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AO Overview

Bolton, England
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public
Unknown / Non-Applicable
We may have started small, but we’ve always had very big ideas, like totally changing the way people buy appliances. We launched in 2001 and we just haven’t stopped, a years’ worth of achievements always seems more like three at AO. Our customers ... Read more

Mission: To be the Best Electrical Retailer in Europe!

Glassdoor Awards

Highest Rated CEOs: 2016 (#9)

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#15)

AO Reviews

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AO CEO John Roberts
John Roberts
94 Ratings
  • Helpful (2)

    "Absolutely loved my time at AO and only really left due to travel time and having a new baby."

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    Former Employee - Sales Trainer in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Sales Trainer in Manchester, England
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at AO full-time (Less than a year)


    Great culture, brilliant location, excellent perks. They only employ proven, money hungry sales people so that made my job (to train them) much more enjoyable than previous roles. My manager was sound.


    Personally I enjoyed everything about it. I did develop a habit of eating very unhealthily, but I enjoyed that too.

    Advice to Management

    Keep recruiting people who fit the culture and ensure you always pay all staff what they deserve (not just the sales guys).

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AO Photos

AO photo of: Red Nose Day Call Centre 2017
AO photo of: Learning at Work Week in our Head Office in Bolton
AO photo of: Our AO 3 Peaks team!
AO photo of: 30 AO'ers volunteered for the 'One Love Manchester' concert, to help raise money for the Manchester terror victims and families.
AO photo of: Learning at Work Week in our Bolton HQ
AO photo of: Founder and Executive Director John Roberts giving a talk to local school children for our apprentice challenge day
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AO Interviews



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    Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bolton, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at AO (Bolton, England) in October 2017.


    Originally I applied for the Supply Chain Coordinator role where I uploaded my CV to the company website, had a telephone interview then an assessment centre. I was not successful for that position but kept my details and put me forward for the Merchandiser role. As they had seen me before and had my CV on file, I had to come in for an interview to meet the manager of this position and get some more details about the role. Everyone I met from the recruitment team and supply chain team were really friendly and approachable. I have never felt so comfortable in an interview situation before.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you need to consider when looking at a products stock level and forecasting?   1 Answer
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Company Updates

  • Looking for perks with a job? AO has you covered!

    Free beer and ski trips - the jobs with the best perks

    What if going to work was more than just doing your 9-5? Imagine if on top of your usual salary you also benefited from a load of great perks. It might seem like a pipe dream to many but there are businesses out there with on-site hair salons, free beer on Fridays, all expenses paid ski trips and rooftop bars.

  • Of course AO has the North West's coolest office!

    Is this the region's coolest office?

    Employees at electricals giant may be the least stressed in the region - with an on-site pamper pad they can using DURING work hours. The online retailer certainly knows how to look after staff as its Bolton headquarters boasts a glitzy nail and hair salon, relaxing massage room, and on-site Starbucks.

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AO Awards & Accolades

  • Best UK Retailer, GlobalData, 2017
  • Number 1 Retailer to work for in 2016 According to Employees, Retail Week, 2016
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