American Audio Visual Center

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Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have great regional and corporate managers. Everyone feels like family.
    The day to day co-workers are awesome - all friends.
    Everyone supports everyone to get the job done - and get a beer after.

    Cons

    They pay industry standard wages, but it still feels low for the area.
    Incentive plan is weak. The hours are always long, but that's hospitality.

    Advice to Management

    None to offer, the management is always looking out for everyone's best interests as long as you're looking out for theirs in turn.

  2. Good Growing Company at the time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, great people, career path

    Cons

    lower pay than competition, limited training,

  3. Depends on location but not a bad job if you're young

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center

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

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers (location dependent)

    Cons

    Pay is terrible, could make more money working at a sand which shop

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees fairly

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  5. Large Company That Started Local

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Audio Visual Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Vast customer base that is continuously growing.

    Cons

    In slow times, will not hesitate to cut the almost non-existent fat. Meaning slicing hours and/or cutting jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your more seasoned employees, instead of going to freelancers.

  6. I enjoy working for American Audio Visual Center and there seems to be plenty of work to go around.

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    Current Employee - AV Technician
    Current Employee - AV Technician

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people are fun to be around and work with. All seem to be driven to get the job done to the satisfaction of our clients. In some cases upper management pitches in to help. Equipment is good and employee knowledge of how to operate the equipment is pretty good. There always seems to be at least one person on a crew you can go to for help with an issue.

    Cons

    Keeping track of everyone on a shift is not easy. There are times when whole groups of people disappear during a set or strike only to reappear an hour later. Organization of needed supplies is often sub standard causing countless trips to retrieve missing items. Making 10 trips to get one missing item each happens often. Walking 8 or more miles to do this is not uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    Train crews to be efficient and know what you want each person to do before the job begins or at least divide areas of responsibility up so the job gets done as quickly and as right as possible.

  7. I have been at American AVC for over 10 years +

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    You can grow with in the company
    It is a family environment more than a job
    Training and support from the top down

    Cons

    Pay is a little low but the people make up for it
    Non matching 401k and benefits are not the best

    Advice to Management

    I love this company and I happy working for them.

  8. The good ol' boys of AV.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Advancement Opportuntities, Great People, Responsive support during emergencies.

    Cons

    Low ball pay and expensive benifits, 2% match on 401k, disorganized, lack of communication, tired old gear, sold their souls to hotels so their employees constantly jump through hoops with minimal to no profits made.

    Advice to Management

    Spend money to make money.

  9. Employee Centered?

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    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at American Audio Visual Center 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

    Smaller company that has some good people working for it

    Cons

    I've met multiple people who have not had a review or salary increase in over 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell to PS. Keep working at it. it could be great.

  10. Below standard opportunities masked with nice sounding titles

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    Former Employee - Director of Audio Visual in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Audio Visual in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at American Audio Visual Center full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, good place to learn the ropes of the industry

    Cons

    Old equipment that never got replaced, lack of proper training, expected to perform the job of several people alone which meant long hours and weekends for mediocre pay not reflective of the job title

    Advice to Management

    I heard so often about how much money the company was making, and how many new contracts they were getting. This information was officially presented during company meetings and newsletters. Yet the company was extremely slow in replacing old gear with new purchases. I found myself embarrassed numerous times when I had to set huge, clunky projectors, dirty drapes and fabrics, etc. for clients, whom more often than none made their displeasure known. Often times, customers demanded cuts to their rental fees, or their money back, due to old, faulty, high maintenance equipment.

    At the same rate, many people within the company were subjected to service medium size hotels all on their own, putting in 14 hours or more a day on weekdays and weekends. Interestingly, a lot of money is put out to hire union technicians to help out, but that resource was never allocated to hiring more personnel. Same happened with having to sub-rent equipment because AAVC did not have decent gear to satisfy client's needs.

    On top of all these, many people with "director" titles performed all duties pertaining to running a medium size hotel all on their own, including, sales, customer service, book keeping, accounting, set up, tear down, etc. Yet the salary rate of "directors" performing everything that an AV staff of 2 or 3 should be responsible for was sub-standard to industry.

    I worked at AAVC for almost 9 years and this review is written 6 years after leaving the company. Yet, my review is in comparison with a lot of other reviews here at Glassdoor, which leads me to believe that not much has changed.

  11. Sales and Production Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Friendly people who leave you alone and let you do your job

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation and very uncompetitive pay scale.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying wages that are competitive to the competition. Having a bright cheery atmosphere to work in with managers who tell you what you want to hear, doesn't necessarily put groceries on the table or gas in your tank. If you want to lure the best people away from the competition, you have got to open the wallet. And start showing more appreciation regularly for your current employees. Regional Managers should be taking the staffs from each hotel out at least once a month or once a quarter for pizza or happy hour... Kudo newsletters just don't cut it. If Regionals don't have time, make time! The employees (Directors, Sales and Techs) are the face of this company; not the VP's, and they need to give back to the team more often or the team will go elsewhere.

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