AvePoint

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AvePoint Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
88 Reviews
2.3
88 Reviews
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AvePoint Co-CEO Dr Tianyi (TJ) Jiang
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There's a ping pong room with two tables to blow off some steam or just to hang out (in 11 reviews)

  • In terms of a team environment, you get to work with a lot of great people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Why no one was looking at this is beyond me (in 7 reviews)

  • This is likely why most staff in general are fresh college grads, so that they can be underpaid or work long hours (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Hard work and dedication to success is the culture of AvePoint

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at AvePoint full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you work hard, have a solid work ethic and are committed to being successful, you will do well within AvePoint. Those that are negative and post negative reviews on Glassdoor, are the ones who don't have these traits. The technology is very solid, the products have significant demand in the market and the company is growing at a significant pace. If you want to make great money and be recognized, it takes hard work. If you know that jobs today aren't 9-5 and that you are committed to excellence, AvePoint is hiring. The company recognizes the ones that stand out and promote from within.

    Cons

    Would like to see more sales training, specifically around the more sophisticated technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While transparency has improved greatly from senior management regarding initiatives, it would be great to hear more from leadership on technology roadmap and on global wins that can be leveraged on a regional level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place for fast adapters, challenging but exciting

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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 AvePoint

    Pros

    For someone who is ambitious and willing to learn and explore, this is a great place to test, experiment and drive changes. The company is going through many changes as it's growing so fast, quick adapters and smart people will enjoy the challenges and exciting momentum.

    Cons

    work is not easy, sometimes can occupy personal time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company branding matters, leaner team with stronger talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at AvePoint full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The working staff really try

    Cons

    Terrible management with no vision, focus is on quarter to quarter. People are treated as if they are disposable and compensation plans are a moving target and are so complicated that even Sr. management doesn't understand them and they are constantly are changing. No Sr. management accountability for bad decisions instead they fire lower level and expect change. Not a place for a professionals to work. . . Frat boy mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management who have experience in running a professional company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst

    I worked at AvePoint

    Pros

    People who are not managers there are friendly.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, terrible management, terrible work life, terrible vacation time, just about everything is terrible. They trick you into thinking its not so bad by waiting a long time until they bombard you with a workload that should be given out to 2+ people. Expect you to stay late for free to get the work done that they do not staff enough people for. Managers are fresh out of college as well. There was one guy who went from entry level to manager of a team in 5 months. They think if you get free soda and have some staff outings you will love their company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like humans not animals and maybe you'll retain some for more than 2 months at a time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Take the good with the bad.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AvePoint

    Pros

    Great colleagues and a great place for developing new skills or finding potential career path. Things change quickly so it's a good place for those who are good at adapting to situations and enjoy a challenge.

    Cons

    Well below market rate salary and poor work life balance. Growth potential only good for those with exposure to certain executives that matter, otherwise career paths are unclear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't just blame turnover on culture of age group. People want to feel appreciated, and a pat on the back only satisfies for so long.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful  

    You're better off unemployed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I cannot think of one. Very few can.

    Cons

    +Work-life balance does not exist. You will work around the clock without any notice from mgmt
    +Personal Growth - Just by being there, you will get promoted up the ranks, even to VP.. You do not have to do anything. It is such an embarrassment because you are given a title with all the responsibility and none of the authority
    +VP level needs to go. They only know how to "bully" you and do not provide any type of leadership.
    +Salary is about 30-40% lower than similar jobs. Those of us that left, all found jobs about 20-40% higher salaries quickly after leaving...
    +They have fired, demoted, and promoted many people without thoroughly planning it through. This has led to a constant shuffling of employees. Be wary of any promotion, as it is a double edged sword and is a timestamp on your career here.

