These reviews are from Glassdoor, the biggest employee review site, with 10 reviews from Avigilon employees in the past 3 months.
Here is an overview of the responses:
First, the consensus best part was socialization, with the majority explicitly calling this out:
- "Great social club and culture at the employee level"
- "Friendly and welcoming coworkers"
- "Cake for birthdays every month"
- "Social environment"
- "Nice office setting, colleagues are smart and nice"
- "Great social committee"
- "Good Social Club"
However, the worst parts all revolved around management.
Fear tactics were cited:
- "Management uses fear and intimidation tactics to get what they want."
- "Poor management style (manage by fear)."
- "Management by fear and intimidation"
Employee turnover without explanation was also repeatedly noted:
- "There's a revolving door in senior management and those changes are hidden from employees."
- "Constant changes in executive team & management leave staff unsettled. The only way staff finds out someone is gone is if they are no longer found in the directory."
- "Very aggressive / harsh upper management style with many people let go for questionable reasons."
For example, the CFO's exit, the COO's exit, the HR VP's exit, to name a few.
Related to such Avigilon management practices, some mentioned lack of input allowed:
- "Don't feel much respect when trying to share an opinion or observation with the senior workers"
- "You're not allowed to have an opinion about anything, if you want to keep your job."
Note: Glassdoor has interesting sets of reviews on a minority of larger security companies - e.g., see Genetec's employee reviews, Pelco's employee's reviews and Tyco IS's employee reviews.
? I worked for Avigilon for 2 years and everyone was great from the top down.
Btw, since we posted this, a new glowing Avigilon employee Glassdoor review has been added:
Avigilon's employee reviews are on a winning streak, with 4 glowing contributions.
Here are the "cons" that these employees list:
- "Needs more people to support the massive growth"
- "Parking can get pricey."
- "8 hours fly by and if you like and love what you do... you are on the right place."
Good job Avigilon HR / management! These look totally legit and not placed.
New employee review, evidently not a Schmode fan:
3 new Avigilon employee reviews - 2 highly negative, 1 super positive, including:
Note the team of two is an allusion to the CEO Fernandes and the COO Schmode.
The other new negative was from a person who says they are a current RSM who declared 'Amazing Products, Horrible Management':
"Training for new employees is a complete failure, daily quotas must be met or "Your on the chopping block". Horrible middle management that follows the trickle down daily threatening environment from the top. Most regional directors are not qualified to manage a sales team and have Zero management skills. In order to meet quarterly objectives, they call and harass integrators who have deals in the works. You will have ZERO time for your family if you are a regional product manager. If you are in sales, the company will change your quota mid stream to prevent you from making quota, commissions and bonus."
If he's not chopped already, I am sure he will be soon.
A few days after those 2 negative reviews, a glowing positive one came in. This was the 'cons' for this reviewer:
Its sounds Hysterical sounds like a little Glengarry Glen Ross going on there......enjoy!
Opening for an Executive Assistant to Bryan Schmode posted.
The successful candidate will have a genuine appreciate for, and understanding of, protocol, discretion, and professionalism. He or she must be able to maintain confidence and be tactful and diplomatic at all times.
Perhaps the outgoing EA will post a Glassdoor review...
On the plus side, they did like the location and salary:
I just checked out Glassdoor for the first time. Looks like anyone can write a review for any company without even working for that company.
This discussion has not been updated since the executive fallout over the summer, which very clearly proved the validity of these employee / ex-employee concerns.
There's more employee reviews (negative not surprisingly) on Glassdoor, but this one is the most detailed:
Interesting recent Avigilon employee review on Glassdoor that talks about Glassdoor reviews:
Consistency between glassdoor reviews and actual events (you can observe turnover, etc) seems to indicate that the company does struggle internally.
Some industries see a lot of success being run like a traditional corporation while others meander off into experimental practices and find a rewarding place to sit. This is something I've observed since upstarts and internet giants have sprung up over the past decade.
Companies that sit where they don't perform well? They get distracted and suffer for it. Employees generally want to feel stability in their workplace, and they want balance between home and work demands. If people were left to decide between fruit on the conference table and a reasonable schedule that accommodates family life, it's clearly the latter. The point of the example isn't to suggest that it's one choice or the other, but that the efforts forcing the pipe dream of a "fun" and "wholesome" workplace can impose real strain and burden on the bulk of employees.
I've observed that successful companies (judging by folks I'd consider to be happy and loyal employees) have a few traits in common:
*they allow their workers to have clear and defined duties,
*they understand the value of a reasonable schedule, and know how to set effective goals
*The employees feel as if the corporate leaders share in their own values, and are not competing interests.
Yes, anecdotal comments, stories, and posts are just anecdotes, but trends have to be taken seriously. The sooner the company finds a stable and suitable medium for its creative ambitions, the better. Otherwise, they're going to continue their attempts at fitting square pegs in round holes... And it'll be just as frustrating to watch.