Southern Audio Visual

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Southern Audio Visual Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
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  1.  

    Much better place than before 3 months ago

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Southern Audio Visual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Really good opportunity for promotions
    Lots of overtime when its busy and season
    Lots of big events and nice hotels
    Good and nice people

    Cons

    Better gear
    Better money
    Better training
    Difficult to get time off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better for hourly people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    This is a negative work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - A/V Girl in South Florida, FL
    Current Employee - A/V Girl in South Florida, FL

    I have been working at Southern Audio Visual full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a great place to network and meet people in this field. Although you have to deal with back stabbing, snitching rats; for the most part, subordinates are upright people who all recognize their unpleasant work situation. Camaraderie and banter are keen defense mechanisms in this burdensome work environment, yet despite Southern Audio Visual's major shortcomings, the people can be fun.

    Cons

    The owners are scanty, meager, skimpy, and paltry in their business practice and fill their pockets at the expense of the employees. Company values are simple: bottom line profit is more important than employees' interests. Owners and certain managers do not worry about employee safety. They will express the importance of safety in meetings but do not provide the correct tools to carry out a safe job.

    This is a revolving-door operation. Young, unskilled employees comprise of the work pool. The owners are tyrannical bullies, and refuse to take suggestions or advice from managers and employees who work in the field. This promotes an atmosphere filled with fear because if you open your mouth, you will get fired. Certain members of management are childish and reactionary. If they feel threatened by a subordinate's abilities, they will quickly get rid of them and bring in fresh recruits.

    Low wages are commonplace. If an employee receives a simple raise, work hours are cut. Sales percentages are high but commission is very low.

    There is division amongst the departments within the same company, and everyone works against each other. An "us against them" mentality has been created by certain managers within the same team. This affects the work relationships and everyone is on the defense.

    Summer months in South Florida are extreme. There is no air conditioning in the warehouse, which is not only unhealthy for the workers but terrible for the equipment.

    The warehouse is a junkyard of audio visual gear. Many things are out of order. The audio visual equipment is out dated and obsolete. Owners expect managers to carry out top-quality shows without the necessary items. The current standards to produce a technically contemporary show are not met by this company. Storage and shipping cases made to protect equipment, are in splinters and on three wheels.

    This is a company filled with too much frustration and anger. It all rolls downhill. No one speaks in a positive light about Southern Audio Visual. It is considered a joke amongst other A/V companies. It is an embarrassment to represent this company. There is no respect for its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize yourselves at corporate level. Revamp policies to be more employee friendly. Share profits with subordinates and offer a decent living wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    People complaining too much

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AV Tech in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - AV Tech in Miami, FL

    I worked at Southern Audio Visual full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    lots of over time when there busy and free food in the hotel. some get promoted super fast but others work for 2-3-4 years and no rases

    Cons

    managers and staff and everybody complaining and talking smack too much. everybody is upset and negative and want more money. managers think there so much better then everybody else and treat staffs like there under them and like robots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nicer to ur staffs and pay the techs more, there better off at Mcdonalds

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Very Discriminate About Young Professionals, but good experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audio Visual Technician in Miami Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Audio Visual Technician in Miami Beach, FL

    I worked at Southern Audio Visual as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with celebrities and get to see some amazing venues that you normally would not get the chance to see from behind the scenes.

    Cons

    They are very discriminating against young people. They offered me more money over the phone, but once they saw how young I was they were quick to lower the offer. If you are non-Hispanic, they will also look down upon you too. Management is very screwed up with some dumb people running the organization. They quit working me because one of the Senior members of management was racist, and found out that I was dating interracially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not pay college educated people less because of their age, and also take employee complaints more seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Always paying late, or not paying at all

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audio Visual Technician in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Audio Visual Technician in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Southern Audio Visual as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The technician working are nice and professionals

    Cons

    They never pay ontime to the employee, low administrative skills, sometimes unprofessional behavior

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase management professionalism

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    AV Technician

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    Former Employee - Technician in Miami Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Technician in Miami Beach, FL

    I worked at Southern Audio Visual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of over time During season

    Cons

    Seasonal - Asked to wear many hats - advancement slow in coming

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Power Hungry Ownership, Mistreated Employees, and Clueless about Technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in South Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in South Miami, FL

    I worked at Southern Audio Visual full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    No pros I can think of....

