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Directionless Management in a crowded field

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Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES
Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES

I worked at AVAD full-time (more than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

Pros

Fun Industry and there are good product lines. Counter staff can make a decent living, but don't expect rapid advancement.

Cons

Upper management is clueless and arrogant. AVAD doesn't promote from within. The company has done nothing but go downhill since Ingram Micro purchased it. High turnover in management ranks means you're either working for hatchet men or people inexperienced with handling people.

Advice to Management

Find someone who knows what they are doing and move on to something else. Promotion from with in would be nice.

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  1. Flexible company

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    Former Employee - Cash Applications in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Cash Applications in Van Nuys, CA

    I worked at AVAD

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They were really flexible and understood whenever I needed time off

    Cons

    Started as a small company but since being bought by Ingram Micro, cutbacks are made it scarier to work there

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  2. Run like the wind. It's a sinking ship.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AVAD

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

    Pros

    You get exposure to a great number of products, so if you're open to doing some learning on your own, the comapny can be a good place to get some experience.

    Cons

    None of the people in upper management know what they are doing. After Bob Gartland left , the people running the show have no clue who their customers are. The branches are WAY understaffed. The POS system is a major problem: it's been that way for THREE years and management refuses to admit it's been a major mistake. They also have a new phone system that is far less usefull than the system it replaced. Finally, the website is pretty useless, the competition is far superior in this aspect of buisiness, including AVAD's sister company, DBL.

    The company pays lip service to training employees and clients, and never actually manages to do a good job.

    Advice to Management

    They need to figure out what buisness they are actually in. They fail to understand that their customers have to sell the products they purchase to end users. They roll out promotion after promotion that most of their clients ignore.

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