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Updated 14 September, 2017
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Pros
  • There IS something called a "free lunch" (in 45 reviews)

  • The free food, raffled event tickets and RSU's are just some of the awesome perks Audible has to offer (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    - Fast-pace, high-tech and highly creative culture
    - Newark has more to offer than most think

    Cons

    - Getting everyone in one building would help communications


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Outwardly Casual (Internally Politics Dominate)- Customer Service Specific"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice Amenities
    Creativity is valued
    No BS straightforward culture: things aren't always buttoned up
    Smart People

    Cons

    Management is full of sharks
    People are on your side as long as your ideas are in favor
    Very segmented- departments are siloed
    In CS there is a lot of resentment from the agents towards analytics and management.
    It makes it tough to do your job when people are not aware of their roles.

    In CS: Better mange the power dynamic

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people...
    Make sure people and their drive for power are kept in check in intelligent healthy ways.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "The Company is a Family Economy"

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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

    Provides free lunch and is very relaxed about work hours. There are also some great women role models--go find them.

    Cons

    If you stay here for a long enough period of time, you might gradually develop habits that make you less prepared for an efficient workplace and less desirable as a modern professional.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Datawarehouse team is horrible."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newark, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Earn Amazon brand in your resume.

    You have access to many Amazon resources only if you can make use of

    Cons

    Data Engineers in this team are the industry's worst skilled persons. All that they boast about is that they know how to write SQLs and do Data Analysis.

    No one gets opportunity to work on any latest technologies. That is because the bosses have no idea what the rest of the world is doing. They have no voice in the company.


  6. "Worth the experience"

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

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    The office is comfortable, they feed you everyday and have semi-frequent office functions. The product is amazing if you're into it.

    Cons

    Very liberal on the outside, very bureaucratic on the inside

    Advice to Management

    Put your pride to the side and focus on the right thing.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "A sinking ship....."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Okayish Free Food,
    - Smart developers
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    -Lots of politics.
    - Negligible or negative career growth. People who have good political connections/can give an impression to senior executives really well that a lot of work is being done/ are there to please everyone, get promoted and are valued over those who are actually doing good things for the company.
    - Upper management seems to be living in its own blissful world which is far from reality. and seems like they have lost touch with what's actually happening in the company. Developers are unhappy and are leaving Audible in huge numbers and the senior management does not care at all.The company's sustenance depends solely on organic growth as there is no innovation in the product.
    - This company is NOT Amazon and DOES NOT follow Amazon principles. Rather people who stand strongly by Amazon Principles are criticized and end up in the bad books of their managers. People who raise real concerns are often termed as negative and are heavily criticized.
    - The hiring at Audible has gone rogue with HR being purely biased on hiring any candidates they can get irrespective of whether they are technically competent or not, just to meet their targets. The so called BAR RAISER program which distinguishes Amazon hiring from other companies is nothing but a joke at Audible.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire leaders, not diplomats or orators.
    - Take care of talent, you need them
    - CEO should pay more attention to what's going on in the company than trying to make Newark the next Brooklyn.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Excited for work every morning"

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

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

    Pros

    - Social and caring team
    - Great benefits
    - Opportunities to up-skill available
    - Great location
    -Flexible hours/working from home

    Cons

    - Lack of autonomy when it comes to answering to the US team


  9. Helpful (3)

    "The Best Place to Work in Amazon"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - 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

    - Innovative Tech
    - Smart People
    - Great / Benefits / Stock
    - Fun Culture / Partieis

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Fast pace
    - Sometimes can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Don Katz is really a guru in the media space. I wish he interacted more with the Product and Tech teams. We're always fired up after big events when he speaks. It would be nice to see him regularly at the working level.


  10. Helpful (23)

    "Stuck in the mud"

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    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.


  11. Helpful (15)

    "Not a Director? Don't even bother."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    RSUs
    Free food is mostly good

    Cons

    All of the recent negative reviews are true and then some. If senior management spent half the time reading them as they did writing their tone deaf new principles, maybe things would be better. But they're not interested in what the little people think (especially true if you watched senior leadership get combative at recent q&a sessions). If you are not a Director+, expect to get locked out of meetings no matter how much they impact your current job. Yet somehow, you will be expected to know what was discussed in said meetings.

    Also, prepare yourself to watch people who admit they don't know enough about their role get promoted. Meanwhile, know that you yourself will never be promoted unless you're an arrogant a-hole. People who are known to have complaints against them for being difficult to work with are promoted despite these facts. Even the most arrogant will probably never make it to Director though. There is absolutely no interest in cultivating internal talent. Not a single manager or senior manager is worth it I guess. Layers upon layers of Directors exist mostly to claim credit for Manager work. The environment here has become so toxic. You feel the tension in the air daily.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and smell the toxicity in the air, please. And for the love of god, support your employees! People are leaving in droves and there's damn good reason for it.


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