Audigy Group Manager Reviews

Updated 11 Jul 2018

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3.0
51%
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Audigy Group CEO, Managing Member Brandon M. Dawson (no image)
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10 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Meaningful work, opportunity for growth and flexibility"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Training Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Having worked at Audigy as an individual contributor for over 5 years, my experience has been a really positive one. I have had at least 4 managers, and all have been great to work with. I really feel like all of them have been authentically interested in helping me achieve my personal, professional and financial goals - to the extent a manager/employer can actually do that. They have been really supportive of a number of personal/professional development requests, and were flexible and caring at all levels of leadership when I had personal challenges. The team environment means that the meaningful work we do is collaborative and fun. Any feedback from employee surveys is taken seriously, and I believe we make incremental improvements every year. We have missed the top workplaces recognition by just a few spots the last few years... but I would recommend working at Audigy to anyone. I really feel like Audigy makes a difference in the communities we and our members serve, and it's great to be a part of something bigger.

    Cons

    Salaries are mid-range, but the benefits are good. In reality, there are so many other benefits that outweigh making a few more dollars. I've worked for a lot more in comparable roles at other companies and been miserable.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Project Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group

    Pros

    Company Culture, Open door policy, Growth Opportunity

    Cons

    There is a slight shift of pace after GN acquisition.

  3. Helpful (22)

    "Just a resume builder"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group full-time

    Pros

    Like so many reviews me, it is the team and the "Members" which keep 99% of the employees at AG.

    Cons

    Simply stated, it is a mess. When the CEO is rated as low as AG's, it pretty much speaks for itself and of course, he has his "clones" in leadership positions. If you are not focused on sales then you will fail. If you are not able to regurgitate "sales" to the members (clients) in a way that makes them believe you care more than just hitting the number, then you will fail. In the two years I have been here, we have "rebranded" the same processes by simply giving it a new title and putting it on a new deck. Everyday starts with someone asking about your "targets" and "where are we at with units." How the Members, who are predominately educated and experienced, can continue to believe the hype is just beyond understanding. This is a pyramid scheme cloaked as a management company, all being led by narcissists.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Membership Development Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You feel the culture right when you walk in and meet the team. Not one person has said anything negative, I've asked if the ball is going to drop but anyone Ive asked says it still hasn't dropped after 3,5,8yrs here at Audigy, benefits are great, free gym membership, dry cleaning services, positive environment.

    Cons

    Small desks, traveling between both offices, still figuring out how to run 3 vertical markets all under one umbrella, really hard to come up with any.

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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Comfort Zones are Boring"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SBU Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've worked for Audigy Group for several years now and let me tell you - it is a tough job. I am constantly challenged by members, by my coworkers, and by leadership...and I have never grown or developed as much in my entire life. In previous jobs it was easy to fall into a rut and put in the minimal effort - that is never the case here. It's an incredibly dynamic, fast changing environment and you either keep up or fall behind. Being surrounded by a ton of overachievers definitely forces you to be on your A-game all of the time. The culture is super stimulating. It's very team focused, and collaboration is rewarded. Everybody is here to do their best every day and it's exciting to be in that environment.

    Cons

    With all the innovation happening and all of the new things we discover that can make us better, faster, smarter comes a lot of work. Without some serious prioritizing it can feel overwhelming. It takes time to figure out how to balance all of the priorities. Every member is important and everything they want and need from us is important and making that all fit into the day can be tough....but as 50+ people on the SBU team have proven, it's very possible and you have a team behind you who will support you in getting it all done.

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Employee of three years"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have been here for three years, and I can say this is hands down the best job I have ever had. Number one, I love the people I work with. The group of individuals that work at this company are smart, creative, fun, and incredibly supportive. Number two, this company has done a great job of laying out a career path for me. At my last job I was there for over five years, and never once did someone talk to me about where I wanted to go career wise. In my three years here, I have had two promotions, and each year I have had discussions of my goals and vision for the future. Lastly, I feel the company actually listens to my ideas. When I have had new ideas, my supervisor has always put me in front of people that can actually put them into place.

