Audigy Group Reviews

Updated 12 Mar 2020

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Audigy Group CEO, Managing Member Brandon M. Dawson (no image)
Brandon M. Dawson
42 Ratings
  1. Helpful (22)

    "WOW! Amazing turnaround in the past 2 months or FAKE REVIEWS? You be the judge."

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

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

    Pros

    There are LOTS of intelligent, dedicated people that work in this company and in this industry and deserve recognition (not that they will get any). The members are extraordinary, hard-working people.

    Cons

    You don't have to be a genius to read these reviews and know what's at play here. The second Dawson (CEO) knew he was getting slammed on Glassdoor he sent his minions to lean on people and "strongly suggest" to post positive reviews (all of them in the past 2 months). Even in those fake reviews you can see people talking about this egomaniac's ranting during company meetings and how bent out of shape he has become over the negative reviews. If you are looking for employment, this is not the place. READ BETWEEN THE LINES in the positive reviews. "I have 16 hour days but I love it"; "This is not for everyone"; "challenging"; "pushed out of my comfort zone"; "control your passion".

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  2. Helpful (13)

    "Overmounting Work Load, Poor Pay & Unfulfilled Promises"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audigy Group

    Pros

    Good first job for hungry fresh out of college graduates. Good Benefit Package

    Cons

    Incompetent and Out of Touch Management Team Starting new companies (variables) without first putting a solid business model plan in place. (i.e. AVG, Stratus & Audigy Medical) High Turnover Nepotism is rampant Salary is way below the job reponsibilities and duties and hours work Employee is accountable for Audigy Group's Member (customers) bad business choices, poor spending & cash management practices which is beyond your control and is reflected in your job performance.

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  3. Helpful (7)

    "Great company with incredible opportunities for growth."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Marketing Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audigy Group

    Pros

    The training and career progression is incredible at Audigy Group. I started my career there right out of college and grew in a short period of time to lead a team. They are supportive, progressive, cutting-edge, and savvy in their growth. They offer an amazing benefits package.

    Cons

    The only downside of working here was that they are located in Vancouver and unfortunately I needed to be in Seattle. They do not offer bonuses for the execution side of the business but more for the strategic employees.

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  4. Helpful (8)

    "Smart, fun, good people work here."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I've worked at Audigy Group for over 2 years. During that time, I've been fortunate to work with some truly great people. One of the trends you will see in all reviews for Audigy Group is the quality of the people that call the company home. Its true -- I've made friendships here that will last a lifetime. These are smart people who are genuinely interested in learning and doing their absolute best. I work in the marketing department and have over 20 years of experience in marketing. One of my personal joys is teaching others and sharing what I know and by and large my coworkers are always anxious to learn new things. My supervisor (she would hate that word) recognized this early on and she has given me the opportunity to do that as much as I like, which is awesome. Maybe I've just been fortunate to get face time with senior management but I've always found them to be reasonable, good people. I've never been shut down when presenting my views on either my job or my opinion of the company, in fact just the opposite has been true. I realize not everyone has these same opportunities, but take a chance and voice concerns you have to them -- you might be surprised at their willingness to hear you out. The last point that comes to mind for the "Pros" category to me would be trust. I feel trusted to do my job. This is huge for me because I hate being micromanaged, and I'm not.

    Cons

    I don't have the work-life balance issues of some of the other folks who have posted reviews, but my role within the company is very different than most. I do lament that sometimes our collective focus is set on keeping up with the daily demands of the job and not as much on innovating for the future. But I've worked in lots of places where that has been the case. It is a fine balance to be kept. There have been numerous comments about recognition. Sometimes the contributions of people on smaller teams goes unnoticed but this is a fairly large company and I don't think its an intentional thing. Promotions here are based not off just job execution but also adherence to leadership philosophies that the company teaches. I guess I'd describe it as a meritocracy+ in that, yeah you have to do a good job but you also need to demonstrate certain qualities in the way you lead others. I feel this might be a little subjective, but its not outrageous or anything. Either you accept this or don't but it is what it is. You also may need to cheerlead for yourself a bit. Last "Con" is its in Vancouver and I live in Beaverton! That's right, i drive over an hour one way to work each day. But i guess you could flip that around and call it a "Pro" because i still do it anyway.

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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Awesome for some, poor choice for others"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audigy Group for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are wonderful - always warm, friendly, and helpful. Snacks are sometimes set out for all - sometimes just because someone felt like bringing in bagels or donuts or something, and surprisingly often it's something the company president's family decided to make and share. The company tries to open plenty of opportunities for employees to learn and grow beyond their positions. Company goal is to help medical practitioners, which along with paid volunteer time, helps a worker feel good about themselves.

    Cons

    There is a lot about the "company culture" - especially the CEO - that rubs many people the wrong way. "Drink the Koolaid" jokes are quiet, but common. The company's attempts to help people grow often places inexperienced people in positions of power, and some of the company's hardest workers sometimes go unnoticed and unrewarded. There are numerous processes for numerous things, but they often aren't known about and are prone to sudden changes.

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  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Helpful (23)

    "Over promise, under deliver"

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

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

    Pros

    There are not many places were the customer you are delivering service to will be more appreciated than here. Their customers or "members" as they called them are hard working private practice individuals. The members understand the value of time and effort employees put into their practices. The suite at the Rose Garden is another huge plus and the health insurance is great.

    Cons

    In order for Audigy to success, it has to realize that you cannot promote individuals that have no real world experience. There are numerous employees that are promoted to seniors or directs that lack the ability to work with a diverse set of individuals. This cause is directly from these promoted employees having little to no external work experience. Brandon Dawson gives employees 45-60 minute speeches at every single quarterly staff meeting. Telling them about how amazing it is to be able to grow employees internally. That these individuals are the leaders of tomorrow. LOOK BEYOND THE PLATO MOLDED PEOPLE BRANDON!!!! There are a lot of hard working people who love the members so much but are managed by individuals that cannot manage them properly. These leaders aren't serving your members at the level you want them to. Trust me as a former employee I know.

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    Audigy Group Response

    March 4, 2015Director, Talent Acquisition

    We’re sorry to hear that your experiences were negative during your tenure. We place a high importance on leadership and have taken many steps to better ensure a positive and productive relationship between employees and managers. Our goal with recurring 1 on 1 meetings with a manager is to make sure you have the support needed to achieve a higher level of success. The benefit of sharing your personal, professional, and financial goals with your manager is to support and assist your growth and development. As strong leadership is a founding principle and core value of the organization, I wish you would have voiced these concerns during your tenure as we would have been very committed to the process. One our end, it also sounds like we need to provide employees with more opportunities to have these discussions. We thank you for your feedback and look forward to improving in these areas.

  9. Helpful (27)

    "Bizarre actions of senior management"

    1.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Membership Development 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits were ok, hours were somewhat flexible.

    Cons

    The largest turnover I have ever seen in my career, 50% in 4 months. A revolving door of employees should be an enormous red flag to management but they seemed to be either oblivious or just plain not care. Interesting for a company that counsels other businesses on how to run theirs. The sales goals were not realistic.

    Audigy Group Response

    March 4, 2015Director, Talent Acquisition

    The turnover that you mentioned and experienced was isolated to a single department of less than 10 employees that needed to be restructured. This restructuring did cause turnover which we take very seriously but in the end, we are obligated to our employees and Members to operate in the most effective way possible. While we had to separate for business reasons, I hope you found the separation itself to be compassionate and supportive as those are our goals when these difficult times occur.

  10. 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.

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