PSAV Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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PSAV CEO Mike McIlwain
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Pros
  • Not a 9-5, decent pay, good pace (in 11 reviews)

  • Good pay, low stress work environment, diversity (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance please know if you are not the person in charge you don't have a life to balance (in 21 reviews)

  • There are often very long hours especially during busy season (in 28 reviews)

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  1. A/V Tech

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at PSAV full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package for full time.

    Cons

    Pay is light. $16-&18/Hr. If you can live on that - you're very lucky. Much equipment is old, outdated and not fully functional. Work schedule varies between 24/hrs - 65/hrs per week.

    Advice to Management

    If you advertise your company as an Industry Leader then keep up with the changing technology. HDMI is the new standard in video cable - VGA cable is like a flip phone (outdated). 50% of clients will arrive with Apple computers. Have an adequate stock of adaptors and provide training for techs who are not Apple familiar.


  2. Eh

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technician in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    room for growth, free food, able to advance if transferring.

    Cons

    long hours, strange hours, do not know the schedule until a day before.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of Techs, you lose the best ones.


  3. its alright

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PSAV part-time

    Pros

    steady work when it is busy

    Cons

    Can be really slow when it isn't


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  5. Fast expanding company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audio-Visual Director in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Audio-Visual Director in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to transfer to other locations.

    Cons

    Growing to fast and changing/updating systems to much.

    Advice to Management

    Care more for the employees rather than the shareholers


  6. Hard worker? Work even harder!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PSAV full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Quickly get in on the big shows. If you get a good team (like I used to have), things run smoothly.

    Cons

    But things can quickly turn for the worse when your coworkers realize that there are better opportunities out there, and you get a bunch of guys that need trained. You have no social life. You have sold your soul to evil big corporate. Inventory sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Help out your techs setting rooms every once in a while. They burn out quickly when all you do is sit at your desk and make phone calls.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Lead Technician

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Technician in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Technician in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PSAV full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rub elbows with professionals. Training provided. Plenty of hours.

    Cons

    Working in-house can be difficult. Management.

    Advice to Management

    Provide certification and frequent raises


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, good on site management

    Cons

    Pay is low. No way to live off pay. Hours are not guaranteed. Never know schedule except a few days in advance.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously reconsider pay scale.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Sales Manager Hotel Division

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PSAV full-time

    Pros

    Nice working environment depending on location

    Cons

    Salary Doesn't pay industry standard

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees inline with the industry standard - pay those that are better then average a salary that commensurates -


  10. Helpful (2)

    Technical Coordinator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn as you work from your peers, you learn from their perspective. I find that very helpful, it shows you that there is more than one way to get things done. This is a "quick on your feet" kind of industry, helps develop troubleshooting skills, critical thinking, and teamwork. You get to work with a great group of people and you can feel the camaraderie between technicians, no one is shy to teach. You are pretty much the deciding factor as to how much you want to learn, or what route you want to take with the company (technical, or management).

    Cons

    There is very little say on what your scheduled hours will be. The company works on a 'week-to-week' schedule which starts on Sunday and ends on Friday, it can be a little confusing when starting. There isn't very much work/life balance with this job unless you are in management. As an hourly employee, your hours per week (HPW) will vary, and not very constant. There will be times in which HPW will be over 60, which is great for overtime, but there isn't enough turn around time between shifts. There are other instance in which you will have as little as 15-20 HPW, even as a Full-Time employee. It is a world wide corporation, at times you will be just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to take care of employee needs. Be more attentive to employees want to move up within the ranks. More importantly, do not belittle aspirations, and provide the right training for people to advance.


  11. good company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good opportunities for any one wanting to work in audio feild

    Cons

    Need more available trainning for basics



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