Audible Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jul 29, 2020

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Audible Chairman and CEO Donald R. Katz
Donald R. Katz
277 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free lunch, limitless growth and development, employees really feel a sense of community and purpose(in 75 reviews)

  • "Well paid, backed by Amazon, great benefits (commuter, free food)(in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior Management has no idea how to effectively run an organization or manage employees(in 16 reviews)

  • "oncall, holidays, work life balance sometimes(in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company - people-centric, inclusive, operational integrity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Bright and engaged people, lots of emphasis on people-management, career development, training and learning. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not competitive vacation policy -- only 3 weeks for tenures < 5 yrs Heavily process and documentation focused; sometimes feels like overkill

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    Audible Response

    August 11, 2020HR Director

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review! It’s great to hear you’ve been enjoying the many benefits that come with working at Audible. You’re part of a team of brilliant innovators and it’s only fair to offer some nice perks to help keep your creative juices flowing. We wouldn’t be able to have a positive culture without people like you. Thank you for helping make Audible a great place to work.

  2. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "Great working environment, but communication from leadership is lacking"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free lunch, casual dress, no micromanagement, work/life balance oriented They simply care about you as an employee and as a person and I’ve loved working here. It’s no more evident than how they have excellently responded to COVID-19 crisis.

    Cons

    Unclear and undirected initiatives for business growth: Leadership will brainstorm and strategically plan ways to stimulate growth and target key stakeholders to execute. However, there’s way too many closed door meetings and not enough communication downstream to those who are essential to current processes of the product. Many times my team is presented with surprises which impact our work. We have to troubleshoot and adjust quickly somewhat often. There are no discussions or advance notice for how we can prepare for internal change. Direct management needs improvement: Not the fault of their own, but in my experience here, management is hard to get a hold of because of their busy schedules and numerous meetings each day. They struggle to keep up with day to day work because unnecessary hour long meetings are scheduled which can easily be avoided if there was better communication with teams outside of your department. It seems they have no way of knowing proper POCs to email. HR processes are vague: They do well to present how performance reviews and compensation are measured, but the decisions impacted by them are entirely at the disposal of HR, not your manager. They measure compensation relative to the market for your role for which you nor your manager can have a conversation about.

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    Audible Response

    April 3, 2020HR Director

    Thank you for taking the time to share your view. We believe that communication is critical to creating real, positive change. We also want our employees to be surrounded by colleagues that are compassionate and inspirational. We invite you to reach out to your HRBP or manager to discuss your concerns. We’ll continue to listen and live up to our values.


  3. "Data Science Summer Internship"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Data Scientist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent HR policy. Good work-life balance. Highly talented team. Great projects for summer interns.

    Cons

    Really nothing I can think of.

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    Audible Response

    July 21, 2020HR Director

    Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your internship experience at Audible!

  4. Helpful (1)

    "nice"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDE-II 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    tech, work life, salary, food

    Cons

    oncall, holidays, work life balance sometimes

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    Audible Response

    March 4, 2020HR Director

    It’s great to hear you’ve been enjoying the many benefits that come with working at Audible. You’re part of a team of brilliant innovators and it’s only fair to offer some nice perks to help keep your creative juices flowing. Thank you for sharing your feedback and please feel free to reach out to your HRBP or manager with any of your comments and concerns.

  5. Helpful (13)

    "Nice culture. Poor management. Horrible HR team."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Perks. Free food. Smart co-workers. Office cultures. Work life balance. Some projects are good.

    Cons

    1. Location is not ideal. Even though they provide shuttle service from the path station, the location is just not safe. I've seen people getting into fights with blood all over at the station and heard female co-workers being harassed at the station. 2. Managers play favoritism a lot. Be aware of the team you're joining. There are still some good teams and good managers. Not many though. 3. The management has no concern for the employee but only for what's beneficial to themselves. 4. Constant re-org. Lots of politics. You might be surprised. 5. HR team is the worst I've ever seen. A lot of them are not doing their job properly.

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    Audible Response

    November 1, 2019HR Director

    Thanks for taking the time to post a review about your experience at Audible. We’re committed to improving the experience of working here and we invite you to reach out to your HRBP or manager for further conversation. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Audible.

  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work - management not so much..."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Perks (Meals prepared, happy hour and corp events, discounts etc) Location

    Cons

    Lack of growth; Work/Life balance discouraged

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    Audible Response

    October 6, 2019HR Director

    Thank you for sharing your alumni review. It’s great to hear you enjoyed the many benefits that come with working at Audible. We believe that communication is critical to creating real, positive change. We’ll continue to listen and live up to our values. We wish you the best in your career! Thank you for your feedback.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "founder led, mission driven, great culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Audible is a growth company inside a BigCo, and has some of the pros and cons of both. Pros would include great culture, work life balance and perks (great food, parties, etc.). Also smart, experienced coworkers and established teams with experts but also large enough to support less experienced new hires.

    Cons

    Being in Newark is not ideal, especially if your partner works in NYC, but living in NJ does save a lot of money. As a growth company within Amazon, finding the right balance regarding how much time to invest in planning vs. executing is difficult.

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  8. Helpful (6)

    "A company that will grown you along with itself"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Best place to learn and develop yourself while you contribute to the organisation. Great Work - Life balance. Collaborative culture. Work Independence and they promote you make your own decisions which works for you. Great benefits. Overall personality and knowledge development

    Cons

    I don't have any cons that I can think off. I f you work with discipline and proactive nature, you will have a great life here.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good work life balance, lots of reorg"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance, Free food and snacks, Growth opportunities,

    Cons

    Lots of reorg, Management keeps changing and the way of doing things keep changing which resulted people leaving, Not much time left for you to learn new technology although it is encouraged.

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  10. Helpful (21)

    "Not for people who are passionate about their work and want to grow and learn."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They have free lunches everyday Under Amazon wing

    Cons

    They literally dupe you. The higher management has no concern for the employees and what they want. There is a serious lack of communication There is no focus on employee happiness. They say there is a work life balance but I dont see it. There is a provision to work remotely but it is frowned upon by your colleagues. People gossip all the time and tend to be into other people's business. Overall a very toxic work culture. One hardly ever sees the CEO. Setting up meetings with anyone above your manager is next to impossible. No good intake program. No good mentorship program.

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