    Cons

    Ownership - very power hungry/control freaks. They hire great employees for management and executive level positions. However, once these great employees suggest how to conduct business more efficiently and in better ways, they are immediately fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The countless employees and executives that you hire and fire, came to your company with good intentions and high hopes of doing great things for your organization. Unfortunately, it is quite the exact opposite intention that you had for them. You should consider yourself lucky, to have the privilege of these esteemed professionals working for your subpar company. Not the other way around. You cannot keep thinking that people are indispensable and treating them as such. Your competitors and their employees, current and former vendors, and former clients (both external clients and hotel clients) know about your tyrannical reputation, your revolving door, and your outdated and decrepit looking technology. They know exactly how you treated and interacted with your former employees and customers as well. Wake up DB and PL. The only employees you are currently hiring, have joined your company because they don't know any better and they don't know about your horrible reputation. You have been mistreating people for so long, that you cant even find decent and experienced employees in the industry anymore. This is exactly why you cannot find employees from decent competitors to fill your open positions. None of them want to work for you, because your reputation is spreading like wildfire across the entire country. If you are that delusional and don't believe this, go ahead and take a look at your current management staff and your hourly employees. They either have never been in the industry before and have no experience, or they worked for such small AV companies, that they didn't know any better before they joined you company. They all quickly either quit after they realized they mistake they made, or they get fired when they point out your blatant disregard for running a professional organization. The employees that stay with your company, simply have no other place to go and they are afraid of losing their benefits. Lastly, the new employees you do actual hire from the large competitors, come on board because the competitor doesn't want them anymore, or because they have no place to go. Regardless, no matter what new employees you hire, they would never stay with your company because they actually believe in it, or they enjoy working for you. Not a single employee. You would need to be delirious to believe such a thing. All of your new employees and your long standing employees despise working for you, because of your tyranny, favoritism, abuse, greed and lack of common courtesy and respect. Your company is viewed as old, tired, sloppy, angry and the "dinosaur" on the block, especially in regards to equipment and business practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Old equipment, hostile/unpleasant work environment, tardy with payments, and a skyrocketing turnover rate for employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freelancer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Freelancer in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Southern Audio Visual as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is typically a bit higher than the competition in the same industry.

    Cons

    Ownership invests very little if any of their profits on new equipment at their existing hotel locations. The majority of the investments go towards new locations. They are extremely late when paying their vendors and their contract workers (known as freelancers) (sometimes 4-6 and more months late). They are also blacklisted from certain vendors within the industry for reasons to believe that they were being extremely tardy in paying, or possibly failed to pay full amounts owed on subrented equipment or contractor services. They also have had legal battles in court for failure to pay their own employees overtime. "See Chicago Employee vs. Southern Audio Visual. They lost this case and it is available for public viewing online. Their employee turnover is extremely high, and many of their field managers and supervisors do not last more than 2-3 years with the company. The ownership is also hostile with employees and they use a lot of profanity (swearing and threatening and sexually explicit innuendos) towards employees in both private and public meetings. Health insurance premiums from what I have heard are outrageously high for employees as well. A lot of the equipment they use is over a decade old. They also do not have any formal training programs for any employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. They are the reason you are successful. Treat your employees with respect. Pay your contractors and vendors on time and within the net 30 day industry standard. If ownership goes away on lavish vacations for 1-2 months, that does not mean that ownership should wait and pay their vendors and freelancers upon their return. The industry is very small and your reputation will spread quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Not Sure if Corporate Knows What They're Doing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Audio/Visual in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Director of Audio/Visual in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Southern Audio Visual full-time

    Pros

    The company primarily deals in securing contracts with high-end hotels and serving as the in-house A/V. They have a great start in this, with a great presence all along the East Coast (heavily concentrated in Miami, where the company HQ is located), and expanding regularly. A huge freelancer base means there are always techs who know what they're doing, and the company directors and technicians all are excellent at what they do.

    There is a lot of turnover at the bottom level of SAV, but for those who stick with it, promotions occur fairly frequently--they say they'd rather train people up for promotions rather than hire from outside the company, and it looks like they mean it. They're pretty good with their time off policies: one additional week's vacation for every anniversary with the company, and you can have off as much time off during slow season as you need (with approval, of course).

    Cons

    The company has been trying to switch over their software from a certain DOS-based(!) system to something much more modern. This changeover was supposed to be done by early 2012, but it's dragged on to July now and only a handful of locations has changed over. The transition has been very stop-and-go. On top of that, any time there is an "incident" with a client or a service, corporate reacts with a knee-jerk global policy that is as vague as it is unnecessary.

    Rented equipment is not the most up-to-date equipment, however it is all maintained very well and the company pushes a "service-first" policy to compensate. Add on to this that the rental pricings are above the industry standard and it makes sales an uphill battle for every client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spending all the money reorganizing up top and get some new gear--not just the used equipment that's being sold off from competitors' inventories!

    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    It was like working in a fog, sometimes I just could not believe the things they did as an organization.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Audio Visual Sales & Services in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Director of Audio Visual Sales & Services in Miami, FL

    I worked at Southern Audio Visual

    Pros

    Excellent pay, well compensated to make up for the lack of leadership's compassion.

    Cons

    Little to no support from corporate office to field offices.
    Extreme turnover of employees throughout the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinvest in your company.

    Doesn't Recommend

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