Audigy Group Reviews

Updated 12 Mar 2020

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Audigy Group CEO, Managing Member Brandon M. Dawson (no image)
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  1. Helpful (32)

    "No kool-aid drinker"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Anonymous Truther in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audigy Group

    Pros

    Nice places for "conferences" that teach you to be a con artist.

    Cons

    Where do I even begin? My experiences with this company have changed my very core beliefs - for the negative. This company made me change directions in the field of Audiology. I will never again work in private practice because I have been exposed to the gutters of our profession. Audigy unfortunately discovered that Audiology has some egos that love to be stroked. And with their "party-style" conferences, they are stroked. Sickeningly. The CEO is an egotistical "leadership guru" who somehow feels that teaching hearing professionals (MANY WITH DOCTORATES) to be nothing more than a slimy used-car salesman is a way to make a living. My first experience with the company was at a "technology summit" where I learned much less about current hearing aid technologies and much more about how to rip off little old ladies and men to purchase the high-end technologies and make a bigger profit. That is not why I went into this profession. I was assigned to an SBU group and learned very quickly that my abilities as a caring professional and its growth was unimportant, only my sales mattered, which made me sick. I was taught the "patients for life" protocols and encouraged to use the software created to lead patients through their appointment. I have to admit, I initially liked the software until I realized it was all simply leading to a climax of convincing every patient that they needed only the highest end, and therefore most expensive hearing instruments. Even patients who clearly could not afford even mid-grade instruments were supposed to leave with financing in hand, purchasing our most expensive pair. My immediate boss had completely drank the Kool-Aid and we were regularly having meetings about leadership and "team building", where we continuously were reading through the CEO's recommended book lists --- all "yes you can" kind of books. Owners of hearing clinics were encouraged to "aim high" with their hearing aid sales expectations, many unrealistic for the typical population seen. If daily sales expectations were not met, respected professionals could go ahead and worry about their job future at that company. Even for "members", the company model encouraged much more than a 40 hour workweek with no extra pay. It was all to benefit the team. Long hours, poor pay. To take the cake, patient care is thrown by the wayside, while Audigy will quickly tell you just the opposite, that this is their very core of business. It's a lie...all a lie. As an audiologist...I'm telling you to run. Run so far. If you care about people and aren't looking for diamonds. Run. Brandon and Mason - Worry less about your wardrobe and cars. Look at your company crumbling at your feet. Dad can only save you so many times.

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    Audigy Group Response

    June 1, 2015Director, Talent Acquisition

    We’re sorry that you had this type of experience. There’s no question that sales in the medical profession is a difficult job that balances the ethical treatment of patients with the financial responsibilities of business and we wish we could have supported you through this process better. We were very upfront though that this position focused on the dispensing of technology in a private practice setting as a part of complete patient care. This was included in the description of the position and was discussed at every part of the interview process. We also discussed the necessary level of commitment for this type of position so I’m surprised to hear there was such a disconnect. I do take exception to your comments that we teach Doctors of Audiology to treat their patients with anything less than utmost respect. Otherwise, our providers would not have the professional affiliations, accolades and patient base with hundreds of thousands of satisfied people across the country that they do. We believe in educating our patients and allowing them to select the right level of technology for their unique needs. From your post, it’s clear that we were not a match professionally and that we share different values and goals. That’s okay and we have no doubt that you will continue to be successful in your career and wish you the absolute best on your journey. As the head of our recruiting team, I’d like to apologize for your experience as we were not able to mutually determine that we were not a match during the interview process and that is our responsibility.

  2. Helpful (7)

    "Great company, great people, great leadership"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group

