Avanquest Software

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Avanquest Software Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
14 Reviews
2.8
14 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fair

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avanquest Software full-time

    Pros

    Nice people with good heart

    Cons

    Poor technology, follow other mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop product more

  2.  

    A good stepping stone in the short term, but hard to recommend for the long term.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avanquest Software full-time

    Pros

    +Lots of great, enthusiastic people that still work there.
    +Great place to learn the "ins" and "outs" of basic E-Commerce, Web Development, and Application Marketing.
    +Strong customer service support and department.
    +Food and dining in the area is full of options; Calabasas, CA in general is a great place to work.

    Cons

    -Low-ball pay; If you do not negotiate a higher salary at the start, do not expect a raise no matter how hard you work or how many overtime hours you devote to each project.
    -Benefits are poor; 401k is not matching, and healthcare policy not directly accepted by many physicians.
    -Strange management decisions; Too much mistaking of arrogance for intelligence among current management, and many new hires; Micromanaging 3 in-house developers with 6 or more project managers. Constant "meetings" schedule that is often counter productive to actual work.
    -Revolving door of new hires; People are hired & fired before barely working there for a month or two, or quit after a few months because they are unsatisfied.
    -Unprofessionalism; In-house managers and leads are notorious for their potty mouth and making jokes in poor taste; Widespread tardiness among the majority of the staff; Observed personal issues and problems spilling into the workplace that created unnecessary drama; Some employees equate "multitasking" with being able to watch Netflix, surf Facebook, and make personal phone calls while at their desk.
    -Failure to meet deadlines, often; Poor documentation on virtually all aspects of their web development projects. Poor communication between offshore developers and onshore developers.
    -Equipment allocation is poor; Best stuff is often given to people who do not really need it (i.e. Management), while those actively working to design or test the products and services are left with hand-me-down garbage gear, or simply forced to do without necessary gear that could yield better products and results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Please stop mistaking loud, arrogant "know-it-alls" with no degrees for those who actually have certifications, quantifiable experience leading people, and shipping products.
    -Actually following-up on background checks for new employees before hiring them full-time, would be nice.
    -Endless meetings =/= Work.
    -Be professionals, and start actively working to meet modern industry standards for documentation, equipment, and project management.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Inflexible Company Governed by Uneducated Management Who Use Fear Tactics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Avanquest Software full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place if you have no desire to move up. Upper management won't bother you unless they need something.

    Cons

    - No career development. Everyone is a single contributor.
    - Company governed by fear. The CEO frequently makes jokes about firing people at company meetings, in company emails, etc.
    - Everyone is afraid for their job, so there is no collaboration.
    - Long hours & commitment expected with very little gratitude. In my estimation, the pay is not enough for what they expect.
    - Non-flexible hours (unless you're a preferred employee… they have exceptions for everyone, but you.) You have to work the day after Thanksgiving in the office, etc.
    - Poor vacation policy. 2 weeks.
    - They don't match 401k's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair to your employees. Don't fear them into doing a good job for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Avanquest Software full-time

    Pros

    Nothing good to say about te company

    Cons

    Poor technology, lack of skilled professionals. Too much lay-off, non-stop hiring-firing...
    Poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professionals dontt save on people, don't save on good ERP system.

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great people, strict deadlines

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avanquest Software

    Pros

    The people are great. Working with them everyday is why I enjoyed coming to work so much. Its nice when a group of people can collaborate and work together nicely.

    Cons

    strict deadlines, overtime with little compensation

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software company can't keep up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Avanquest Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you pay your dues in the position, you gain experience in the software industry; Calabasas location is close to great shops and dining,

    Cons

    Cared too much about marketing dated products, software is outclassed by online offerings,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the industry and learn how to adapt more quickly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company and working experience.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at Avanquest Software full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good company to work for. As an employee you are not micro manage as long as you are completing the work and your customers are happy. The work environment overall is friendly and comfortable. Very good in working with employees to for special situations. Ample vacation and sick days provided.

    Cons

    Pay is slightly below industry standards. Medical benefits are not as good as when i started with the company.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quality Assurance Manage

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avanquest Software full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, Very flexible hours

    Cons

    Poor business decisions the last few years. Poor benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Laid back atmosphere, on the job training, and no micromanagement.

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Avanquest Software full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people at Avanquest are great, intelligent, and are very laid back people. Major releases can get a bit hectic, but everyone buckles down and gets the job done. I think what I enjoyed the most about Avanquest is their willingness to train and advance others within the company.

    Other pros would be good benefits (especially health), mostly 9-5 hours, and rather lax on lunch scheduling.

    Cons

    The company lacks innovation and is in desperate need of new ideas. The upper management is trying to steer the ship in a new direction, but it is so hard to do this when we still have so much legacy cruft that we must support.

    I would be a bit weary of their future prospects, as they do not seem to allow us enough time to truly innovate, and polish our products in an already rapidly shrinking market.

    Lastly, the pay at Avanquest is just flat out terrible to be honest. It is great for getting your start in the industry, but the lack of salary increases really starts to wear on a person over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your employees (i.e. slightly better equipment 8 year old machines just don't help), and allow us to actually innovate, improve, and polish the product!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place for newbies, others should stay away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Avanquest Software

    Pros

    for someone who's just starting their career or is at the junior level, this place is great to gain a lot of experience. although the company's been around for 20+ years, there isn't one unified system that one can use to do their job. you are expected to learn their many in-house systems in order to complete your task.

    Cons

    the company is run by two very hands-on ceos. they will micro-manage every part of the business and if you happen to have to work with them directly, expect to stress and lose a lot of sleep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your people and the tools they need to get the job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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