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Audible Reviews

Updated 12 April, 2019
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Pros
  • "Supply free lunch - saves you a lot of money" (in 61 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Very risk adverse senior management" (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging, but fulfilling work environment"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a fast moving company that cares about its customers and its community. The things that are most important to me are the friendly employees, the challenging work, great benefits, including Amazon stock, free lunch, happy hours, flexible work policy, recognition and rewards for going above and beyond your normal job duties, and convenience to mass transit.

    Cons

    Working out of two locations in Newark sometimes requires a lot of walking back and forth; workload can be overwhelming at times due to headcount restraints, and you may have to juggle many issues at once to keep everyone happy.

    Advice to Management

    Work together and take the steps needed to resolve common theme complaints.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Audible has amazing perks and benefits that are on par with some of the best tech companies out there. Free catered food everyday including a salad bar, deli, and chefs table, free beverages including a drink of the month, free snacks including hummus and carrots, guac, and fruits, and $500/month right in your pocket if you live in Newark. The company is also an active member of the Newark community to help revitalize the economy and to help its people. They have an entire team dedicated to creating more jobs, more residential housing, and helping local businesses. This is a company that cares just as much about people as they do about the bottom line.

    And then there’s the people who work here. Truly kind-hearted and intelligent people. I get to work with some of the most solution oriented and collaborative people.

    Being located in New Jersey is also a plus for anyone who lives in NJ and doesn’t want to commute all the way to NYC.

    Cons

    You will encounter a handful of bad eggs here but honestly every company has them. I have seen people like this enter the company and not stay forever so it’s at least refreshing to know that the company does something once they identify there’s a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more. In fact, over communicate.

  3. "Best place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Surrounded by intelligent and inspiring peers (No A*holes!)
    - Great product - actually improves people's lives
    - Flexible work schedules
    - Casual work attire and fun culture
    - Free food and snacks
    - Located in New Jersey

    Cons

    - Can be overwhelming. If you're not self motivated, this is not the place for you.


  4. "Working at Audible is Fun"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Communications in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Communications in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, kind, smart and very caring.
    Interesting work and a product you can really believe in.
    Free lunches and snacks.
    Interesting employee events.
    Newark has a lot going on and is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Days are packed very full.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Not a cool place"

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

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

    Pros

    Free food, 9-5 work culture

    Cons

    So many re-orgs, management has no clarity on what needs to be done, they keep experimenting and moving employees, extremely political in nature


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Audible Is Where You Want to Be!"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Audible while 20+ years old still has a start feel to it and embraces change and is an innovative place to work. You can find your voice a this company and infuse new ideas in a way most companies don't empower you to do. Great place to get energized and to see ideas flourish from start to finish.

    Cons

    While structure is important and beneficial even in a "start up" culture, we need to hear, see and connect more with our leaders, especially our senior leaders. We know they are working hard, making critical decisions every day but if it doesn't trickle down, if they cannot be asked questions and connect with them, audible will become a corporation culture. Also, we have an interesting relationship with Amazon. I think there is room for improvement and to really create a clear line where we need to be intricately connected and where we can be independent so we can all operated optimally.

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible, more vocal, more reachable so your employees that produce the work, design and create the products and support the overall organization know how their efforts tie into the strategic initiatives and big picture. Help us help you keep audible on top!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Company with a good product but limited focus on tech"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDEII
    Current Employee - SDEII
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon resources and ever bumping AMZN + extras like free lunch / food + better AMZN vesting

    Cons

    - Politics as commented in many other reviews
    - Re-org every 4 to 6 months due to politics and undetermined management

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Good managers shield from poor upper leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As my 4 star review reflects, I'm very happy at Audible - one of the best jobs I've had. Great office space, great snacks/lunch, and interesting work with a great team. However, your experience very much depends on who your immediate manager is.

    Cons

    While my manager is excellent, there are some I know who are not and upper leadership in the company seems very political (both office politics and political politics) and simultaneously out of touch with what is happening on the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Take the issue of executive politics and poor management seriously - every employee I know here strongly dislikes this and has fairly low esteem for senior managers as a result.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Web Development Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Web Development Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    More relaxed than Amazon. I've enjoyed the people I've worked with throughout, which is important to me. No shortage of interesting system-level web tech challenges to tackle—a mixed bag of gaps to fill (opportunities) and growth-related, bureaucratic baggage.

    Cons

    Mentioned in pros: there is a bit of a heavy top end, not unusual for a (tech) company in this stage of growth. Can be annoying though when edicts come down from senior leadership that disrupt work for employees in the bottom several rungs of the org.

    Advice to Management

    More bottom up than top down please; could learn from Amazon practices regarding tech planning and team organization.


  10. "I love being a part of Audible"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great teammates
    2. Good working environment.
    3. Great food

    Cons

    1. The frequent re-orgs is not such a great experience