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AO Overview

Bolton, England
1001 to 5000 employees
2000
Company - Public
Consumer Electronics & Appliance Shops
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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: We want for everyone to know who we are, trusted for our difference, and to love us for it!


Glassdoor Awards

Top CEOs: 2016 (#9)

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#15)

AO Reviews

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AO CEO Steve Caunce
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  • "Lovely people and culture of growth and autonomy"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
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    I worked at AO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at AO was like working with a great big family. The opportunities for growth are there if you want to take them, and the senior staff really bend over backwards to help with your development.

    Teams are free to pursue their own "flavour" of Agile, and to forge relationships with stakeholders.

    Cons

    Reasonable training requests are catered for within the 5 days training, but can be unnecessarily prescriptive. Training requests have to be in-line with things that will definitely benefit the department as a whole. Not an unreasonable supposition, but doesn't help individuals wanting to improve and develop themselves outside of that remit.

    Tooling support tied in with budgetary review rather than aligned to team's autonomy.

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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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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bolton, England
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at AO (Bolton, England) in February 2014.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked about personal growth plan and what techniques do I use to improve my skill set   1 Answer
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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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