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Avid Technology Senior Principal Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Oct 31, 2018

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  1. Helpful (25)

    "This used to be a great place to work, sadly no longer true."

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avid Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    For years Avid has been one of the best places to work for an engineer. The projects were (and really still are) exciting, the film and television market place is interesting and the management was knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Since the change in upper management, Avid has become a terrible place for an engineer. They are now tracking software engineers by how many lines of code you check in, which is totally the wrong thing to measure. The CEO stands up and says everything is great and everyone pop champagne. A few weeks later another round of layoffs. Avid has consistently laid off the best of the best in engineering, losing a huge portion...

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    Advice to Management

    Get rid of CEO and upper engineering management. Put back someone who knows the business.

    Avid Technology2018-03-01
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid at all costs."

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Daly City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avid Technology

    Pros

    Avid has a history of industry-leading products and people on the ground who are genuinely competent and dedicated. Engineers, product managers, and ground-level sales people do this because they love it. Employees have bands, do freelance video work on the side, and plainly love being involved in media.

    Cons

    Avid's completely incompetent upper management and woefully self-deluding reporting structure have lead to a company that continues to lie to itself about its potential and effectiveness, all while circling the drain. If you want a lesson in how to destroy an engineering company, Avid over the last few years is a great example. Most importantly for engineers, a great deal of their time is spent managing the incompetence...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to your employees on a semi-annual basis, and stop lying to shareholders. Nobody within the Avid organization believes a word said by any executive, and the annual exodus of post-layoff employees fleeing to saner companies should have served as a wake up call a few years ago. Perhaps you think you can replace competent, experienced engineers with incompetent contract labor, but this mediocrity is reflected...

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    Avid Technology2011-11-29
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Managed by people who do not understand the industry"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avid Technology

    Pros

    * The people - we are like a family. It's rare that you see software engineers working with the same company over a decade. * The products - the stuff we make is used to make the most watched and listened to entertainment out there. * A couple of our recent acquisitions could be very potent if their integration is executed properly.

    Cons

    * How many many more VPs can we hire while still not allowing for new positions in necessary areas like QA. * Management has hoped for significant attrition in order to move more development offshore. * Management doesn't understand how challenging it is to develop real-time audio and video processing products like ours. This is probably the largest contributing factor to my previous 2 cons. * Employees spend too...

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    Advice to Management

    Eliminate half of the VPs. The only thing they are doing is distancing you from your products and your greatest resource, your talented employees. Learn to communicate with your employees. We are just filling in the communication void with our own negative thoughts.

    Avid Technology2010-06-15
  4. "Senior Principal Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Szczecin, West Pomerania
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avid Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great people working in the company

    Cons

    work organization, information flow, transparency

    Avid Technology2018-10-31
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Principle Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Munich, Bavaria
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avid Technology full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company has totally changed its direction from point products to an overarching platform strategy. The team gets deeply involved and engaged in this new direction and the technology stack in use is cutting edge. The fun has returned after a few funless years. Now we are building the operating system for the media industry.

    Cons

    The only partially annoying topic is the fact, that not all employees are fully behind the new Avid Everywhere strategy, however the new leadership team is directing well towards a common alignment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to direct the company towards the new platform direction.

    Avid Technology2015-10-08
  6. "Avid cannot find it's sense of direction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avid Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great teams of people who have worked together for many years, and share a passion for innovation and quality products. Good benefits and at least our team didn't have tough crunch times.

    Cons

    A corporate environment that does not foster that innovation and cannot seem to find any sense of clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully with recent changes Avid can focus and innovate in the professional space

    Avid Technology2012-07-09
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