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Does Bose Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update November 27, 2019
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If selling consumer electronics and audio equipment is a job that you’re interested in, you might want to know: Does Bose hire felons? Their famous brand is always looking for the right fit, so let’s see if a criminal record will count against you.

At Relaunch Pad, we ask employers directly about their hiring policy for former felons. We’re driven to help you job hunt with a criminal record because our team has expertise advising ex-offenders and applying for work with a criminal history. Many of us have criminal records too!

We’ve also researched the answers to many questions you have about how to get hired at Bose. This includes:

  • How can I prepare for an interview?
  • Does Bose hire people with misdemeanors?
  • Will I have to pass a drug test?

Does Bose hire felons?

does bose hire felons in all positions

Official company policy for hiring felons

Since we’re still reaching out to Bose, we don’t have their official policy at this time. Their website confirms they are an equal opportunity employer that doesn’t discriminate on protected grounds.

Has Bose hired felons in the past?

Our research found no proof that they have.

Does Bose hire people with misdemeanors?

Truthfully, we’re not sure.

Is Bose on the Ban the Box list?

We regret to say that Bose isn’t part of the Ban the Box list. Furthermore, they haven’t taken the Fair Chance Business Pledge.

Here’s why we’re telling you this:

  • Ban the Box companies don’t have a check box for a criminal record on their job application. This is how you can be sure that they’ll assess your job skills before they ask if you’ve been in trouble with the law.
  • Fair Chance Business Pledge employers sign a commitment to treat everyone who applies for work fairly, so you know they won’t discriminate against you just because you have a criminal history.

This doesn’t say everything about how to get a job at Bose with a felony or misdemeanor, though. Their website says the following about the application:

“Bose does not request that you answer any questions regarding your criminal history at this stage. However, you may be asked for information related to your criminal background at a later stage of the application process, after an initial screening or conditional offer.”

Does Bose have special programs for hiring felons?

Like many employers, they have no special programs for hiring former offenders.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

uncertain likelihood of being hired

Our opinion is that the odds are uncertain. Why? Well for starters, we can’t tell you the company’s official policy. What’s more, they haven’t taken the Fair Chance Business Pledge and they’re not on the Ban the Box list. There are no online comments from staff saying you can get a job at Bose with a felony or misdemeanor. But, Bose says they don’t look at your criminal record right away. This means that they first assess if you’ve got what it takes to do the job and that’s encouraging!

What are some entry-level jobs?

The best example of an entry-level job we found is in-store as a Sales Specialist. Basically, you’re responsible for advising customers about Bose products and helping them find the best one for their needs. To apply, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent education and some retail experience.

The job requirements change a bit depending on whether you’re working full- or part-time. Full-time Sales Specialists need a minimum of two years’ related experience. However, for part-timers in the job any amount of sales experience will do. Also, full-time staff have sales goals to meet.

How to get hired at Bose with a felony

Search for job openings on the company website to find an opportunity nearby. Then, either apply online or take your resume right to the store.

It’s a good idea to know what the company looks for in a new hire. Read about Bose’s Essence and Values. Work out how you can include them in your resume and demonstrate them in an interview. Here are some examples of how to use their keywords:

  • Show integrity by answering questions about your criminal background honestly and giving lessons learned.
  • Describe any awards or praise for excellence in previous jobs.
  • Do you have an innovation you’re proud of?
  • Speak about your passion for working in sales or with people.
  • Treat everyone you meet at Bose with respect when you go to the store.
  • Share a time when you added value for a customer.

Bose also wants staff who are good communicators, professional and positive, as well as team players. Here are a few tips to display these skills at your interview:

  • Speak up and speak clearly.
  • If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification.
  • Have a tidy and well-groomed appearance.
  • Use good posture and open body language.
  • Make sure to give credit to coworkers when talking about working on a team (Hint: Use “we” instead of “I”).

Does Bose do background checks?

Bose’s Terms and Conditions for employment describe their background check. Basically, they may confirm things like your job history, education, etc. Take note that they might do a criminal record check later on.

This is what you should understand about how background checks are done across the country:

Is your record clean for the last seven years? Because if you apply for a job in these states, that’s all they’ll check:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

Background checks in the following states leave out not guilty verdicts:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

Most states will consider your full record, including charges where you were found not guilty. Here they are:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

On Glassdoor, 1,100 reviewers rate Bose 3.4 out of 5. Even so, only 53% would recommend the company to a friend and 52% say that they like the CEO. Here are the main reasons given:

Pros:

  • Good pay and benefits.
  • Awesome work environment and coworkers.
  • Great products and marketing.
  • Excellent work-life balance.

Cons:

  • No growth in retail.
  • Poor leadership from upper management.
  • Fewer middle management positions.

Finally, the 864 reviewers on Indeed give them a higher rating of 4.1 out of 5. People like Bose’s work-life balance, culture, and salary and benefits.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Since Bose relies on teamwork, they’ll consider any felonies that suggest you might have trouble getting along with others. For instance, violent offenses can show that temper control is a problem. Also, a criminal history of harassment, stalking, intimidation and the like will count against you.

Maybe you’re wondering does Bose hire felons convicted of property crimes? Even if your offenses were treated as misdemeanors, this will raise a red flag for the company. The reason is that they want to be able to trust you with the merchandise!

Does Bose drug test?

Yes, the company’s terms and conditions of employment tells you they will.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

What can you tell us about working for the company? For example, how does Bose do background checks? Every little bit helps!

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Sandy Bell-Murray
Reentry Educator

Sandy Bell-Murray worked for more than thirty years for the Ontario public service, mainly in adult and youth justice. She began as a Probation and Parole Officer, then became a policy analyst, program supervisor and manager. Currently, she delivers workshops focused on building personal resilience and managing stress. She is an active member of Toastmasters International.