    Cons

    There are three things that come to mind as cons. You are busy. There is never a dull moment, and always things to do, new things to research, people to help. This leads to my second con, work life balance. If you come from a job where its a pretty easy gig and where you can come in late and leave early, this will not be that. You will need to have good time management skills and know how to handle a to do list. Final con, it's in Vancouver. My drive in each morning isn't terrible, but I did enjoy working in Portland.

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  7. Helpful (20)

    "Not recommended: reputation speaks for itself, don't expect it to be any different."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SBU Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audigy Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people are churned through there, so the short relationships with some of the fellow hirelings is a 'pro.'

    Cons

    Biggest challenge is dealing with a 'leadership' team that really doesn't have any leadership skills at all. It all trickles down from the owner who hypocritically preaches it but struggles with it himself ('both personally and professionally'). The owner really doesn't have any true friends because he's shady and burns everyone around him. Only ones that stick around are those that are young and enamored by dollar signs (with no decency to back it up). Any hope of good leadership that comes through there are quickly escorted away if ideas aren't in line with the owners, the Putin of small business if you will...

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    Audigy Group Response

    March 4, 2015Director, Talent Acquisition

    This is a hard post to respond to as it’s more of a personal attack than feedback on the employment experience. Regarding the so called fake reviews though, our team is full of passionate and dedicated people and their enthusiasm is apparent to anyone who spends time in our offices. It’s what initially attracts many people and the reason why many stay, grow, and thrive for years.

  8. Helpful (24)

    "Be Damned"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audigy Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company abides by standards enforced by OSHA, ADA, and compliance agencies. You will get a nice chair and desk to boot. Don't ask for more. A few on the leadership team are sincere. Alas, don't expect them to exhibit that sincerity unprompted.

    Cons

    I thought we were kind of on the same team. What I learned is that we are in the same league but not on the same team.

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    Audigy Group Response

    March 5, 2015Director, Talent Acquisition

    In addition to the nice chair and desk, I'd like to highlight a few other benefits provided. * Highly competitive insurance benefits * Free tickets to Moda Center and Memorial Coliseum Events * Paid volunteering opportunities during working hours (without using PTO) * Profit Sharing that has paid out every year * A chance to travel internationally and participate in Mission Trips providing free hearing care to the needy http://www.audigygroup.com/events/missions/ * Free gym memberships * 90% employee discount on hearing aids and a 40% discount for employee’s extended family * Employee Assistant Programs * Guest speakers like Jim Collins, John Maxwell, and Michael Gerber * Growth, advancement, and dozens of resources to develop * 3 to 4 weeks of PTO * 90 day on-boarding training * Incredible colleagues * Challenging work * Support to be great

  9. Helpful (27)

    "It's not personal, it's business."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audigy Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The mission of this company is inspiring and there are some great people that work here and all really care about the vision of the organization.

    Cons

    I'm remiss to post this review knowing that the employees of Audigy will most likely be subjected to nearly an hour of ranting from the CEO at the next quarterly meeting, mainly about how he couldn't care less about "what the haters have to say." But in the spirit of informing job seekers out there, it must be done. This company is built on a great premise, and years ago the CEO put together a rag-tag group of people that impressively got Audigy off the ground (don't worry, as a new employee you'll hear the story a dozen times in your first month). However, his reluctance to step aside and allow a senior leadership team that understands corporate business to take over is at the root of all their foibles. The CEO is a man-child with a high school diploma, refusing to quit playing office and allow his strong second-in-command, or any other qualified leader, take the reigns of the company. As a direct result of this, the company now suffers from a juvenile and spiteful culture. In addition to over-inflated titles (seriously, how are we all Managers??) and over-promised bonuses that never occur, the employees are subjected to a promotion system based on favoritism rather than merit, experience or performance. The abysmal work/life balance includes several business trips that take place over weekends, rather than during the week, and include sharing hotel rooms with coworkers (is that even legal?); two tidbits they fail to share with you in the interview process when asking if you're "willing to travel." The bait and switch that happens from the interview process to employment is pretty disgraceful, and is pretty indicative of most of the business practices happening at Audigy HQ.

