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AVI Systems Reviews

Updated December 5, 2018
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  1. "Great people, great service, great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leader in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Leader in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AVI Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee Ownership: Everyone benefits from the financial performance of the business.
    Customer focus: People go out of their way to do a great job for our customers.
    Humility: Leaders listen to ideas from the entire team.
    Cool stuff: Feels like we can really make a difference for our customers, and each other.

    Cons

    You need to take ownership. Not a lot of people sitting around telling you what to do.
    Co-workers expect that you'll do your part. If you're not up to committing to doing it right, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on the key drivers and avoid chasing shiny objects.


  2. "Impressive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AVI Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good leadership, company is in a smart growth mode. Conservative in nature and core values. Have a fantastic CTO. Everyone works really hard, including the leadership.

    Cons

    I don't have any to share.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Everyone is a leader in this company since we're an ESOP.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Wasted 9 months"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AVI Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employee owned company is all.

    Cons

    Sales Management “out to lunch”

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employee owners. Do not throw them into a territory with zero marketing and leadership support, no existing customer base 4 hrs from the nearest tech site. Do an Open House in new territories. Businesses aren’t willing to award large integration deals to companies new to the market and whose technical staff is 4 hrs drive away; and then tack-on margins when quoting T&E. Losing situation. Diversity within leadership and sales force is nonexistent.

    AVI Systems Response

    Sep 5, 2018 – CEO

    Sorry to hear about your experience, it sounds like you were in a new territory which is very challenging, and your resources were a long distance away. Thank you for the comment on employee... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Culture is gone, the COO rules all"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AVI Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, and employee ownership sounds great on paper

    Cons

    In the past few years, the company has shifted 180 degrees. Now, the only opinion that matters is the COO. Decisions aren't made based on what is good for the company, the long term growth of the company, or the employees. The immediate perceived financial performance is the only thing that matters.

    No investment in employees or resources to advance AVI. No longer any path to career advancement.

    Rumor has it the founder and CEO are looking to leave, and they are no longer engaged. Such a shame - AVI was a fabulous company to work for just a few years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror. The people that make you the company you are, are fed up and leaving every week. You've lost some really good people, and others are about to leave too.

    AVI Systems Response

    Aug 27, 2018 – CEO

    I can confirm the rumor that the founder and CEO looking to leave is false! Alive, well, and engaged - call me anytime -- Jeff Stoebner, CEO


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not very good to the people who work for them who are contracted out."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The bonus pay when you get it.
    They say do more than 20 words but I can not think of anything good. O yes you get a Polo T-shirt

    Cons

    No help to encourage you on the progress of training
    Do not care if you have problems in your work place
    Do not realize when they have a good hard worker
    There is more but I feel like I am complaining.
    If you are in the gang then they will take care of you.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all of your staff


  6. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AVI Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great leadership. Employee owned. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Small shop in Dallas, doesn't have the credibility of the larger AV companies.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "I used to love coming to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AVI Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere. I have great co-workers. People make an effort to help each other out in solving problems... that's the ESOP mentality, ownership "we own the solution."

    Cons

    AVI has a flat organizational structure making it easy to move sideways but almost impossible to move up or be promoted from within.

    $6000 healthcare deductible is a essentially a pay decrease.

    It was most disheartening when not long after AVI purchased Dascom Group another employee told me he was rejected for asking for a $.50 hourly raise because the company "doesn't have the money."

    Advice to Management

    As much as there is an effort to unify under the "One AVI" mantra we are still operating like 16 companies. Doing work for the Omaha office, Denver office, or Chicago office they all have different workflows and processes. This is one company, yes?

    I am giving 1 star for culture and values because I believe we have a great culture and great values. However the things we say we value and tell our customers about our 'AVI Proven Process' runs contrary to what actually do on a daily basis. We do not value creativity, or open-mindedness. Nor do we value curiosity.

    I wish I wasn't looking for a new job. But there are too many things I CAN'T write here; unhealthy things I have seen. I've tried to make it work but there's no sense swinging your fists at the wind.

  8. "Admin"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AVI Systems full-time

    Pros

    great people to work with. Good ESOP program. Well run company

    Cons

    Wish there were more opportunities for advancement in the company.

    Advice to Management

    none. Great job!


  9. "Business Development Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AVI Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ranked #4 in US in their industry and fun management

    Cons

    Service Team is not priced competitively, making it difficult to win deals.

    Advice to Management

    Have a system to track losses to see how many are based on being overpriced.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AVI Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    We are employee owned and growing.

    Cons

    After 13 years here, I have still have no cons to report.