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Audible Overview

Newark, NJ
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Motion Picture Production & Distribution
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Since inventing and commercializing the first portable digital audio player in 1997, our focus on technological innovation and superior programming has earned us millions of listeners around the world.

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Mission: To unleash the power of the spoken word.

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Audible – Why Work With Us?

A little about us

Audible, Inc. is the world’s largest seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information and educational programming. Since inventing and commercializing the first portable digital audio player in 1997, our focus on technological innovation and superior programming has earned us millions of subscribers around the world. We’re an Amazon subsidiary with a presence on four different continents, yet we maintain a startup vibe and small company feel. We offer more than 425,000 downloadable audiobooks, audio editions of periodicals, and other programs, and an escalating array of listening products that enrich daily life for a growing population of people who want to be more productive, well-informed, and thoughtfully entertained. 

Our Beginnings

Since our founder and CEO, Don Katz, pondered the idea of a better way to listen to books in 1994, Audible has been leading the way with innovation, vision, and a passion to create content that is truly inspiring. Our history shows that when we combine our voices, we’re catalysts for change.

While jogging around Riverside Park in Manhattan with a cassette player, Don has a vision for a better way to listen to books while on the go: downloadable digital files.
Don forms a company called Audible Words, which distributes audio over the Internet. A few months later, a team of nine is hard at work to make this vision a reality.
1997 goes live, and the company releases the first commercialized portable audio player, an example of which now rests in the Smithsonian.
Audible goes public on NASDAQ.
Audible launches a downloadable weekly audio program with Robin Williams years before the word “podcast” is coined.
Audible becomes the provider of spoken-word audio for Apple’s iTunes Store.
2004 launches with a catalog of 250 German audiobooks — the first step in our mission to serve customers globally.
Audible expands to serve listeners in the UK and France.
Audible moves its world headquarters to Newark, NJ.
Audible joins the Amazon family after a years-long partnership, setting the companies on course to continue to invent together — and opening Audible to Amazon’s unrivaled agglomeration of customers. Audible remains a freestanding, independent subsidiary with its own culture, business model and brand.
The A-List collection debuts: Audible commissions a series of tour-de-force performances by Hollywood’s biggest stars including Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson, and Susan Sarandon.
Audible Studios wins its first Grammy Award, for Janis Ian’s autobiography, Society's Child. The same year, Audible wins the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.
Audible launches in Japan.
Audible launches a suite of short-form programming that’s made available for free to Audible members and Amazon Prime members.
As we celebrated 20 years since the launch of our service, our catalog surpassed 400,000 titles and we launched Audible for Canada.
We’re continuing to develop revolutionary ideas that surprise and delight our customers as we share the power of storytelling with even more people around the world.

Ours is a tale of groundbreaking ideas and world-shaping inventions, of pioneering techniques and award-winning productions. We’re a collection of unique characters with a common passion – the desire to share the power of storytelling with the world. Our combined voices are transforming the way people access entertainment as we continue to push the limits of our medium.

Audible’s People Principles celebrate who we are and where we’ve been, and guide the way we work shoulder to shoulder to enhance the lives of our millions of customers. They reflect and apply to everyone who works at Audible – the entrepreneurs and operators, the dreamers and the doers, those who have worked here for 20 years and those who have arrived in the past few weeks and months. We hope they capture a sense of the place you would want to spend your days too.

Be customer obsessed

a. We work ceaselessly to hear the voices of our customers – to listen for them even when they aren’t speaking to us directly. Audible inspires our listeners’ dreams and feelings, as well as serves their needs. That our customers depend on us is an honor, and we work to ensure our service exceeds their expectations in every way.

b. Millions of people around the world are listening to Audible right now because we work in pursuit of ever-improving measures of our customers’ happiness and loyalty. Any change or improvement to our service must be executed with each and every customer’s ability to easily understand our intentions in mind.

c. Understanding what we mean to customers and correctly measuring inputs that yield those insights allows the financial outcomes of our business to take care of themselves. Analysis is not an end result but one of the catalysts of original and innovative work.

d. We endeavor to humanize our own voice across all customer connections in a way that reflects the well-composed and brilliantly performed words we deliver to our listeners.

e. We obsessively focus on other key stakeholders as if they are customers too: We serve the writers, actors and other creative professionals who craft the words we deliver, as well as the people who live in the communities where we work. At Audible we prize the capacity to see the world through others’ eyes.

