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PSAV Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 251 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

PSAV CEO Mike McIlwain

Mike McIlwain

(66 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of room for advancement, but it will require a lot of commitment(in 6 reviews)

  • good benefits, provide a clothing allowance which is nice(in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • This work will consume you if you let it so work/life balance is important(in 18 reviews)

  • There are often very long hours especially during busy season(in 27 reviews)

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    Could be better

    Event Technology Specialist (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsLargest in house hotel a/v company in the world with a focus on profits. They are always growing by acquiring more hotel contacts or purchasing their competitors.

    ConsBenefits and compensation are below industry average. They prefer to hire cheap labor over skilled labor making it difficult to execute the most elaborate of events.

    Advice to Senior Managementcompensate your team based on skills and expertise delivered vs solely on tenure and rank. Work on closing the gap with the disconnect between management and technical/operations staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Independent and flexible work...not very reliable

    Event Technology Specialist (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsNot a 9-5, decent pay, good pace

    ConsNever know when or where you will be called, little to no training, not much upward mobility

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop better training, spread the work out among employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No time for a social life

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of hours given if you at a busy property.

    ConsToo many chiefs and not enough Indians, everybody thinks they are in charge even part timers. Some guys are over paid, summers are slow time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    PSAV, is good for someone wanting to get on the job experience in audio and video.

    Audio Visual Technician (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsLittle supervision allowing for a lot of decision making. Workload varies from day to day. So some days you work your butt off and some days you can take a breather.

    ConsPSAV hires freelancers for bigger shows and if they screw up. The actual full-time crew will be the ones who will get burnt by it. Everyone I knew that worked there all had hopes of being promoted constantly learning and taking on new things. Every one I know took those skills somewhere else after never getting promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't Pay Total Noobs the same salary as someone with a college degree.

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    Slow Communication Leads to Mistakes and Lack of Training

    DET (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsSometimes the work is easy and rewarding.

    ConsSomedays you work up to 17 hours without additional pay if you are on slalary

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer to pay fair/competitive wages upfront. To gain or maintain talent in this industry it is very important that you treat them great with sincere perks. PSAV offers a point system for a job well done vs. a bonus. I'd rather have cash handed to me.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Workin for the Borg that swallowed Swank AV

    Director of Event Technology (Former Employee) Nashville, TN

    ProsAs the largest audio visual company in the hospitality industry they have many locations and offer work locations around the globe.

    ConsExpect to be underpaid and overworked. Many locations are served by poor middle managers who only care about numbers and nothing about people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAct like you believe what you say, that your employees are the reason for your success.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    AV Technician / Lower Management

    Assistant Director of Event Technology (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood people to work with, and great experience for the next step.

    ConsOverworked and very underpaid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in quality individuals that have the capability to deliver extraordinary results.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    AV done Right if your looking right now

    Director of Event Technology (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCompany keeps growing and there are a lot of opportunities to move up but you have to be willing to relocate a lot. In a year I went for tech to director but they will make you work for it and you will be working 60 plus hours at a starting managers location. If you are a team player it will go a long way for you

    ConsPay always seems a little under what it should be. It is also very hit or miss for good team leaders from region to region. Health care coverage is not that good that is the biggest kick on top of the salary issues.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    As a part-time on call it's okay.

    Lighting II (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsBetween jobs if I get a call it could be a good option for a little extra money.
    Descent equipment to work with.
    You can apply for other positions with the company.
    You can negotiate your hourly per project.
    Fair treatment for women working in this field.
    They do have training classes should you need it.

    ConsNo benefits as a part-time.
    Last minute calls to which I cannot always work.
    Hourly pay is okay however, when I freelance with other companies I negotiate a time and half compensation when I work over 10 hours in one day. I worked one project with PSAV for 30 hours straight and received nothing additional! Not even a couple of hours to sleep in the hotel we were working at. I felt this was taking serious advantage of part-timers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would like to work more with PSAV but I also work as a freelancer and tend to get booked in advance. I had hoped I would be able to pursue a career with PSAV but find that more times than not when I am called it is so very last minute (ie: can you work tomorrow) that I am already in the middle of a project. I would love some advance notice of projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Seasonal furloughs & long hours, with an ability to move up quickly

    ETS II (Current Employee) Palm Springs, CA

    ProsGreat, if you love event technology in a corporate environment. Lots of properties around the world, which provides ample opportunity to move—and move up—if you're willing to move, sacrifice your personal life (when in-season/at busy properties) and know how to "play the corporate game."

    Cons18-plus-hour-days way too common (not bad with OT & DT, when you're hourly - not as good when you're salary). Most properties aren't well equipped with quality gear - let alone state-of-the-art. Pay is below average, unless you negotiate hard for it - and then, it's about average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter training and more accurate measurement of skills might ensure higher quality of service for the client and more pride in the work for the employees. Certifications and better pay may have potential for attracting superior career-oriented professionals in the event tech industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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