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Updated July 13, 2017
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Pros
  • There IS something called a "free lunch" (in 44 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)

  • Lack of transparency given the hierarchal org structure (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Best Job I've Had"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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. "Excited for work every morning"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    - Social and caring team
    - Great benefits
    - Opportunities to up-skill available
    - Great location
    -Flexible hours/working from home

    Cons

    - Lack of autonomy when it comes to answering to the US team

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The Best Place to Work in Amazon"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Innovative Tech
    - Smart People
    - Great / Benefits / Stock
    - Fun Culture / Partieis

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Fast pace
    - Sometimes can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Don Katz is really a guru in the media space. I wish he interacted more with the Product and Tech teams. We're always fired up after big events when he speaks. It would be nice to see him regularly at the working level.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Not a Director? Don't even bother."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    RSUs
    Free food is mostly good

    Cons

    All of the recent negative reviews are true and then some. If senior management spent half the time reading them as they did writing their tone deaf new principles, maybe things would be better. But they're not interested in what the little people think (especially true if you watched senior leadership get combative at recent q&a sessions). If you are not a Director+, expect to get locked out of meetings no matter how much they impact your current job. Yet somehow, you will be expected to know what was discussed in said meetings.

    Also, prepare yourself to watch people who admit they don't know enough about their role get promoted. Meanwhile, know that you yourself will never be promoted unless you're an arrogant a-hole. People who are known to have complaints against them for being difficult to work with are promoted despite these facts. Even the most arrogant will probably never make it to Director though. There is absolutely no interest in cultivating internal talent. Not a single manager or senior manager is worth it I guess. Layers upon layers of Directors exist mostly to claim credit for Manager work. The environment here has become so toxic. You feel the tension in the air daily.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and smell the toxicity in the air, please. And for the love of god, support your employees! People are leaving in droves and there's damn good reason for it.


  5. Helpful (12)

    "True Career Graveyard"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon RSUs which are pretty much at an all time high so your chances of getting a high mark up in the near future is less, free food of average quality, Amazon name on the resume. They have a great product (only product) complimented by absolutely pathetic tech org behind it

    Cons

    This place is completely plagued by a cadre of stooges who have created an obnoxious culture and bear down heavy on the worker bees. Most of the middle management are unscrupulous and demonstrate no spine. The top management is completely delusional. They have a complete toxic culture yet they are hell bent on Making Newark Great Again. The directors and above blatantly lie to the junior staff and set wrong expectations. Things move extremely slow here at a comatose pace. There are some leaders from shady previous organizations who pretend to be visionaries like Steve Jobs. Absolutely pathetic HR practices. Analysts and engineers are treated like toilet paper. Family needs and vacations are the least priority of this organization. This company's tech staff always walk the revolving door with very high attrition rates.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your parasitic middle management. The entire senior management is completely delusional


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Worst place for marketing managers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazon Restricted Stock Units.
    Free food.
    Complimentary / Free Audible account- Unlimited free audiobooks if you're an avid reader/ listener.

    Cons

    Too many cooks!!!! Too many decision makers/ so called leaders pushing own agendas. Org structure is very hierarchical with multiple layers and with no clarity on roles, responsibility and ownership among teams. Collaboration isn't a word in the dictionary for the people here. Lots of new people hired at top level who are really good at crushing managers and taking credit for their work. Lots of politics and it's getting more and more territorial day by day.
    Just look at the trend in ratings- It tells you all.


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Stuck in the mud"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefits
    Lots of talented people
    Extra curricular opportunities (sports leagues, Amazon conferences, volunteering events, Friday happy hours, and more)

    Cons

    It’s hard to develop new things in big organizations. Bureaucratic hierarchies moves slowly, and entrenched interests shy away from risk. In the most dysfunctional organizations, signaling that work is being done becomes a better strategy for career advancement than actually doing work (if this describes your company, you should quit now). These are not my words, but words from a famous Silicon Valley investor and it perfectly sums up what’s mostly wrong at Audible.

    The tech stack is archaic Java/JSP
    If you don’t have seniority, your ideas don’t matter
    Everything moves slow. Like REEEEAAALLLL slow.
    Interaction with different teams is painful
    Code reviews are a pain. Everyone is scared to push code. So, code reviews for a single file and a few line changes can take weeks.

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Not a happy place for Tech"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time

    Pros

    - Free food, good food
    - Skip commute to NYC and drive to work
    - Business growing organically
    - Easy to hide and blame a.k.a. if you excel at politics, this is a great place

    Cons

    - the company's 5 new principles are contradictory to what the Tech team is in real life
    - nepotism, lying, weak backbone, personal politics, empire building, using the position of power to mute others, are the hallmark of Product and Tech Leaders. And it is getting worse
    -if you are a hardcore SDE or technical person, stay away
    -the most black-box tech organisation I have seen in my 13 years. Decisions are made hush-hush, even org changes are done quietly, the VPs prefer to stay in hiding so as to avoid any uncomfortable questions from SDEs, anyone who challenges the VPs or has the courage to ask difficult questions can quickly get into bad books and taught a lesson during performance review

    Advice to Management

    This advice is to executive management and company co-founders: fire the top 2-3 tech leaders, and bring in someone who is fair, transparent, and can earn the trust of engineers. The best engineering leader is someone who is respected by the engineers. Some of the best tech companies have CTOs that are deeply respected by engineering community and can attract talented leaders to run the engineering teams.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Review from SDE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free food, flexible work hours, lots of nice people. Free parking. Public transit commute is reimbursed.

    You get the Amazon name on your resume.

    Cons

    Bad managers. Bad upper management. There is a lack of trust between employees and all levels of management. All-team meetings are hostile. Not transparent. Managers are not technically inclined. There's a clear segregation between employees and their managers. I didn't realize how bad this was until leaving to a different company.

    Company is slow to innovate. Claims to be agile, but not agile at all. Product managers are out to make a name for themselves so random bad features are made that take a very long time to complete.

    Promotions are purely political. I've seen promotions to toxic employees because they are also very vocal with management. The goal to getting promoted is befriending as many managers as you can. Force a promotion by saying you'll leave if you don't get one.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the Glassdoor trend. This rating is tanking.

    If something doesn't change, competitors will catch up.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "How low can it go?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon stock, working with Amazon partners, and other things that Audible hasn't managed to change when it comes to being an Amazon company.

    Cons

    Don't know where to begin but the rating trends show you everything you need to know. The planted reviews from HR can't hide the fact that Audible is a sinking ship and you should try and avoid this place at all costs. Only thing keeping people there is Amazon stock that makes the golden chains fasten tighter.
    - If you're hired into a position, you'll stay there, which is great if you're a professional manager (50% of Audible) who wants to coast and ride Amazon's coattails to retirement. It's terrible if you're looking to grow your career
    - Culture of fear incentivizes people to play it safe and make others fail. This behavior is modeled by management and leadership that all seek Don's favor. No one thinks about the customer or innovation. Never worked at a place where there's so much backstabbing and lack of trust among leaders which trickles down.
    - Things that would take months at another company takes years at Audible. The technology stack is so old and you'll work on something that will get killed because leadership has no idea what it wants to be. No one on the executive team has ever done this before successfully and it shows often.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more doers and fewer professional talkers. If you're hiring the best, then you should let them do their job and trust that they know what they're doing instead of hiring people who just want to hire more people to feel important.


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