Audigy Group

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Audigy Group Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
20 Reviews

3.1
20 Reviews
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Brandon M. Dawson
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Motivates you to take charge of your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA

    Pros

    When I first started working at Audigy, I was told I would be compensated accordingly when I proved what I could do. This has been true time and time again. I have been motivated and challenged to be better at what I do, to think beyond what I've thought possible of myself, and to deepen my team collaboration skills. The company wants you to continue to grow and be better, whether it's through leadership training, financial planning classes, tuition reimbursement programs, or encouraging all of us to establish our own goals.

    Cons

    This is not a job for everyone. I wouldn't recommend my job to half the people I know. I've managed to find a work-life balance with small children, but it's been challenging. To meet the status quo isn't good enough. The company will support you in achieving any of your goals even if they're not leadership-oriented, but you must have goals and work hard. It's not about long hours, it's about learning to be efficient, to be smart, to find the key that most people never figure out. If you want a job that doesn't come home with you, make you a better person, and help you grow, apply elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps allowing questions to be asked and answered publicly might help staff feel like management is being transparent and forthcoming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative and Forward Thinking

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart, dedicated, and highly innovative people work for Audigy. It's fast-paced and always evolving, so for people who thrive in this type of environment, it's the ultimate place to work. The management pushes for healthy competition within the workplace, supporting a team work vibe and culture. You are rewarded for being intentional, focused, and loyal while helping the members (clients) achieve their personal, professional, and financial goals. If the members grow, the company grows, and then the staff are compensated for it. It's a win-win-win!

    Cons

    Fast-paced and has a lot of moving parts. It's not for everyone. There are multiple verticals that operate cross-functionally and this can sometimes cause a balance of resources issue. If a potential employee is looking for just a "job" or to be in and out between 9am and 5pm...this isn't the place for them. We work hard because we are supporting the livihoods of many members across the country - they need us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at Audigy Group has been fantastic!

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy working at Audigy. It is a high paced and energy charged work environment. We collaborate well together as team's. Everyone really enjoys coming to work. The atmosphere is very positive and the Company provides a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    This is for people who are looking for a carrier and not just a job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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

    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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're selling a dream. So, it's important that you keep up the hype. I get that. At least cut down on labor costs for yourselves and stop wasting people's time by tailoring your recruiting efforts accordingly. You should not be looking for intelligent people who are truly innovative and wanting to make a difference. You should be looking for people who will conform to your version of non-conformity and operate within the narrow confines allotted them. What you're really looking for are salespeople - no more.
    Your turn over is already ridiculously high and is only going to increase. Of your current employees a dangerously high number are dissatisfied, but will not admit it for fear that they will be labeled a "negative Nelly". More specific advice: Let employee's focus on your clients (aka members) - reduce internal meeting time which is largely unproductive and lacking in follow-thru anyway. Hire a few people with the experience to lead...and give them the ability to do so. Companies with this level of dissatisfaction and turnover do not succeed. You are in a state of decline which should have been evident at the stage of hubris.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Looking ahead, work-like balance, training, promotion

    Cons

    travel, pay, time off,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be accessible

  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, WA

    Pros

    Somehow they seem to attract and hire a lot of smart people and the members are mostly grateful for the services that we supply to them.

    Cons

    Don't believe the hype. People are overworked and underpaid. High turnover rate and inexperienced managers keep morale low. Those reviews are 100% accurate.

    The CEO promotes himself relentlessly, considers himself a leadership guru, but is the worst leader ever.

    He is a snake oil salesman who came up with a unique business model that keeps the company profitable in spite of his reckless spending and ego-driven 'leadership' initiatives (thankfully the other two partners are fiscally responsible).

    CEO screams at people frequently, he plays favorites, he convinces interns to quit college then elevates them higher than upper management and lets them 'run' departments even though they are incapable - then experienced managers have to clean up their messes after getting yelled at by the CEO for not 'setting up' the teenagers 'for success'. In general, this guy has little to no buy-in from staff, and neither does his motley crew of teenage inexperienced 'leadership managers'.