Imagine and invent before they ask

a. Nobody asked Audible to invent the first solid state digital audio device between 1994 and 1997. We thrive when we gaze deeply into the future—to what spoken words can be and to the coming technologies and techniques that will define how people listen—so we can continue to invent on behalf of customers before they ask.

b. We embrace ambiguity and we tolerate and demystify complexity. We seek to simplify the end-to-end customer experience in a way that allows our customer to feel the power of the words we deliver before they have to think about it.

c. We value and reward positive disruption of the internal and external status quo.

d. To dream into the future on behalf of our customers and customers to come, we don’t fear failure. In fact, we celebrate the glorious failures that have accompanied our successes because of what we can learn from them. Innovations that can change the lives of millions of people begin as planted seeds that require several years of focus – we imagine without fear and we are patient and tenacious as we work to make our ideas real.

Articulate the possible and move fast to make it real

a. Leaders who can imagine the possible are also able to synthesize vision in a way that “connects the dots” across strategy, function, and to the details of execution.

b. Listening well requires the ability to crystallize thoughts via well-chosen written and spoken words that can be turned into meaningful action. Audible exists to unleash spoken words that inspire, offer insight, teach, and persuade. The best visions of the possible are intellectual hypotheses made even better when data and research inform them, and the best action plans deploy an economy and clarity of expression that enables others to “dream in color.”

c. Moving fast and thoughtfully in missionary pursuit of the well-articulated vision of the possible is the best way to make things happen and exhibit leadership of the highest order.

Study and draw inspiration from culture and technology

a. At its best, Audible is an inspiration platform (a movement, a cause), and leaders who stand out operate at the cutting edge of the arts and sciences. We draw inspiration from artistic creativity, from the truths and wisdoms conveyed through the ages, from the most advanced of emergent technologies, and from the sciences focused on the study and calibration of the human condition. We hear the culture’s drumbeat and we can audit scientific innovation at the cutting edge.

b. As enlightening and enjoyable as it may be, leaders at Audible do not just listen, read, and stare at large and small screens for fun. We are vigilant professional observers, and our research laboratories include the sound, look, feel and experience of wherever we are.

Activate caring

a. We respect and celebrate the glories of the human spectrum. We embrace and work to protect inherent civil rights based on people’s gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, religious beliefs, birthplace, socioeconomic station, disabilities, and age.

b. We work to improve the lives of those without privilege in the cities and countries in which we operate, because Audible seeks to exemplify what a company can mean beyond what it does. We believe in giving people a chance, and we work to make this so, particularly in the urban core. Our focus on education innovation and urban economic and social renaissance is about advancing equality, and this mission should inform and inspire our days.

c. We work shoulder to shoulder like the missionary agents of change we are. “Allofus” share the heartand soul of a start-up even as we grow large. This requires passionate advocacy in debate and a culture of extremely high expectations, but this does not mean leaders allow ego or personal politics to darken decisions or discourse (we used to call this the no a-hole rule). We intertwine deep rigor and exacting high standards with kindness and joy, and at Audible we remember that people will invariably forget things you say, but they will rarely forget how you make them feel.

d. To create the deepest comradery, trust, and a more meaningful experience of the work that defines our days, we let others really get to know who we are as individuals. Leaders understand this and teach it through exemplary action. We work backwards from big visions, we value shared honesty and we celebrate the quality of the collegial effort to achieve our goals.

We are a community of brilliant minds, brimming with fresh ideas working shoulder-to-shoulder to achieve greatness. And because of this, we think it’s only fair that we offer some nice little perks to everyone who goes the extra mile at Audible.


Fully stocked kitchen with all the snacks and drinks to get your creative thoughts flowing.

Health & Fitness

Dental and vision plans, life insurance, and the medical plan options that suit individual needs.


Plan for your future with employer-matched savings accounts.


We grant our employees restricted stock units, because we want them to think and act like owners.

Time off

We love what we do but everyone needs the opportunity to hit the refresh button. Take advantage of vacation days, sick days, and personal days to rejuvenate.


From tickets to local events and exciting company-sponsored events, regular outings and team-building events foster our spirit of collaboration.

Amazon discount

As part of the Amazon family, Audible employees are entitled to a discount on products on Amazon.


Discounted sports clubs or fitness reimbursements.

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.

