AVI-SPL Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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John Zettel
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Pros
  • There are a lot of great people that work at the company who have a strong passion to drive technology (in 5 reviews)

  • Always have new challenges, hard work gets noticed and management is happy to work with you (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Little to no room for career growth outside of technical positions (in 4 reviews)

  • Owned by Sliverlake VC that allows upper management to run the company even though they have little to no idea how to run the company (in 6 reviews)

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  1. It Keeps Getting Better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with some truly amazing people. I am not going to say we always are on the same page, but we work together to resolve issues and focus on the customers. There is always room for advancement if you work hard and show initiative, The company has undergone significant changes in management and the results are positive. We are all working towards the same goal! Everyone's opinion and ideas matter.

    Cons

    No company is perfect. There are always challenges. However, the good far out weighs the bad. Wish we had some better backend programs, but we are constantly working on improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with your people


  2. Depends on the department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AVI-SPL full-time

    Pros

    I got to meet some really awesome people from different departments.

    Cons

    Avi was a pretty good company to work for if you were in the right department and I was not. It was difficult to move around in the company or even get promoted, It was mostly controlled by men and they were the ones to get promoted.


  3. Great ideas...poor execution

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Administrator in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at AVI-SPL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, work from home option, great people to work with

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive with the market, people leaving in droves for more $$$, I received a $0.25 cent raise after being here for 3 years. Upper management has a connection to the employees and their needs. The benefits are not great. The rules are constantly changing...much like upper management.


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  5. Admin Asst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Land O' Lakes, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Land O' Lakes, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AVI-SPL (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for at the time and had room for advancement. Loved the travel aspects of the job and the interaction with the public during service that was provided

    Cons

    Laid off without notice or compensation package


  6. OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OK place to work. A bit unorganized. But they definitely get the job done. They go out of their way to provide the best AV solutions.

    Cons

    Don't expect to advance fast. They pass up people who've been working there for years for people who come from outside the company.


  7. Stay away if you can, company of last resort

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AVI-SPL full-time

    Pros

    Salary was reasonable but don't let that be your decision driver.

    Cons

    High turnover, including upper management changes every two years due to poor performance. leadership is inept, no real understanding of the business model and applications. Finance department is run by inexperienced management unable to identify issues or recommend improvements. Results are delayed or incorrect could also be manipulated. Very competitive industry to be in with management that doesn't understand the business or is too new, inexperienced, not talented or capable of delivering results. Not able to retain or develop talent, stay away if you can. it may hurt your career working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't blame your subordinates for your failures. Fire yourself, not your employees. Take ownership for your failures and accept the fact that some of you are just useless and incompetent and ruthless.


  8. Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Managerq in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Managerq in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a job, better than living on the street

    Cons

    You must live in Chicago to get promoted. Management does not know how to run an AV company. They have eliminated the training program. No real processes in place that lead to a quality install, except for a 700 page playback that was written by idiots, but don't worry about that cause no one reads it anyway. Always trying to role out something new, only because their last idea failed. Employees and customers are just a number. It is a good ole boy network, not worry about getting a nationwide account because those are already given to their drinking buddy. Sales training in Tampa is just an excuse to get drunk and sleep with vendors and co workers. Better get a good salary cause you will not make commission.

    Advice to Management

    Quit promoting your drinking buddies, and look for people with a proven industry record. Quit trying to be something you are not.


  9. Contract specialist

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll feel like the smartest person in every room. If you have a strong resume you'll quickly realize there are thousands of better options in Tampa.

    Cons

    Management had zero leadership skills, department was run by a blowhard. Everyone there, regardless of department has a loser mentality. Nothing is organized. You'll interview in one of the fro t clean conferences rooms but work in a dark room with no windows, stained carpets, outdated cubicles and computers. Upper management unequally as dumb as mid management and has no clue how to run the company. It's a technology company where people can't even operate speaker phones.

    Advice to Management

    Do something else you aren't worthy of any management title. Pay people what they're worth. Update the office, you're a technology compsny that's supposed to be on the forefront act like it. Thank god I got offered other jobs within my first month here, time was never worth it. Outlook for this company is bleak.


  10. Technician

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    Current Employee - Lead Technician in South Florida, FL
    Current Employee - Lead Technician in South Florida, FL

    I have been working at AVI-SPL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Seems to be some room for advancement (if your in the right circle) Sometimes training is approved Reasonably steady work

    Cons

    Every office seems to be run differently. When work slows, you get sent home. Pay increases are seldom. High turnover of project management staff

    Advice to Management

    look at the potential of ALL employees


  11. This place was great until the merger!!

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AVI-SPL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of training opportunities. Pending on what office you work in, there are plenty of opportunities to advance. For the most part, the people are nice.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Sense the merger they treat everyone as if they are just a number. Their benefits stink. They will not hesitate to come after you legally if you leave the company. For the most part, management is unwilling to listen to any suggestions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, they're the ones who make or break your company. Go back to operating the way you did before the merger.



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