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3.9
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Audible Chairman and CEO Donald R. Katz
Donald R. Katz
253 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free lunch, limitless growth and development, employees really feel a sense of community and purpose(in 73 reviews)

  • "Well paid, backed by Amazon, great benefits (commuter, free food)(in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior Management has no idea how to effectively run an organization or manage employees(in 16 reviews)

  • "oncall, holidays, work life balance sometimes(in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Go from good to great"

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

    I have been working at Audible full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    > Very smart, experienced people > We care about customers a lot > Tech teams are the best in Amazon > Famous people show up at the Newark HQ a lot > Company parties and free food > Amazon stock is looking good

    Cons

    > Long hours > Can be very stressful > Very risk adverse senior management > Business people beat up on engineers and product a lot

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    Audible2017-11-06
  2. Helpful (13)

    "Great Product, Horrible Senior Management"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great product that people love.

    Cons

    Senior Management has no idea how to effectively run an organization or manage employees. Re-org every year doesn't mean you are doing a good job.

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    Audible2019-03-13
  3. Helpful (48)

    "Complete Trainwreck and run by an arrogant political mob"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Analytics Manager in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    AMZN RSUs. not so great free lunch, good product

    Cons

    Not sure where to start but nevertheless - 1. Politics - the senior management Directors and above also aspiring senior managers are all seasoned career politicians who survive on ruining the lives of the worker bees/minions. They absolutely treat these hard working smart minions as canon fodder and often lead them on death march projects. These death march projects are nothing more than ill-conceived whims of a senior career politician who wants to prove a point which has nothing to do with the customer or the business 2. The fledgling data science /analytics team as well as the engineering teams are treated like trash by the entitled "Business" teams read - product & marketing. These are for all practical purposes clueless egomaniacs defending their ivory towers and milking a great product developed decades back. 3. Extremely high turnover rate - if you are in one of these minion teams doing most of the meaningful work surviving 1 year in this mess will be like winning an olympic gold medal. Working on meaningless death march projects and rubbish ideas of the "business" stakeholders will be your job day in day out. Surviving one fire drill after another is the order of business here and you will feel a high adrenaline rush every moment thinking - "gosh I survived this trainwreck" 4. Great place to learn politics - should you choose the path of least resistance you better become a stooge/henchman of one of the insecure directors in the company and ensure your job safety. 5. High burn out rates - Frequent reorgs and manager changes are the hallmark of this company. I had 6 different managers in my first 6 months here and moved across 3 teams. Not counting countless meaningless projects I did.

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    Audible2018-01-25
  4. Helpful (33)

    "Changes in the horizon...."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Part of Amazon Lots of alcohol

    Cons

    POLITICS POLITICS POLITICS Senior Management is nothing but good players of politics. HR is a JOKE. Finance is another big JOKE. Senior management in Tech and Product - no words...

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    Audible2018-01-10
  5. Helpful (12)

    "Nice but slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audible full-time

    Pros

    Good direct manager Felt empowered to make decisions Lively drinking culture Work on some of the best audio projects Work/Life Balance (because there is very little to do) CEO seems like a good person - sends strong all staff emails on issues that impact them, works hard to regenerate Newark. If you just want to go somewhere and coast and take the amazing shares then this is the place, but if you ever want to feel like you're having an impact or doing stuff then it's a no.

    Cons

    Projects drag on and on and on. Senior management are left to make the ultimate decision and wildly pivot about not making decisions. Very celebratory of average work. Disorganised compared to Amazon and weird culture where they press that even though they are part of Amazon they 'still have startup culture'. Sadly that just means nothing ever gets done. Extreme lack of diversity, everyone is the same. HR don't care. Tech and Non Tech barely interact so issues obviously arise.

    Audible2017-12-18
  6. Helpful (29)

    "A sinking ship....."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Okayish Free Food, - Smart developers - Good benefits

    Cons

    -Lots of politics. - Negligible or negative career growth. People who have good political connections/can give an impression to senior executives really well that a lot of work is being done/ are there to please everyone, get promoted and are valued over those who are actually doing good things for the company. - Upper management seems to be living in its own blissful world which is far from reality. and seems like they have lost touch with what's actually happening in the company. Developers are unhappy and are leaving Audible in huge numbers and the senior management does not care at all.The company's sustenance depends solely on organic growth as there is no innovation in the product. - This company is NOT Amazon and DOES NOT follow Amazon principles. Rather people who stand strongly by Amazon Principles are criticized and end up in the bad books of their managers. People who raise real concerns are often termed as negative and are heavily criticized. - The hiring at Audible has gone rogue with HR being purely biased on hiring any candidates they can get irrespective of whether they are technically competent or not, just to meet their targets. The so called BAR RAISER program which distinguishes Amazon hiring from other companies is nothing but a joke at Audible.

