Averna

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Averna Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    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)

    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...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    CEO wants to be a Rock Star

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Averna full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    VERY 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    - Good atmosphere
    - Interesting people
    - Very good location

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

  6.  

    Great place to work while looking for something better.

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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 (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    What is the goal of the business exactly?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    The people were great...administration was terrible

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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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    good atmosphere, nice and funy team, disersified work

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    manage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    A young fast paced company with a strong future ahead

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Average

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Averna

    Pros

    Technologically 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

    Cons

    Bad 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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