AVG Technologies Reviews

Updated 16 April, 2015
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AVG Technologies Chief Executive Officer Gary Kovacs
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Pros
  • goog salary in beijing good manager good salary (in 7 reviews)

  • The people are great, benefits are not so good and very limited work life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Company culture is extremely toxic - lack of clear direction from top-management and lots of office politics in middle-management (in 5 reviews)

  • Work life balance could use a lot of work (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Exciting and challenging through out the day

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Help Desk Agent in Ottawa, ON
    Current Contractor - Help Desk Agent in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at AVG Technologies as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The people who work here are amazing
    -Opportunity to travel
    -Decent pay coming in
    -Fun atmosphere
    -Room to grow

    Cons

    -Needs more structure
    -You start on contract with no benefits and just get renewed with no promise of being permanent after set time
    -Pay doesn't go up from when you start, it seems to be stuck at one level with no increases despite reviews (team wide)
    -Pay has not even increased for inflation so every year we actually make less and less and especially as minimum wage goes up

    Advice to Management

    -Review our compensation procedures, we start off decent but after 2-3 years in a company and after reviews no one gets a pay increase and no increase for inflation either.

  2. Helpful (1)

    A breath of fresh air. A company that understand common sense. AVG is a great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at a company make all the difference. AVG treats it's employees with respect and dignity. It's fun to work with people that have a sense of humor and that are really good people. Being paid properly and having a budget also helps.

    Cons

    As with all public companies, nothing happens as fast as we would like. I'm still working on this. It better than the government. Being in support is sometimes tough as the hours can be extremely long.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the dedication that employees are providing. Provide more staff so we can share the load. I really enjoy working directly for someone with so much experience and intelligence.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Solid company to work for, lot's of room for growth if you have the initiative to succeed. Great Staff!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package and salary; structured reviews and performance feedback. There is lot's of room for advancement in a fast paced environment if you have the drive to excel. Lot's of company social events such as barbecues etc.

    Cons

    The company is in a transition and acquisition phase and a lot of restructuring is currently occurring.

    Advice to Management

    Some sort of employee recognition program would be nice so that employee's are compensated for working above and beyond.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Exciting new direction and products for the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The CEO has a great vision for the company. Good compensation, standard health benefits, good training opportunities and career growth potential.

    Cons

    A fair bit of office politics. As with most large companies decisions often take a long time to be made.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep the environment creative and agile by relaxing the bureaucracy.

  6. Low technical standards.

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Android Developer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Former Employee - Android Developer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Everything around employment and benefits is very well organized
    Innovative culture

    Cons

    Bad development standards. Some examples:
    * Exceptions are an unused feature.
    * Singletons, static calls, and global state are the bread and butter.
    * No portion of the codebase was testable.

    I have tried to make my own contributions idiomatic and unit tested, but that was not possible because my code was "not pragmatic enough", and I was forced to combine logical units, discard proper error handling, apologize with null-checks, and feel sorry for QA when they take the blame for not expecting the unexpected behaviors.

    All in all, I was willing to stick around if I could see good intention towards improving these practices, however the response to my honest and substantiated contentions was emotional and authoritative.

    Unless you fit in with this sort of culture, I wouldn't recommend seeing this as an opportunity.

  7. Helpful (1)

    The people were great, the management was dysfunctional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Motivated and fun marketing and sales teams
    Talented people all around
    Good salaries relative to Czech market

    Cons

    Poor product leadership and middle management communication between engineering and product teams
    Teams work in silos and often work at cross purposes
    No clear company and product strategy

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say and say what you do. C level executives are way too distant from the products and operations of the company given the company size. Too much corporate politics for too small of a company that isn't releases any new products fast enough.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Nice people, bad code and half baked product

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

    I worked at AVG Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Nice enviorment
    * Nice people
    * Good office conditions, snacks food and drinks
    * Nice salary and bonuses
    * Security company image

    Cons

    * Bad code and code standards
    * Lacking in technical knowledge
    * A lot of hacks, solutions for the short term
    * Very short releases
    * No car leasing

    If you consider yourself as someone who cares about the code or the user then do not go and work for avg.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the quality of the product.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Product manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Latest mobile technology
    - Very dynamic

    Cons

    - Unstable company
    - Many shifts in the managerial level

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company with modern thinking and friendly, smart people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Test Engineer in Brno (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Junior Test Engineer in Brno (Czech Republic)

    I have been working at AVG Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AVG provide good environment for working, career and personal growth.

    Cons

    AVG needs to complete Agile transformation also in high management levels.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Strange company, a multi-national that acts with all the worst trends of a small local company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at AVG Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free food vending machines, that is about it.

    Cons

    No strategic vision, little or know change, even though partners have asked for it for years. Targets that bear no reality to what is realistic. Low morale. Wield sticks not carrots. Package is not the norm for a large corporate

    Advice to Management

    Move on, Lighten up. lead, have a strategy for sales, get better products,

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