    Pros

    Working for a company who cares about their employees, their members and their members teams! This is exemplified in everything we do! Working with and for a leadership team who recognizes and elevates team members who are committed and serious about doing their job and adding value. Another "pro" is working for a company who isn't afraid to promote team members who actually demonstrate leadership and commitment through results, versus my previous job where people got promoted based on time and relationships. This concept is obviously hard for under performers to grasp, as they are the ones who keep posting negative reviews. If you work at Audigy and read the negative posts, they are almost laughable if they weren't so intentionally destructive. The poster, or posters are doing nothing more then trying to defer and deflect their own ineptness, laziness, and failures by blaming management or their peers for why they keep getting passed over for promotions, heard or taken serious by others. It's clear that the person or persons posting are bitter, jealous and hateful. They are only trying to undermine everyone else because they would rather make up stories and lies about our people and company, then just leave and do something different with their career. Here is a hint to prove that these negative posts are truly the ones that are FAKE, just look at Audigy Groups results! Consistent and consecutive growth for 10 straight years! Recognized and awarded "Top workplace of the year" "Americas fastest growth" awards recognized nationally by INC magazine for 7 consecutive years! Audigy Group has more recognition and awards for success then any company that I have ever worked for. At my last job, the company wouldn't even contribute to my 401k, but every year I have worked at Audigy Group, it has contributed a significant amount of money into a profit share plan for all employees, even during the downturn in the economy years. In my opinion, Audigy Group, lead by a leadership team who takes an active interest in its employees success, has the historical proof that it is committed to those who are equally committed to Audigy Groups mission, "to serve our members"

    Cons

    Workload can be overbearing sometimes. Working in an environment where everyone (almost everyone) does whatever it takes, however long it takes to support Audigys members. This can create a work life imbalance at times. Although this is our personal choice to do this in order to best serve our members. Working for a company who cares so much about their employees and believes in "developing" them, that sometimes it gets in the way of removing people who just should go. Like the person or people who would rather post negative remarks and complain versus just leave. One can only question the ethics and morality of any individual posting lies, spreading false rumors, and intentionally trying to damage Audigy Group and it's leadership teams reputation while taking a paycheck, annual profit share and accessing great benefits from the company. Here is a concept; if you don't like being here, leave. Stop taking up resources and opportunities from the rest of us!

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  3. Helpful (12)

    "Incredible, growth oriented company."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Vice President in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group

    Pros

    I have worked for Audigy Group for over 8 years. I started in the early years, the "bootstrap, believe in the mission, and we'll figure it" out days. Maybe that gives me a different appreciation for what we have built and how far we've come, different from others. I know a few things to be true in my tenure at Audigy Group. 1) We are not perfect yet we strive to be. 2) I have never worked in another organization that prides itself on growing leaders, finding solutions, and rewarding achievement better than this one, and 3) we have some of the best people, hands down, that we work with both at the corporate level and our Members (clients). We are united by a common mission, to add value to others, helping them achieve their goals through their business. I have learned so much over the last 8 years and continue to give it my all as I know there is room to grow, and learn more. I won't dignify some of the ridiculous comments on this site with a response. I have found that when people's egos get in the way, there is no rational thought that can save them. This company is not right for everyone, and it's perfect for the right people. If you want to be around great leaders, teammates, energy and opportunity, come pop in and check us out.

    Cons

    There are always cons to a fast growing company. Sometimes we move too fast and, as a result, things get missed. Sometimes we may get a little ahead of ourselves or take a while to recognize a mistake. That's life, we deal with it, learn, grow, and adapt. The culture here is a very special, unique one and the pros far outweigh the cons.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Flexible and high energy."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexibility with my schedule. Everyone has a great attitude on my team and are a joy to work with.

    Cons

    Medium - heavy workloads and can be a lot to manage.

  5. Helpful (9)

    "Comfort Zones are Boring"

    5.0
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    • 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 (15)

    "No Work Life Balance"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working there is quite a learning experience. Everyone wears multiple hats so a person is exposed to many different things and can grow leaps and bounds if they like.