Giving Back to the Community

Audible offers employees meaningful community involvement opportunities including mentoring interns, literacy tutoring and Audible Scholars, along with collaboration on start-up projects incubating in Newark Venture Partners

“Both Audible and Newark have proud histories in technology and culture, and both also have exciting futures. Audible is a better company and a better place to work because of our decision to move to Newark ten years ago.” —Beth, EVP and Publisher

“Audible genuinely believes in supporting the growth of their people and understands how important learning and development is--not only for an individual’s personal career progression but also for the continued success of the company. I feel very privileged to play my part in this incredibly innovative business that enriches the lives of listeners on a daily basis.” —Jay, Senior Learning & Development Manager

“I love that there is such a strong customer-focused culture at Audible and that we get to use data and strategy to solve complex problems for a product that so many people love. My colleagues are some of the smartest, funniest and most dedicated people I’ve ever worked with, and while we all work hard, there’s a strong family-friendly atmosphere which means none of us sacrifice our personal lives for our job.” —Fidelma,  Sr. Manager, Content Discovery and Engagement for Audible Australia

“I love using Audible as a customer. I thought I loved books before listening, but listening to amazingly performed stories took my enjoyment to a whole new level. Audible helps me achieve my overly ambitious Goodreads Reading Challenge each year.  It has also made running on a treadmill less excruciating, and dare I say…fun?  I’m so happy to be working on products and improvements that will bring customers, like me, even more, joy in books and stories.” —Shruti, Product Marking Director

“In the five years I’ve spent at Audible, I’ve not once had a dull day. The people I work with are smart, passionate, creative and totally immersed in audio, they continue to inspire me day after day. I am able to thrive in an environment that allows me to grow my strengths” —Astrid, Product Marketing Manager for Audible Berlin

“The culture here at Audible is great! My team managers encourage me to grow, and welcome my feedback and ideas.” —Tramaine, Customer Care Representative, Customer Service Operations

“In a time when the rest of the world is anxious and full of uncertainty about the future, Audible gives me hope that there are still people who want to make a positive difference in the world. From our CEO (Don) to my own managers, I have always felt like and been treated as an equal. I love what we as a company do for the world, and I consider it a major point of pride to call myself an Audible employee.” —Matthew, Knowledge Management Specialist, Customer Service Operations

“I have always wanted to work for a tech company, so getting this internship while in high school was an incredible chance for me to preview what my future job might be like. Through this internship, I have been able to see how different teams function and gain a deeper appreciation each behind the scenes aspect of a business and how important they are.” —Rahshemah, Audible Intern

Audible Reviews

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    Current Employee - Director in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Newark, NJ
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    I have been working at Audible full-time (More than 3 years)


    The benefits of having the company Founder still run the organization means that you feel the passion & energy for the mission EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. While most people still only know Audible for audiobooks, they are inventing new formats of entertainment snacks for the ears every day and before people even know they want them. Listen to some of the theatrical productions they've been releasing -- awesome!

    Working here is a terrific blend of speed, innovation, family, and caring. We work hard for each other. We work hard for Newark. The balance is also there, if you need it. Being our own planet in the gigantic Amazon ecosystem is fun. We have all the resources we need to do our own thing! Amazing tech is at our fingertips, even better people are one-click away.

    Benefits on Day One. Catered lunch every day. Unlimited content to listen to. Weekly happy hour (on-site). Clean, open working space. A brand-new state of the art technical working space in a restored church property (Innovation Cathedral) is the keystone of a three building campus in the heart of downtown Newark. A Newark, along with the likes of Detroit and other historic industrial cities, that is on the come-back -- every year is better than the next. Newark even made Amazon's HQ2 top 20 list.


    If you don't like rapid change, dealing with ambiguity, and aren't committed to the Newark revival, look elsewhere. This is a fast-paced organization dedicated to building tech quickly. They are even more dedicated to rebuilding one of America's forgotten cities. You won't have fun here if any of those things make you uncomfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep inventing & imagining. Keep hiring great people. Keep paying them well. Keep investing in their future.

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Audible Photos

Audible photo of: Team Audible at Propelify 2018
Audible photo of: Over 60 employee volunteers from our Finance and Insights teams led a number of engaging workshops with students and worked to beautify Rafael Hernandez Elementary School in Newark.
Audible photo of: Black History Month celebrations concluded with a Spoken Word performance by employees.
Audible photo of: Our engineers eat pie on Pi Day!
Audible photo of: Audible employees mark World Sleep Day with an Audible Sleep and Sound Experience.
Audible photo of: Audible employees celebrating the Lunar New Year in our Cambridge office.
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Audible Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Audible.


    Audible's interview process was easily the most organized I've ever been involved with. The internal recruiter was clear about how each step of the process would work, and each of those things came to fruition. There was a recruiter phone screening, 1 one-hour phone interviews, and an on-site interview panel of 5 interviews over 6 hours and a lunch.

    Interview Questions

    • Amazon-style "STAR" questions were asked in each interview, along with two whiteboard application design sections.   Answer Question
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Audible Awards & Accolades

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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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