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Updated June 16, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "There's been a large change since"

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    Former Employee - Staff DSP Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Staff DSP Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Audience (More than a year)

    Pros

    Vast on-job learning opportunities, incredibly strong and knowledgeable algo group

    Cons

    No sense of direction; the large lay-off ended my employment with the company; they've been acquired by Knowles Electronics since


  2. "Lack of Communication"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Mountain View, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audience (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Work Environment
    HR is great
    Co workers get on well

    Cons

    Lack of communication between departments and between the management and workers

  3. Helpful (3)

    "CEO mismanaged company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audience full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people. Great market to be in; voice interaction and communication is an industry experiencing accelerated growth.

    Cons

    Company salaries are not competitive to hire the best people/engineers in the industry. Benefits do not include 401k matching. Too many meetings with little agreement on strategy. Only real product is close talk noise suppression (which is about the same from 4 years ago.)

    Advice to Management

    Have backbone to tell CEO real advise, not what he wants to hear. Allow product managers to focus on user experience, especially on far field products.


  4. "People are very friendly and talented."

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

    Pros

    New technology, hot industry, fast pace.

    Cons

    High pressure, tough competition, tough customers


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away, CEO should have been fired years ago."

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    Current Employee - Business in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Business in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technology, good facilities and some good people. Little direction and a lot of management firing every quarter.

    Cons

    CEO should have been fired years ago…Board is asleep at the wheel while CEO loses $10-15M a Qtr. Every product is delayed and has new features dropped to meet customer schedules. The engineering side is not efficient and does not develop product to meet OEM's yearly release schedules

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company or get a new CEO that knows how to run a small company!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "An interesting ride"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Audience full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are decent, environment is good (but probably varies by department), good work-life balance (for most)

    Cons

    The organization is fragmented and in constant flux - difficult to figure out who is responsible, who knows what, how to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Make people accountable, beginning with managers, but make sure they know for what they are accountable.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Personal Contributor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Exceptionally exciting product specializations - DSP-related and beyond, tons of interesting stuff to work with and of all kinds.
    - Exceptionally bright workforce, an outstanding algorithms group -- a bunch of very decorated PhDs, who set up lunch sessions to share knowledge.
    - In force of the two considerations just above, a lot of room for technical, professional advancement and for learning (but you've gotta be proactive about it; see below).
    - Flexible work hours, the goal is to get the job done rather than to rub up a hole in your pants by sitting (depends on the group, probably, and might require weekends if the project calls for it).
    - A good, benevolent atmosphere generally (but, also, generally aloof; see below).
    - Good, clear (more or less) administrative structure and functional delineation among the groups (that, however, has its flip side; see the "Advice to Management").

    Cons

    - Average compensation (not in my case, probably, but also judging upon other reviews on Glassdoor, and the company will strive to beat or, at least, to match your previous salary when you come on board), no performance bonus, and no 401(k) matching.
    - Unless you're one of those decorated PhDs in the algo group, the quality of your projects tends to slip -- they'll want to utilize you as they see fit, so, if you wanna develop professionally, you've gotta get explicit about it; you've gotta say something about the kind of work you aspire to do.
    - General disposition on the floor seems to be a bit aloof and snobbish (a consequence of the highly complex nature of work, perhaps, and, thus, of the high educational average in the workforce?).
    - Technical documentation and communication in general both lack, but I had found it to be the case with most of my employers in the Valley prior to Audience.
    - Inter-group and inter-domain communication lacks.

    Advice to Management

    - The company would really benefit from a few more cross-discipline people bridging different groups, administrative domains, and products (please, don't consider me for that, though; I wanna stay technical :-) ), as the general flow seems to be fragmented, and expertise seems to be confined to groups, which impedes development and creates quite a bit of red tape. Groups have to seek review of their work from the adjacent domains more aggressively.

  8. "No career growth"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer - Test in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer - Test in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free snacks, good quality people, convenient location, ping-pong table, new and colorful office, clean restrooms

    Cons

    No plan for growth for individuals according to their potential, can get extremely boring at times to repeat tasks, small cubicles

    Advice to Management

    Consider letting people work 80% of the time on their own projects and 20% of the time in other departments to allow them to learn more.


  9. "Overall good management"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audience full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with

    Cons

    high turnover, sometimes a lot of politics come into play

    Advice to Management

    better communication


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Think twice before working here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audience full-time

    Pros

    There are not too many positive things to talk about this company. Yes, they had a good technology and came up with an excellent market to go after.

    Cons

    The company is a mess. Check their history. They have hired and fired so many executives. They have no company culture. If you are not part of the "inner circle" you can and will be fired.


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