign in the nepotism and other terrible aspects

    Cons

    The Aspen owner is a complete walking HR disaster making anti-gay and anti-female jokes on a consistent basis. This is overlooked by all senior leadership and they tell their employees that this is "just the way it is."

    They undercut competition to win business, over-promise clients and under-deliver. The organization is built as a paper tiger winning by coming in low; however unable to do great work.

    Advice to Management

    Mt advice is to the Epsilon leadership team: Take a close look at how things are run within the Aspen world. I think if this is done-many high level Aspen employees will be looking for new jobs. Highly recommend you look elsewhere for employment!


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