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Updated August 15, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Excellent Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bose full-time

    Pros

    This is an organization full of people with great values who really care about what they do and how the products the organization delivers can make a difference in peoples lives. Strong values-based culture. Excellent learning and development opportunities. Far from a perfect organization, yet leadership owns up to opportunities escalated from employees and do their best to fix issues.

    Cons

    Communication is often a challenge and can be a bit muddled. Many different channels and vehicles to get important updates. Senior management seems to be working on this, though.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Bose is a great place for acoustical engineering work."

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    Former Employee - Acoustic Engineer in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Acoustic Engineer in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bose full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    All the toys you'd want to use in getting the best results. Great environment and easy access to smart people who are willing to help you with difficult problems.

    Cons

    High pressure in product development. This is a natural result of the schedule driven nature. May not get kudos for your inventions if you're not an MIT graduate.

    Advice to Management

    Give better benefits to those who get patents.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company for the long haul"

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    Current Employee - Field Sales
    Current Employee - Field Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Invested in the workforce, good work life balance, increasingly open to change and new directions

    Cons

    Facing fierce competition in traditional consumer electronic space


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great workplace only if you’ve got a good team"

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Brea, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bose as a company takes great care of their employees in terms of pay as well as benefits. They are the leading company in the consumer audio industry and clearly out perform their competitors. However, the corporate level management is often disconnected and unaware of what happens in stores, different stores operate under different understandings of policies as well as new changes roll out incredible slow. I love working for Bose but it personally is a company in which you are hard pressed to move upward without being lucky

    Good pay
    Small store staff
    Good discount on product
    Education assistance

    Cons

    Small store staff
    Work holidays
    Experience is dependent on your team at your store

    Advice to Management

    Invest in hiring good people, including upper management and district managers. Often those people are hired based on their experience and less on their work ethic. This causes things to go unnoticed down the line


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bose full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, company seems to keep up with the times.

    Cons

    Management needs work. There outsourcing a lot of manufacturing that use to be in house.


  6. "disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bose full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    challenging problems, smart helpful colleagues, flexible hours

    Cons

    management not listening to employees

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing the open office. None of us like it and it doesnt even foster more interaction. Stop behaving like a publicly traded company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to have a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bose full-time

    Pros

    Company cares about employees. Benefits, pension, and other nice benefits.
    Brand, Products, and People generally fun and top notch.
    Good sized company, can move around and do many roles over years.

    Cons

    Major Change occurring over past few years
    Slow to make decisions, heavy matrix environment
    Favors employees with Engineering degrees and background

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Brand"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bose full-time

    Pros

    Really thinks about the customer and the employee. Same commitment to both.

    Cons

    Nothing that stands out as unusual.

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving toward the future.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Manager"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Howell, MI
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Howell, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bose (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, and fair pay.

    Cons

    Small team structure is nice, but breeds political agendas. Watch out for who you upset, even if you're trying to do what is right for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire within, promote growth and employee development, dont default to trusting every employee veteran.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great brand with quality products, but they need help with management"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Researcher in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - User Experience Researcher in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bose full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is the best you're going to find anywhere--they don't kill you with work like an Amazon or a Netflix.

    The products and technologies you get to work on are always interesting and can make for good research.

    The people you get to work and interact with on the day are day are talented, smart and know what they're doing for the most part.

    A rare private company that doesn't have to respond to the whims of the marketplace. This can make for interesting long-term explorations and bets.

    Cons

    Really poor management training and hiring practices. It was constant problem over the 10+ years I was there. They either take good individual contributors and force them into a management track, when they may have no interest or desire. Or they hire outside candidates who may be unequipped to manage.

    A lot of re-orgs that are done in haste with poor communications that follow. This lead to a lot of rumors, speculations, anxiety about the future. Communications in general has never been Bose's strong suit. But it's a private company that doesn't have to answer to shareholders, so could be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Really rethink how you recruit and prepare new managers in the future. Clean up your act with internal/external communications--that will avoid anxious times.


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