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Updated October 19, 2018
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  • "Hard to make time for work/life balance" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Lower pay than average for this position, upper management is focused on being as lean as possible rather than on employee welfare" (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Excellent Organization"

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    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 (1)

    "Excellent Company to start your Career"

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

    I worked at Bose full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Personality development, Communication skills, Brand name in your CV

    Cons

    You won't get leaves easily as stores have understaffing

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bose full-time

    Pros

    very good work life balance

    Cons

    Company has lost focus playing catchup

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the original mission statement


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Barely Bose Today"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still has some interesting products. Good employee discount. Good benefits and outstanding retirement package

    Cons

    With the departure of Dr. Bose came the entree of consultants and the company lost its soul. Teamwork, lifetime loyalty, creativity, and passion have gone by the wayside in favor of quick returns, one up manship, lack of diversity and leaders who really only care about their bonus. Very sad to see the core culture that made this company truly great vaporize.

    Advice to Management

    If you believe you are innovating, taking risks, and creating a culture of innovation, inspiration, and diversity then listen to what your employees (not directors) are telling you in their feedback, 360 reviews, and employee surveys.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "a mixed experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bose full-time

    Pros

    good culture, but used to be great

    Cons

    no longer about employees and research, only focus is the dollars
    chase low profit margins instead of focusing on big profit products


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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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

    Great company culture, room for growth, good benefits, incredible products and team.

    Cons

    A bit "old-fashioned", if you will.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Stow, MA
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Stow, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bose full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good respectful professional environment
    Great people
    amazing products
    culture of learning

    Cons

    Hard ship to move with times

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the market

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Start Looking Now"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Mechanic/Troubleshooter in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Mechanic/Troubleshooter in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing, everything is outsourced to Mexico and China and now Malaysia.

    Cons

    Has gone down hill since Dr. Bose died.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to these stuffed shirts, they cater to Mark Mansell and the ASG, Mansell is strictly out for his dept. and more importantly HIMSELF. Anything he perceives as a threat he eliminates, whole groups if need be. EXAMPLE: BRG the dept. that invented and tried to market truck seats, he sensed a threat to his reputation as the latest and greatest thus taking them over thru coercion and lies and put 200+ people on the street. Then sold the technology to a startup in Woburn who are doomed to fail, thus the product.
    Everything is outsourced to increase profits and decrease employees. Dr. Bose always was the first to remind "we are a research company NOT a manufacturing concern."


  9. Helpful (5)

    "No long term future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stow, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stow, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Superior products...compensation is pretty good

    Cons

    EVERYTHING is being outsourced or sent overseas. Primarily hire what they say is temp(through Randstad) to hire but they have no intentions of hiring full time employees. I worked for the company for a total of 18 years and had been laid off 3 different times. I would never, ever considering working there again....wondering if today is the day you are going to be laid off promotes a toxic work environment. The third and final layoff was the best thing that could have ever happened career wise.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of laying of the folks who execute your sales plans flawlessly and still fall short of expectations, you should re-evaluate your senior management teams. They are the ones who continue to come up with bad or unrealistic plans and yet still keep their jobs year after year.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "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.


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