Ford Audio-Video Systems

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Ford Audio-Video Systems Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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    Six year employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best reason for working here is stability and profit sharing. I came from a medium size company that went bankrupt. Here, I’m paid every Friday and when jobs close part of the profit is given to the team that worked on the project. That only happens quarterly. Work is hard but we don’t miss deadlines.

    Cons

    We work for the same customers over and over again. Need to diversify.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is too slow. Also, make employees put comments here. Some of the negative reviews made me mad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run the other way - better integrators out there

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits after 5 years. Good coworkers. Nice owners (if you ever see them). Strong training programs. Good place to advance education and leave.

    Cons

    Low pay. High expectations. Micromanagement. Poor project execution. No room for advancement. Distrustful management. Odd per diem policy. Old computers and weird, inhouse developed software program you work in. Inefficient processes that they refuse to address or improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture will never change so no need to try to give advice. It's a family owned business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good for getting your feet wet, but don't count on much more.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relatively easy hire, difficult to lose the job, great place to really work on your skills if you have the motivation. Paid healthcare after 5 years. Raises are few.

    Cons

    Terrible attention to employee wellness/ happiness, team building, etc. The environment is not inviting, very corporate, engineers are not encouraged to think outside the box. No effort is given to promoting growth with the times, training sessions are once a year in OKC, that seem pretty useless and only encourage the frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some research on new innovative ways of promoting a better working environment. Come up with better benefits and perks, more vacation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    to much red tape

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    Former Employee - Installer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Installer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    full benefits and free after 5 years

    Cons

    unpredictable hours, required to buy your own equipment and its expensive

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management, Poor Values, Poor Pay,and Poor Quality of Work

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is financial sound, the make sure there is no unnecessary waste. Because they are have financial sound they get jobs they do not always deserve. They do everything they can to make sure projects are profitable.

    Cons

    Some of their pros are also a con. They do not pay there techs very well so they do not have very many high quality techs. They do not pay very well. People are often just looked at as a number. They will over work and mistreat their employees. To keep jobs under budget they will use lower quality equipment and supplies. Their training program is terrible, because everything is based on the budget no one wants to spend time training new employees. They do not want to charge a new employee’s time to their project. The bottom line was I came from a good AV company that took care of their employees and their customers. Working for them was the worst decision I ever made. If you are looking for a good AV company. The look somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well I work at the Dallas office and the person in charge of the Dallas office thinks he knows everything and will not take any direction or advice from anyone else. He is very inconsistent with his decision, what he decisions are sole based on profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great for young and uninhibited people.

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    Former Employee - Installation Tech in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Installation Tech in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime which means fat checks. Travel and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Out of town a lot, sometimes in the middle of nowhere. You're required to be very flexible which can't always be managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take it for what it is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    They will pay you as little as possible. Be a "yes man" and you will go far.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture. Great Co-workers. Stable. Great starting point for an AV career. There are no gray areas. Right is right, wrong is wrong.

    Cons

    Zero salary negotiations. Micro-managing. There are no gray areas. Right is right, wrong is wrong and sometimes what you think is right, is wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people what they deserve. People are expected to work around the clock and get praised until it comes time to give them more money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The base pay is good.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover. Poor management. Computers are outdated. Office environment is old. Furniture is old. CRM system is limited. Poor execution of completing jobs on time. Long estimation times. Micromanagement. Expensive insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire sales trainers to develop a winning team. Promote a positive atmosphere for success instead of a negative atmosphere. Advertise in magazines and radio spots so the phones will ring. Complete jobs on time. Estimate jobs in 1 to 2 days. Utilize salesforce.com or some other CRM program. Start caring about your employees and their family life. It's not right to ask people to work all the time which leads to stress, divorce, and burn out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company to work for in the Audio Visual Integration Industry.

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    Former Employee - Integration Sales in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Integration Sales in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None really, I suggest you consult current and past industry professionals from manufacturers that have had dealings with these people. They have a long unfavorable history with their employees.

    Cons

    NOT the place to work in the Audio Visual industry unless you are totaly desperate and looking for a very bad working environment. The reason the job is open is because there is a revolving door of many former employees that goes back decades.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Honesty and clear direction

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Recruiter in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Human Resources Recruiter in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Ford Audio-Video Systems

    Pros

    Teh best reasons for someone to work at Ford AV would be the feeling of stability in our market, good management direction and ability to grow.

    Cons

    Some see a small company as a con however the size of the company does not matter, it is the direction they are going in and the ability to grow in this unstable market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, the system works.

    Recommends

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