Avid Technology Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Avid Technology President & CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr.
Louis Hernandez, Jr.
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Pros
  • There was an air of gratitude for getting to work with great products like ProTools that were so much a part of the lives of musicians (in 35 reviews)

  • Great people, Flexible work hours A great product that can do some amazing things in an exciting industry (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management sometimes lacks initiative to innovate (in 26 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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  1. Helpful (2)

    It's been a rough road, but it's getting much better.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service
    Current Employee - Customer Service

    I have been working at Avid Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Working with some of the greatest products and people in the industry. -Flexible work arrangements. -Opportunities for advancement appear relatively often - especially into product management. -Helping people make music and movies. -Employee discount. -Good benefits. -Bonus Plan.

    Cons

    -I've watched some serious talent walk out the door - either of their own accord or after a layoff. -Headcount is lean and everyone is doing multiple jobs = high stress and some grumpy people. -Morale is up and down. -There's always a fear of more layoffs, which tends to influence thoughts and actions. This seems to be diminishing, thankfully.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to listen to the customers and give them what they really want from Avid. Thank you for opening more offices and hiring more people. Make sure you appropriately replace people who've left in recent years, and do whatever you can to retain the talent left in the company - especially the developers. Back-fill vacated positions whenever possible.


  2. Helpful (3)

    What a mess

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Avid Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Work with some highly creative and intelligent people in music software. Laid back environment. Learn a lot about recording, engineering, and post production.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional culture with little accountability. Everything had to go through a bureaucratic process that killed anyone's sense of being able to contribute or innovate within the company. Supposedly "agile" but everyone struggled to meet long term product deadlines handed down from the top, despite knowing it wouldn't happen. Upper management was completely disconnected from the customer base as well as the employees. Everyone feared another round of layoffs was around the corner. CEO ruled by intimidation and said openly sexist things at company meetings. People preferred to work alone rather than collaboratively, and there was no set standard of accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Get some accountability in place, for yourself and for your employees. Radically improve how you receive and respond to feedback from your employees, and your customers. Show up more than once a year.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Getting Better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avid Technology full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Much higher confidence in the company recently and it feels like there finally direction.

    Cons

    Company still highly siloed. Departments that should be working together usually feel like they are working against each other.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward in the direction you're going. Keep working to break down silos and encourage cooperation between departments.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    The Front Line Employees are doing the real work...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Workflow Consultant in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Workflow Consultant in Remote, OR

    I worked at Avid Technology

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

    Pros

    If you are in field operations, like I was, you get to see a lot of the country and/or the world. You get to interact with some of the most creative storytellers in the business and are oftentimes treated like their family.

    Cons

    Avid leadership never really treated us like family. We were "individual contributors" that were required to work long hours, spend weeks away from our families and got little to no real recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Get your CEO out from behind his handlers. A CEO that has "people" to update his Facebook page is simply not someone that's approachable. In addition, if you didn't come from Open Solutions, you were just another schmuck that got nowhere fast. This is why most of the best people at Avid left to go work for their customers. At least they understood the value we brought to the table.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Poor Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working in some of the best entertainment technology.

    Cons

    Company is much too top heavy with the most negative managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being negative.


  7. Helpful (9)

    Move along, this is a

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Avid Technology (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Really inspirational technology, interesting industry, most of your colleagues are pretty great and super talented.

    Cons

    I completely agree with the earlier "Devil Wears Prada" comments. Executive Leadership do their best to shield their teams from the CEO who rules by public humiliation and bullying. CEO is disrespectful to others, including customers. There are no successes, you will not have that "Job well done" experience here.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your Board and let them know about the inappropriate behaviors of this CEO. Your teams depend on you. Perhaps you can do both - create cool stuff and a cool work environment.


  8. Technical Support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avid Technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company! Really takes care of you!

    Cons

    Just have to stay up to date on all the latest software!


  9. Helpful (6)

    From Industry Leader to Corporate Shenanigans

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Avid Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Some of the best audio technology out there, and you get an employee discount. The regular employees and lower management types are all cool people.

    Cons

    Typical "corporate mentality". It's all about the numbers. Downsize, downsize and downsize. Outsource. Cut back on customer service.

    Advice to Management

    Why don't you get a heart? You had the best software and hardware in the industry and a following that was unbeatable. Now, you've just joined the corporate jerks that are ruling and ruining America.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Everything is being taken away

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Avid Technology

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great industry, innovative people, that's all I've got

    Cons

    Any benefit you had is taken away, there is no reward for going above and beyond, you are expected to work 70 hours a week, if you are given something, a benefit, a "thank you" it is peeled from you within days. You have to be from Open Solutions to thrive here.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Great people, lousy senior management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avid Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome company and culture when it was Digidesign

    Cons

    Avid senior management ruined a great place to work



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