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AVG Technologies Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Freedom, chance to meet great people and learn from them (in 22 reviews)

  • work / life balance and compensation & benefits are great (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • VERY management bloated - your job is at risk every min unless your senior management (in 8 reviews)

  • Work/life balance seems to be an issues (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (19)

    "Disappointing but perhaps expected"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are definitely competitive and people (not senior management) seem to make an effort to enjoy the work place.

    Cons

    Executive management has made a agreement with Avast that only benefits them and they are ignoring this fact, behaving as though we should be happy. They are walking away with $25 million or so, while about 70% of us are going to be let go with nothing. The CEO could have negotiated a deal that took care of the employees, had he wanted. But he chose not to. That shows what kind of a person he is. He is truly a bad leader and is so inwardly focused he doesn't see that he will be remembered as the CEO who took a company, brought it down and then took the money from the employees. He hired his network of people who would never say anything to his face, but are happy to talk when he isn't around. The most dysfunctional management team any of us have ever had the displeasure to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Stay out of the public eye because you are not going to be remembered well after this. You looked after your own. A big mistake for someone who values himself on ego.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Not your average tech company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive but no matching 401k contributions from company. Some people make an effort to create a positive working environment which is much appreciated.

    Cons

    Heavily loaded executive staff who are largely uninvolved with the rest of the company. Unlike other companies you will not be spoken to by the CEO unless he has a reason to meet you. He has created a culture of blame. He points fingers and takes no responsibility and so do we. He walks through the offices around the world making sure we all know he is he boss when we all know his experience is lackluster. The company pays for him to attend worldwide events he wouldn't otherwise go to. This is his biggest job and it shows. He hires people who are also entering their biggest job and they end up managing people who are more experienced than him. He works his people by creating fear and no matter how much he fails he pretends it is someone else who failed. It was a company who had a great vision- which he created- but he lost it.

    Advice to Management

    I would imagine that you peaked with AVG. If you can stoop so low as to be part of the company you might have a chance but I think the cat is out of he bag and your ego and inexperience has caught up with you. I will stick it out- will you?

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Golden Parachute"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Top tier salary (if you know how to negotiate such things) and free lunch.

    Cons

    Heavy upper management focused. A good place to get your golden parachute. Unfortunately these same managers will take your ideas for themselves and then blame you when their own ideas don't work. HR department is completely useless and powerless. They operate with one hand behind their back (literally) and it is pointless going to them if you have an issue.
    They are moving most of the work outside of the US.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. For you; life is great. The good news (for the rest of us) is that you have stopped innovating and are dying a very slow death.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Wish You the Best But Get Your Act Together"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Ergonomic Equipment
    The people that weren't on my team were pleasant to be around

    Cons

    -Political: The company doesn't look at merit, but instead looks at politics. I understand the there will always be politics at companies, but AVG takes it to another level. If you do something wrong or say no to someone you can/will get back-stabbed.
    -Location:Good luck with this one (if you don't take Caltrain). If you take Caltrain then this position's location is great, and this will be a pro.
    -No company culture:You know you picked the wrong company when no-one really seems to want to be there.
    - Lack of Acknowledgement: No-one cares how much work you do, and more than likely someone will take your work and make it seem like they did the work.
    - People quitting: AVG is not a hash and slash company, but since i worked here there have been several people from across different disciplines leaving. When there is a constant level of people leaving perhaps that means something...
    - There is no team: It is every man or woman for themselves

    As you can see there are many cons, and I try to look at the better of things, but I think sometimes you need to be harsh to make something improve; otherwise, it'll continue to decay just like the company.

    Advice to Management

    -Establish a company culture because there isn't any.
    -Remote maybe isn't the best choice.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Diamond in the rough"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing brand, built out of goodwill by giving away anti-virus for more than a decade. Great offices, amenities, social outings and local team building. The company offers some of the best benefit packages in the industry.

    Cons

    The business is managed by fear propagated by minimal or no communication on where the company is headed, a problem that has existed for some time.

    Information is held tightly by the global senior management team, few below that level know what is happening in the company or coming next. People are simply not trusted or seen as a driving force for growth within the company. Merely workers.

