Audigy Group Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 13 Nov 2017

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  • "Today is my last day with Audigy Group(in 9 reviews)

  • "Thank you for fun and for the chance to work with great people(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance, industry changes, and some people are negative but I guess you can find that anywhere(in 9 reviews)

  • "Audigy Group isn't for everybody(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Rewarding place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Audigy Group full-time

    Pros

    Employee benefits are great. 401k match, they care about whether or insurance provider is easy to work with, cell phone reimbursement, gym membership, lots of company lunches and dinners, etc. Plus we get to travel often to meet with our members and it's nice to get out of the Vancouver weather often. Can't say enough about the people I work with caring about their work and their relationships.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, industry changes, and some people are negative but I guess you can find that anywhere.

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  2. Helpful (15)

    "No Work Life Balance"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  3. Helpful (6)

    "Perfect for Those Willing to Commit"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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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  4. 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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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Smart, fun, good people work here."

    4.0
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    • 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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  6. 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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    "Everyone is expendable"

    1.0
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    • 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.

  8. Helpful (26)

    "Masters of illusion - They are not what they appear to be."

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a good place for people who need to get their foot in the door and build their resume. It would be a great fit for a younger, inexperienced college grad or someone who likes a call center type of environment -- lots of high fiving, hooting and hollering, party's and social time. There is no decision making or true strategy needed for the consultant positions (SBU Managers). This is a pro for the inexperienced and a con for those wanting to utilize their skills and actually perform a service. The first 3 months is an amazing high full of learning and morale boosting exercises. You'll feel like you've found a wonderful secret...and you'll want to share it with everyone.

    Cons

    It will be obvious to anyone who has worked at Audigy that the 4 and 5 star ratings for this company on Glass door were created by HR or the "Executive team". Therein lies one of the biggest "cons" of this company - nothing is what it seems. They are masters of illusion...experts in sales. And, don't let them fool you -- it is ALL about sales. Trumped up titles are given to people who typically lack the experience commensurate with those titles. It's difficult to find people who can answer questions partly because turnover is so high and partly because processes/policies/positions/even office locations change constantly without any consistent or clear communication. Absolute chaos that they will have you believe is by design. I notice that a common complaint is lack of "work/life balance" and being "overworked and underpaid". It's true that there is no way you'll succeed without putting in an average of at least 50-60 hrs/week. That doesn't bother me. The issue is that most of that time is spent doing tedious/mundane work such as data entry and mindless/repetitive/unproductive busy body work. You'll notice red flags right away, but will push them out of your mind. Within 6 months you'll know you made a mistake, but will probably stay on for quite a while longer while searching for a job or extending the time you can later attribute to this position on your resume.

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    Audigy Group Response

    March 2, 2015Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your comments and you make some good points. Our recruiting process needed to be improved and has been redone. Reducing turnover remains a key focus of the organization. With that said, not all turnover is bad. We have a commitment to our engaged employees to not allow uncommitted people to stay. That’s how we have great teams of high performers. Now we recognize that turnover is difficult and impacts personal relationship so this will always be a focus. It’s also why we continue to improve hiring practices, performance management, on-boarding and training, and rewards and recognition program. In terms of the “busy body work,” you’re right, there are elements of that in every position in the company. From the President to an Administrator. As an early staged company, we simply do not have the luxury of delegating this work to a support team. The majority of employee’s energy and effort though is dedicated to helping our Members (clients) and our teams achieve their goals and we believe this is a noble purpose. After all, we’re helping people who have grinded and struggled for years suddenly achieve a higher level of success. When you’re on a team that can help someone achieve a break-through moment, there is no greater feeling. We understand the amount of focused energy and effort it takes to help our Members achieve growth. As such, we’re committed to reducing the amount of unnecessary meetings and tasks and have made great strides in this area. We still have work to do and are committed to getting it right. In terms of the culture, we believe in blending work and play and developing great friendships with the people we work with. The positive energy that we have in the organization is contagious and a large reason why is we make time to have fun at work.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Extremely Dynamic Company and Culture that is more a force of nature and not for the faint of heart!"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Audigy offers a opportunity to profoundly impact small business owners all over the country by providing a depth of expertise they would not have had access to on their own. Extremely talented and dedicated work force that believes profoundly in the mission of the company and in spending their work life knowing that what they are doing is bigger than selling a widget. We are standing with small business owners against the big box retailers and corporations and for many of us that is what gives us a charge in going to work everyday. No two days are ever the same, we move incredibly fast and we are not slowing down anytime soon, thank the powers that be.

    Cons

    This is not a company for people looking simply to put in their time, cash a check and call it a day. Audigy is not a job its a career, a purpose. The demands are high, because they have to be to be of value our clients, but for those that thrive in that environment and have a bring it on attitude its never a dull moment. In terms of work life balance I can honestly say that you get out of Audigy exactly what you put in, if you are looking to fast track up then yes more hours are required but if your focus is outside of AG that is fine just give them everything you have while you are here for 40 hours.Yes there are days that are incredibly frustrating but their are also days that you leave knowing what you have done may have changed the course of the company or it's clientele and I defy anyone to show many companies who do that.

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    Audigy Group Response

    March 2, 2015Director, Talent Acquisition

    We couldn’t have said it better ourselves and thank you for your comments and commitment.

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