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Babbel Reviews

Updated 17 January 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm working in Babbel for a few months. I've had the best onboarding experience.

    They are taking care of people, culture is really good, flexible working hours, a lot of benefits, great environment, people from all over the world. And when you do something, you felt that you are making an impact.

    Cons

    Of course, each company has some things that don't work well. But when they realize that something is not good, they are working on that to fix it.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "US Office is a Bummer, mainly due to CEO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Babbel (More than a year)

    Pros

    For the most part, the team US team is diverse, easy to work with, and driven. It's small so can feel a bit insular, but generally lovely people The company is based in Berlin, and if you are lucky enough to work over there you'll work at an amazing space with great perks and benefits and really nice atmosphere. The US office comes with none of the perks, benefits, or general pizazz of the startup culture they are trying to sell you on.

    Cons

    -The US CEO is a soulless, visionless bot. Run. Run far away from her. She seems genuinely unhappy in her job and like she's taking it out on everyone around her.
    -The product itself is mediocre due to a backlog of tech and engineering issues. The strategy is focused on marketing the hell out of this sub-par paid product (in a climate of lots of free products) rather than actually improving it.
    - The vast disparity in benefits and perks between the US and Berlin office leaves the US team feeling woefully undervalued.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire a new US CEO
    - Create more parity between the two offices, particularly around benefits and culture
    - Prioritize product improvement over brand recognition


  3. "Good culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Babbel full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Nice company culture

    Cons

    Low salary. Weak leadership and strategy.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Company benefits are good with 30 vacation days etc. Good place if you want to get by doing a minimum of work (might be different in the marketing department).

    Cons

    People on all levels used to care a lot about language learning and the product, now most people seem to be there only for the money. There is absolutely no performance culture. It is fine to not deliver and good performance is not rewarded.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Bad (personal) experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Babbel full-time

    Pros

    babbel bike was nice because service is included

    Cons

    with the whole management from delivery hero coming in, the company culture went down


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A well-balanced job if you are not looking for career growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good care on stuff- Opportunities to test and learn by yourself. Employees are empowered to make decisions

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted and expect a quick growth which it is part of startup culture.

    Advice to Management

    Need to play the game with today's speed. Product innovation is the key


  8. "Great atmosphere and colleagues. A company that is taking good care of its staff!"

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    Current Employee - Communication in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Communication in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice working environment and team. A company that cares about its staff where you feel welcomed from the first day on. Flexible working hours and Good career opportunities as well.

    Cons

    I didn't find any yet...


  9. "Senior manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere, cool people. Most of the people are in their 30s, plenty of drinking opportunities or team events

    Cons

    Everything goes very slowly, the downside of this great and relaxed working atmosphere is that the level of dedication of people is quite low.


  10. "Great product, fun and diverse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great product with great potential for the US market
    -The company values diversity
    -Open collaborative environment
    -Travel opportunites to HQ in Berlin
    -New team with good growth internal opportunities
    -3 weeks vacation for the first year
    -100% vesting schedule

    Cons

    -Most development still is done in HQ/Berlin which can be challenging at times
    -Getting used to the European work culture in HQ

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuing people and push more user feedback into the product


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Good but definitely not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great idea for a product - language learning app.
    - Diverse and talented colleagues in a fast-paced working environment.
    - There are opportunities to be proactive, suggest, start and take ownership of projects.
    - Possibility to learn a lot in a short period of time.
    - Chances are often given to those who ask to switch roles in the company.
    - Flexible working hours, good work-life balance, home-office is allowed.
    - Christmas and summer parties, frequent team events, department off sites.
    - 30 paid vacation days per year.
    - Business English, German and Swedish classes are offered to the employees, as well as professional trainings.
    - Nice onboarding process for new joiners, approachable HR.
    - Babbel bikes for all and BVG tickets (only for those who live far from the office).
    - Coffee/tea, fruits, and soft drinks are offered free of charge.
    - Modern office with a canteen in a great location in Berlin-Mitte, close to Alexanderplatz.

    Cons

    - The company tries to be agile but fails.
    - Some processes still need to be developed.
    - Too many unnecessary meetings and micromanagement.
    - Career path is not clear, low salary.
    - Constant need to prove yourself to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in processes, trust your employees and reduce micromanagement.
    - Build and share a clear and fair career path and increase the salaries to attract talent and to keep current employees.


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