Avid Technology Reviews

Updated August 11, 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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    Current Employee - Customer Service
    Current Employee - Customer Service
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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 (6)

    What a mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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 (7)

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

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    Former Employee - Workflow Consultant in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Workflow Consultant in Remote, OR
    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.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    The Ship is Sinking — Faster and Faster

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Daly City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Daly City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Once upon a time, Avid (Digidesign) had the best creative tools, the best software engineers, and the best creative minds in the audio industry. Then, under the "leadership" of a certain Harvard Business School MBA type and his successor, the life, success, and vision of an industry giant was slowly and methodically crushed. Over a period of roughly 5 years, a workplace that was formerly vibrant, collaborative, and inspiring was gutted from top to bottom. It happened insidiously. Subtly at first, but brazenly by the end. An executive-level pattern of greed, bullying, outsourcing, and nepotism gradually transformed it into a bleak, demoralized, wasteland where layoffs occurred with dizzying regularity and a "cover your a--" mentality replaced a once-thriving spirit of innovation and cooperation. The best talent left. Others were replaced by Ukrainian contractors. Upper management, once domain experts, was methodically replaced by cronies of the Executive staff who possessed no domain experience. What credibility the company once had in its industry has been compromised by the questionable decisions of these non-industry interlopers. What remains today is a scorched-earth bunker populated by the dispirited and browbeaten remnants of a once dynamic and dedicated workforce. Apart from the cronies, of course, who continue to reward themselves richly even as the ship sinks.

    Cons

    See above. The transformation of a once-thriving and innovative industry powerhouse into a shrunken and struggling sweatshop is a textbook case of how to ruin a company as efficiently as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Offering advice to the insular and self-interested cabal that now runs Avid is like shouting into the wind. They appear to have no real desire or motivation to turn the company around beyond short/medium-term profiteering. A sad end to a once great company.


  6. Helpful (7)

    Life Is Too Short and This Place Will Kill You

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with some incredibly creative customers; had a flexible work arrangement (but I heard that's being taken away because that's what Avid does - it takes and doesn't give back ANYTHING); legacy, industry standard product portfolio

    Cons

    - Rude, supremely psychotic CEO leads by insult and intimidation forcing his directs to behave the same whether they realize it or not - 24/7 "on" mentality where even my personal time off days were not sacred and I was stressed about taking time off as a result like my colleagues were. My family despised the fact that I would get urgent calls or texts over many weekends and while on vacation to assist with yet another new fire drill. - Scatterbrained executive team who behaved like they believe they are Demi-gods but who did not inspire anyone around them and were ALL despised for their arrogance, lack of appreciation, warped and one-sided perception of the people around them, hasty judgements, inability to clearly communicate their wants and vision and their overall unprofessionalism. Good luck to anyone working here with this! - No work life balance - Incredible amount of restructuring over the past few years while I was there in sales, products and marketing making it impossible for anyone in a mid-level mgmt or individual contributor role to put their best foot forward before someone or something different is implemented and steps on it - Imminent threat of lay offs loomed over me as it was a frequent occurrence throughout and I saw many people be shown the door - Ghost HR team - Frenetic, bad tempered people at the executive level including their secretaries who are known to bite for merely asking them a question - Overall negative, beaten up feeling around the entire organization

    Advice to Management

    While you still have a decreasing number of experienced, passionate creative and talented folks working for you who continue to weather the storm that you created but who are all probably looking to get out sooner than later, think about focusing on them (and all employees, for that matter) for a change versus yourselves!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Getting Better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avid Technology full-time

    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.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Poor Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (12)

    Move along, this is a

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avid Technology (More than 5 years)

    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.


  10. Technical Support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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!


  11. Helpful (8)

    From Industry Leader to Corporate Shenanigans

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.



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