I have been working at AVI-SPL full-time (More than a year)
The position I have in the office I work out of equates to very little oversight and very good autonomy to get the job done. There is a lot of trust and authority placed in technical employees. The opportunities to get exposed to AVI-SPL's client companies are tremendous.
The local office management has very little latitude over much of anything including hiring authority, compensation, bonuses, purchases even expense reimbursement. The corporate management is completely opaque and seems as though they are blindfolded behind the wheel. The single biggest issue is that compensation is not linked to performance in any meaningful way. Bonuses promised at hire date never come to fruition and corporate changes the rules twice a year. There are also a lot of obstructionist, difficult to work with "not my job" types working in the administrative positions all the way up the chain. Poor benefit choices and use-it or lose-it PTO policy.
Advice to Management
Give local office leaders more ability to incent high-performance workers monetarily. Keep an eye on compensation in each market and ensure employees are being paid what they're worth, both to the market and to the company. Build a link between pay and performance and keep the rules consistent year-over-year. Remove barriers to productivity such as obstructionist administrative employees.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at AVI-SPL in March 2015.
Straightforward and quick. The manager I was going to work for interviewed me directly and inquired about my day to day processes and experience working within the payroll profession. I interviewed first with the recruiter, then with the manager I would be reporting to.
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