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PSAV Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
302 Reviews
3.1
302 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent pay for the small amount of work involved (in 11 reviews)

  • Lots of room for advancement, but it will require a lot of commitment (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life Balance please know if you are not the person in charge you don't have a life to balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Long hours with somewhat unrealistic expectations for staffing and time management (in 28 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Lots of opportunity in a short amount of time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PSAV Sales Manager - Hotel Divisions
    Current Employee - PSAV Sales Manager - Hotel Divisions

    I have been working at PSAV full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are generally good to work with. Lots of opportunities for advancement. Company is growing very fast and they need to fill positions. Trend is to fill from within, so if you start at the bottom and show that you have potential, you can move up quick.

    Cons

    Training has been a major concern, but it is getting much better in recent months. Pay seems a bit low when considering the industry. But the hours are good, so it probably evens out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the training initiatives and get the sales and operation's computer systems worked out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Audio Visual Driver Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audio Visual Technician Driver
    Former Employee - Audio Visual Technician Driver

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Long working hours if you can handle it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's okay...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at PSAV

    Pros

    Benefits was pretty good since they were a big company

    Cons

    I was there for 6 years and we never gotten any bonuses, discouraging environment and it's a dying industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of back office people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Senior technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PSAV

    Pros

    You will learn a lot. Lots of hands on learning

    Cons

    Crazy hours and not enough appreciation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees a little better and more appreciation

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demanding career

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PSAV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time adds every TEN years with the company, full compensation for travel, great management

    Cons

    Expensive health insurance, a lot of travel involved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great Work, Long Hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Technician in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at PSAV full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you enjoy working with audio-visual gear, this company is a great opportunity. Working with PSAV, I've learned advanced projection skills, rigging, and lighting to complement the expertise in audio and video i had learned at previous jobs. If you get to work at a large property, you will get to learn it all. Smaller properties have similar opportunities, but not as frequently and not on as big of a scale.

    Cons

    The hours are the worst part. PSAV has a responsibility to ensure that someone from the company is on site whenever a client is using the company's equipment. Oftentimes, this means hanging out in an office alone on a quiet day, checking in on clients, waiting for a radio call for a/v assistance. I've been placed at a property where this isn't usually the case, but it happens almost every time I visit a smaller PSAV location and even sometimes at the larger ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are not your cheap a/v production crew. They aren't freelancers doing one-off gigs with breaks in between. This is our lifestyle, and we need to be scheduled and considered in such a way that reflects an appreciation for this job being apart of our lifestyle. We technicians understand that this job requires some long hours, but if those long hours seem to be assigned indiscriminately, just to fill time and not directly connected to our customer's needs, we'll feel disrespected and that you are waisting our time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Largest, good event technology company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Event Technology in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director of Event Technology in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at PSAV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Much room for advancement, with good bonuses. Great teams, made up of great people.

    Cons

    Really depends a lot on the right property, and/ or region, whether it will be the right place for you.
    LONG hours, never enough people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more...as we're in the communications industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience, lots of challenges that test ability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Event Technology Specialist III
    Current Employee - Event Technology Specialist III

    I have been working at PSAV part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Potential for rewarding experience with lots of hours.

    Cons

    The property someone works at could possibly make or break them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to be organized and willing to reach out to all clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Hello HR?... Hello?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Number One, KY
    Former Employee - Technician in Number One, KY

    I worked at PSAV part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I learned a few things from this company's many mistakes. I was employed, kinda. My paycheck showed up on time

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Hopefully you won't have to find out. HR does not exist. They employ "people" that they label HR but none of them actually help you. Even as an employee, to them, you're just a number. They never ask your name, just your number. Even then, there's ALWAYS a problem or confusion. Most unorganized, dysfunctional company I've seen. It's people like this that make me believe computers will take over jobs one day, and in this case I can see why

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get managers who give half a crap about their employees and an HR department that exists.

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

    Lackluster

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

    I have been working at PSAV

    Pros

    Stability - working for a 1 billion dollar company allows you to rely on that paycheck every two weeks
    Schedule Flexibility

    Cons

    Inconsistency from region to region
    Poor salary levels and commissions structures - which offers zero incentive to perform well
    Lack of vision and no desire to become truly competitive on a global market
    Poor training and development opportunities
    Many opportunities for career advancement are based upon how often you fraternize and get drunk with upper level management as opposed to actual skill set

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a true company culture, and hold upper level management accountable. The majority of your workforce has zero brand loyalty and will leave the moment a new opportunity presents itself. You have no idea how many truly talented individuals that could have assisted in propelling PSAV into the modern market have already left the organization and how many will continue to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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