100% of the CEO
I have been working at PSAV full-time for more than a year
Pros – access to gear at other locations, hard working teams, pull lists and flows built into the job, setup for success most of the time depending on location. the higher ups do care about enabling you to succeed
Cons – long hours, stressful work environment, sometimes nightmare clients, the usual AV cons, plus the boredom of corporate life, bonus system built on client ratings and rigged to fail most of the time unless your service is litterally 110% all the time
Advice to Senior Management – empower your techs rather than micromanage them
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-11-10 05:50 PST
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I worked at PSAV part-time for more than a year
Pros – - Great experience for an out of school graduate
- Provide flexible schedules for part-timers
- Decent starting pay
- Comfortable working environment
- May have an opportunity to work offsite events
- Provides an opportunity to network with many executives and professionals
Cons – - Not a stable job Point #1: Work hours are event based whether you are a part-timer or full-timer. You may work 50+ hours one week and then get under 20 hours the following week. In the summer you may go many weeks to months where you get no work.
-Not a stable job Point #2: Each property is based off of a contract signed with the venue/hotel. As with other AV companies, there's a chance that you can lose the contract with the venue. The company will transfer you in this instance, but the negative part is there becomes too many employees which translates to little work.
- No point in becoming full-time (unless you become salary). There's only one reason I would recommend moving up to full-time: benefits. Other than that, you really aren't guaranteed full time hours each week and aren't given much schedule flexibility.
- No reward for being a better technician/experience: Whether you do sets/strikes, have a degree, or run an event, you are paid the same. You can start the job with no audio or visual knowledge or experience and still get paid the same as someone who has done it for a few years. Also, if you run a large event, don't expect to get paid extra.
Advice to Senior Management – - Work on the "coordinator" position. There is little reason to become full-time.
- Reward employees as they progress in the company.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2012-12-03 06:11 PST
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I have been working at PSAV
Pros – Most of Swank's techs are very knowledgeable and competent. There are always training opportunities and the directors communicate very well.
Cons – Pay is okay and senior management drags you around like a grunt. The hours can be ridiculous because it's in a hospitality setting where events are set up on weekends.
Advice to Senior Management – Actually follow through with your promises.
2010-09-23 13:08 PDT
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I have been working at PSAV
Pros – I was a Director for PSAV and I would have to say that it was great to have the support of the other directors in the region and for the most part support of my RVP.
Cons – It sounds like some of the people here have worked with some pretty horrible managers. I've always made a point to respect my employees and give them the days off they request because the job asks a lot of them. I'm guilty of scheduling my techs really late and realize that they will not have a night life, but then again it is what they signed up for and they have to understand the nature of our business. But at the same time, I've also worked nights and weekends so that these same employees can have their requested days off. As a Director, I had no personal life, worked at least 12hrs/day, when it was extremely business, it was not uncommon for me to be at the office at least 14 hrs a day. The techs may think that we are lazy and always do "paper work" but the truth is, the paper work does need to be done so they can get paid! We don't always have time to supervise on the floor because we have to look ahead and secure future business so that everyone will have a job. No business means no work! And a lot of the technicians are either lazy or complacent so they rarely go above and beyond. I know they work hard, but they also take advantage.
If you're a good Director who knows how to get the job done-over stretching yourself and giving up your personal life- and does not complain to your RVP, then you will be taken advantage of. Your RVP and upper management will think perhaps that you can handle everything without having to add additional staff or cut hours from your staff. No wonder folks are unhappy- the pay isn't great and you're going to cut hours! Even as mgmt, the pay wasn't great. I often thought how little I was being compensated for how much work I was doing and how much of my personal life I was giving up.
Advice to Senior Management – Your employees at the bottom are the ones making the money for the company, at least pay them more than the living wage!
2010-09-28 02:24 PDT
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