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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
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2013-09-07 10:24 PDT
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 Senior Management – 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clients (both external clients and hotel clients) know about your tyrannical reputation, your revolving door, and your outdated and decrepit looking technology.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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-10-09 11:38 PDT
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 Senior Management – 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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-08-27 15:40 PDT
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 Senior Management – 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!
– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-07-13 11:53 PDT
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 Senior Management – Reinvest in your company.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-04-05 13:00 PDT
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