AVG Technologies Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
46 Reviews

2.9
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Software engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Above average technologies, smart engineers.

    Cons

    Human resource is a big joke in this company, don't even know they are outsourced or contractors, HR don't reply any emails, they only contact you whenever they need something from you. Totally disconnected, one way communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees, they work LONG hours > 10-12 hours everyday. On call during the weekend also.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    High turnover, short sighted, and a few recongnized

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Some very talented people
    Free lunch (SF office)

    Cons

    Fragmented compensation structure
    Perpetual state of crisis management, in a constant state of reaction
    Every hour of the day is always a fire level state of urgency
    Human Resources absent from the people, simply headcount, nothing more
    Shrinking revenue base with volatile short term search contracts (over 50% of revenues)
    Aloof senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are the asset, not the just the top and bottom lines. Build relationships with your employees. Focus on the long term future, not just quarter to quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disfunctional but some nice people

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really bright people, fun culture to work with - love the multi-cultural aspect. Enjoyed the feeling of a startup in a public company.

    Cons

    Very tiered organization and some ethical challenges in management make it a place you either love or hate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ethics sometimes are a challenge for this organization both business and morality. This was an organization where a few controlled the whole and good work was not rewarded. There are a couple of people that make the job very very hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics galore quick wins dominate culture

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

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    free lunch, nice location, neat ideas, smart people

    Cons

    politics galore, self interest running wild, not a lot of fun making money off search in a toolbar that is hard to get rid of. Not real rewarding to fight games in the office and with HQ all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down the barriers and build packages and exits for people that don't encourage just quick wins, find new ways to make money other than toolbars users can't get rid of, hire some real management that cares

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    New public company that does not understand the market

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Sales in Chelmsford, MA

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits - Health and Dental and 401K. Probably the best in the industry.
    Excellent people - Will remain in contact with numerous former employees
    Good brand recognition - potential customers know about AVG. Above average technology. Has a good/great product.

    Cons

    With the company recently becoming public, only corporate got to take advantage, no rewards for the employees.
    Employees worried about the daily phone calls then building relationships with customers and long term success.
    Little to none career advancement
    High turnover rate and managers from the UK/Czech lack the knowledge of the US market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The product has excellent brand recognition, decide whether you want to give the product away or focus on the business market.
    Offer Employee stock options to further support employee success.
    Work on employee morale and customer satisfaction and have corporate understand the US market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, dynamic, high-growth company

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    Current Employee - Chief Policy Officer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Chief Policy Officer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Past-paced, dynamic, interesting work, great leadership. Working on protecting consumers and kids online.

    Cons

    Recently gone public, which limits some of the edginess of the company. Government decisions will have impact and the company continue to innovate quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow the company faster!!! Great innovation which needs to be showcased more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Is management of the US moving to the UK?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    I have been working at AVG Technologies

    Pros

    good package, compensation + benefits are competitive or above

    good brand awareness, people know who we are and what we do

    Cons

    new british VP does not know the market or the culture here and is not a channel person

    guidance and training for the office is coming from flown in british leadership that doesnt know the market

    aggressive way of managing, alot of yelling here, degrading remarks

    technical support was moved from the US to the UK is sales next?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get leadership that leads

    stop talking down and start training

    show us there is a future that includes us

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uncertain environment, frequent change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    I have been working at AVG Technologies

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of direction, care, understanding, and competence.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    I have been working at AVG Technologies

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Quite a bit of room for improvement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    I have been working at AVG Technologies

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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