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Updated 15 June, 2017
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Pros
  • There IS something called a "free lunch" (in 44 reviews)

  • The free food, raffled event tickets and RSU's are just some of the awesome perks Audible has to offer (in 29 reviews)

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

  • Lack of transparency given the hierarchal org structure (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Stuck in the mud"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefits
    Lots of talented people
    Extra curricular opportunities (sports leagues, Amazon conferences, volunteering events, Friday happy hours, and more)

    Cons

    It’s hard to develop new things in big organizations. Bureaucratic hierarchies moves slowly, and entrenched interests shy away from risk. In the most dysfunctional organizations, signaling that work is being done becomes a better strategy for career advancement than actually doing work (if this describes your company, you should quit now). These are not my words, but words from a famous Silicon Valley investor and it perfectly sums up what’s mostly wrong at Audible.

    The tech stack is archaic Java/JSP
    If you don’t have seniority, your ideas don’t matter
    Everything moves slow. Like REEEEAAALLLL slow.
    Interaction with different teams is painful
    Code reviews are a pain. Everyone is scared to push code. So, code reviews for a single file and a few line changes can take weeks.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Worst place for marketing managers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazon Restricted Stock Units.
    Free food.
    Complimentary / Free Audible account- Unlimited free audiobooks if you're an avid reader/ listener.

    Cons

    Too many cooks!!!! Too many decision makers/ so called leaders pushing own agendas. Org structure is very hierarchical with multiple layers and with no clarity on roles, responsibility and ownership among teams. Collaboration isn't a word in the dictionary for the people here. Lots of new people hired at top level who are really good at crushing managers and taking credit for their work. Lots of politics and it's getting more and more territorial day by day.
    Just look at the trend in ratings- It tells you all.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Review from SDE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free food, flexible work hours, lots of nice people. Free parking. Public transit commute is reimbursed.

    You get the Amazon name on your resume.

    Cons

    Bad managers. Bad upper management. There is a lack of trust between employees and all levels of management. All-team meetings are hostile. Not transparent. Managers are not technically inclined. There's a clear segregation between employees and their managers. I didn't realize how bad this was until leaving to a different company.

    Company is slow to innovate. Claims to be agile, but not agile at all. Product managers are out to make a name for themselves so random bad features are made that take a very long time to complete.

    Promotions are purely political. I've seen promotions to toxic employees because they are also very vocal with management. The goal to getting promoted is befriending as many managers as you can. Force a promotion by saying you'll leave if you don't get one.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the Glassdoor trend. This rating is tanking.

    If something doesn't change, competitors will catch up.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Not a happy place for Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time

    Pros

    - Free food, good food
    - Skip commute to NYC and drive to work
    - Business growing organically
    - Easy to hide and blame a.k.a. if you excel at politics, this is a great place

    Cons

    - the company's 5 new principles are contradictory to what the Tech team is in real life
    - nepotism, lying, weak backbone, personal politics, empire building, using the position of power to mute others, are the hallmark of Product and Tech Leaders. And it is getting worse
    -if you are a hardcore SDE or technical person, stay away
    -the most black-box tech organisation I have seen in my 13 years. Decisions are made hush-hush, even org changes are done quietly, the VPs prefer to stay in hiding so as to avoid any uncomfortable questions from SDEs, anyone who challenges the VPs or has the courage to ask difficult questions can quickly get into bad books and taught a lesson during performance review

    Advice to Management

    This advice is to executive management and company co-founders: fire the top 2-3 tech leaders, and bring in someone who is fair, transparent, and can earn the trust of engineers. The best engineering leader is someone who is respected by the engineers. Some of the best tech companies have CTOs that are deeply respected by engineering community and can attract talented leaders to run the engineering teams.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Mixed bag @ Audible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (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.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "How low can it go?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazon stock, working with Amazon partners, and other things that Audible hasn't managed to change when it comes to being an Amazon company.

    Cons

    Don't know where to begin but the rating trends show you everything you need to know. The planted reviews from HR can't hide the fact that Audible is a sinking ship and you should try and avoid this place at all costs. Only thing keeping people there is Amazon stock that makes the golden chains fasten tighter.
    - If you're hired into a position, you'll stay there, which is great if you're a professional manager (50% of Audible) who wants to coast and ride Amazon's coattails to retirement. It's terrible if you're looking to grow your career
    - Culture of fear incentivizes people to play it safe and make others fail. This behavior is modeled by management and leadership that all seek Don's favor. No one thinks about the customer or innovation. Never worked at a place where there's so much backstabbing and lack of trust among leaders which trickles down.
    - Things that would take months at another company takes years at Audible. The technology stack is so old and you'll work on something that will get killed because leadership has no idea what it wants to be. No one on the executive team has ever done this before successfully and it shows often.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more doers and fewer professional talkers. If you're hiring the best, then you should let them do their job and trust that they know what they're doing instead of hiring people who just want to hire more people to feel important.


  8. "Design Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  9. "Great Vibes..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Happy at Audible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Great Perks, Horrible Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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".


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