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Averna Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Averna full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Averna growth is providing interesting opportunities. Great people with good work/life balance. Work environnement is nice.

    Cons

    Internal processes and tools are evolving to support the growth, This are changes that can be seen as exciting opportunities or challenges. your choice.

    Advice to Management

    continue to control growth speed


  2. "Exciting place to work !"

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

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

    Pros

    Lot's of opportunities to work on large scale projects
    Possibility to travel and work with colleagues in Europe and in US
    Management is dynamic, people-centric and clearly looking to grow the company
    With all the acquisitions the company is doing, it will give me a lot of opportunities to meet with new colleagues from different countries and cultures ...
    Really the place to be if you want an active and motivating worklife.

    Cons

    We are learning to work on projects with colleagues from other offices ... it puts a lot of pressure on how communications are happening ... We need better videoconferencing tools.

    Advice to Management

    Just continue to fuel the growth ... but make sure we all understand the bigger plan ...


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Remote Management at its Worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Roswell, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    "Work at your own pace" environment. Relaxed overall work atmosphere with diverse and hard-working co-workers who all strive for the best.

    Cons

    Complete disconnect between priorities and business ethics between corporate Montreal offices and USA offices.

    To paraphrase Averna management: "Shut up and do your job. Don't complain. Don't bother taking initiative to fix or improve anything. Don't hope, wish, or expect to be ever promoted unless you're already a mid-senior manager. Your remote manager in another country who makes all the decisions of how to do things know better than the people actually doing the job and servicing the customers."

    If you suggest any changes or improvements to make the products, services, or processes better then you are seen as a distraction and a threat to the status-quo.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to feedback and ideas from your front-line experts. Soliciting ideas only once a year is a joke.

    Share information and don't hoard decision-making authority without at least and without at least consulting your front-line experts.

    Empower your people by giving them the tools, resources, and authority necessary to make decisions and be successful.

    Provide actual career development plans for your people.

    Management needs to be more open to criticism and suggestions and not just don't immediately discredit them because you feel threatened by a subordinate.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "What a mouse house....."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Averna full-time

    Pros

    The only real RF/Uwave NI partner, but they're very confused on process and why customers come first.

    Cons

    Project managers responsible for getting quotes to customers took WAY too long. 4-5 weeks was unacceptable. A very unprofessional place to work.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is like a contemptuous pubescent teen. It's a poor carpenter that blames his tools.


  6. "Talent Acqusition Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Technical challenges. Flexible schedules. Fast pace environment and 6 months average projects

    Cons

    Fast growth in San Rafael means sometimes we are short on resources.


  7. "Strategic and Growing... Things Get Done Here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 Averna full-time

    Pros

    A rapidly growing business working as a strong cohesive team.
    Decisions are made quickly and efficiently.
    A balanced focus on business results and people.
    Opportunities to learn, grow, and work on a diverse set of applications.
    Nearly everyone has the opportunity to work directly with the customer

    Cons

    Growing fast and acquisitions means processes are constantly being adjusted and refined to accommodate new business needs
    Working efficiently means you may never get everything done on your todo list, so you have to focus on high impact objectives

    Advice to Management

    The focused investment and growth trajectory are outstanding. You have built an outstanding team with the talent, vision, and ambition to achieve great things!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Test Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, many opportunities to learn and talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Income is not as high as other tech companies, difficult for people to move to upper ranks, employee is not able to innovate or work on personal goals if that doesn't immediately align to corporate vision.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to put an effort to decentralize the projects and knowledge as people work in silog rather than working in a team oriented fashion


  9. Helpful (1)

    "No, no, no"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Other than receiving a paycheck for my time, there's nothing positive about working here.

    Cons

    - Care more about the sale than the client or product quality
    - As mentioned by another reviewer, it's a culture of "yes men" and submission
    - Politics governs ALL
    - Most people are generally unhappy to work there. A lot of turnover in the recent year
    - There's a sense if you're not French Canadian, then you're an outsider
    - Poor benefits package

    Advice to Management

    You act like a large company when you're really a small firm. Don't force bureaucracy on your employees and customers. Stop overworking your top performers and pay them what they're worth.


  10. "Pleasant work environment: good people and interesting work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 Averna full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment that offers varied and Interesting work assignments. Relaxed atmosphere. Supportive management that is genuinely values work/life balance. Co-workers are collaborative and helpful.

    Cons

    Good healthcare benefits but short and long term disability isn't subsidized.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "small and big"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    We work with huge names in many different industries

    Cons

    Very conservative when it comes to financial decisions

    Averna Response

    Feb 16, 2017 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are indeed very proud of our customer list. It is unfortunate they want to remain confidential. We wish you many more years of success @ Averna.



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