Bang & Olufsen Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Modern Age Slavery

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

    I worked at Bang & Olufsen (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Free beer and bagels at the corporate office

    Cons

    Abysmal company morale, oppressively stressful working environment and nightmarishly complicated procedures for what should be basic everyday tasks. Constantly at the receiving end of complaints and insults from pretentious and obnoxiously materialistic customers with no grasp or concern for the other 99.99% of the world. Frivolously wasteful, offensively self aggrandizing and needlessly exclusive company culture focused on generally unattainable products and overly complex methods and procedures that ultimately do not matter to anyone anywhere outside of the ultra weathy clients that more often than not get treated with disrespect from store employees. With the exception of several people in this company I have never experienced such a terrible culture or uncomfortable working environment. This job made me so irritable, negative and unapproachable that my family hates the fact that I worked there for so long. Additionally, the overpriced, supposedly cutting edge top-of-the-line products are literally garbage. It is shocking how many materials get wasted, how un-user-friendly the equipment is and how many clients have negative experiences with B&O. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

    Advice to Management

    Terminate the staff. Seriously. Fire everyone to liberate the countless emotionally trapped and mentally shackled employees from this modern age slavery.


  2. Brand Specialist

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

    I have been working at Bang & Olufsen full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product when available. Potential to develop skills in sales and make big commissions. Flexibility

    Cons

    Management, company organization. Extremely low employee morale. Lack of motivation or incentive to perform your best. Sometimes extremely rude customers. Terrible place to work. Would not recommend.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate your employees, support them and development pride in your company.


  3. Totally out of touch with their customers

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

    I worked at Bang & Olufsen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The product developers have high ideals.

    Cons

    Total arrogance with regards to customer concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and listen to your clients, you do certain things so well. If you do not listen to your customers you WILL go bust. Forget BeoPlay and concentrate on your core values and please look after your franchisees, as at the moment they seem so de-motivated when I visited them.


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  5. Bang & Olufsen Automotive Software Entwicklung

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Entwicklung in Pullach i. Isartal (Germany)
    Former Employee - Software Entwicklung in Pullach i. Isartal (Germany)

    I worked at Bang & Olufsen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Da es eine dänische Firma ist haben Sie sehr viel Verständnis für Familie. So ist es problemlos möglich Home Office zu machen. Dies auch sehr kurzfristig wenn z.B. ein Kind krank wird. Entwickler Kollegen sind sehr nett, teamfähig und kooperativ über alle Standorte hinweg (leider wird diese Kooperation sehr stark durch dark management behindert).

    Cons

    - Keine klare Organisationsstruktur - sehr viele Manager kommen aus dem spezailisten Bereich und haben schlechte Soft Skill Fähigkeiten. - Line Manager nehmen ihre Aufgabe als people manager nicht wahr und verfolgen lieber noch ihr Steckenpferd und interferieren stark in die Arbeit der Entwickler hinein. - Projektpläne sind rudimentär - sehr viele "fire fighting" Aktionen - kein mittel- oder langfristiges Denken vorhanden

    Advice to Management

    Ratio von Manager zu Entwicklern ist schlecht. Keine konvergenz in der mittleren Management Ebene (Line, Project Manager und Technical Project Manager). Massive Reduzierung und neu Besetzung dieser Ebene würde sehr viel Energien freisetzen.


  6. Helpful (1)

    90 Years of History & Poor American Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Bang & Olufsen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Terrific Products which have always lead the competition in terms of innovation and beauty. Many of the people on the ground really care about their customers and the product they are selling, and it usually shines through in great customer service at the store level. You get to deal with clients who are equally passionate about the product, many of whom have lived with and purchased it since the 70s and even earlier. The legacy of the company is staggering, which is why my "cons" section is so very sad.

    Cons

    In the course of three years we went through that many "CEO's". Human Resources is out of touch with employee pain and suffering at the hands of area managers who seem to be given carte blanche to demean, mismanage and generally treat store employees like trash. This seems to have created a web of fear wherein employees are unable to do the most basic of tasks without worrying they will be written up for the most ridiculous and petty infractions. There is one area manager in particular who seems to be continually promoted despite losing four stores and twice that many employees who quit because they could not bear to be around this individual. Sadly, this manager is not the only inept middle-manager who seems stuck in the 80s form of “supervision.” Corporate constantly makes excuses for these individuals, primarily stating they are needed for their “skills” and “knowledge”. In the meantime the backbone of the company, the salesforce is leaving. I know for a fact many of the top salespeople who were there last week have left, and if they haven’t they are looking for another job that is more stable. At the end of the day this is a luxury goods company, and the clients should come first. This is not what happens here. It seems customer service would rather be recently left at the wayside in the favor of short-term “profit”, leaving longtime customers to become angry and confused. For a company which has been around for 90 years this is astounding to me. Unless B&O wakes up and realizes that only with great customer service FIRST will the big profits FOLLOW, they might not reach age 100.

    Advice to Management

    More than half of corporate offices recently was let go, but all the WRONG people were fired!! Talk to the employees at the bottom level and find out what your stores really need to suceed and why you are failing. Stop listening to HR representatives who helped lead the company to its current state of decline and have ZERO experience in the technology industry. Seriously why is an HR representative making policy regarding the sales programs in the stores when they don't even know the names of the product or how they work? Put that individual back in their cubicle to cut the paychecks.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Store Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Casablanca (Morocco)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Casablanca (Morocco)

    I have been working at Bang & Olufsen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    acquiring commercial skills. a client portfolio.

    Cons

    No evolution in terms of skills acquired,nor of salary.


  8. Fun, but with no possibility to get education

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Consulent in Struer (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Test Consulent in Struer (Denmark)

    I have been working at Bang & Olufsen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well. You have free hands a lot of the way, to form your work situation like you wan't it. There is a lot of new tech. so you are always facing cool products

    Cons

    You can't "grow" in B&O, I've been working there for 7 years, without opportunity to go develop my education, due to cost. Projects are starting as "great" but goes to "okay" because off budget cuts. The last years I've had to "deffend" B&O, every time i talk with someone and they find out I'm from B&O Firering rounds 1-2 times every year (for the last 7 years)

    Advice to Management

    Spend money in your staff. invest in HR, people working for B&O Struer are getting mad, because they work like hell for the company, but is never thanked, and doesn't evolve


  9. Danish Audio Video

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bang & Olufsen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, exciting products and an excellent team of employees. Customers come from a variety of social economic backgrounds which make the interactions interesting.

    Cons

    Compensation growth is almost nonexistent, glass ceiling if you are not of Danish Decent. Company continually misses launch dates and then does not have the production capacity to put product on the shelf.

    Advice to Management

    Stop launching new products unless you can have the inventory to sell immediately after launch, otherwise build inventory then launch. People don't want to wait.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Steady

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

    I have been working at Bang & Olufsen full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product, and you meet some of the most amazing people in NYC and beyond. You also get to see ridiculous homes in the NY area. If you're on the technical side of things, you can get involved with top-tier integration of high end audio video products in people's homes

    Cons

    Typical corporate problems. All the crap flows down river, no one listens, blah blah blah. It's a big company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your senior sales people, who make up the majority of the sales numbers you post, like they were brand new employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A place of opportunity, community, and professional advancement within the field.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bang & Olufsen

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent support from higher-ups, and pretty good health benefits.

    Cons

    In order to really see money in this company from a commission pov, you need to be be here at least 2-3+ years before the money really begins to come in.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more one on one product tutorial rather than just relying on computer training and reading material as the manuals can seem overwhelming and/or boring and there is a lot of useless knowledge in the online training program.



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