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    Audigy Group Response

    March 4, 2015Director, Talent Acquisition

    Our philosophy on the recruiting team is to be as open as possible during recruitment to allow candidates to make the best decision for themselves and their family. We believe in educating candidates, being a resource to ensure all questions are answered, and setting expectations for the interview and employment process. With that goal in mind, we’re continuing to become as transparent as possible during the interview process and look forward to showcasing our Cultures and Values slide deck to help employees get a true feel for our values as an organization. It’s our hope that this and other initiatives will allow people who naturally align to our culture to be excited about our organization as well as helping people who do not naturally align to self-select out of the process. After all, our culture is not one size fits all and we’re getting better at identifying these natural fits and helping the people who don’t fit define and find the right culture for them. Regarding the business trips where our clients close their business to learn, develop, and grow in pursuit of their goals, the hours are long and the trips are challenging. Some of your many clients onsite will want to meet early in the morning over breakfast and others want to bond over drinks in the evening. This makes for long days and we are incredibly grateful for the support and dedication of our employees. It’s one of many reasons why we’re as proud of the people we work with as the services that provide.

  10. Helpful (26)

    "Everyone is expendable"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    For the first few months it seems like a great place to work, and then you see it for what it really is.

    Cons

    They sell Audigy and Stratus as "families" and that managment cares about your personal, professional, and financial goals, but it's all a farce. Very few departments have any work/life balance, and it's almost impossible to get promoted, but most people don't want to get promoted because it means pennies and having to deal with the worst management team I have ever encountered. And in general, pay is below the market, but they promise you comp and bonuses when you're hired that never come to fruition. Since I have been there, turnover has been exponential, but they just throw new people on the conveyor belt until they get chewed up too. The business model will work as long as members don't get angry about the turnover, since all of our revenue comes from manufacturer kickbacks from their hearing aid sales. The CEO is a jerk who desperately wants to be liked, but he is detested by everyone. His mandated "leadership" training is a joke because everyone knows that he doesn't practice what he preaches, and everyone also knows he came up with none of it, so he has no buy-in. He freaks out in public every time someone posts something negative on this site - even though it's all true. He really does ruin every quarterly staff meeting with his crazy ranting, at the last one he went on for thirty minutes constantly repeating how "he didn"t care" how people felt about him. It's embarassing. I mention the CEO because all of upper management was picked by him, and most of them are not good at what they do. Few have been managers before and they get away with a lot of questionable actions because this is a private company. And the CEO rules by fear and favoritism, and it funnels down through the ranks. I have been here long enough to know that it's not a healthy place. I am looking for a new job, and there are a lot of people who are doing the same.

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    Audigy Group Response

    March 2, 2015Director, Talent Acquisition

    The word “family” is a difficult term in business and there are times when a company has to make difficult decisions that would never occur in an actual family. In that sense, we’re a team not a family and it’s our goal to have talented, engaged, and committed teams. When someone underperforms, we have to cut for the betterment of the organization, but also for the team. The goal though is that everyone has a positive and deep relationship with the people that they work with. Relationships are two-way streets though and it requires staff Members to proactively develop relationships, something that is highly encouraged. In the end though, performance matters and can trump friendships and relationships as our mission of serving our Members (clients) will always come first. As the organization continues to mature, we’re committed to improving in the areas of work / life balance and rewards / recognition. As consultants, there will always be times when we need to serve our clients outside of normal working hours and it can easy to lose sight of the work / life balance that you and others are seeking. This is why we want employees to communicate their personal goals to their manager, work / life balance included; so that we can help you set parameters and boundaries.

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