Averna Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Regional Manager

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Averna

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

    Pros

    Good engineering and software teams

    Cons

    Executive management and sales management are clueless

    Advice to Management

    I'm very surprised, after the "muscle car" analogy, that any of you remain.....crazy.


  2. An engineering company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Averna full-time

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

    Pros

    Company that used to have a good spirit. Lots of great people who work hard, play hard. Challenging projets and possibility to travel.

    Cons

    Really poor upper management with a lack of gouvernance. Salaries were not always competitive and a tendency to staff-in/out following the wave of projects.


  3. Great people to work with. A lot of flexibility.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

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

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

    Pros

    Big change in culture in the last 2 years.
    Good projects.
    Lots of activities. Fun place to be.
    My manager has great technical skills

    Cons

    My manager lacks management skills...
    Some of us are too busy and some others not enough...


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  5. Terrible terrible place - except location

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Averna full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good location - Montreal old port. Most colleagues are nice.

    Cons

    everything except location.
    People I used to work with in work closely - about 20 - now only 3 still working there after 2 yrs. that's a 85% percent turnover rate. What else to say? One people I knew someone started one week and they said the position is not required anymore. What a joke she has turned off other offers to be on aboard with you. Worst company you can ever imagine.

    Advice to Management

    Why give advice when management cannot even control their own destinies. All management I knew were either fired or laid off. Even the founder has left - how ironic.


  6. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Averna full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good atmosphere
    - Interesting people
    - Very good location

    Cons

    - Overtime
    - Boring projects
    - Consulting oriented company
    - Not for long-term

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees instead of sending them to random consulting missions


  7. Great place to work while looking for something better.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Averna full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people,
    Flexible hour (at least in my case)
    Great place to work for 1-2 years during a transition period.
    Location is great

    Cons

    Lots of people leaving and arriving all the time.
    Not sure where the company is going.
    Salary on the low side.
    Accept all kind of weird projects (no consistency about what the business what to specialize in)

    Advice to Management

    What is the goal of the business exactly?


  8. The people were great...administration was terrible

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    The old port of Montreal is a fantastic place to work. The Entrepreneurial atmosphere and the communication between teams.

    Cons

    changes direction and has no clear focus on where the company is going. The combination of layoffs and people quitting makes the retention rate very bad. 1 to 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction, make a business plan and stick to it. Dont try for rapid growth. grow naturally.


  9. good team, too much support related work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good atmosphere, nice and funy team, disersified work

    Cons

    high turnover, people burn or get bored depending on project.

    Advice to Management

    manage


  10. Looking for a professional, technical and personal challenge? This is the place...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Averna full-time (More than 5 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Good work environment
    - Multiple short-term and mid-term projects
    - Great learning opportunity, technically and professionally.
    - Many travel opportunities due to multiple international projects

    Cons

    - The monetary compensation (and/or other forms of benefits) is never equal to the amount of effort one puts in.
    - Project budgets are always tight and the margin of error is very very small.
    - Employees are always asked to give more for less.
    - Overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Be pro-active in the field of employee retention.
    Be respectful towards employee and compensate them equally to the efforts they put in and stress load they have to handle in critical situations.


  11. A young fast paced company with a strong future ahead

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Averna full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Autonomy, challenging work; interesting projects with many learning opportunities
    Benefits (vacation and insurance plans) are competitive.
    A great company for your first job

    Cons

    Salary is on low side.
    Bonus payments for performance are extremely non-competitive
    Lack of career development plan and no regular feedback
    Not a company for a long term career

    Advice to Management

    Provide periodic job feedback and career development plans
    Provide competitive performance bonuses (either cash or stock options)



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