AVG Technologies Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. 7 people found this helpful

    Diamond in the rough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful

    Slow moving. Feels like older, larger company. HR and Finance run the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Base and bonus compensation offered is good as is benefits package. Offices are comfortable and modern.

    Cons

    Inward focused company and people. No empowerment of teams. Very vertical matrix organization. Poor work-life balance expectation is 7 days 24 hours availability.

    Colleagues focused on job protection, not producing results for customers or the company. Processes in place for daily tasks over complicated to support this purpose. Politics are the worst I have seen including when comparing to larger companies.

    IT HR and Finance run the business. No agility, no innovation. Such departments do not peer positively with other departments. HR does not support the business or people, focus is on political control falsely in name of compliance. Focus is on power and individual departmental silos.

    New CEO has not made changes to such areas that roadblock business decisions. Absent from people.

    Good talent that is hired will leave within 1 year or less. Remaining are those that will not quit. Not happy people staying only for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many poisoned wells. No culture defined. Looks like no operational leader. Hire new COO to run the business. Hire new HR focused on people, business support and culture building. Flatten the vertical matrix and empower people to make decisions to gain agility. Encourage not stifle innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful

    Worst Management in the market

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Interview is very easy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AVG Technologies

    Pros

    goog salary in beijing good manager good salary

    Cons

    small office small office small office small office small office

  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Lacking best practices

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Great office and location. All amenities needed for comfort and tech culture.

    Cons

    I was constantly searching for structure around best practices. It was a struggle to find consistency in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Post-ipo; one would think best practices would be in place. Maybe it's changed since I left?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Software engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time (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
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    High turnover, short sighted, and a few recongnized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Disfunctional but some nice people

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time (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
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Politics galore quick wins dominate culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

  11. 3 people found this helpful

    New public company that does not understand the market

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Sales in Chelmsford, MA

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time (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

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