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AVG Technologies Chief Executive Officer Gary Kovacs
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  • goog salary in beijing good manager good salary (in 7 reviews)

  • The people are great, benefits are not so good and very limited work life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Company culture is extremely toxic - lack of clear direction from top-management and lots of office politics in middle-management (in 5 reviews)

  • Roles have changed multiple times with little or no warning (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    Diamond in the rough

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing brand, built out of goodwill by giving away anti-virus for more than a decade. Great offices, amenities, social outings and local team building. The company offers some of the best benefit packages in the industry.

    Cons

    The business is managed by fear propagated by minimal or no communication on where the company is headed, a problem that has existed for some time. Information is held tightly by the global senior management team, few below that level know what is happening in the company or coming next. People are simply not trusted or seen as a driving force for growth within the company. Merely workers. Echoing the statements of other reviewers, basic management tasks can be a real challenge, as finance, legal, IT, and hr teams are not accountable to results tied to business metrics. The inability to deliver the basics to teams, such as comp plans as described by another reviewer, makes management look bad to teams, affecting morale, diminishing results for the company. While the company offers a strong benefit package, it micromanages everything else, and is particularly stingy around compensation related items. Innovation or anything that doesn't follow the "we've always done it this way" mantra is struck down by powerful forces few at any but the most senior management levels can strike down. Bull in the china shop nor smooth political work-overs solve these problems. The people in this company are fearful of losing their jobs, and have been for an extended period of time. I was hopeful when the new CEO joined and made customer focused changes, such as the exit from third party search, however since then he has made no meaningful progress I can see around the above topics almost 1 year in. If anything, things have worsened as teams focused on protecting their jobs have tightened political control over their resources, teams are simply not empowered to get their job done. More time is spent lobbying internally to accomplish day-to-day basic tasks than is spent outwardly facing the customer, serving the customer.

    Advice to Management

    As my headline says: this company is a diamond in the rough. The brand is still strong, the growth in user base as illustrated in earnings calls is strong. What is not, is the team spirit inside of the company, without people, empowered people, the company will not succeed. The fear factor and general sentiment inside the business is on a strong downward slide and only getting worse. Radical change in compliance related departments and at the departmental leadership level is required to solve the problems this company has. Share more information. Spend more time with people. and agreeing with a prior review, hire a strong COO that has a proven business transformation experience, the new CEO is doing what a CEO should - focus on the external view of the company. He is not a business leader or builder, and the people see that clearly after a year working with him.


  2. Helpful (7)

    Worst Management in the market

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is good. Interviews are easy to crack.

    Cons

    No concept of "team", no recognition even if you work 12 hrs a day, too much blame culture, Management doesn't have "time" to listen to their employees grievances, no interaction between the team. Small doubts which can be easily solved by discussion with senior employees will take 2 days at least to get an appointment from them. pretty bad company politics at management level. There are very few good genuine people but are crushed by the larger bad ones.

    Advice to Management

    If you need good work, keep your employees happy and motivated, "listen" to their problems. Rate your employees on basis of logic/ amount of hard work employee had done. Dedicate more time on one-one meetings than the current twice in an year policy.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Uncertain environment, frequent change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Base pay and benefits are good for me and for the role. Office location is nice for people that do not live in the city.

    Cons

    uncertain environment in the office. Productivity driven by fear and high goals to earn bonuses. Bonus is very hard to earn and seems not achievabl, no one is getting paid and no change is in sight.

    Advice to Management

    Try to drive results like a real manager and build team spirit thru something other than fear. People work harder if they understand what they are supposed to do and who they are supposed to be working with.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Lack of direction, care, understanding, and competence.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefit package is good, product has brand awareness with prospects which make conversations easier to have. Getting an interview and getting hired was a breeze.

    Cons

    Lack of management understanding of the business, customer, interest in serving the customer, lack of management communication to anyone but direct reports, no accountability amongst management team members. As another reviewed wrote, this business won't last long with this management team.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the customers we have while working to acquire new ones, don't just ignore the ones we have. Gain some knowledge of the security & technology field we serve. Learn how to communicate and boost morale within a team. Hold management team members to high standards & enforce accountability.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Quite a bit of room for improvement.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people here who really try hard. Excellent feedback on some of the technologies/products compared to larger AV vendors.

    Cons

    Getting anything done can be a real challenge. Morale does not seem to be a primary focus. Overall strategy seems to change frequently. Open cubicle set-up can be very loud/distracting. No privacy.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication, follow up on promises made, provide mentorship where needed, encourage those who may be struggling and incent people financially.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Lacks Management direction and support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization has good benefits that dont cost the employees any money on a weekly payroll deduction. That being said there are very high co pays and not the best options. You get what you pay for.

    Cons

    The Management team is very weak and inexperienced. The technology enjoys good name recognition but there is absolutely no tech support available for the Sales Division. Upper Sales Management hired all of their friends and noone wants to work with the other departments. Very small office and very clicky. Very dysfunctional atmosphere. Dont expect them to be in US very long with this Management team.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that Sales drives revenue and that the US based Tech Support team Management is losing the Company hundreds of thousands in revenue. Treat employees with respect.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Keeping things in perspective

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time

    Pros

    - salary & benefits - office location - generous travel expense

    Cons

    - by far the worst politics in a company that I have ever seen. inter-departmental fights, land grabbing, territorial struggles, just to name a few - monetization takes priority - disorganize - the people...

    Advice to Management

    not just finding people with the right skill set but look for people who can work with others in driving the company forward


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great personal experience living in Prague, horrific professional experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Major brand so it is good for the CV/Resume, was able to work in Prague, Czech Republic (one of the most beautiful cities in the world), some friendly people in the office

    Cons

    Complete lack of effective organization, leadership and direction. Plans seemed to change on a minute-by-minute basis with little or no information being disseminated throughout the company. Most upper management seems to have ulterior motives, fixated on personal gains rather than the overall success of the company. Serious cultural communications issues between the 'western' employees (mostly Americans and Brits) and the Czech employees; no efforts being made to enhance cross-cultural communications within the company. Focus is entirely on short-term gains rather than long-term growth.

    Advice to Management

    After working there for a year and a half I can honestly say the only way to fix this mess is a radical and complete organization change from top to bottom. The company cannot continue on a long-term basis the way things are run right now. CEO and most of the executive team needs to be replaced with far more experienced people.



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