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    Audible2017-08-24
  7. Helpful (27)

    "Company with healthy growth despite rudderless management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Perks galore: free lunch, snacks, standing desks with dual monitor docks, ability to work at home once a week, no morning arrival time expectation (some people get in at 11 and no eyelids are batted), new offices with more tech company-like furnishing (collaboration spaces, etc.) -Higher than average comp package including restricted stock (may be signifcantly impacted if Amazon stock price declines) -Generally mild-tempered co-workers, fairly laid back culture, especially compared to NYC metro financial firms -Potential to transfer to other Amazon roles -Company has had good financial growth for multiple years, projects a sense of security

    Cons

    -Acquired by Amazon in 2008, however, still retains a little fam biz vibe. A small circle of pre-acquisition managers run the show and most others hired externally are caught in a two or so years turnover cycle (note: restricted stock awards are doled out over 3 years). Look long and hard to the left and right during orientation, most people in the room will not be there around the 2 year mark. -Purportedly has documentation on career tracks, but in reality, career progression over the long run is a mythical creature. Promotions up one career level within a 2 year timeframe is common. The substance of such achievements, however, is diluted by small raises and potentially small changes in day-to-day responsibilities. -Many lower- mid-level managers expend a lot of energy on managing up and accumulating perceived personal achievements that more senior managers may choose to recognize. Many times, individual contributors are likely to be used to further achievement theater rather than concrete business results or to create more robust customer-facing offerings. -Many functions are exceedingly overstaffed, resulting in micro-ownership and frequent stalemates should disagreements occur. This is a serious issue as roll out of customer-facing product features and offerings can be minimal to nonexistent year-over-year despite the company fielding an employee base well north of 1k. As can be expected, development or improvement of skill sets are hampered under these scenarios. -Senior management exhibit tremendous risk aversion. The decision-making process consists of a handful of C-level managers sounding off on proposed business initiatives with little to no prior due diligence. High level meetings can end without firm conclusions reached. Initiatives may not be reviewed or revisited for quarters. Though never explicitly declared, the company's mandate is more or less to not rock the boat while maintaining robust growth. Large-scale projects that may threaten the status quo may still be green-lit but the likelihood of cancellation grows as the release date nears. -Ultimately, the company has had only one perceivable product for 20 years: audiobooks. Depending on your function, this may be a real limitation to career development and exposure to interesting domains. The company likes to project itself as a tech company. However, there lacks R&D efforts into the cutting edge. The average tech talent would struggle in more competitive tech companies. The same applies to the product management and design functions. On the flip side, those with weaker resumes can potentially use the company to build some minimal skill sets and move on to greener pastures.

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    Audible2017-02-24
  8. Helpful (25)

    "Manager position or above at Audible Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Manager At Customer Service in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free Lunches, Transit reimbursement or free parking

    Cons

    - Corrupt culture (for instance people from the same job tiers eat at one table and do not eat with people from lower job tiers) - Racist: If you are an international employee or speak English with an accent you will most likely be teased and made fun of. - Incompetent managers: I was at a meeting once and one of the senior managers asked if we could stay away from data, or at least make it pretty so it wouldn't be so hard to understand it!!!! - There is no clarity on how people are promoted, there is also no path to promotion. People only get promoted because they have been at Audible CS for a very very very long time. - Managers easily take advantage of their employees. Senior management always presents the work of their employees in conferences or meetings and never gives them any credit. - Job knowledge on teams like process improvement, training and project management is limited. Projects are not challenging, just doing and redoing the same thing over and over again! - At every level people are being micromanaged. - Leadership has been getting low scores on employee surveys for many years now, but they just don't care to fix it! - They lie about people leaving their teams. In interviews we were asked to say that a role is completely new and no one has left this role because of the manager!!!!

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    Audible2016-11-17
  9. Helpful (35)

    "Great colleagues, terrible leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time

    Pros

    These are genuinely some of the best and brightest people you will ever work with! Everyone I worked with was genuinely dedicated to promoting literacy, advancing the book publishing industry, and doing their best work.

    Cons

    CEO Don Katz has a great smile but he micromanages through put downs, intimidation, and sarcasm, and has cultivated a corporate culture of insecurity. He's so insecure that despite his own success as a writer and despite the tremendous success of this company, he takes consumer churn rate personally. Every week he flagellates himself and the senior management for EVERY subscriber they lost. The office itself is a major negative. No one has offices, you work in a noisy bullpit with no privacy, no space to concentrate. All the conference rooms have glass walls. It's a creepy space. AND you're working in downtown Newark. It's just awful!

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    Audible2016-03-21
  10. Helpful (29)

    "To be or not to be, that is the question"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audible full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    RSUs, free food, apparent appearance of a tech start up. audiobook account is a great plus. Protective cover of AMZN so paycheck comes on time. It ends here - question is if money in the short term with no growth opportunity are your only drivers in life be a guest here.

    Cons

    Too much politics, senior leadership too arbitrary and hellbent on bringing their incapable stooges in the middle management position. No career growth unless you are part of this politics. You have to learn the art of flattering your boss laugh at his stupid jokes - this is the only ticket to a career trajectory. I have seen so many able people just languish in frustration here that there seems to be no word of comfort. Not sure who runs this company - too much reorg if any outsider or people well versed in Organizational dynamics saw this place they would label it a disaster. The HR here is one of the worst departments a. they are trained very well to low ball you offer you the worst possible deal b. if you need any immigration related help - may god bless you because all your process is handled by just one immigration Point of Contact who literally toys with every lever in your application and files so that might be of something anyone who is on a visa should consider and vet things in more detail This company used to stand for something and had a vision for the greater good, sadly it's all been flushed down the sewers by the incapable senior management that is running the place. There is blatant discrimination in performance evaluation. A person working in tech will most likely be evaluated by a person who can't tell the difference between software and tableware. Initially during the salary negotiations the recruiters will lowball you and say this is is the best offer we have for you if you don't accept we will blacklist you for good from anywhere in amazon for life. Projects are shelved in midway and end of the year they will say - you didn't have any deliverable for the year and zero business impact so no raise or you are fired depending on which side of the bed the supervisor has gotten off that day. The supervisors will say there are no set goals since we are a start up yet at the end of the year some fictitious goals will appear out of thin air and you will be judged against them.

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    Audible2016-01-19

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