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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Audience full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Exceptionally exciting product specializations - DSP-related and beyond, tons of interesting stuff to work with and of all kinds.
    - Exceptionally bright workforce, an outstanding algorithms group -- a bunch of very decorated PhDs, who set up lunch sessions to share knowledge.
    - In force of the two considerations just above, a lot of room for technical, professional advancement and for learning (but you've gotta be proactive about it; see below).
    - Flexible work hours, the goal is to get the job done rather than to rub up a hole in your pants by sitting (depends on the group, probably, and might require weekends if the project calls for it).
    - A good, benevolent atmosphere generally (but, also, generally aloof; see below).
    - Good, clear (more or less) administrative structure and functional delineation among the groups (that, however, has its flip side; see the "Advice to Management").

    Cons

    - Average compensation (not in my case, probably, but also judging upon other reviews on Glassdoor, and the company will strive to beat or, at least, to match your previous salary when you come on board), no performance bonus, and no 401(k) matching.
    - Unless you're one of those decorated PhDs in the algo group, the quality of your projects tends to slip -- they'll want to utilize you as they see fit, so, if you wanna develop professionally, you've gotta get explicit about it; you've gotta say something about the kind of work you aspire to do.
    - General disposition on the floor seems to be a bit aloof and snobbish (a consequence of the highly complex nature of work, perhaps, and, thus, of the high educational average in the workforce?).
    - Technical documentation and communication in general both lack, but I had found it to be the case with most of my employers in the Valley prior to Audience.
    - Inter-group and inter-domain communication lacks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The company would really benefit from a few more cross-discipline people bridging different groups, administrative domains, and products (please, don't consider me for that, though; I wanna stay technical :-) ), as the general flow seems to be fragmented, and expertise seems to be confined to groups, which impedes development and creates quite a bit of red tape. Groups have to seek review of their work from the adjacent domains more aggressively.

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