Polk Audio Reviews

Updated May 25, 2015
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  1. Company who lost their direction

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Polk Audio full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed dress code with extremely flexible hours. Company loves to give away free product to get their employees excited about something new. They also feed their employees well.

    Cons

    No career advancement opportunities, senior management (they are owned by DEI Sales, inc, who also owns brands like Viper/Clifford/etc and are based in California) has no idea about the rich history that the baltimore office (where Polk was born and has remained for all 42 years of its existence) has and how much the people there do.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring so many "directors" and hire more people who do the work and make the money. So many 6 figure salaries with people who have absolutely no clue on what to do. You need to hire more smart Indians and less money-sucking Chiefs.


  2. Company Losing Focus

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polk Audio full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    great people, interesting products possible

    Cons

    Company controlled by bankers, value of engineering diminished, all growth is in California, Baltimore office is losing out, no longer speaker company, management focus on low end high volume "crap" trying to leverage brand name

    Advice to Management

    return the culture to what made the company great, engineering great quality audio products


  3. Sales associate bwi

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polk Audio part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Laid back, typically an enjoyable job

    Cons

    No communication with the office, you're typically by yourself, breaks are hard to come by

    Advice to Management

    Incentives would be nice, it's hard to work in such a draining environment


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  5. Engineering at Polk

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Polk Audio full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, very informal (people often wear shorts in the summer). Great appreciation for engineers and what we mean to the company.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, and a tendency to pigeon-hole people into a job. To "compensate" for relaxed environment, pay isn't particularly competitive. Got more "corporate" after DEI buyout.

    Advice to Management

    Give people more opportunity to grow and develop, and pay them what they're worth or you'll keep loosing them.


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    away from this comany!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polk Audio full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, free parking, non smoking, having AC and bathroom on site, make a lot of noise

    Cons

    old technology, poor management, poor leadership, no respect, would not listen to you , no future


  7. Good Place to work with interesting people and products

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Polk Audio

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    casual environment great products respectful of family obligations fair pay Good customer service practices

    Cons

    communication on product changes website behind on current products when pay is static like the past few years product samples would be nice


  8. A really great place to work, others treat you like family and truly care about each other

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Polk Audio

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Non Smoking. Long tenure average 10 years allowed freedom to do work as long as it is completed on time. no critisizing. friendly helpful learn new things. freedom to experiement. Quality customer service....#1

    Cons

    Owned by DEI Holdings. Poor 401k match. medical insurance expensive and less coverage every year DEI management is only concerned about the share holders return (Senator Daryl Issa) Public info. not concernerned as much about the product quality as profit.

    Advice to Management

    Think more about the people that make Polk work and the customers and product quality than dollars it's a slippery slope we are on.


  9. Lots of opportunity to learn and take on responsibility, but limitations of a small company.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Polk Audio

    Pros

    Polk has a very laid back culture. There are a little less than 100 employees right now, which means you can take on a lot of responsibility (i.e. assignments) and learn many new things. Baltimore is an affordable city with plenty to do. It's a fun job and there's a lot of camaraderie.

    Cons

    There are limitations to working in such a small company. First, you don't have the brand recognition of a large company on your resume. Second, there is not much room for growth. If you want to be promoted, you need to take your boss' job. Salaries are modest.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is competent enough to maintain the business, but they have a hard time growing it. They don't want to leave their comfort zones to take on any risk. But that may be slowly changing.


  10. Polk Audio has great people, but Managers can make life miserable.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Polk Audio

    Pros

    Casual Work Environment, Free Parking, Like a Family, great people, small place where you will know everyone.

    Cons

    A lot of layoffs, poor management, poor leadership, people in jobs because they have been there so long, not because they know their job. Constantly cutting benefits and no raises or bonuses in years. Parent company took over and changed whole dynamic. People working so hard without recognition. Certain managers cause too much drama. HR is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and let them do their jobs that they went to school for and worked so hard for. Innovation is good, not a scary gorilla sitting in a room. Provide employee reviews more often so people know how they are doing. Use positive reenforcement instead of punishing hiccups that don't happen very often.


  11. Fun place to work, benefits and products could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polk Audio

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back place to work, free or reduced cost product samples, occasional cookouts and parties, name brand recognition. Occasional raffles for tickets to local events, Relaxed dress code (wear almost what you want). Satellite TV in the break room. Education reimbursement.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunity, it's a relatively small company. Unless you climb to senior management, you won't get rich working here, wait- make that many of us are just struggling to get by. Very small raises (if you're lucky to even get one). The only way to get a big raise is to quit or threaten to quit. Wayyy too many busy bodies- coworkers who are very nosy and get into other people's business. Poor product quality and designs, especially with electronics. Many things sold are either so cheapified they break in no time, or by the time they are released they are functionally obsolete. Others are released with inherent issues and are rushed to market. Many products are delayed before getting to market. Many product issues senior management is completely blind about, or chooses to do nothing about. Great way to ruin the brand name

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting corners and finding the cheapest way to make a product. It comes back to bite you, then your employees are the ones who pay for it. Stick to making speakers, electronics are not our forte. When a product is supposed to be released, release it on time. Stop designing products that are obsolete before they leave the drawing board, or have design flaws from the get-go. Offer better compensation, raises and benefits, several employees have left because of this and it's going to continue to happen.



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