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Ford Audio-Video Systems Reviews

Updated August 25, 2017
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Pros
  • There are certainly some good benefits associated with longevity including Profit Sharing and Insurance Programs (in 5 reviews)

  • Great place to start if you are young and need to learn a career (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The reason the job is open is because there is a revolving door of many former employees that goes back decades (in 3 reviews)

  • Since the company has grown a lot, there are a lot more employees (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Stable Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time

    Pros

    Lots of support. Everyone is willing to help.

    Cons

    Everything has a multistep process.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to get your feet in the door of the Audio Video world."

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    Former Employee - Installation Technician in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Installation Technician in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Constant 40+ hour work weeks.
    Sometimes traveling is a plus.
    Reimbursement per mile you drive isn't bad.
    Great place to start if you are young and need to learn a career.
    Ford pays for you to get certified in many of things.
    They do weekly travel reports. Sadly. It's not utilized correctly. Most people don't care to fill one out with useful information. Meaning the hard work someone does. Just doesn't pay off. While others slacking on the job won't get recorded either.

    Cons

    The Ford database needs to be updated. They are using a system from the 80s. Granted. It's proven to be good. But. Sometimes new ways are more efficient.

    They don't provide company vehicles for employees to use.

    They don't provide tools. But then require you to have specialty tools.

    When you walk through the office you see some engineers and project managers that you can tell just a tired and beat from working their butts off. Then you have others that are happy go lucky. Because they hardly work. I feel people should be watched a little closer.

    Nobody seems to be happy at Ford. Every install technician I met had something to complain about at Ford. Majority of the complaints were pay composition.

    They don't give timely raises. They give merit ones. Sadly most of the work from people in field goes unnoticed or the supervisor or project manager takes the credit for the hard work.

    Someone will tell you you earned a raise. But you won't get it for two months.

    The supervisors are required to fill out a job site report. It's a great thing. Except they dont fill in the information to the best of their knowledge. They have a spot to record how each person performed on the day. I've talked to four supervisors from different areas of the company. No one ever gets recorded as Exceeds expectations because that requires the supervisor to write a paragraph about why they succeeded. So there goes your good merit raises. I would personally work my butt off while others sit on the Jobsite playing on cellphones. And my work went unnoticed.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be for the upper-upper management. Pay close attention to your employees. You have some supervisors that stay outside in their vehicles all day smoking. And others who leave the jobsite entirely and then come back at the end of the day making it look like they worked all day.

    Then you have the supervisors who make buddy buddy with some techs and give favoritism to them.

  3. "Install"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great company to enter AV field a lot of opportunities to see various types of AV

    Cons

    Communication is lack luster, also very biased employees


  4. "Pretty good company. Engineering side is better."

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    Current Employee - Install Tech in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Install Tech in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people at company on every level. Will find most jobs enjoyable. And will not hate your job.

    Cons

    IT can be required to work multiple saturdays in a row.

    Advice to Management

    Show more love to the ITS and JS


  5. "Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time

    Pros

    Large company that is still growing. Job security. Great place to start out in the industry and learn the ropes.

    Cons

    Being one of the larger Audio Visual integrators make advancement in the company a daunting task. Company culture is stiff and feels dated.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees who stand out advancement opportunities.


  6. "Inventory Control Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of really good loyal employees at Ford AV. Overall the company is good to work for.

    Cons

    Think they should trust employees a little more and pay better


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Overall decent place to work if you don't want to work their long or are vastly over qualified."

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    Former Employee - Installation Technician in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Installation Technician in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great pay starts at about $15 an hour. Friendly people most of the time. Non demanding hours most days. Travel opportunities galore in fact mandatory.

    Cons

    Communication or the lack there of moreover. The managers refuse to communicate with those under them, and are often mad when they discover you are not in the know.
    they also told me they would train me and get me the certifications I needed. They never did and used the lack of skill as a reason to fire me.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate. Also if you say you are going to train someone do it. So at least when you fire them you don't seem like you planned to fire them from the start.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good Place to Start"

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a company Ford is devoted to building quality systems and doing everything they can to support their customers. There are certainly some good benefits associated with longevity including Profit Sharing and Insurance Programs. Ford is a place full of passionate and very knowledgeable people who enjoy working in AV. The Fords are great people, passionate about their industry, and it is wonderful to work for them. It's hard to be critical of people who have built a company into a national player in an industry that is highly competitive and endured (and grown) for nearly 45 years.

    Cons

    An area the company often struggles is its mild tendency towards profit over people, some of this is to be expected with any company, but ongoing long hours with little investment has lead to high rates of turnover in many positions. This also impacts level of employee investment.

    Traditionally AV is a niche market, but as the company has grown they're hired more people without industry knowledge (whether that is Account Mangers, Engineers or whichever). Being an engineering company the focus of improvement is always on engineering, which is good if you're an engineer, but there is limited investment in skills for other positions.

    Another area where the company struggles is process efficiency. Management tends towards a reactive approach to process improvement rather than a proactive approach. Reactive processes are slow to be effective, which could be expected in a larger company. Ford is still small enough that they should be capable of more agility in process improvement.

    Employee longevity is equated to loyalty, which sounds good, but slows innovation. This is especially relevant when hiring an increasing number of millennials who want to learn and pour themselves into their work.

    Ultimately these are all trust issues on the management level. None of these should necessarily be deal-breakers for anyone looking to work here, but they are part of the culture you should be at least aware of, if not comfortable with, before committing.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in skills and growth opportunities for your employees. Improve areas in management development and points of contact. Streamline your processes before the symptoms show up. Global processes are the highest-likely area impacting bottom-line profitability year over year.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company and value integrity"

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    Former Employee - Sale Estimator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sale Estimator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great company, thorough, courtesous, knowledgeable

    Cons

    none to speak of at this time


  10. "A Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ford Audio-Video Systems full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people working there. You will learn a lot in your position.

    Cons

    Compensation. This is the most frustrating thing about the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open minded and compensate your valuable employees a fair wage.


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