Avidyne Corporation Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Customer Service Technician

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Avidyne Corporation (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. The people are friendly. The products are on the cutting edge of the field. I really enjoyed my time there, and would go back if asked.

    Cons

    No cons as of this writing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    drawbacks probably outweigh the benefits

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at Avidyne Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is pretty nice. They'll work with you on your schedule (if you need flexibility). You probably will not be micromanaged: they trust you with most things that aren't UI-related (back-end stuff) so you probably won't be guided by committee.

    Cons

    I had 1 performance review in eight years, and few raises. For awhile we actually worked with reduced pay, and then when things improved and they gave us our back-pay it was treated as a "bonus". Many many rounds of layoffs. Strange decisions by upper management means that we've isolated and aggravated most of our customer base. Read the forums on Avidyne.com to witness firsthand. Process Improvements / code refactoring always take a backseat to just finishing.

    Advice to Management

    Software is at least as important as hardware. OEMs are where the money/flexibility's at. NRE isn't free.


  3. Great people and work environment. Stop announcing products years in advance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avidyne Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Avidyne are great and it is a good environment to work. Salaries are fair and benefits are good. Bonus days given around major holidays

    Cons

    Products announced years in advance of delivery. If you have a customer facing job you end up dealing with upset customers on a daily basis. 1% raise in 5 years and always the worry of lay offs. I made it through three rounds of lay offs luckily. Three locations for a company of 125 people is crazy. There is a lot of tension between the MA and FL locations and can be unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Stop announcing products years in advance to fund the development of the product you've announced.


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  5. A transformed company

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Avidyne Corporation full-time

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

    Pros

    The work is very interesting, especially for anyone with an interest in aviation. The company has gone through a radical transformation in the last few years. The engineering team is considerably smaller than before the great recession, but the remaining core of engineers are all top-notch. It is a tight-knit team that is really incredibly talented and fun to work with. Managers do not micro-manage and you have a great deal of flexibility, and the responsibility to go with it. The executive team is approachable and genuinely seem interested in the employees. The high stress days of 2008 are pretty much a memory--we don't forget the great people we lost, but we have been able to adapt and come out stronger.

    Cons

    Pay is fair, but wages tend to stagnate. There isn't much room for advancement since the teams are so small. Schedules are sometimes a bit aggressive, but management has been getting much better about realistic scheduling lately. SW development for aviation is not as simple as java or development--more than half the development time will be dedicated to dealing with requirement/document generation or testing mandated by the FAA.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, but maybe throw us a bone on salary/bonus.


  6. Truly unique ( not in a good way)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avidyne Corporation full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits and compensation. They have a few bright, motivated and capable managers and directors.

    Cons

    Fractured business model, management is completely disinterested in realizing that improvements are grossly overdue. 2 main offices, one in Massachusetts and one in Florida. The advacerial relationship among the locations was in my opinion unprecedented. They are committed to tearing the last bits of good reputation to shreds.

    Advice to Management

    Stop believing the fantasy view of the company and it's direction


  7. Great people, Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Lincoln, MA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Lincoln, MA

    I worked at Avidyne Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    This is not just a job or a paycheck for the people that work there, they love what they do and the love flying. Everyone was happy to ask answer any questions I had, but also gave room and trust to grow and learn on my own. Really one of the best work environments I could imagine.

    Cons

    I was a mechanical engineer, and the office I worked at was mostly software. Has nothing really to do with the company, their mechanical dept. was at another office, but I learned a lot and did mostly wiring etc. for them

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  8. Good exposure!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avidyne Corporation full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great entry level avionics company with the user experience being at the top of the priority list for future product development.

    Cons

    No room for growth and declining market share with limited accountabliity on project management and to lofty sense of position within the market

    Advice to Management

    Trust in your employees and value the roles you create for them


  9. I enjoyed working for this company. I would proudly go back if I am called back.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Technician in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Technician in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Avidyne Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    They are at the cutting edge of their field. Their Products are innovative and they live up to their Motto, "Flying Made Simple"

    Cons

    My only down side was being Laid-off from a job I enjoyed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Call me back soon.


  10. Need to prioritize and stop the scope creep.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avidyne Corporation full-time

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

    Pros

    If you are an engineer and/or aspiring pilot and want to get your foot in the door of some cool projects, this may be a decent place for you to work.

    Cons

    Management is often not aligned with the future of the products. Poor compensation.


  11. Very challenging, but great work environment and people.

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Lincoln, MA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Lincoln, MA

    I have been working at Avidyne Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great products, smaller tight knit company.

    Cons

    Slow product development and STCs.

    Advice to Management

    More STCs and faster. Get a PFD.



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