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  1. "Great but horrible benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Audio Visual Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Family Environment, wanting everyone to succeed.

    Cons

    Every Man is an island, old gear, stuck in the late 90s.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people.


  2. "Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales and Production Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales and Production Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Audio Visual Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Now owned by PSAV so there are corporate consistencies regarding HR and SOPs.

    Cons

    Management was inconsistent in their policies and unprofessional at times regarding equal treatment.


  3. "AV"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AV Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - AV Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was semi steady and lose to home

    Cons

    The salary was low, broken equipment and too many chiefs

    Advice to Management

    Trust and get to know your techs on a professional level


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  5. "Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, management actually cares about employees future.

    Cons

    Low pay with lots of work and responsibilities. Management can use a course of leading a team. Strategy of hiring new members is very poor!!

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the employees you already have and pay what a technician is worth. Stop making up excuses and pay what people are worth!!!!


  6. "Good people, average pay, mediocre benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AV Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - AV Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. It varies between location and property, but overall, everyone tries to help everybody. Directors and even sales managers will lend you a hand in setting up equipment if you need it. It feels like everyone is looking out for you and teaching you the things you don't know. There are opportunities to grow within the company

    Cons

    Benefits are not the best. The compensation is not proportionate to the work and the professionalism you are asked to have. You won't get hours if it's a slow week, but upper management will do their best to get you at least some hours if you are full time.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully nothing will change with the PS acquisition, good luck everyone!


  7. "audiovisual technician"

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    Former Employee - Audiovisual Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Audiovisual Technician in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at American Audio Visual Center full-time

    Pros

    Doing different shows and meetings and meeting different client

    Cons

    When it was no work or hours


  8. "I have been at American AVC for over 10 years +"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can grow with in the company
    It is a family environment more than a job
    Training and support from the top down

    Cons

    Pay is a little low but the people make up for it
    Non matching 401k and benefits are not the best

    Advice to Management

    I love this company and I happy working for them.


  9. "The good ol' boys of AV."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at American Audio Visual Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Advancement Opportuntities, Great People, Responsive support during emergencies.

    Cons

    Low ball pay and expensive benifits, 2% match on 401k, disorganized, lack of communication, tired old gear, sold their souls to hotels so their employees constantly jump through hoops with minimal to no profits made.

    Advice to Management

    Spend money to make money.


  10. "Employee Centered?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Audio Visual Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smaller company that has some good people working for it

    Cons

    I've met multiple people who have not had a review or salary increase in over 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell to PS. Keep working at it. it could be great.


  11. "Below standard opportunities masked with nice sounding titles"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Audio Visual in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Audio Visual in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Audio Visual Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, good place to learn the ropes of the industry

    Cons

    Old equipment that never got replaced, lack of proper training, expected to perform the job of several people alone which meant long hours and weekends for mediocre pay not reflective of the job title

    Advice to Management

    I heard so often about how much money the company was making, and how many new contracts they were getting. This information was officially presented during company meetings and newsletters. Yet the company was extremely slow in replacing old gear with new purchases. I found myself embarrassed numerous times when I had to set huge, clunky projectors, dirty drapes and fabrics, etc. for clients, whom more often than none made their displeasure known. Often times, customers demanded cuts to their rental fees, or their money back, due to old, faulty, high maintenance equipment.

    At the same rate, many people within the company were subjected to service medium size hotels all on their own, putting in 14 hours or more a day on weekdays and weekends. Interestingly, a lot of money is put out to hire union technicians to help out, but that resource was never allocated to hiring more personnel. Same happened with having to sub-rent equipment because AAVC did not have decent gear to satisfy client's needs.

    On top of all these, many people with "director" titles performed all duties pertaining to running a medium size hotel all on their own, including, sales, customer service, book keeping, accounting, set up, tear down, etc. Yet the salary rate of "directors" performing everything that an AV staff of 2 or 3 should be responsible for was sub-standard to industry.

    I worked at AAVC for almost 9 years and this review is written 6 years after leaving the company. Yet, my review is in comparison with a lot of other reviews here at Glassdoor, which leads me to believe that not much has changed.



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