AVI-SPL Reviews

Updated July 24, 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. Admin Asst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Land O' Lakes, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Land O' Lakes, FL

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

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

    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


  2. OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AVI-SPL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  3. 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


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  5. This place was great until the merger!!

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Design Engineer

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

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

    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.


  6. Run

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer

    I worked at AVI-SPL full-time

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

    Pros

    Some decent professionals at the top

    Cons

    Let's just say - move on...........do NOT recommend.


  7. Project Engineer

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AVI-SPL full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good work environment; mostly relaxed. hard working co-workers. no lack of work. stability of working for a larger company.

    Cons

    larger corporate structure lends itself to a bit of red tape/bureaucracy to get through. engineering can feel scattered because of work load.


  8. Digital Department (downstairs)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI

    I worked at AVI-SPL

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

    Pros

    the work you deliver is for Dow, so you can use it on your resume. co-workers are extremely positive and helpful despite the management. There is a pretty good work/life balance. p.s. on some occasions this old guy, from management, will drop some bagels and donuts. good for you if you like donuts.

    Cons

    wow. where should I start. Management is the biggest problem. People say, to kill the snake, you need to cut its head off, in AVI's case, its a$$h0L3. People get promoted not based on their skills but mostly based on their friendship with upper management. Salary increase usually happens on your anniversary and you get 3%, which in many cases is .50 to a dollar per hour because of your low starting salary. If you want more than that, prepare yourself to spend hours of building a case why you deserve more and why you are way underpay. Several weeks later, in most cases 1-2 months later they will drop another .50 to shut your mouth. At your interview they tell you about the huge opportunities contracting for Dow. The reality is that you most likely will not get on Dow's payroll unless your manager is your mom. The unwritten rule is that, if you can stand working for AVI for 10 years you are more likely to get hired by Dow. 10 years is your test, can you do it? (think about it) I am sorry but the benefits package is ridiculous. Hope you don't need to use their insurance. p.s. forget about any professional training at AVI. The company will invest 0 or very little in their employee's professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    no need to do it again. advice has been given so many times that people get tired


  9. Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AVI-SPL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Ok, to work temporary until you land something better but never a first choice

    Cons

    Chaotic environment, inept management, no clear direction - not an employer of choice.


  10. Very good company

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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at AVI-SPL

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

    Pros

    You absolutely get out of the experience here, what you put into it. Very fair place to work. Lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Growing pains. Correcting some past decisions, but well past the hard part.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening.


  11. Work here if you have to (like I did), but get out ASAP.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Industry leader. Decent benefits. Worked with some very intelligent people. That's it.

    Cons

    Low pay. Zero room for advancement outside of tech/engineering roles. Company does NOT hire or promote from within, or cross-hire between departments.. Infrequent performance reviews and salary increases (two in 4+ years). No tuition reimbursement program or financial assistance for training.

    Advice to Management

    It's pointless to comment here, as AVI-SPL has been setup specifically as a capital venture for its founding partners... the bottom line is all that matters to upper management. Salaries are kept at a minimum. All offices are run on a shoestring (and generally located in geographically undesirable locations) so as to increase profit margins. They are looking to build the company to as large an entity as is possible, and then they'll sell out.



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