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Audible Reviews

Updated 19 February, 2019
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Pros
  • "Supply free lunch - saves you a lot of money" (in 59 reviews)

  • "Great culture, Great people, Free food, Interesting work" (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very risk adverse senior management" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Lack of transparency given the hierarchal org structure" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Working for Audible"

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    Current Employee - TPM in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - TPM in Newark, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    - Smart people
    - Amazon stocks
    - Lunch and snacks are free

    Cons

    - Not a lot of innovation
    - Ranks means a lot
    - Amazon (big company) culture


  2. "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Truly believes and lives by their People Principles
    Industry leading product
    Great people and environment

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating

  3. "Make an impact, join the customer obsessed mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Software Development in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Director of Software Development in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at Audible for over 7 years, moving through technology as an individual developer up to middle management. In that time, there was considerable growth, but the great things stayed the same.
    * Direct connection to customers. You'll frequently hear from them directly in public, and indirectly through customer care and product.
    * Close connection between your work and the missionary vision. Working on something that actually matters to people and having a direct line of feedback in that work.
    * Amazing access to cutting edge Amazon and AWS technology and the opportunity to use it extensively.
    * Incredibly connected culture where you can know most people, and a focus on building interpersonal and inter-team relationships.
    * No jerks, everyone tries to be collaborative and even when motivation differs, it doesn't become personal
    * Connections to Amazon teams, processes, and networking
    * Amazon infrastructure means all work is focussed on delivering value to customers, not building plumbing
    * Size means plenty of opportunity to influence and set direction, even as an individual
    * Culture goes beyond just free lunches and ping pong (though both are present) and includes a connection to Newark and focus on people first.
    * Great work life balance except in very minimal times of crisis. Plenty of time and opportunity to broaden knowledge and experience.

    Cons

    * As size has increased, so have processes, meaning less of a "just do it" attitude. In most cases, a good thing for higher quality, but in some can be frustrating if you can't just do the right thing.
    * Growth makes it harder to know everyone and build close relationships
    * Meeting focussed culture where days get filled up with meetings that could be quick discussions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the clear vision and mission and communicating this often with teams.
    Ensure teams are accountable and heavily built around clear ownership and empowered to make decisions within their domain.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager at Audible"

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    Current Employee - Manager, Originals & Exclusives in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Manager, Originals & Exclusives in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -Timely and efficient interview process
    -Great employees and work culture
    -Generous benefits

    Cons

    -Located in Newark (but, part of an admirable mission to engage with the community)


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    "Good benefits, can be chaotic"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well paid, backed by Amazon, great benefits (commuter, free food)

    Cons

    The environment can be chaotic to work in. Constant churn in management


  6. "Great culture that supports adventurous thinking"

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

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

    Pros

    Compared to other places I've worked, I find the overall company very welcoming, diverse, and encouraging of their employees. When people have ideas, most are encouraged to explore them and push them forward. If you look to seek out cross-team collaboration or information, it is usually encouraged.

    Cons

    The company is fairly big and there are many times where it feels like you don't know the majority of the other employees. There is also a tendency to be non-transparent in larger goals, and sometimes it feels like no one really knows what the true goal is and how we are getting there.

    Advice to Management

    Survey the employees about what they see their role as, what they want to do, and what they think they can contribute to their larger organization. Many people have talents that exceed the expectations of their role and may not be suited to focus solely on that role. Come up with better communications within and between teams to help everyone feel like they have an understanding of what other teams do, and most especially, what other people on the teams around them do.


  7. "You'll learn a lot"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues who genuinely care and want to build products and solve problems. Startup environment with full Amazon benefits. Complimentary lunch served each day is one of the best perks. Opportunities to explore different areas within the company, moving around and pivoting roles is encouraged. Very little PowerPoint.

    Cons

    Fairly political environment, new employee onboarding (about data and tools used here) could definitely be better. You have to figure out everything on your own. Lack of documentation around data and models.

    Advice to Management

    Scale up ENGR resources to complete all the work we want to complete.

  8. Helpful (19)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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