Of course AO has the North West's coolest office!—30+ days ago
Mission: To be the Best Electrical Retailer in Europe!
Highest Rated CEOs: 2016 (#9)
Of course AO has the North West's coolest office!
64% of our sales executives earn over the 41.5k OTE. We’re looking for great people to join our Manchester Aftercare Sales Team. Are you hungry enough to join them? http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQBFD
2000 - John Roberts, our CEO, was in the pub with his friend, who bet him £1 that he couldn't sell appliances online - he took up the challenge!
2001 - John launched Appliances Online, the group's first website selling white goods.
AO employees are our most valuable asset; if we didn’t have great people, we simply wouldn’t have a great business.
It’s thanks to our diverse and talented people that we can deliver an award-winning service for our customers.
Whether it’s sales, customer service, design or software development that’s your passion, we’re sure you’ll find a place at AO that’s right for you.
"90% of our sales people earn more than £41.5k and 81% of our Sales Managers are home grown. Those kinds of numbers sell themselves."
At AO, we do things differently, and our Manchester Division is no exception. In fact, we’d bet there isn’t another one quite like it in the whole city. The atmosphere is unique, the earnings are exceptional, and opportunity is there for the taking.
The future of retail is online, so yours is pretty safe with us.
At AO, our values are at the core of our business. Our mission is to be the best electrical retailer in Europe, and we will do this by being exceptional in the moments that matter. Why? Because we care more! With ao'ers sharing the same values, this mission is more than achievable!
"Genuine people make the difference. You can't pay people to care."
At AO, we believe the top value is caring. We have a saying, 'treat every customer like your Gran', so we truly want the customer to have the best experience possible. We also have our own charity to give something back! Our AO Smile foundation, supports disadvantaged children in the local area. We offer a voluntary salary deduction every month if any ao'er would like to make a small contribution that goes a long way!
"We have the courage to try. We think in an unconstrained way to go beyond conventional limits."
Our business was started by John Roberts making a £1 bet in a pub that he wouldn't quit his job to create his vision of selling electrical goods online. So, it was a bold step that created what is now known today as ao.com!
"If you enjoy what you do, you do it better. Work is serious and we do it with a smile on our face."
We probably spend the majority of the time we are awake at work, so we want to enjoy it! There’s a saying if you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life, so we want to make it enjoyable!
“We find the best way. We are smart through understanding and innovation.”
If we are going to do something we want to do it right! When we expanded into Germany, we were told our double decker Lorries were too large for the bridges, so we thought smart and designed our own lorry that would hold the same number of appliances, and fit under the bridges!
“We are relentless- we deliver what others can’t. We don’t give up and do whatever it takes.”
We do things the AO way! We will tackle any obstacle that is thrown our way to truly become the best electrical retailer in Europe. It is through being driven that we delight our customers on a daily basis.
I have been working at AO full-time (More than a year)
Fun and vibrant environment to work in! Lot's of perks such as free snacks and drinks, onsite Starbucks, discounted Spa and subsidised gym membership. All the people share the same values, which is important due to the fast paced nature of the business. There's also lots of exciting opportunities and events that take place throughout the year!
There's not a lot! Walk to the car park at the end of the day can sometimes be annoying when it's raining, but it's free and only 10 mins away!
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at AO (Bolton, England) in June 2017.
The process involved three stages after applying online. First a telephone interview generally talking about what AO is about and getting an idea of who you are. Then a trip to AO for an assessment centre at which you complete a few group activities and a tour and finally an interview focused on their core values in front of a panel of three. Overall the process was fun and not as formal as I expected, everyone you meet is friendly and up for a chat.