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Avant Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2019

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3.8
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Avant CEO Al Goldstein
Al Goldstein
142 Ratings
Pros
  • "relaxed work environment, low-stress atmosphere, opportunities for advancement(in 20 reviews)

  • "Creative interior design, snacks and food, casual dress code, U of I influence(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "the entire call center will be outsourced soon - no job security(in 15 reviews)

  • "They are laying off most of the Chicago office soon, most positive reviews on this site are of upper management and people who work at other offices(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (3)

    "I can definitely see myself here for the next few years at least"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avant full-time

    Pros

    - Management is genuinely interested in furthering your career, and has offered to pay for classes or conventions to provide opportunities to learn and share the knowledge with the team - True flexibility in the unlimited vacation benefits. Obviously it isn't something to abuse, and if there are huge project deadlines, they must be considered, but usually a solution can be worked out if needed - Very nice office, and...

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    Cons

    - Honestly can't think of any. As with any start up there are the usual growing pains, but I think management is up for the challenge and HR, diversity, employee resources and learning opportunities have only improved over time. - I can see myself staying here for multiple years

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Avant2019-01-07
  2. "A great (and growing) Chicago tech company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Resolutions Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avant full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I was hired to work at Avant on the Resolutions team, which investigates and responds to customer service escalations. I had a fixed timeline for working at Avant (and let them know as I accepted the offer) as I planned to go to a full time professional degree program afterwards. My management was incredibly understanding and worked to define a role that allowed me to make an impact in a relatively short period of time....

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    Cons

    Can't think of too many cons. As a startup, things can change pretty quickly which I imagine can be frustrating to those with more mega-corp experience. This isn't a great company for someone who wants to sit in a cubicle farm as it is an open floorplan environment. Also there are a lot of great snacks and coffee options in the office (as well as a daily lunch stipend) so you will need to make sure to work out to keep...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to embrace and implement opportunities for feedback in both directions.

    Avant2019-07-11
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Not a Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avant full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Most of my co-workers were really friendly and generally good people.

    Cons

    The engineering leadership at Avant is lacklustre on a good day. Project planning was poor, Agile development practices were mostly ignored and the quality of engineering is something that I'm genuinely embarrassed to be a part of. This is a great company to work for if you're looking to take it easy and collect a pay check. Albeit, huge projects will drop out of nowhere and there's a tendency for every thing to be "urgent"....

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    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting bro-programmers to positions of leadership Read From Good to Great

    Avant2019-07-31
  4. "Dedcent company"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Avant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to prove yourself and advance Cutting edge technological and business work

    Cons

    Chaotic Communication is all over the place

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to your employees

    Avant2019-06-19
  5. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Office Management Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avant part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    My job is unique, I spend a lot of time in facilities storage and moving furniture, but it's been a great experience so far. Everyone is friendly and accomodating, my questions are answered immediately, and I both have clear expectations and the freedom to make my own decisions.

    Cons

    Being part time and facilities facing, I don't have much to find cons in. The work isn't terribly complicated. This likely doesn't represent the experience of everyone who works here but people seem fine

    Advice to Management

    thanks

    Avant2019-06-04
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avant full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, casual atmosphere, good outlook.

    Cons

    Trying to do to many things at once, growing pains.

    Avant2019-05-05
  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Avant full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun, collaborative work environment with very smart coworkers. Solving interesting problems and tons of growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Not very many, really enjoyed my time here.

    Avant2019-05-08
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Would not recommend to my friends..."

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Unlimited Time Off, Food, Casual Environment, Beer on Tap

    Cons

    -People making decisions have been at the company for 2-6 months. -Very clique like being in high school -They either like you or they don't, your experience does not matter.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a better process.

    Avant2019-06-06
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Supportive Environment"

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    Current Employee - Compliance Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avant full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have worked here for three years and within the last year, I underwent a health emergency. I was worried about how this would affect my work relationships. I have been met with support both from our HR department and my co-workers. My emergency was not treated as an inconvenience but was met with empathy and accommodation when I was able to return to work. This has really set Avant apart from other work environments.

    Cons

    Working for a company that still holds some start-up qualities has meant that titles and responsibility shifts often. This has meant that is can be difficult to get find someone willing to be the point person on the less glamorous tasks.

    Avant2019-03-14
  10. "Fun, friendly work environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Customer Srvc Representative in Louisville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avant full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and a set schedule. Pleasant atmosphere. Not very noisy like most call centers. Healthy eating center on site and food trucks. Laid back. Casual atmosphere. Some office politics but thats everywhere.

    Cons

    None at this moment. I enjoy my position so far and am eager to grow with this company after making a career change.

    Advice to Management

    Better training and nesting.

    Avant2019-03-23
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