    He can't even come up with his own leadership material, he videotapes himself ranting using other people's material then forces the entire company to 'voluntarily' watch the videos, and managers are told to enforce the watching. It's painful.

    When the CEO disappears for months, everything runs relatively smoothly. When he shows back up and decides to change company messaging or decides to start new 'verticals' -then the company goes into a tailspin morale-wise and the blaming and finger pointing accelerates on all levels. It's sad.

    Anyone who makes it to three years plays the game, meaning kissing up to the CEO or learning the random 'messaging' that makes no sense in the real world but means everything to Audigy corporate.

    Here's the thing - the CEO founded the company and he will never be very successful at his mediocre leadership training, so he will always come back to Audigy. He thinks he can duplicate this business model for other industries, but so far is failing miserably in the first 'vertical' for dental industry (yes, he is blaming and screaming at the people who work there like it's their fault).

    You want him to be successful somewhere else so that he will disappear, but it's not going to happen.

    If you do want to work at Audigy, there are jobs where you will never have to see him or be affected by his toxic strategies (except when he brings morale down at staff meetings), these departments include finance, bookkeeping, some marketing jobs and IT.

    It usually takes a few months to clue into the dysfunctional aspects of the company, most people stay longer because they want to have a job before quitting. But recently people have been just quitting without new jobs even though they are promised promotions and incentives to stay. That tells you how messed up this place is.

    At the end if the day, no matter how much you like your co-workers in your immediate departments and no matter how loyal you are to them, there are better paying jobs and less toxic work environments in the Vancouver/Portland areas, you just have to be patient and you will find them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to remove the CEO from the day-to-day operations of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great culture, amazing exposure and opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA

    Pros

    Unique business model. Internal promotions. 90-day training program with on-going opportunities to learn any skill set you're interested in. Balance of male and female leadership. Team building activities. Complete financial transparency to the entire company. Opportunities to travel to new places and get out of the rain. Focus on building relationships with Members as opposed to just transactions. Formal process in place for goal setting and annual reviews. No red tape. If you see a better way to do anything, prove that it works and you can change the company's old way of doing things!

    Cons

    Fast-paced. Always a new challenge to conquer every day because maintaining the status quo is not an option. Some employees are negative (those who don't like accountability)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on the culture of excellence.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Good People Working for Poorly Managed Company

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

    Pros

    In general, wonderful people to work with on a smaller team basis, gratifying to help our members with their businesses. Unique and successful business model, but only in the audiology space.

    Cons

    Don't believe the planted positive reviews. People are overworked and underpaid. The CEO is an egomanaic who preaches about leadership, yet shows up at staff meetings and tells everyone that they are unremarkable and don't work hard enough. Every time he shows up anywhere, morale goes down. Most of the top leaders have little to no management experience and it shows. As a result, turnover is way too high for such a small company. The CEO has created a climate of finger pointing and blaming when it comes to implementing the random messaging he comes up with every six months, and he only promotes people who regurgitate his nonsense and kiss his behind rather than promoting based on merit or experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convince the CEO to step down and let the other partners run the company. Stick with hearing aids and continue building a successful business instead of trying to expand unsuccessfully to other industries to satisfy the CEO's ego.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    If you're looking to achieve your personal, professional, and financial goals...You need to set the bar higher!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of interesting places to travel to and lots of good members to work with. Also, good people, but they never last long.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover rate! There are a lot of meaningless promotions handed out by senior staff. If you like "verticals" and self help books, then this is the place for you. If you are looking for a "career" that last longer than three years, then pass. Just like their Google Reviews, the first few are from honest employees. The rest are from senior managers conducting damage control and trying to improve their ranking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good leaders aren't determined by their "watch, shoes, pen, and what kind of car they drive". Spend more time focusing on why good people leave your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep striving to live up to Audigy's ideals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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