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Updated 21 September, 2018
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  • "Supportive colleagues, free lunch and endless snacks" (in 57 reviews)

  • "Great culture, Great people, Free food, Interesting work" (in 39 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work!"

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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

    Audible has a lot going for it. Everybody loves the product. Great culture. Meaningful mission. Work hard, with good work-life balance. Amazing perks, benefits, and excellent compensation, including Amazon stock.

    Cons

    Senior leaders are not as in touch with reality as they think they are.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate clearly, openly and often. Trust the people you hired to do the work. Focus on meaningful goals, and accountability at all levels.


  2. "SDE Intern"

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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

    - Well-structured summer intern program
    - Friendly manager, patient mentor and helpful colleagues
    - Informative brown bag lecture series
    - Numerous company events to help understand company culture and interact with more people

    Cons

    The neighborhood might not be an ideal place to hang out

  3. "Can be fantastic with the right department and leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers
    Supportive management
    Team cohesion
    Tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Hard to move up
    Difficult to transfer between departments
    Interdepartmental communication isn't great
    Can be a little kool-aidy


  4. "Improving"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great flexibility options - be it working from home or leaving early/starting later, most managers are very understanding and flexible. Options exist around more formal flexible working patterns for both parents and non parents which is great to see.
    - Good perks as an employee - Amazon Stock, discounts, free food
    - Widely comfortable and friendly office environment - I've made some really valuable friendships here with the people I work with
    - People you work with really care about the product and want to bring out the best for the business and it's customers

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic mechanisms make progress and/or change very slow and tedious
    - US focus means that we sometimes miss the mark in the international market place
    - Inconsistency around work space and benefit offerings when comparing to the US and other offices - needs a revamp across the board to be in line with the 21st century
    - Culture can seem quiet and detached which has it's purpose, but does not feel particularly inclusive

    Advice to Management

    In the relatively short period I've been here I've seen a fair amount of change - some for the best, some that seems nonsensical. Think outside the box, develop a healthier appetite to risk and make this place the cool, quirky, smart and fun workplace it can be. There is so much untapped potential here and management have been too comfortable for far too long.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Company Support Function"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sharp forward thinking management team
    flexible work hours
    company embraces initiative and doesn't mind failure so long as it happens quickly and we learn from it
    Strong community ties and belief or reinvigorating the neighborhood around
    Strong coffee
    work hard and you will be rewarded
    benefits
    comp

    Cons

    very meeting heavy
    Newark commute not terrible but traffic can be if you drive


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Product Role is more TPM"

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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

    Great people, great product, great general culture

    Cons

    PM org is more of a Techincal Prod Mgt org vs. traditional product manager being the "CEO" of a product.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic culture, appalling leadership"

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    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

    Generous compensation and RSUs
    Some amazing passionate and talented people

    Cons

    Awful work environment largely due to very poor senior leadership setting an example of bad behaviours as acceptable. Lacking innovation and the business is at risk of becoming obsolete if not addressed quickly. Professes to be customer obsessed but the only real obsession is dollars which drive every decision, even those at the detriment of customers. Calls itself a tech company but really all it does (and knows how to do) is sell audiobooks.

    Management do not act with integrity, communication is shockingly bad. Employees are not valued or treated with respect, lots of backstabbing and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and realise that your days are numbered, the competitors are coming for you fast and if you don’t clean out some of your senior leadership and bring in some fresh thinking the business won’t survive.

    Understand that the war for talent is real and employees are any organisations greatest asset. Free lunches and golden handcuffs aren’t the best way to attract and retain great people - try a genuine interest in people’s personal growth and development and improving culture and you won’t need to trap people with RSUs to get them to stay.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Growing Pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team: passionate, smart & hard-working.

    Cons

    Inability to make decisions; poor communication & inconsistent policies - especially around promotion & equal pay; wouldn't recommend for women who want a family.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your people: they are the best asset you have. Through poor communication, erratic HR policies & increased bureaucracy, you are destroying their passion and goodwill.


  9. "Data Scientist interview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    Getting back with result very quickly; technical part is evaluated through both test submission and onsite interview quesirons; behavior and job fit part has fun questions that I really like about. The team is awesome. HR is very responsive.

    Cons

    Far away located in Newark and could be hard to get around from the city


  10. "Audible: great culture and mission oriented!"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    - Energizing work with a product I am proud to talk about with my friends/family
    - Smart and “nice” colleagues- not cut throat like other places I have worked.
    - The fast pace and growth presents daily challenges
    - Audible’s leadership is mission oriented/committed to the development of Newark and local students ; liked working on Project ListenUp
    - New audio studios allow for creativity (Multi casts)
    - Summer party was cool and hung with/met new colleagues

    Cons

    - Commuting to Newark has its challenges but getting used to it
    - Neighborhood needs more amenities


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