    It feels great getting a new title or role in the company, but that quickly goes away. Do not let this job get you down, it is just a job and if you treat it any other way, you will quickly see how fast they will turn on you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into getting professionally certified managers. Your entire view of how to treat people is horrendous. Stop hiring kids in their 20's to manage. Yes, you pay them less, but you get what you pay for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AvePoint

    Pros

    Laid back college atmosphere - ping long tables, happy hours, and in office Halloween parties

    Cons

    Hard to learn much here when you have a leadership team with no real experience to be in their roles. The senior leadership team is late 20's or 30 years old. This goes across the board - HR, marketing, sales, etc... Your promotions are driven by the amount of butt you kiss and not your knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring qualified people in your Vice President openings to lead departments and then you may see people stay around longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here unless you are destitute, Fires people a moments notice, Mgt never worked anywhere else but here.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at AvePoint

    Pros

    Good Products, technology is solid and will run when selling it. They do have the end users best needs technologically considered, they simply treat the staff very poorly and have no leadership.

    Cons

    There is no leadership, they are run by a group of people who have never worked anywhere but there. The management has no idea of what the real corporate America is like. They have no seasoned experience; they run through people like cattle. There practices will leave them without and good employees now that the market is opening up. They need to realize that people have families and that they can not treat people badly anymore since we can all find work somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up. Hire people even though you know they will probably fire you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good but not great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SMB Account Executive in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - SMB Account Executive in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at AvePoint full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong product that really works. Its always easier to sell when your selling the best software in the market. Good work environment.

    Cons

    Small base salary when compared to sales jobs in the city, the HQ is located in Jersey City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing too much, need to work better at retaining employees. I have seen numerous qualified employees leave for something else because they paid better or had more room for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 15 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work, will have you on unemployment at a whim

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Account Executive in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Account Executive in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Ping pong table, great people at lower levels, free coffee and soda

    Cons

    Take every negative comment on here seriously, it is all accurate for all the offices. These comments go back several years, employees years apart complaining about the same things. I am not an employee who has been fired from this company, i left in good standing and still very close to current employees. Any good review about this company is noticeably very generic and is most likely slapped on top of bad reviews by the recruiters and HR... or maybe someone in China (seriously)

    To begin:
    1) The pay is terrible, the main 3 offices in U.S. are Jersey City, Arlington - Virginia, and Chicago... any entry level position at this company you'll need a bunch of roommates or to live with your parents to make it in those areas. Wouldn't be too bad if the job atmosphere wasn't so terrible to begin with and you wasn't sure if you was going to be the next person they fire each week. The salaries posted on here are higher than what you'll get. No matter what your position or title you'll be paid significantly less than someone with the same position in the area at a different company.

    2) If you are in any of the Tech positions (Tech solutions professional, analyst, solution architect or engineer) You will get paid a lot less than the industry standards and do way more than you should. And you keep your job by being a good slave. The company treats employees like they are shackled and chained to AvePoint and there is no other options. Every tech position is still sales, so the IT role is a joke, you may get asked to do helpdesk type tasks randomly while trying to help close a deal. Turnover in these positions are very high in comparison to other companies.

    3) If you are in marketing... stay away from here its corrupted beyond repair, you may get fired just because they don't currently have money to pay you but they will find some way to justify it. They'll have no marketing team or one person handling it, and marketing overall is terrible for the company and hinder the progress of every other department. Sometimes not even the marketing "team" fault, but standard processes are non-existent and there is no budget to get anything impactful accomplished. Leads are so terrible, most often recycled, and so old when you call in you will get laughed at and hung up on.

