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Updated 8 November, 2017
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Pros
  • There IS something called a "free lunch" (in 49 reviews)

  • The free food, raffled event tickets and RSU's are just some of the awesome perks Audible has to offer (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work life balance contributes to high level of burnout and stress among employees (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management exhibit tremendous risk aversion (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Go from good to great"

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

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

    Pros

    > Very smart, experienced people
    > We care about customers a lot
    > Tech teams are the best in Amazon
    > Famous people show up at the Newark HQ a lot
    > Company parties and free food
    > Amazon stock is looking good

    Cons

    > Long hours
    > Can be very stressful
    > Very risk adverse senior management
    > Business people beat up on engineers and product a lot

    Advice to Management

    It is mostly good. A small group of mean MBA-type leaders ruin the morale and should go. Enforce the no a-holes policy. Treat people kindly and we will all succeed.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great recruiting experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    Very organized, robust, and responsive recruiting process.

    Cons

    Be prepared to invest a significant amount of time into interviewing and prework


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Really looks after its people -- and customers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Internal promotions take precedence over hiring outside
    Access to leadership
    Great benefits
    A strong pro-social activation
    Feeling you're helping better people's lives

    Cons

    Constantly shifting, unclear goals
    Micromanagement
    Red tape
    Too much diplomacy
    Flexible work not entirely encouraged

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, making people's lives better with a great product, and for looking for new ways to innovate. A lot of really smart, talented, people work here, and you're well-positioned to empower your deputies to make more decisions on your behalf. If you clearly communicate your priorities, everyone will fall in line, because you are highly respected.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Lead in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Lead in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful work atmosphere. Catered food every day. Great benefits for full-time workers.

    Cons

    Management in customer service. Unrealistic goal numbers. Ranking systems cause inconsistencies in scheduling.

    Advice to Management

    Adhere to your training. Try and match your agents style or at least meet them midway.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A Company with an Amazing Mission and Talented People Who Want to Make People's Lives Better"

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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

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people I've ever worked with. Audible's mission is inspiring and the product is awesome. Tremendous future growth opportunity. Challenged to learn and stretch myself everyday.

    Cons

    Not for people who are looking for status quo or an easy ride. Need to be insatiably curious, able to work with ambiguity and not afraid of being challenged to go outside of your comfort zone. The company has grown fast over the past few years and has experienced the typical pains associated with high growth. Not for the faint-hearted or those who don't want to work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep weeding out the blockers. More visibility and engagement with the new employees who need and want to understand the "why".


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good vibes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time

    Pros

    Teamwork Managers Legacy Open-minded Customer focus (not just a motto)

    Cons

    Use of contracts instead of recruiting people as permanant positions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't use contract to avoid paying stocks.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Development Engineer II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    Tech talent is quite good
    Challenging place as it is still evolving

    Cons

    Need to sort out office politics

    Advice to Management

    Identify great talent and reward them


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Politics"

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    Current Employee - Software Dev Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Software Dev Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    -Amazon stock makes the offer competitive
    -Decent benefits
    -flexible work hours based on your team

    Cons

    -terribly political engineering organization
    -very mediocre leadership
    -no room for growth as senior engineer


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company!!!"

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    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful working environment, fantastic free lunches, fun employee activities. Feel there is room for growth. Sharing ideas is not only welcome but encouraged. Best job I've ever had!

    Cons

    Commute to Newark can be challenging. However, the area is developing and is safe.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "POOR HR POLICIES"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    - Have personal trips in lieu of recruiting events
    - Free food & snacks
    - Amazon RSUs

    Cons

    - Very hierarchal
    - Only "yes man" can survive
    - No transparency about vision or mission
    - "Scaled Agile" is literally abused and exploited everyday
    - No diversity in senior management (Diversity of ideas, thoughts or principles)

    Advice to Management

    How do you guys go to sleep every night.? Worst management and absolutely fake company core values - "People Principles"


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