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Audible Reviews

Updated 14 December, 2018
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  • "Supportive colleagues, free lunch and endless snacks" (in 58 reviews)

  • "Great culture, Great people, Free food, Interesting work" (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Love the place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    free food. easy to commute. nice people

    Cons

    salary is average. office is ok.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "More Politics Than Washington D.C"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Newark, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Product, The company is always looking to expand

    Cons

    This is the worst place you can work if you want to have a career. Different standards for different people, in the same team/department. Unless your a favorite of your direct manager, you are screwed. Working hard does not pay here. False promises are constantly made by management.

    Advice to Management

    What happened to 360 Reviews for your Manager and Department leads? Why is there so much politics, and why does the CEO/ELC not see it? Also get an HR team the employees can trust.

  3. "Software Engineer"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It has many wonderful invents like wispersync for voice. And it is also an Amazon Company

    Cons

    it is a little bit cold in Newark


  4. "Audible is a great company, with an inspiring mission and a very talented team!"

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

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

    Pros

    Customer-obsessed company!
    Very smart and dedicated people
    Part of the Amazon family
    You get to listen to tons of books!
    Great perks

    Cons

    No really any cons I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring process was very pleasant and the team very supportive.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of change required, not nice in general any more"

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

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere among most is quite enjoyable, and there's flexibility around working and working hours which can make life easier. Free lunches and beer are nice, though not the be all and end all seeing as a lot of places do this. Chance to work and interact with a lot of the teams at Amazon is good experience, and lends itself well to moving internally within the Amazon family. The chance to leverage the tools and knowledge in such a big business is great for learning as well. There has been a lot of good change down the years, and to watch the business grow so much does generate a bit of pride.

    Cons

    The US led approach means that the other marketplaces are dictated to somewhat. UK leadership team are lacking in transparency and happy to talk down to everyone, forgetting where they've come from and not helping at all with career development. There's a real complacency bordering on arrogance that the business can't fail, with no backup plan in place when things will inevitably start to go wrong, or an idea of where to go next.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing that's not been said before, so clearly the message hasn't got through. All the lunch and learns in the world aren't going to prepare you for when the jig is up, the product becomes stale and members go to competitors who are more innovative. The same applies to staff. Start offering proper people management training. Stop treating career development as an inconvenience to your short-term goals. The 'big personalities' (you know who you are) have generally spoiled this place. Take a look in the mirror, you're failing a lot of decent people.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Technical Program Manager Review"

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    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Newark, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food and good pay. You'll receive more stocks at Audible than Amazon.

    Cons

    Lack of ownership. If you're ambitious this isn't the place for you because you won't be able to get anything done. All business units are terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Put an emphasis on ownership and accountability.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Poor senior leadership and management will be the end of this place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    Amazon shares
    Looks good on the CV
    People in general are nice which is the only reason I wouldn't give 1*

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by stuff like free food, table tennis or even flexible working because the working culture in general stinks. Senior management routinely knock back new ideas and thinking. They are happy to rest on their laurels. People management is dire, with a lot of vague or conflicting feedback and no clarity of direction.There's a very prominent core clique heavily invested in self-congratulatory nonsense and telling peoplehow amazing they are. If you talk the talk and fall in with this group, you are far more likely to be successful than if you actually get your job done. It's all politics and playing games. Staff turnover has been very high for quite a while considering there's barely 100 people. I will be leaving at the earliest opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    None. It used to be a great place to work but they're ignoring what staff are saying and happy to watch people come and go. Until there's serious change nothing will happen.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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