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Updated August 14, 2017
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Avid Technology Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Louis Hernandez, Jr.
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Pros
  • Great company and great products (in 53 reviews)

  • The best thing about Avid is the great products, followed closely by great people (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management doesn't have a feel for the industry (in 43 reviews)

  • Senior management set the goal in outer space to they could pay people next to nothing (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Channel Partner Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Channel Program Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Channel Program Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Avid Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting media/audio products designed for entertainment, sports, music and broadcast industries.

    Cons

    Lack of life cycle workflow definition and accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Tie activities of every job to meaningful deliverables required to achieve company goals.


  2. Helpful (17)

    "Stay Away"

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

    I have been working at Avid Technology full-time

    Pros

    Some good people with good ides.

    Cons

    Kill or Be Killed atmosphere causes employees to make decisions based on fear.

    Advice to Management

    Get creative people back in management. The CEO has to go.

  3. Helpful (16)

    "Former Employee"

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

    I worked at Avid Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of!

    Cons

    Worked hard and thrown away like rubbish. No reasoning!! Do not recommend anyone working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip! You are loosing valuable employees.


  4. Helpful (31)

    "Another Layoff - Goodbye to more long-time dedicated employees"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avid Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A few great employees left from the "Hey-Day" when Avid was the industry leader constantly delivering innovative products. That is about it. Unfortunately the days of being an industry leader are long gone. Adobe and others have taken over.

    Cons

    Going into the Burlington office to work. Morale?? There isn't any. It has become everyone for themselves to avoid being laid-off. Constant lay-offs. It is only June and already there have been 2 major layoffs. Any employee is at risk of being laid-off but they certainly like to target employees with 15+ years of service. So much for dedication. They lay-off great engineers without a 2nd thought because they are clueless. The company had some issues when Louis arrived as CEO. But he and his executive team have taken the company to a place far, far worse. 100's of millions in debt. Hemorrhaging money. Haven't turned a profit in forever. The executive teams "can't miss" plan has failed miserably. Questionable money making deals made which are costing Avid big time. The whole executive staff and c-level executives have proven themselves to be incompetent. The CEO and CTO come from the world of financial processing software and know nothing about the video, broadcast and audio industries but are self anointed experts who cannot lead in this industry. Everyone in engineering has been stuffed in 3-foot by 3-foot open cubes. Marketing and the important people in the other building have nice cubes. Almost everyone in marketing is director level or above with no direct reports. The responsibility of all these directors in marketing is to be bloggers. Most hardly come into the office because they can do their 30 minutes worth of daily blogging from their cell phones when they wake up for lunch. That is an organization that needs to be purged, cleaned-up and re-aligned. How can everyone be a director?? It is ridiculous. There is no money and the C-level execs post pictures and blog from their constant world travels flying 1st class, staying at top hotels and eating at the finest restaurants on Avids dime. Staying in a Penthouse at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Yes that is certainly ethical and helps the company save money. It is a sad state of affairs. To say that the CEO, CTO, CFO and CPO are disliked and not respected is an understatement. But they have their "clicks" reporting to them who bow down to keep their jobs and ridiculous salaries. It is discouraging. Too many working very scared. The CEO writes books and blogs about them while the company has fallen apart under his very long and destructive 4-year reign.

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO, CTO, COO and CPO please get out and take your groupies with you. The Board of Directors have sat back, done nothing (except for a horrific job) and let this company fall apart. But they take their huge payments and stock options for getting together a few times a year to chit-chat. How about some action?? Hopefully Avid gets sold to a company such as Dolby or Adobe who has a management and board that might be able to salvage something and save some jobs. There was a time when Avid was always a top 50 company to work for in Massachusetts. Even breaking the top 10 on several occasions. How sad that it has been so badly mismanaged and has become a very bad company to work for.


  5. Helpful (24)

    "Stay far away"

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

    I worked at Avid Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The vision was great! My boss saw a lot of potential in me and wanted to see me succeed. There was travel and the ability to stay in some of the best hotels. Training was extensive and co-workers were helpful.
    Benefits were great!

    Cons

    There was no work/life balance.
    The CEO is terrible
    Huge wave of layoffs at any given time

    Advice to Management

    Hire Leadership that appreciates their employees.
    Get rid of your CEO


  6. Helpful (21)

    "Nobody knows how to run a hardware business"

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

    I have been working at Avid Technology full-time

    Pros

    The people who know the business, products, and iterations of Avid

    Cons

    The C-level staff has no idea about how to run a company that manufactures and sells hardware, but their egos keep everyone very busy. It is beyond disappointing to see so much hard work go down the drain because of a few executives that got in over their heads and can't even ask for help from their experts.

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone who has successfully run a Finance or Operations organization in a hardware sales environment. OR take a good hard look at whether the several narcissists on your executive staff actually know what they are doing with the departments they run. Most have no experience with this type of business, customer, or product.


  7. Helpful (25)

    "anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avid Technology (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Avid was made up of very talented people who had a passion for the product. It was a very creative environment for a long time. It was at one time a great place to work - sorry, finding it hard to find anything 'pro' about Avid anymore.

    Cons

    Upper management is money hungry and led by a self-absorbed CEO. His ego is in the way of allowing Avid to ever recover. He's more interested in the next house he's buying than the health of the business.

    Advice to Management

    The Board needs to wake up and get rid of the Chairman of the Board (aka CEO)!!! He has destroyed what was left of Avid when he came on board 4 years ago.

  8. Helpful (20)

    "Avoid at all costs...If you're unfortunate enough to still work there...Get out on ANY life raft that passes by."

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    Former Employee - Advanced Rock Fetcher in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Advanced Rock Fetcher in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avid Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Literally none left after being endlessly chipped away. A few cool people left who are too stuck in 2003 to move on with reality..

    Cons

    Massive infighting among the staff, incompetent management, execs that don't have a clue what they're doing, a vision for the future we don't execute on and that nobody believes in. . A constantly changing target to reach and more nonsense of how we all could have done more with less.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who can reshape it am actually care.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Avid Technology full-time

    Pros

    Cool products, many nice colleagues, interesting customers who are fun to work with, lots of travel which gets old but can be fun.

    Cons

    There's lots of layoffs. The CEO humiliates and bullies people and people are too scared to talk back so they just sit there and take it.

    Advice to Management

    You don't have to treat employees well because the company is struggling.


  10. Helpful (23)

    "Beware"

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    Former Employee - Service Manager in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avid Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Still a name in the industry.

    Cons

    Infighting and open rebellion in the ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Sell. Retire. Stop bothering people.


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