    Cons

    The TL;DR version is that this company is full of drama, false security, and falling wages. People are expected to work every waking hour, including weekends because there aren't enough hands to get the work done. They hire inexperienced people for whom this is a first job more often than not and so they make an extreme amount of legal and industry mistakes and thus spend a majority of their time and money putting out fires rather than hiring enough people to do the job. The longer version is here: Problem is people wear too many hats and there is no work life balance. Sixty hours seemed like a minimum work week and weekends were certainly not off bounds. People practicably live together for the duration of their employment so it makes for lots of interpersonal drama in the office. They hire all young and inexperienced people in their field so they can keep the pay below average. Because this is the first job for most people, and they don't have that experience, many mistakes are made across the board that someone more veteran would have been able to spot a mile away and prevent from happening at all. You may be looking here and seeing that recently there are a ton of good reviews and all of the bad reviews are before that and think the company has turned around. I'm here to tell you that isn't the case. The owner got up in front of the company at one point and ranted for nearly an hour about the ungrateful people who chose to complain rather than make their career a success. He was ranting because the glassdoor reviews had been brought to his attention and he really doesn't understand why people would complain. Since then, management has been leaning on internal employees to boost their glassdoor ratings artificially. Current employees are "highly encouraged" to leave a review and it is implied that if they leave a bad one their job may be on the line. The owner gets up and rants in front of the company every time they give him the mic and it is downright embarrassing. One of the other things he got up in front of the company and said was that they'd never be like those other companies that over hire and have to later cut those positions. Well, that turned out to be a false sense of security since in the last few months they've done just that, cut at least 5% of the total positions at the company, and people who worked them. This is not a stable place to work. On top of all that, labor laws do not seem to mean a whole lot to this company. One previous employee actually got a phone call while she was on maternity leave telling her that she was being demoted. They're now being sued for that. Two other employees, and their entire team knew weeks in advanced that they were being let go because their manager had it published for the whole world to see. That manager had all sorts of information open so they could see what the reasoning behind each departure was and who all had performance improvement plans. In other words, a bunch of people's private information was left open for the world. The only reason for letting one of the people go was that this person was making the most money in their department. If they hired again, it would be at a lower rate. There's another lawsuit going on about that. In other words, the pay isn't that great and it is going down even more.

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "Perfect for Those Willing to Commit"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been employed by Audigy Group since 2010. Over the course of my career, I've held several positions in a couple of states. I can honestly write that I've never been happier than I have been working at Audigy Group. It's important to me that my time is spent doing something that's truly impactful, adding value for those I serve and for those I work. I feel that kind of dedication is met with tremendous appreciation here. I'm very happy with my level of compensation, I have terrific benefits (including a free gym membership) and I work with wonderful people. It's a perfect place to work to those of us who want to stretch and grow. There's a learning culture like no other, and the work is always challenging. I admit, it's not for the faint of heart, and it's not for someone simply looking for a paycheck, or who feels "entitled" to a seat just because they've spent 4-6 years in college and have a diploma on the wall. It's fast-paced, it can be hectic, it can be difficult. But those efforts are commended and rewarded.

    Cons

    It's fast-paced (which is actually a 'plus'); but sometimes the load can be a bit heavy, and for some positions, the work/life balance is off-kilter. The employees seem expected to make personal sacrifices in the interest of those served.

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "Long term employee"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management team is very focused on employees achieving their goals. The phrase "willing to invest in employees that are willing to invest in themselves" is used frequently in this organization and the team has held true to this. You may have to get out of your comfort zone, but if there is something you want to accomplish, they will help you do so. I've never worked for an organization that was so focused on their vision and mission which makes it very easy to see what you need to do to be successful. Some of the down right nasty reviews on here from past or current employees are obviously from people that are not a good cultural fit for the company. Not that there is anything wrong with them, just that it is not the right place for them.

    Cons

    It is an ambitious, agile company. Always has been, always will be. With that, there sometimes is confusion, mis-steps, or changes of direction. I don't know if we ever get out of that mode but pro-actively looking for ways to minimize the impact would help.

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    "Employee of three years"

    5.0
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    • 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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  10. Helpful (11)

    "For those who want to hear both sides"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Marketing in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Audigy Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I've spent the past 10 years as a part of the Audigy team. My first four years were in what is now known as the Strategic Business Unit (SBU) team as a Marketing Manager. Those were the start-up days: full of optimism, bootstrap effort, late nights and rapid growth. As someone who experienced that unique start-up, "Audigy-family" culture, I can understand how it wouldn't be the right fit for everyone. That being said, we have grown, we have added outside perspectives, and we have evolved while hoping to maintain that indescribable feeling you get when you realize work can be more than just a paycheck. The fact of the matter is, Audigy is the right fit for the majority of our 250 employees. Come visit us-- you'll see that it is evident on our faces. It is evident in the quality of work we're doing. It is evident in the way we treat each other. Contrary to some of the other personal opinions shared, we have a great deal of respect for each other regardless of personal tastes in leadership books, speaking styles, cars, watches, etc!

    Cons

    As you would expect, I have days where I have to pinch myself and days where I have to take an Advil or two! It is hard work starting a company. It is hard work supporting small business owners who face fierce competition. It is hard work inspiring people to get out of their comfort zone. It is even harder work pushing myself to get out of my own comfort zone! My sincere perspective is that Audigy has great expectations of and for individuals like myself. It hasn't been easy. But I wouldn't trade my experiences here for anything because I am proud of what I have accomplished and proud of the people I work for and with.

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