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Updated Jun 25, 2014

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3.1 9 reviews

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André Gareau

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros- Good atmosphere
    - Interesting people
    - Very good location

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees instead of sending them to random consulting missions

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    CEO wants to be a Rock Star

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking with National Instruments team(s). Understanding RF/Microwave....which a lot of integrators don't.

    ConsVERY slow to respond to customer requirements. Not staffed to respond to customer needs and very disorganized. Once proposals are complete, most often off the mark technically, over engineered or too high in price. Manager seemingly attracted to shiny objects and makes his ADD drive inconsistent behavior.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to be so "strategic" and be "okay" with the fact that your an integrator, not a "big player". Averna CEO wanting to meet the CEOs of big companies? That's crazy talk...you have no business "up there".

    You're wasting a lot of clock ticks trying to get big quickly. Find the "right" customers, serve them well and close more deals by showing you know the business. Lather, rinse & repeat.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work while looking for something better.

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

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

    ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementWhat is the goal of the business exactly?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The people were great...administration was terrible

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good team, too much support related work

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

    Prosgood atmosphere, nice and funy team, disersified work

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

    Advice to Senior Managementmanage

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A young fast paced company with a strong future ahead

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Average

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTechnologically advanced. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, you can progress rapidly
    Lots of young people so, easy to make friends

    ConsBad decision-making with centric control at HQ not aware of market
    Lack of communication to other offices
    Very low retention rate of employees due to lay-offs or resignations across the board
    Lack of care for individual needs or career path advice
    No direction as to where the company is heading

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees better, and they will naturally work hard for the company. Try the carrot - not the stick. Help with individual career development and training to retain talent and reduce high turnover rate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast-paced and very dynamic environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsYoung dynamic company that is growing fast, but at the same time the executive team seems in control of that growth. Definitely a good experience to evolve in a company that evolve even more itself. Mergers and acquisitions, international growth, integration and development of new products, are example of challenges Averna faces that makes my work more enjoyable as I learn so much. It's a motivating learning environment.

    ConsBeing a smaller company, the financial benefits of working there are not as interesting as in a bigger company. For an entry-level professional, you do get a sense that they try to exploit your inexperience with salary negotiation and lack of experience to squeeze out of you more work and pay less money for it. They definitely know that the environment is a big plus, so it's seems that they feel that it's okay to be stingier than others

    Advice to Senior ManagementHuman capital management is crucial, especially with gen-y-ers. You say the youth is the future, and that developing leadership within the organization is a priority, I say, I believe that you mean it, just can't quite grasp how you're doing it. Invest in your talents: provide coaching and mentors, subscribe to training courses. Put money where your mouth is.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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