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Polk Audio Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering at Polk"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company who lost their direction"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.

  3. "Good Place to work with interesting people and products"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Baltimore, MD
    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


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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    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.


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

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    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Baltimore, MD

    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.


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

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD

    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.


  7. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polk Audio full-time

    Pros

    very good company. people friendly

    Cons

    no downside at polkauido. good working space

  8. "Key Account Manager"

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

    I worked at Polk Audio full-time

    Pros

    Loved the product, sold its self

    Cons

    No commission to be made.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Company Losing Focus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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


  10. "Sales associate bwi"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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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