AVG Technologies Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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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. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, Ability to work from home if need be, Ability to learn and work without micromanagement. Benefits are great and they do take care of their employees.

    Cons

    Workflow is entirely to dynamic. This causes confusion in regards to deadlines, or what you are supposed to be working on. This makes things at times, more stressful than they need to be.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with tasks set, see projects through to completion, focus more on quality than new features. Not allowing projects to run to completion devalues the work that the engineers do.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Stay Away - Below Average Environment

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    Former Employee - Marketing Function in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Function in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AVG Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location. Hardworking employees.

    Cons

    Political. Don't look to get credited for your efforts. That's for the person you report to to take. Not a lot of upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Base rewards on what people do. Look at who is actually doing the work. Medium sized company yet you have enterprise size politics.


  3. Earn more spend less

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A way to get 200k salary flexible hour relaxing Good office management

    Cons

    Company culture is too relax Spent too much on salary and lunch Confidential information are open

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going!


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  5. great place

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    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager in Winthrop, MA
    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager in Winthrop, MA

    I worked at AVG Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    great co-workers and managers, fun environment

    Cons

    ever changing company direction and focus. Lack of communication


  6. Helpful (7)

    Expect you to deliver 100% yet give you little to no direction or tools to achieve set goals or develop

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health Benefits, Set Hours, Company Name, Company background , Know logo, Established customer base, Known in their channel, Work days, Holidays off

    Cons

    No roles or structure for advancement you are what you are, Don't give you a clear line of sight on how to achieve the goals they set, We ask for tools that we never receive, It's like we are expected to make tools on our on, Pay is not on track with other companies similar to other companies in the market, The goals are so high they are hard to hit and often goals are set when the month or quarter is already up, but are held accountable for missing them, Not really a "fun" environment, managers are not focused on employee moral! Employees constantly feel like their walking on thin ice. Management hears what we need but views it as complaining and instead of fixing issues, holds us accountable for voicing our opinions

    Advice to Management

    Provide Goals in a timely manner, Create more structure around each role. Provide more tools when asked for, and in a timely manner, Listen to the employees at the ground floor, Provide more structure this company has been around to long to be this unorganized, Help drive employee moral, managers get focused on numbers and don't focus on employees enjoying what they do. At this point its more a there's the door type environment.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Ok place to work but upper managment needs to follow a road map

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    Former Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology, great co-workers, catered lunches and snacks.

    Cons

    Good people keep leaving, either they quit or groups of people get laid off on change of direction but the change of direction keeps changing causing the employees to feel that there is no directions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the fighting at the upper managment level....


  8. Helpful (7)

    Fun team, difficult company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AVG Technologies

    Pros

    There was a strong, positive office culture with interesting problems. The pay was good and benefits adequate.

    Cons

    There seemed to be constant conflict between offices and no unified long term vision at that time. Vertical integration meant that critical responsibilities were held by people with conflicting priorities and in different time zones.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sweet office near Caltrain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Like I mentioned before, there is a great open office converted from an old warehouse with brick interior and exterior. Catered lunch Accessible and passionate executives

    Cons

    Constant turnover, which is normal considering the Bay Area market.


  10. OKAY

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AVG Technologies

    Pros

    The salary is good, perks are good, management is OK, nice place to work

    Cons

    Work life balance could use a lot of work. People are expected to work many hours.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on work life balance


  11. Helpful (3)

    Great people needing better vision

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are wonderful aside from occasional office politics Good pay, though on the low side of market value Good amenities for workers especially in San Francisco with free lunches and stocked pantry. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Departments are geographically dispersed in multiple time zones Pay increase is low even at optimal performance for employees. Little vision in exec teams where employees are being constantly polled on what to do next for products, etc. Asking employees is not new, but the frequency at AVG is worrisome. Executive team can be disengaged and behind the curve on trends muddling what kind of company AVG is. Little new blood in leadership roles from pre-IPO days stalls progress means new thinking is not commonly accepted. Paralysis through analysis causes stalemates on critical situations and new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Start by optimizing the exiting product line for functionality and security...especially anti-virus. Review major projects and their timelines and compare to other companies timelines for similar projects. It's well known internally AVG is painfully slow at execution. Dive into why.



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