avVenta Worldwide

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avVenta Worldwide Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company, nice people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I worked at avVenta Worldwide full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work on various projects and work hours is reasonable. Life and work balance is nice.

    Cons

    You may be doing the same thing that you're not interested everyday until it's done. Not much control of your own ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, great environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at avVenta Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many people use the term "work family", but this was truly a place where you felt connected to your coworkers. We worked hard and played hard. The COO was a dynamic leader.

    Cons

    All good things come to an end, especially within the startup arena. If you develop a successful company, it will eventually become attractive to a larger company. That was the case with avVenta, as it was acquired by Accenture.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    They do not pay freelances on time if at all.

    Former Employee - Full-time Freelancer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Full-time Freelancer in New York, NY

    I worked at avVenta Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    The New York location is in a good area.

    Cons

    Waiting months for your pay check is usual at avVenta. To make matters worse, they don't know what they're doing. They hire freelancers to teach them the business and to train their interns. If you're a freelancer steer clear of this company, you will truly regret working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your freelancers, and when you do- pay them on time, learn what you're doing, and stop the lying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Limited room to move if you're in an on-site position as opposed to Costa Rica or Charleston.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY

    I have been working at avVenta Worldwide

    Pros

    Pay is very good and the benefits are okay. Good communication with avVenta contacts when there were questions involving relationship with client.

    Cons

    Not really a con but just inherent in the business model. Most positions outside of main offices are on-site at the client. A salaried employee of avVenta is a consultant at the client so it's kind of a split existence. Probably different at corporate offices in Costa Rica or Charleston.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make avVenta University's training available online to employees who aren't in Costa Rica.

    Recommends
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No room to grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good environment to work.
    Pet day!!!

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive Vs other competitors.
    There is no competition of some of the internal initiatives.
    There are some extra management resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need of standardization or processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Nice place to start, not so good for a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

    I worked at avVenta Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    High Salaries
    Good Training
    Good company culture
    Relax enviroment

    Cons

    Upper Management always changing, no continuity
    Bad IT and equipment
    No software licenses
    Little care of employee career path
    Poor Benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest on real upper management. People that have actually studied management. Improve employee career path by listening to your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid, if you have a better place to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Not Disclosed in Heredia (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Not Disclosed in Heredia (Costa Rica)

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

    Pros

    * Being able to work in the field you have devoted years studying, a real tough opportunity here in CR.
    * Having the chance to work with really great people, talented ones.
    * For people living nearby Heredia, it's a great thing to avoid rush hour traffic jams to San Jose.
    * Near the train stop for people coming in from San Jose.
    * Near the mall Paseo de Las Flores.

    Cons

    * You don't have the necessary software to work with (Microsoft Office is banned, we have to use Open Office instead for example, and I don't want to mention the real tools we need and which we don't have licenses/access for).
    * You get to use a very old chair that no longer works, from some people that left the company years ago.
    * You work in a real small space (1mt x 0.7mt). You might hit your partner's feet from time to time.
    * Low pay
    * Work overtime to put out fires
    * No real benefits package (no medical insurance, no bonuses, nothing else buy your monthly payment, only some very small goodies like discount coupons and fun-food-friday snacks)
    * No "asociacion solidarista"
    * Park your car under the sun and dust if you can't pull strings in the 4th floor
    * If you are good at what you do, managers will put you on different projects for another clients, even if you are not being paid by them. Your original client never finds out, even if he is the one that is really paying.
    * After years of working here, all I've got was around $100 salary raise. I want to emphasize that: years of my life working here for just +/-$100 after all. And all this time, my Performance Appraisal was good (close to 4 from 5), even received those "kudos" from managers (which are like points in the Whose Line Is It Anyway? tv show, they are good for nothing).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to treat your employees with the respect and professionalism they deserve. Upgrade everything, from salaries to working conditions. We are here just because we need the work, but it is really becoming clearer, that are better places out there, and good workers are moving out to those places in a heart beat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to get experience working for Fortune 500 companies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at avVenta Worldwide

    Pros

    Exposure, job can be recognized by others, when building digital products for Fortune 500 companies.
    Use of cutting-edge technologies possible, depending on the account you work on.
    Great work environment

    Cons

    Opportunities to grow
    Career-path development
    Not clear business strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinforce career path development with recognized certifications
    Implement a better motivational strategy

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    No communication and training for new employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at avVenta Worldwide

    Pros

    Decent pay and time off.

    Cons

    There is absolutely NO help for new employees from avVenta with any type of systems or the job itself. They don't know anything about what their "clients" do and once you're hired, any type of communication from avVenta to you does not exist. Another poster was right, there is no "Human Resources" and even though avVenta might say they "agree" with any of their employees concerns, they do nothing about them. Stay away unless you're desperate for a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your clients and what the clients do so you can help your employees and stop relying on your clients to do it all, because they don't...

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interim company at best. If you are mediocre and all you want is a check send resume

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager for A Fortune 100 Company (Outsourced) in Heredia (Costa Rica)
    Former Employee - Project Manager for A Fortune 100 Company (Outsourced) in Heredia (Costa Rica)

    I worked at avVenta Worldwide

    Pros

    If this is your first job, you may get a $600 - 800/month paycheck which is not bad for FIRST job in a Costa Rican Company
    If you are lucky you'll meet talented people.

    Cons

    This company is made up of 2% really talented, hard-working people, and 98% mediocre that all they do is watch YouTube and browse Facebook all day.
    If you fall in the 2% mentioned above, expect 12-14 hour days with no overtime pay.

    Jobs are all the boring stuff that employees at home (read USA) don't want to do.
    Don't expect challenging jobs here. Most people here are just "copy-pasters" and "image-croppers"
    Recruitment makes false promises; At hiring they'll promise you a lot of things which never materialise.
    Started as a Project Manager and soon realized zero opportunity growth.
    Management is made up of inexperienced 24-28 year olds.
    Expect to do a lot of things without the proper tools.

    Talented people are always unmotivated and complaining about how boring their job is.

    This company went from a garage operation to a 400 employee company in less than 5 years and is having extremely hard growing pains that get worse by the second. This company will fall as fast as it rose.
    Workspaces are sad. Expect a 100cm wide desk with no drawers at all and an about to break (or broken) $25 dollar chair.

    If you just came out of high-school and are looking for a temp company to earn some bucks while in the first years of college, this may be the place to start. If you have professional experience go look for REAL jobs somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in Costa Rica is made up of inexperienced 25-28 year olds. Hire more experienced people!

    Doesn't Recommend

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