    Echoing the statements of other reviewers, basic management tasks can be a real challenge, as finance, legal, IT, and hr teams are not accountable to results tied to business metrics. The inability to deliver the basics to teams, such as comp plans as described by another reviewer, makes management look bad to teams, affecting morale, diminishing results for the company. While the company offers a strong benefit package, it micromanages everything else, and is particularly stingy around compensation related items.

    Innovation or anything that doesn't follow the "we've always done it this way" mantra is struck down by powerful forces few at any but the most senior management levels can strike down. Bull in the china shop nor smooth political work-overs solve these problems. The people in this company are fearful of losing their jobs, and have been for an extended period of time.

    I was hopeful when the new CEO joined and made customer focused changes, such as the exit from third party search, however since then he has made no meaningful progress I can see around the above topics almost 1 year in. If anything, things have worsened as teams focused on protecting their jobs have tightened political control over their resources, teams are simply not empowered to get their job done. More time is spent lobbying internally to accomplish day-to-day basic tasks than is spent outwardly facing the customer, serving the customer.

    Advice to Management

    As my headline says: this company is a diamond in the rough. The brand is still strong, the growth in user base as illustrated in earnings calls is strong. What is not, is the team spirit inside of the company, without people, empowered people, the company will not succeed. The fear factor and general sentiment inside the business is on a strong downward slide and only getting worse. Radical change in compliance related departments and at the departmental leadership level is required to solve the problems this company has. Share more information. Spend more time with people. and agreeing with a prior review, hire a strong COO that has a proven business transformation experience, the new CEO is doing what a CEO should - focus on the external view of the company. He is not a business leader or builder, and the people see that clearly after a year working with him.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Worst Management in the market"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is good. Interviews are easy to crack.

    Cons

    No concept of "team", no recognition even if you work 12 hrs a day, too much blame culture, Management doesn't have "time" to listen to their employees grievances, no interaction between the team. Small doubts which can be easily solved by discussion with senior employees will take 2 days at least to get an appointment from them.
    pretty bad company politics at management level. There are very few good genuine people but are crushed by the larger bad ones.

    Advice to Management

    If you need good work, keep your employees happy and motivated, "listen" to their problems.
    Rate your employees on basis of logic/ amount of hard work employee had done.
    Dedicate more time on one-one meetings than the current twice in an year policy.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Uncertain environment, frequent change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Base pay and benefits are good for me and for the role. Office location is nice for people that do not live in the city.

    Cons

    uncertain environment in the office. Productivity driven by fear and high goals to earn bonuses. Bonus is very hard to earn and seems not achievabl, no one is getting paid and no change is in sight.

    Advice to Management

    Try to drive results like a real manager and build team spirit thru something other than fear. People work harder if they understand what they are supposed to do and who they are supposed to be working with.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of direction, care, understanding, and competence."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefit package is good, product has brand awareness with prospects which make conversations easier to have. Getting an interview and getting hired was a breeze.

    Cons

    Lack of management understanding of the business, customer, interest in serving the customer, lack of management communication to anyone but direct reports, no accountability amongst management team members. As another reviewed wrote, this business won't last long with this management team.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the customers we have while working to acquire new ones, don't just ignore the ones we have. Gain some knowledge of the security & technology field we serve. Learn how to communicate and boost morale within a team. Hold management team members to high standards & enforce accountability.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Quite a bit of room for improvement."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people here who really try hard. Excellent feedback on some of the technologies/products compared to larger AV vendors.

    Cons

    Getting anything done can be a real challenge. Morale does not seem to be a primary focus. Overall strategy seems to change frequently. Open cubicle set-up can be very loud/distracting. No privacy.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication, follow up on promises made, provide mentorship where needed, encourage those who may be struggling and incent people financially.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Lacks Management direction and support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization has good benefits that dont cost the employees any money on a weekly payroll deduction. That being said there are very high co pays and not the best options. You get what you pay for.

    Cons

    The Management team is very weak and inexperienced. The technology enjoys good name recognition but there is absolutely no tech support available for the Sales Division. Upper Sales Management hired all of their friends and noone wants to work with the other departments. Very small office and very clicky. Very dysfunctional atmosphere. Dont expect them to be in US very long with this Management team.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that Sales drives revenue and that the US based Tech Support team Management is losing the Company hundreds of thousands in revenue. Treat employees with respect.


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