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Updated October 20, 2017
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Pros
  • There IS something called a "free lunch" (in 48 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Poor work life balance contributes to high level of burnout and stress among employees (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management exhibit tremendous risk aversion (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Best Job I've Had"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are exceptional. Incredibly smart, passionate about what we do and incredibly open to new ideas. There is a lot of change being put in place to make sure that the entrepreneurial spirit and energy stays alive while the company continues to grow hand over fist. Don could not be a more inspirational leader. And the company just treats you well. Food, health care brought to the office, real flexibility in schedule to accommodate personal lives.

    Cons

    It's in Newark. I wish it was in Midtown. Surprisingly, I've become pretty accustomed to the commute. It's not really any further that Brooklyn -> the 50's.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the revolution.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience, drinking from the fire hose"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible environment. Fast paced. Very easy to have a huge impact. Great culture. There's always some fun non-work related activity going on. Beer every Friday. Lunch every day. Ping Pong, Basketball, Softball, ultimate frisbee. Just a great place to work.

    Cons

    I don't think this is a con but you gotta be on your game. Definitely not for everyone but for the right person you will thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Best job I've had in more than a decade"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    - Growing, profitable company with smart, driven people means a very healthy culture.
    - Physical space (lots of natural light, open floor plan, etc.) contributes to that healthy culture.
    - Genuine interest across the organization in new/better ideas.
    - Relatively non-heirarchical
    - Egos are rarely a part of the decision-making process. Very logic/data-driven.
    - Free lunches, ping pong tables, etc. encourage interpersonal bonds.
    - Free audio books

    Cons

    - Shades of not seeing the forest for the trees (although they know this, and want to change)
    - Rapid growth means that there are some communication challenges (different corners of the org working on similar things)


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Place filled with intelligent and happy employees"

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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

    - Positive energy
    - No Micro management
    - Very helpful people around (specially HR, amazing diversity in the HR - like the fact there is no preference in race or color)
    - All immigration work was done smoothly by HR
    - Enjoyed the first day tour of the office (Very well done by Mike)
    - Free Lunches and healthy snacks
    - Starbucks on the house
    - Keep introducing varieties of healthy snack options

    Cons

    Parking and complimentary shuttle - both are not in the best of shape.

    Advice to Management

    Every staff in Management have gray hair - Give the youngsters a break.
    Some management staff have no hair :)


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Never a dull moment - in a good way!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lifestyle product
    - Collaborative and entrepreneurial culture
    - Built off best-in-class Amazon services
    - Impactful work
    - Free food (which can also be a con)
    - AMZN stock
    - Day 1 in terms of growth potential

    Cons

    - Commute if you live in NYC
    - Promotions take time
    - Limited veg food options
    - Forecasting and goal setting process is time consuming
    - Space

    Advice to Management

    Onward...


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing culture, great talent, life improving product..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is great, balancing the unique culture (and mission) of Audible, with the technology and process capabilities of Amazon. Open work environment, minimal bureaucracy, free lunch, snacks and drinks, really smart people - wherever you turn.

    Cons

    High hiring bar, constant focus on delivering results, and an emphasis on putting listeners (customers) means that it might not be the right company for everyone.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Happy Audible Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    I’m about 6 years into my career and Audible was the perfect next step for me. The potential to grow with the company is fantastic. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the projects that I have been able to work on and through them, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some of the smartest people that I have had the pleasure of working with. I really enjoy the open work environment and collaborative culture. Each day is fast-paced and 100% engaging.

    Cons

    The commute to Newark from other areas in New Jersey and Manhattan isn't bad but a more reliable/safer shuttle service for those that use public transit would make it a much better experience.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Hard hiring process but worth it!"

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    Current Employee - Customer Care Trainer
    Current Employee - Customer Care Trainer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really felt at home right from the beginning. Great team, great possibilities to contribute and take part in shaping the course of the company.
    Great benefits, too. Don't just got new colleagues but found friends, as well.

    Cons

    Really high work load and a lot of resposibility. Sometimes you get the feeling the company is not fully grown into it's market role and position as an amazon subsidary. It slowly get's there, though.

    Advice to Management

    I'd love to see more resources put into a healthy growth so the foundation for future projects is there. Learn more from past mistakes.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Smart peers. Customer focused. Competitive pay."

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    Current Employee - Technology in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Technology in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Audible is a great company to work for. Smart peers (very high hiring bar ensures you get well-rounded people) who are driven and excited to be here. Very customer focused, with very active involvement by the founder and CEO (Don Katz). Great partnership with Amazon teams. Management gives good rein to be creative, encourages Thinking Big.
    Lot of potential to grow personally and professionally. Encourages to move around different roles.
    Great benefits (free food! games! massages! picnics! free Audiobooks!), great work atmosphere (loft style office, collaborative seating, hackathons, science fairs), great location (convenient for people living in NYC, JC, Hoboken, Hudson County, North/Central Jersey, etc.).

    Cons

    Audible has grown rapidly in the last 2 years and has some catch-up to do to execute with this excellent crop of people. Perennially short of seating space and meeting rooms. The drive to deliver great features to customers sometimes means you bring your work home, but managers are pretty flexible if you get the work done.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great entrepreneurial culture with the stability of a large company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plethora of opportunities to innovate in tech, product or marketing
    Flat organization, not much hierarchy
    New digital product launches/Exciting new projects
    Amazon backing/stability
    Great package/Vibrant culture
    Employee friendly benefits - catered lunch, ping pong, gourmet snacks

    Cons

    I really cant think of one big one - minor ones: lack of widespread recognition, could use more time-off.

    Advice to Management

    While I have no cons to share, I wish we instrumented more ways to recognize employees through shout-outs and non-monetary gifts for great performance.


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