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Updated 7 April, 2017
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Pros
  • Free lunch every day & Happy Hour every Friday (in 44 reviews)

  • The free food, raffled event tickets and RSU's are just some of the awesome perks Audible has to offer (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Design Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and work culture

    Cons

    Lots of turn over in staff


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Mixed bag @ Audible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Plentiful perks, busy in a good way with interesting, opportunities to learn, good team, Amazon RSUs

    Cons

    As in many companies, the performance review process can feel arbitrary and unfair, but it's particularly bothersome in a company that positions itself as purely merit-based. Politics are alive and well here.

    Advice to Management

    The disparity of work load/balance between different teams is blatantly obvious, and it's frustrating to be on a small, hard working team and see people on more staffed, less busy teams get rewarded disproportionately, have more flexibility, and enjoy more perks.

     The review process can be quite demotivating and has reduced my satisfaction with my job and the company perceptibly.


  3. "Great Vibes..."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Mastering Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Mastering Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Benefits, the environment and it a fun place to at.

    Cons

    The workflow can be intense, but thats part of a high pressure; numbers driving production.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great, depending on the person in charge. Nothing better than a person in charge that has people skills.


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  5. "Happy at Audible"

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    Current Employee - Content Producer in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Content Producer in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great managers and coworkers, benefits (competitive health insurance, retirement, commute up to $200), autonomy, provided lunches and snacks, liberal work environment

    Cons

    Less agility than competitively necessary in this tech-forward market, which is especially disappointing given that we are a subsidiary of Amazon and have theoretical access to their resources

    Advice to Management

    Great experience with management so far


  6. Helpful (1)

    "5 Years and growing"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch + great culture.
    Strong engineers get to shine.
    I've never been told my opinion doesn't matter and I'm never afraid to speak up.
    Great opportunity for growth.
    Work/Life balance.

    Cons

    Mix of talented and not-so-talented engineers (not referring to new vs experienced). Some teams are more fun and free than other teams.

    Advice to Management

    Lot's of middle management and the tech knowledge of management drops off too quickly.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Great Perks, Horrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Audible full-time

    Pros

    Ceo is great, free food in the newark office, great products. Happy hour every Friday, and they really do try to keep everyone culures (themed lunches, events etc)

    Cons

    A ton of politics, and sense of entitlement from the people who come from the DE(German) Office. Promotions are purely political; dont work in Finance/Business Intelligence/Tech Departments.

    Advice to Management

    Take a harder look who you are promoting (especially from the DE office) as they dont match the good values the company tries to instill. Many of them are openy german "nationalists".


  8. Helpful (15)

    "Fall from Grace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time

    Pros

    Then -
    Almost everyone I worked with when I joined worked for a cause. They believed in the awesomeness of the product and the amazing company Audible was - The CROWN JEWEL OF AMAZON - that valued what everyone had to say. The culture was open and without walls - just like the Audible floors with no cubicles or offices.

    Cons

    Now -
    The openness ends at no offices or cubicles. Autocratic,where a handful of people make all the decisions. And for everyone else it's a cycle of Live, Die, Repeat

    Advice to Management

    Look at the ratings and commit to make a difference.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Downward Spiral"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    • Product
    • Free lunch and snacks
    • Atmosphere
    • An Amazon Subsidiary

    Cons

    • Nepotism and cronyism supplants loyalty and hard work
    • Constant revolving door of mid to upper level management
    • Very little to almost no vertical growth
    • Too many layers in the approval process, thus slowing project timelines
    • Biased and unfair mid-year and annual performance reviews

    Advice to Management

    Audible keeps growing and hiring, which is usually perceived as a positive company attribute, however, not in this case. Audible's upper management has a difficult time retaining talent, by continually hiring individuals with specific skill sets and retrofitting these individuals onto teams and projects that they're not suited for. The clash of agendas, personalities, egos and ideologies at the higher levels of management usually stalls processes, continually breeds distrust, and influences an uncomfortable and at times hostile work environment. Too many directors are inept at maintaining trust and clear communication, as this causes a trickle-down effect that permeates entire teams. Directors will reflect their own poor management onto their subordinates, which then gets used against the subordinates during performance reviews. What was once an exciting, familial, motivating and energetic company, has now become a faceless, cold, shadow of it's parent company. Audible once had a "No A_hole policy" in terms of new hires, but unfortunately, that ideology died years ago.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best Job I've Had"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are exceptional. Incredibly smart, passionate about what we do and incredibly open to new ideas. There is a lot of change being put in place to make sure that the entrepreneurial spirit and energy stays alive while the company continues to grow hand over fist. Don could not be a more inspirational leader. And the company just treats you well. Food, health care brought to the office, real flexibility in schedule to accommodate personal lives.

    Cons

    It's in Newark. I wish it was in Midtown. Surprisingly, I've become pretty accustomed to the commute. It's not really any further that Brooklyn -> the 50's.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the revolution.


  11. Helpful (14)

    "Used to a great place to work...not anymore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    Great product
    Good benefits/ perks
    Amazon RSUs

    Cons

    Look at the trend in rating...This tells you everything....It used to be such a great place to work...Changes in senior leadership and management is taking it to downhill.
    Talent is wasted 'coz all you do is take orders from boss, their boss and so on....yep...Layers and layers of managers with little to no value add but everyone is very prompt at taking credit for someone else's work. In some teams you clearly see nepotism especially when it comes to promotions etc.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and empower them
    Invest in retaining the talent by giving them opportunities to growth rather than hiring from outside


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