Southern Audio Visual

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Southern Audio Visual Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Oppressive is an understatement.

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    Current Employee - AV Tech  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - AV Tech in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Southern Audio Visual full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is a great place to learn. It is a great stepping stone in this field. It is an excellent place to network during events.

    Cons

    The employees are in a situation where they feel that they are being abused. We are severely overworked and UNDERPAID. It is a company that puts the employee last, and only concerned with the bottom line profit. Management is very reactionary and act in a juvenile fashion. Owners and management feel that all subordinates are stupid, but they are the ones who are closed minded and dimwitted. It is a place ran by bullies and filled with fear. The owners are not open to suggestions from the people in the field. The lack of organization is tiresome and sad. The equipment is outdated and obsolete. NO ONE is happy. It is a VERY negative work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have been taught that if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing. Warehouse management needs an overhaul. It is a very "us against them" mentality within the same team. The segregationist mentality needs to change. Pay people what they are worth. Practice respect. Follow through on empty promises. Practice what you preach. Get air conditioning at warehouse, Miami is extremely hot during the summer and that place is an oven.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    People complaining too much

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    Former Employee - AV Tech  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - AV Tech in Miami, FL

    I worked at Southern Audio Visual full-time for less than a 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
  3.  

    Very Discriminate About Young Professionals, but good experience.

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    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Always paying late, or not paying at all

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    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 for less than a 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
  6.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of over time During season

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Power Hungry Ownership, Mistreated Employees, and Clueless about Technology

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  South Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in South Miami, FL

    I worked at Southern Audio Visual full-time for 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
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Freelancer  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Freelancer in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Southern Audio Visual as a contractor for less than a 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
  9.  

    Not Sure if Corporate Knows What They're Doing

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    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
  10.  

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

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    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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