Avid Technology
2.0 of 5 210 reviews
www.avid.com Burlington, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Avid Technology Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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38% Approve of the CEO

Avid Technology President & CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr.

Louis Hernandez, Jr.

(21 ratings)

12% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great products (or did have once upon a time) in audio, music, video"
    in 30 reviews
  • "Great people and an easy going environment"
    in 17 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management sometimes lacks initiative to innovate"
    in 25 reviews
  • "Senior management has no clue what they are doing to the point that we have been delisted and lost all our value"
    in 16 reviews
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Great team of experts in the industry

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Avid Technology full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPromotions - 50/50
Personal growth - 100%
Time-off - 50/50
Money in the bank
Great product line

ConsFinancial issues
Still playing catching up instead of being a leader in the industry

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up with the current "revolution"

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

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Supportive environment for self motivated individuals

Customer Success Specialist (Current Employee)
Burlington, MA

I have been working at Avid Technology full-time for more than a year

ProsIf you have a clear vision they will assist in getting you there
Talented people willing to help out others (when they have the time)
Powerful products that are fun to work with/on

ConsConstant change of management
Lack of positive culture, fun
Not clear on important issues around company future

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep engaging those on the frontlines to see where they are and where they want to go

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

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Once good company that is now mediocre.

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Avid Technology full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFun products to work on. Decent work/life balance. Employees that are trying to make the best of it. Casual atmosphere.

ConsToo much politics. Repeated layoffs have eliminated most of the talented creative/artistic force within the company, leaving too much mediocrity.

Advice to Senior ManagementMinimize the politics, hire creative/artistic talent, rebuild the exciting culture that once existed, and establish more of a meritocracy.

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

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If you are out of work, it is probably a good place to go for a year to get back on your feet

Manager (Former Employee)
Burlington, MA

I worked at Avid Technology full-time for more than 5 years

ProsProducts are reliable as long as they are used within the narrow range of supported workflows. Pay is good, but quality of life is next to nothing.

ConsIf Avid was a child, it would hold its breath to get its way. Infighting and stubborn treatment of customers and employees is a daily frustration.

Advice to Senior ManagementSell it or buy it out. Merge it with a storage manufacturer that's looking to diversify.

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

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Great coworkers but no leadership

Logistics (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Avid Technology full-time for more than a year

Pros- Cutting edge product
- Intelligent and savvy coworkers
- Direct supervisor was flexible

Cons- Too many layers of middle and upper management
- No chance to develop within the company
- Job security (still having layoffs)
- No clear direction where company is headed
- CEO sounds like a politician instead of a leader

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is too busy cutting experienced and passionate employees. Focus on developing from within instead of destroying morale.

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

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Avid has had multiple chances to lead the market and for many reasons is now fighting for survival.

Sales (Former Employee)
Tewksbury, MA

I worked at Avid Technology full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe customers: creative people, wide variety of markets / applications, constant change. Products: world class, proven, award winning.

ConsHighly political organization. Lotta "survivors"with very little risk taking. Consistently weak leadership as multiple generations of management have proven their lack of market insight or knowledge. They've been selling to the very same set of customers, with practically the same solutions, for over 10 years....in some sense, for the past 25 years.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to develop new customers or develop new solutions to sell to existing customers. Trust and encourage folks to speak out and be open from change emitting from below. Get close to the folks who you are NOT selling too, who have left, or who have never owned Avid gear.

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

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Part of a team developing products for the digital video and professional audio markets.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Avid Technology

ProsWork-life balance, location, some interesting products in very visible industries (film, music, etc.)

ConsLack of leadership; poor product roadmap planning; severe lack of innovation

Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out how to become more innovative...or you won't have to worry about it AT ALL in a few years!

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

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Cutting edge technology, but management needs improvement

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Avid Technology full-time for more than 3 years

Pros* Great people
* Leading technology
* Interesting projects
* Opportunities to grow
* Good facilities
* Pleasant work environment

Cons* Sometimes management fails to provide clear direction
* Politics can be an issue

Advice to Senior Management* Really adopt the Agile methodology
* Let the talent lead the way
* Products need a clear vision
* Drop development the areas that are not critical for the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good culture for a large company, although sometimes lacking in innovation.

Marketing Intern (Former Employee)
Burlington, MA

I worked at Avid Technology as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat coworkers, the food is very good.

ConsUpper management sometimes lacks initiative to innovate.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou can't stay static forever.

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

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Started off as a good place to work with a high stock value, just got worst over time and lost all its value.

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Burlington, MA

I worked at Avid Technology full-time for more than 8 years

ProsMy direct manager was great.
Got to visit some interesting customers and work on some cool products.

ConsSenior management has no clue what they are doing to the point that we have been delisted and lost all our value. Was a public company yet stopped releasing financial earnings, hence the delisting. Executives want to run the company like a bank with no experience with the market Avid is in. Executives do not like any criticism of the plan and do not want to offer any specifics to the "Everywhere Strategy". Constant offshoring of critical components from country to country and poor management of the offshoring (so they keep moving it to a different country). Loads of hiring of executives friends that have no connection to the business or industry. Handing out big bonuses to top management without releasing financial data. Workers used to be part of the bonus plan, but not anymore.

Advice to Senior ManagementRelease some earnings so Avid can get back some of the reputation. At least have feature parity with the competition so we stop losing market share on all fronts.

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

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