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AVG Technologies Reviews

Updated 28 July 2014
Updated 28 July 2014
44 Reviews

2.9
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    Interesting company, in need of strong leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are great, benefits are not so good and very limited work life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of strong management across the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder on developing the company, focus on world class products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    International fast growing environment and teams

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic, quickly growing company
    Multicultural environment, nice people to work with
    Interesting international projects and both horizontal and vertical growth opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes too dynamic and pretty busy;)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, strategy not clear

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brno (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brno (Czech Republic)

    Pros

    Good opportunities to learn and grow, interesting work content, very good salary and benefits. People in the company are really great, they are the biggest asset of the company.

    Cons

    strategy is not clear and therefore each department sets its own goals. As a result there is competitiveness between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work as a team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great balance between small company and big corporation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)

    Pros

    You can take advantage of big internation company and in the same time there are not negative aspects of big corporations. There is freedom to work on new things and explore new areas. Company cares about professional development. The environment is very friendly and it is easy to work when you have friends around you.

    Cons

    There are many changes constantly which are not well managed. Employees don't have sufficient information about company direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees, talk to them, listen to them. You can get much more from employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Commission based quotas become impossible to acheive

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Newton, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in Newton, NC (US)

    Pros

    Excellent group of people to work for and with in my particular office. Excellent benefits package and group outings.

    Cons

    Very secretive company, the everyday employees never have a clue whats going on above them. Roles have changed multiple times with little or no warning. Commission based quotas are increased every month if you have a successful month to ensure you never hit 100% of bonus quota. We often do not receive monthly sales quotas until after the 20th of the month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open with employees. Set an aggressive but achievable monthly sales quota.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, great people but a company in transition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)

    Pros

    Excellent friendly and smart people, lots of scope for personal initiative if you're good and eager, good salary. Good product portfolio and a forward-looking strategy.

    Cons

    Currently in transition, so will take a few months to settle down and allow the new strategy to work best. But this also means there are further opportunities for the adventurous and hardworking sort.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Improving, but a ways to go

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Very nice colleagues
    - Fun work environment, team oriented
    - Solid benefits
    - Depending on the office, free lunch (:
    - Good pay and compensation
    - Strong branding

    Cons

    The review "Diamond in the rough" here is the most accurate and honest description of AVG currently. It is so accurate, there have been four 4 star and higher reviews with overwhelming approval of AVG made immediately afterwards to seemingly bury it. This is why I have given AVG one star instead of two or three. It's a measure of my disappointment in the timing of these positive reviews in rapid succession.

    AVG currently suffers from a lack of real direction. It's in a long effort to correct that, but there has been little new results from these changes. As "Diamond" says, innovation is tough to come by in AVG as legal, marketing and security have a strangle hold on many facets outside of their bounds that even companies as large as IBM would be easy on. "Diamond" also cites innovation is stifled by fear of job loss which can be validated from my perspective. Many talented employees are frustrated with the slow progress and some have left voluntarily due to the slow progress.

    The management team seems to be running out of ideas on innovation and the best way to repackage the brand for the investors. There is a lot of the "old guard" in AVG who have been there for over 5 years and are settled in their pre-IPO ways. Changing that mindset may be tough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AVG needs to get its products strong again in core functionality and the brand needs to reflect that. AVG seemed to take this slide when going public. The old guard isn't keen on operating in the speed a publicly traded company needs to and the offerings to investors and customers are superficial. AVG and it's employees are great and there are huge opportunities there, but creative leadership needs to step in for products and development to reestablish AVG at the top of a highly technical and security focused field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inspiring environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Quick pace, many opportunities, growing business

    Cons

    Long hours. Work/life balance seems to be an issues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Diamond in the rough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing brand, built out of goodwill by giving away anti-virus for more than a decade. Great offices, amenities, social outings and local team building. The company offers some of the best benefit packages in the industry.

    Cons

    The business is managed by fear propagated by minimal or no communication on where the company is headed, a problem that has existed for some time.

    Information is held tightly by the global senior management team, few below that level know what is happening in the company or coming next. People are simply not trusted or seen as a driving force for growth within the company. Merely workers.

    Echoing the statements of other reviewers, basic management tasks can be a real challenge, as finance, legal, IT, and hr teams are not accountable to results tied to business metrics. The inability to deliver the basics to teams, such as comp plans as described by another reviewer, makes management look bad to teams, affecting morale, diminishing results for the company. While the company offers a strong benefit package, it micromanages everything else, and is particularly stingy around compensation related items.

    Innovation or anything that doesn't follow the "we've always done it this way" mantra is struck down by powerful forces few at any but the most senior management levels can strike down. Bull in the china shop nor smooth political work-overs solve these problems. The people in this company are fearful of losing their jobs, and have been for an extended period of time.

    I was hopeful when the new CEO joined and made customer focused changes, such as the exit from third party search, however since then he has made no meaningful progress I can see around the above topics almost 1 year in. If anything, things have worsened as teams focused on protecting their jobs have tightened political control over their resources, teams are simply not empowered to get their job done. More time is spent lobbying internally to accomplish day-to-day basic tasks than is spent outwardly facing the customer, serving the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As my headline says: this company is a diamond in the rough. The brand is still strong, the growth in user base as illustrated in earnings calls is strong. What is not, is the team spirit inside of the company, without people, empowered people, the company will not succeed. The fear factor and general sentiment inside the business is on a strong downward slide and only getting worse. Radical change in compliance related departments and at the departmental leadership level is required to solve the problems this company has. Share more information. Spend more time with people. and agreeing with a prior review, hire a strong COO that has a proven business transformation experience, the new CEO is doing what a CEO should - focus on the external view of the company. He is not a business leader or builder, and the people see that clearly after a year working with him.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Too much work with no realistic goal setting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are unique, interesting and fantastic characters

    Cons

    No transparency in company decision making creates a lot of tension

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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