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Audible – Why Work For Us?



Why Audible?

Imagine being able to say of a great audiobook your friend is enjoying, “I had a hand in producing that,” or point to apps your friends are using and say, “Hey, I helped build that.” As an Audible employee, you’ll be part of something big. And better yet, you’ll feel like a valued member of the team.

People at Audible enjoy a rich heritage of firsts. We led the charge into digital audiobooks back in 1995. We commercialized the first portable digital audio player in 1997, four years before the introduction of the iPod. We continue to invent on behalf of our customers with innovations like the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), an online audio rights marketplace and production platform, and Whispersync for Voice, an innovation that allows people to switch between reading a Kindle book and listening to the corresponding Audible audiobook without losing their place. If your ideas are destined to change the world, Audible’s culture of innovation provides an environment in which you can become a rock star.

Working at Audible

Audible’s loft-style Newark HQ is a gallery-esque workspace that buzzes with energy and creativity. Manhattan’s just 20 minutes away, and here at Audible you’ll find a stimulating mix of literary culture and advanced digital technology that has transformed the audiobook category and turned what we call “literate listening” into the way busy people read.

We offer competitive salaries and benefits like Amazon stock, health club membership, and transportation stipends. Our people also enjoy benefits like catered breakfast and lunch, onsite events featuring leaders in technology and the arts, and audiobook clubs.

Our culture center

If you planted yourself at one of Audible’s many strangely-shaped couches and watched, you’d see scientists gabbing with customer care agents. You’d hear audio engineers discussing literature with designers, and everyone else bantering about last night’s softball game. That’s a big “if”, though, because our people are much too busy innovating to lounge around. Audible employees are constantly improving and inventing on behalf of our customers—the growing number of audiobook listeners around the world. If you’re creative, curious, and excited about new ideas, this is an environment that will engage you to no end..

An open and inclusive space

The free flow of ideas at Audible begins with a space without offices, walls, and doors. Great ideas come from everywhere – from the clusters of sleek workstations, the fishbowl conference rooms, and our chic café. Imaginations soar under the lofty ceilings and industrial-ware. Here, you’ll find inspiration as boundless as the views of Newark, Manhattan, and beyond. You could get used to this

One cohesive team

Our CEO and founder, Don Katz, still comes to work every day. He has a cubicle just like everyone else. He collaborates in meetings. He asks you what you think. That says a lot about the way we work together here at Audible. All our departments come together to solve problems, create solutions, and have a good time doing so.

Chicken wings, bowling, charity and more

If Audible doesn’t sound like your average sorry-we-had-to-cut-the-coffee-budget Fortune-500 workplace, it’s because it isn’t. We feed our people – with intellectual nourishment, tasty career challenges, and Thai cuisine (or Mexican, Italian, or Indian depending on the week). We figure if you’re going to spend a third of your life anyplace, that place better be pretty darn cool. Our great speakers, company softball, intra-department soccer grudge matches, and chicken-wing eating contests make for an experience that’s full as well as filling.

Small place, big time benefits

Medical

Administered by Premera Blue Cross, our plans cover preventive care, prescription drugs, emergency and hospital care, mental health, X-rays, lab work, etc. There are no pre-existing condition exclusions with any of Amazon’s medical plans. Regular employees scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week are eligible for medical and dental benefits.

Vision

Administered by Vision Service Plan (VSP). This plan is included at no additional charge when you enroll in medical coverage.

Dental

Administered by Delta Dental / Washington Dental Service.

Amazon Restricted Stock Unit Grant

Receive a grant of Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSU) that will begin vesting on your one year anniversary.
Upon vesting, RSUs convert to actual shares of Amazon stock that you own.

Tuition Assistance Plan

Educational Assistance – Eligible full-time employees can receive $7,500 in tuition reimbursement per year, following the completion of the initial annual performance evaluation and after meeting satisfactory performance standards.

Audible Company Events

Softball League

Basketball League

Bowling League

Ping-Pong League

Running Club

Soccer League
Quiz Bowl – Audible’s version of Jeopardy

Charitable Company Events

Operation Santa:
Audible works with the Newark Post Office to gather “Dear Santa” letters from Newark’s needy children for our yearly Operation Santa event. Audible is an annual participant in Operation Santa, which provides toys, clothes and other necessities to Newark’s neediest children, wrapping gifts together as a company as a prelude to our annual holiday party. In 2011, Audible employees purchased gifts for over 100 Newark children.

Other benefits

  • Health Care & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and Accident Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan and Company Match
  • Vacation Time
  • Subsidized Parking
  • Aetna Commuter Benefits (ACB)
  • Catered Breakfast on Mondays
  • Catered Lunch Every Day
  • Free Coffee, Tea, Soda, Snacks, etc
  • Tickets for local events – NJPAC, Prudential Center, Red Bull Stadium

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Recruiter in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Lead Recruiter in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Audible (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture.
    Fun environment.
    Great peers.
    Strong company.
    Excited to come to work everyday.
    Great lunches especially since they changed the menu.
    Flexible schedule.

    I loved my time here but as any company there is always room for improvement. Audible is no different. I am still a huge fan of the product and I use it practically everyday.

    Cons

    A lot of things are done in secrecy here. I would love for a more transparent company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop keeping so many secrets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Audible Interviews

Updated Dec 2, 2014
Updated Dec 2, 2014

Interview Experience

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    Software Development Engineer Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Audible.

    Interview Details

    I have applied through college career fair. I received an email after a month from HR asking me to have a phone interview. I had a phone interview which was there for 1 hour. I was asked about
    1. few behavioural questions
    2. A logical question
    3. A programming question
    4. A data structures question

    I screwed it up in programming question. So received an email saying no offer.

    Interview Questions
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Additional Info

Website www.audible.com
Headquarters Newark, NJ
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Operated By Amazon.com
Founded 1995
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Media
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

Audible has a story to tell. A subsidiary of Amazon.com, Audible is the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word information and entertainment. Audible content includes more than 150,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the exclusive provider of audiobooks for Apple's iTunes store. The company operates 12 global outlets including audible.co.uk in London, audible.de in Berlin and audible.fr in Paris.

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