    4) Sales... The worse position of them all. You can be SMB, Account Executive/Specialist (they change the names whenever they want) or you can be EPG (no one knows what it means).
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    Account executives and EPG (I heard its major account exec now) share the same territories. Its divided up usually in favor of the EPG and account execs get the leftover scraps. If you are in AvePoint public sector this is even worse because the scraps accounts often can't buy anything because decisions are made on an EPG account, hence an EPG can sell into it and tools will be used on your account and they don't have to split the deal with you. The commission structure is changed ALL the time, without heads up and with no transparency, so that management can come in and dip into your commission when they feel like it. They may also tell you how to divide up your commission with anyone else that stick their nose in your deal. EPGs may or may not get along but they work the same territory, can be good or bad.
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    The product is hard to sell, its something that a customer may want but rarely a customer will ever need it. The software has competitors who are way cheaper than you, or developers who solve the issues themselves at the company you are trying to sell to. On top of it all its hard to maintain customers because the solutions mess up all the time, often for no reason. You will lose customers you once sold to very quickly.
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    EPG (major account exec) goals are super inflated and are ridiculously hard to achieve. If you are one of the few that strike big then your good for at least that quarter... do it again next quarter and don't fail because management forgets quickly. Account exec specialist keep scavenging, cold calling and getting micro managed about numbers, dials and set demos. Demos usually mean someone was nice enough to take the time to listen, but are not or cannot buy it. Some managers will even sit nearby and listen to how often they hear you on the phone...
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    In the highly likely event that you don't hit your quota for a quarter just pray they don't fire you a week later. Pray that they give you an improvement plan then use your pto wisely to find a job somewhere else because 90% of the time there is no coming back from an improvement plan, very rare if you do, and every sales person there knows this.

    5) This company can barely be called an American company, everything important is handled in China. It has 1000+ employees, if you visit all American offices you'll be lucky to see 100. This delays everything, causes communication problems, customer issues, money loss from sales, and U.S tech team to catch a lot of blame... amongst a lot of other issues.

    6) upper management knows all these issues, they see the glassdoor, and will not do anything to change it. Their approach is to stick a bandaid on a cancer patient and tell them "feel better, stay strong, you have the best care here, no one else will take care of you like we do"

    7) To repeat everything that has been said in all the other glassdoors... upper management should not be in their positions. The company is ran by people who are not qualified to run it. They kissed enough butt along the way, played the game of politics and pretended, keyword is pretended, to be good at their job. A lot of good actors in management, very pretentious people. The most conversation you will get out of upper management is when you are being reprimanded (because they study spreadsheets of what your doing) or when you are getting fired. Anyone who brings anything to light will soon be forced out or fired... happens all the time. Upper management inner circle is afraid of their inadequacy being discovered because they know if they were at any other company they will drop 2 or more positions lower.

    8) When they do hire someone from outside into higher level positions, they get used and abused, and usually realize how much in bad shape the company is and either A] call a CEO, VP, or director out on it then get fired or forced out.. or B] skipped all that and just left

    9) People quit or get fired so regularly and often with no chance not to, that it became a joke. You just shrug it off when you hear a 2 weeks or we let this person go. It doesn't affect you too much until its the people you are close to.... which this will happen quickly and often in your pretty much short avepoint career. The training process is mostly outdated powerpoints that you'll sit and fall asleep at for 2 weeks. Then they'll throw you off the golden gate bridge and tell you swim to China, when you make it there they will give you a silly promotion, a $2k raise and an even more impossible to meet goals

    10) management pretends the company is in better shape than it is... but its in awful shape. Lower level employees will get the blame and suffer consequences for the issues and problem upper management cause. Ive seen them close offices and lay off people, with no real explanation and what seemed to be random. A lot of the company tries to piggyback off the partners now to save money. It's the hitchhike a ride with so & so partner approach to marketing, tech, and sales.

    11) They don't care about losing employees, they'll just offload the work to someone else without them agreeing to it. The attitude is if you quit AvePoint then you weren't a right "fit" for the company. Chances are they'll hire someone out of college to keep the revolving door going. Its a shame how little they do to help retention. Promotions come to you if they like you... meaning you played the politics and made out with the right person.

    12) once again management is terrible, can't emphasize it enough, even the interview process is a joke and you don't realize it til you work for the company. HR department does not care either. So many exit interviews with people ripping apart the faults of the company and year after year its all the same.

    I'll wait for them to stick some good reviews on top of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't give management advice, it falls on deaf ears. All the good managers don't last long. Only company I've written a negative glassdoor review, everywhere else had decent or good ones.

    Take a job here if you are desperate, if not then wait on something better, I can almost guarantee you'll spare yourself some anxiety attacks and ulcers... and if you never had those then it'll come at AvePoint.

    Once again, I'll wait on random "good reviews" placed on top of this

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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