J'ai travaillé chez AO en contrat permanent (Plus d'un an)
- Nice people
- If your ill during work or need to leave early for something they would let you
- Fairly flexible with hours
- work life balance
I worked at AO for a year and a half. Its a good place to start in your career and theirs some good people but that's about it. Pay throughout the whole business is way below the market average (except sales), staff turnover is a lot higher than what people realise, lots of people leave for better pay.
They are desperate to come across a "fun" business that treats their employers amazing, they have a ping pong table, PS4, pool table, subsidised gym and the works Christmas do is fantastic, but in reality, the novelty of that wears off.
They try to make up for low wages with free chocolate, which i noticed almost completely diminished towards the end of my time (they cut the budget massively). Quite often i heard recruitment on the phone gloating about their free chocolate and cheap gym membership in a bid to make up for low wages to potential employees - i mean, come on who cares about that stuff, pay your staff what they deserve and you might start retaining some of your better staff.
Everyone wants to enjoy where they work, but at the end of the day you go to work to earn money, so if you want to earn some real money doing your job this is not the place for you. Their is plenty places that are nice to work with good pay. Don't believe the "ao is greatest place ever" hype.
Conseils à la direction
Managers need some form of training. Not sure about the rest of the business but mine were not very good. Sometimes i felt very undervalued by my team, being in a junior role i felt as though i was not given the respect i deserved which is very frustrating. I was often given silly remedial admin tasks, then not involved in the real work, although having already proved my work ethic and willingness to learn repeatably. Feel as though i was seen as an admin monkey to do the stuff they couldn't be bothered to do. Fortunately i value myself much higher and moved onto a better job.
J'ai postulé via une recommandation d'un employé. Le processus a pris 2 jours. J'ai passé une entrevue à AO (Bolton, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)) en février 2014.
2 stages; 1- technical test, 2 - interview
I applied for a Software Engineer position and they conducted a technical test (code kata) followed by some technical questions. Then the 2nd stage was a face to face interview.
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