Audible

Audible, Inc. is the world’s largest seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information and educational programming. 

Audible

101 Main Street, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142

Company Overview

Unleashing the power of the spoken word

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 375,000 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.

We Pioneer

We're a company of pioneers. It's our job to make bold bets, and we get our energy from inventing on behalf of customers. Success is measured against the possible, not the probable. For today’s pioneers, that’s exactly why there’s no place on Earth they’d rather build than Amazon.

Customer Obsession

Leaders start with the customer and work backwards. They work vigorously to earn and keep customer trust. Although leaders pay attention to competitors, they obsess over customers.

Ownership

Leaders are owners. They think long term and don’t sacrifice long-term value for short-term results. They act on behalf of the entire company, beyond just their own team. They never say “that’s not my job". 

Invent and Simplify

Leaders expect and require innovation and invention from their teams and always find ways to simplify. They are externally aware, look for new ideas from everywhere, and are not limited by “not invented here". As we do new things, we accept that we may be misunderstood for long periods of time.

Are Right, A Lot

Leaders are right a lot. They have strong business judgment and good instincts. They seek diverse perspectives and work to disconfirm their beliefs.

Hire and Develop The Best

Leaders raise the performance bar with every hire and promotion. They recognize exceptional talent, and willingly move them throughout the organization. Leaders develop leaders and take seriously their role in coaching others.  We work on behalf of our people to invent mechanisms for development like Career Choice.

Insist on the Highest Standards

Leaders have relentlessly high standards - many people may think these standards are unreasonably high. Leaders are continually raising the bar and driving their teams to deliver high quality products, services and processes. Leaders ensure that defects do not get sent down the line and that problems are fixed so they stay fixed.

Think Big

Thinking small is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Leaders create and communicate a bold direction that inspires results. They think differently and look around corners for ways to serve customers.

Bias for Action

Speed matters in business. Many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive study. We value calculated risk taking. 

Frugality

Accomplish more with less. Constraints breed resourcefulness, self-sufficiency and invention.  There are no extra points for growing headcount, budget size or fixed expense.

Learn and Be Curious

Leaders are never done learning and always seek to improve themselves. They are curious about new possibilities and act to explore them.

Earn Trust

Leaders listen attentively, speak candidly, and treat others respectfully. They are vocally self-critical, even when doing so is awkward or embarrassing.  Leaders do not believe their or their team’s body odor smells of perfume.  They benchmark themselves and their teams against the best.

Dive Deep

Leaders operate at all levels, stay connected to the details, audit frequently, and are skeptical when metrics and anecdote differ. No task is beneath them.

Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit

Leaders are obligated to respectfully challenge decisions when they disagree, even when doing so is uncomfortable or exhausting. Leaders have conviction and are tenacious. They do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion. Once a decision is determined, they commit wholly.

Deliver Results

Leaders focus on the key inputs for their business and deliver them with the right quality and in a timely fashion. Despite setbacks, they rise to the occasion and never settle.

Tiffany D
Senior Product Manager

One of my favorite quotes by one of my favorites authors, Audre Lorde, states, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” I love working at Amazon because our “peculiar” culture is one that truly does celebrate differences of all kinds.

I studied Swahili in undergrad and worked in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania for a women’s micro-finance program for 3 months after graduating. This was when my wanderlust began. This past year I hiked to the top of the Pastoruri glacier in Northern Peru in the Andes, as well as travelled to the Netherlands, southern France, and Nicaragua. These days I spend my time exploring Seattle and all it has to offer.

  

Alex R.
Software Development Manager

Having a job where you feel like you are making progress either in the work that you’re doing or in bettering yourself is very fulfilling. And that’s what I find fulfilling about Amazon.

Outside of work I enjoy video games, pinball, board games, movies, camping, fitness and nutrition, and all things Star Trek and Disney.

 

Jason F.
Senior Software Development Engineer

Simply having so many great developers around you and working with different teams, it’s hard not to learn something new every day when you’re working with such smart, passionate people.

Outside of the office, I enjoy exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, especially when my friends and I get to go camping or hiking with our dogs.

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