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Updated October 9, 2018
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Pros
  • "There are lots of opportunity for growth and professional development" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Free food at some locations and reimbursement for suits" (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance during busy times is a challenge" (in 61 reviews)

  • "Salary workers pushed to long hours to save company money by using technician as less as possible" (in 68 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great company for growth, just hold on tight there are lots of opportunities."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SET in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - SET in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities within the company

    Cons

    Work life balance during busy times is a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Be approachable and invest in your employees


  2. "Great company with lots of growth opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Internet & Power in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manager, Internet & Power in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PSAV has a lot of positions related to anything in AV you can think of. They prefer to promote from within so you already have an advantage there when looking for promotions. PSAV is everywhere giving you flexibility in being able to relocate and move for promotions that may not be available where you currently are living/working. Can even change career paths easily within the company.

    Cons

    Hourly pay can be frustrating for some. The pay starts low with no experience but it is easy to move up if you are a hard worker and committed to the success of the company in whatever area you are in. Management takes notice in these types of workers and will almost immediately start talking with you about your future with the company. Almost every area will have a time or couple times during the year when business is slow. You may not get 40 hours a week during these times but during busy times, you will more than make up for that with lots of overtime pay!

  3. "Director"

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

    I worked at PSAV full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None that I can mention


  4. "A good intro to the business"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DET in Schiller Park, IL
    Former Employee - DET in Schiller Park, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Intro to the business and gives you the ability to gain some very valuable experience, depending on how you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Work / Life Balance is not great, and more than likely the compensation will not help to make that feel worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Pay rate should be equal to that of the Cost of Living in the city you serve.


  5. "Great place to start"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn and get experience in the Audio Visual world

    Cons

    Underpaid for the job. Industry standard pay is significantly more at this position

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of commission incentive for project managers and pay them what their worth according to the rest of the industry.


  6. "PSAV is a great company to start growing your career and experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PSAV full-time

    Pros

    Large company allows for quick growth if you show promise.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy from management. Management doesn’t seem to admit when they’ve made mistakes.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible work/life balance, overworked/underpaid, hours are shifty"

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    Current Employee - Event Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Event Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PSAV full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tech team is made of good people, free meals

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid, if you're at a busier property prepare to give up your life to this company. PSAV is completely focused on profit generation, as a tech you're just a tool for generating profits from clients. Odd hours shifting all the time can really mess up your sleep cycle as well, which leads to being tired all the time and depression. Not a good job for those who are married, or in serious relationships, or with kids, you'll barely be given time to see your siginificant other/kids in busier times.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that techs are the backbone of this company and give them the respect they deserve. Better pay, time off when needed, and a proper work/life balance or you are going to continue burning them out and seeing high turnover. Hire enough techs needed for larger setups and realize the time it takes to setup, strike, and flip a venue, these things matter.

  8. "Biggest company I’ve worked for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PSAV full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement
    401K
    Lots of technology to help employees keep track

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be rough getting hours certain places and certain times of the year.


  9. "Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of job growth and fantastic benefits. Bonuses are actually attainable,

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can be difficult as a technician during the busy periods and the slow times don't guarantee hours.


  10. "Technician"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PSAV full-time

    Pros

    *Great start to get your feet wet in the industry.
    *Tons of great people to work with.
    *Well of Knowledge for newcomers.

    Cons

    *Work-Life balance is non-existent.
    *Extremely difficult to move up, depending on where you are placed.
    *Favoritism in a work place environment is a horrible mix.
    *Hours are inconsistent. Can go anywhere from 40+ hours every week to barely 10 in 3 months, when the slow season comes around.

    Advice to Management

    A happy employee brings happy customers.


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