From offices situated in great locations in the UK and US to flexible hours and a calendar packed full of fun social events – there are many reasons that make working at Audley great. Combined with a passion for travel in common, ultimately it is the people that make the company a friendly and enjoyable place to work. Here are just seven of the top reasons as chosen by current Audley employees.
1. The Audley Partnership Scheme
The Partnership Scheme was introduced to acknowledge and recognize everyone who works for Audley across our three offices as they contribute to the growing success of the company. Audley partners will receive a share in the company, which could see them receive up to their full earnings from the past 12 months at the time when our next investor comes on board. Although eligibility to become a partner starts with three years’ service, if you join Audley now it’s still very likely you’d see a benefit when the time comes for us to seek a new investor. Even if you’ve only been with us for little over three years at that time, you could still enjoy a return of 25% of your earnings from the past 12 months.
2. Flexible hours
In April of 2017, Audley reduced their weekly working hours from 39.5 hours to 37 hours per week. Monday to Thursday, employees can work either 9:00am to 5:30pm or 9:30am to 6:00pm and on Fridays, from 9:00am to 5:00pm or 9:30am to 5:30pm (including one hour for lunch on all days). This reduction in hours worked did not have any effect over employee salaries, the change was simply an effort to help employees best balance their home and work life while still upholding a nine hour day of being ‘open’ for clients to contact Audley for any reason.
A flexible working policy was also introduced which includes home working and remote working, as well as variable hours, job-share and part-time working. Homeworking is based on working from home five days a week and remote working is based on working from home up to two days a week, with the remainder of the time in the office.
3. The opportunity to travel
Working for Audley means you don’t just talk about travel at work; you experience it. One of the key components of a country specialist role is the familiarisation trip (often referred to as a ‘fam’). Upon joining the company, before they even begin selling, specialists are sent to their specific country of expertise for four to six weeks.
During this trip, specialists visit hotels, lodges and guesthouses in the region and partake in some of the activities we arrange for our clients, from sushi making in Japan to safaris in South Africa. Every year to 18 months, specialists will return to their region of focus to refresh and expand their knowledge, trying new experiences or further researching a specific theme in a country. You don’t have to be in a sales role to enjoy these world travels – every member of staff is awarded with an international trip at some stage in their career, ensuring that everyone can truly experience and understand what it means to travel The Audley Way.
4. Fun social events
Audley prides itself on being a fun, social place to work, so employee calendars are packed with optional events and activities of all kinds. There are personal perks like in-house massages and sports clubs, from frisbee to tennis and everything in between. Then there are group socials like the annual summer yacht party in Boston and Witney’s infamous summer party, which last year included boy band Blue and DJ Judge Jules. In addition, the rest of the year seems to get filled with everything from ice skating and wine tasting, to quiz nights and book clubs – there’s truly something for everyone.
Such perks are just one of the reasons Audley was ranked not only in the top 10 companies to work for in Boston by BostInno, but also in the top 100 in the US by Outside Magazine and the Sunday Times Best Companies list several years in a row in the UK.
5. Rewards and recognition
At Audley, hard work rarely goes unacknowledged. Every month, three or more staff members across the Witney, London and Boston offices are rewarded for going above and beyond their role with anything from a bottle of wine or complimentary massage to paid time off work.
Twice a year, everyone at Audley is eligible to be named among the ‘top performers’ of the company. These are the top sellers, the hardest working members of sales and service, and the best managers.
In the past, those who made the list have enjoyed a variety of experiences, from a weekend away in Florida, a two-day stay at a luxury casino complete with limo rides and massages to long weekends in Porto, Portugal and Paris, France. These extravagant ‘thank you’ trips are a constant reminder of Audley going above and beyond to make sure employees feel appreciated.
Employees start with 20 paid days leave and gain more over time with the company. There’s even a dedicated staff travel agent, whose job it is to negotiate with hotels, airlines and suppliers to get the best industry discounts available for personal trips.
6. Fun working environments in enviable locations
We’re fortunate to have three offices in some great locations. Our Witney office is located in a converted mill next to the river Windrush in Witney, Oxfordshire; the gateway to the Cotswolds. It’s surrounded by water meadows and has a free gym, jelly bean machines, fruit, subsidised massages and a tuck shop and an allotment with a greenhouse.
Our Boston office has table tennis and subsidised vending machines and is within walking distance of the Charles River, the Boston Harbour, TD Garden, the Boston Commons, and the North End.
Our London office is in Shepherd’s Bush next to the Westfield shopping centre, which also has some great bars and restaurants. There’s a subsidised gym membership, table tennis, an in-house bar and subsidised tickets to events in London are available. All our offices have restaurant clubs and withhold the Audley tradition of ‘Breakfast Fridays’ in most teams.
7. Career development
With offices in Oxfordshire, London and Boston, USA – Audley is a global company which offers an abundance of opportunities for your professional and personal development. With a growing company comes fantastic new openings and job roles, as an example, we’ve recently set up positions based on the ground in Southeast Asia and South America to ensure we’re consistently on top of all of the latest product developments to offer our clients.
A new induction process ensures all employees are up to speed with how Audley operate in every area of the company, from Digital and Marketing to Sales, the induction process is the same for all staff members to give a thorough background into how we all work together. A dedicated in-house training team ensure all needs are met to support people’s development and progression in their careers and external training is welcomed and encouraged for more specific requirements to an individual’s job role.
To find out more about life at Audley and view our latest vacancies visit our careers website