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Updated 13 August 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Unfortunately, too much politics and processes"

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

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

    Pros

    General Pros:
    - Company Culture & Diversity
    - 30 days of vacations
    - Family room from where you can go if you have kids
    - Qualified colleagues as not everybody get just hired (pretty high standards to get into Didactics, Product, Engineering and some other teams)

    Generally speaking this is the right place if you are mostly:
    - Looking for a relaxed environment
    - With a family and you are looking for flexibility
    - If you are looking for a secure and safe salary sacrificing career growth

    Some departments, like Marketing are really good at their job. Especially Visual/Graphic Design Team, TV-Video Team, Content Team, Performance Marketing Team, Localisation&Translation Team. Talented and creative people, many times with more skills than what their job title says.

    Cons

    - Not the place for people who want to drive change: the effort to push for new ideas is so high that you will simply give up.

    - Too much politics and no data culture: it does not matter if your idea is good, if you have strong hypothesis and valid numbers behind your business case. Does not matter if the things you want to implement/propose are also feasible within the given timeline and with the available resources. You will end-up working on projects that make everybody happy, which are not necessarily the good ones for the business.

    - Product Team: all the best talents and all the passionate people about the product are almost gone. Focus is not on the product but on the processes. You better agree with this if you want to be seen in the good light. No KPI culture. Lot of excuses for not doing things. Getting the way too junior.

    - Promotions: not clear what some people have achieved to get their promotions, not clear what you are meant to do for being promoted.

    - Lack of leadership: it is not clear if it is a Product, Marketing or Didactics driven company.

    Advice to Management

    You have amazing and qualified employees, who really love Babbel as company and as a Product. Don´t kill enthusiasm with processes and politics.

    1) Turn Babbel into a Product-driven company
    2) Build a data driven culture
    3) Be more delivery oriented
    4) Go back hiring more senior PMs if point 1-2-3 are a prio for you
    5) Keep doing your best to keep the current company culture


  2. "I can just suggest here to work"

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

    I have been working at Babbel part-time

    Pros

    The office atmosphere is excellent. Everything they offer is really for the workers.

    Cons

    There is no A/C, therefore, it is hot in sommer.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to learn, but not to develop your career."

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

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

    Pros

    Great team of smart, international people. Some people you meet in this company are really talented.
    Fast growth initially offering to employees possibilities to test new things and learn...less so in the last years.
    Innovative marketing strategies with good creative people.
    Family friendly
    Interesting topic (language learning)

    Cons

    No career evolution perspectives within the company, as a result, high performers tend to leave.
    Salary below market average
    Poor leadership skills in senior management, with some directors being lazy and unprofessional which tends to be very demotivating.
    Unclear product evolution


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Comfortable Career Dead End"

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

    I worked at Babbel full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, salary is ok-ish, very relaxing job without many responsibilities, open and friendly atmosphere (with some exceptions), many company events, some of the rank-and-file employees are very smart (sadly many of the best ended up leaving), very international (on some days I would speak 4 different languages), work-life balance is really good.

    This job is perfect for someone who just wants a steady and comfortable income and is willing to accept not growing professionally.

    Cons

    There is literally zero product vision in this company. The only cash cow is marketing, which seems done reasonably well (great videos), but only tries to cover up the fact that there hasn't been a single big change in years. Projects are started randomly and then abandoned. Product managers hide behind insane bureaucratic processes because they lack an understanding of the product and have no willingness to take risks. Upper management is completely clueless about what language learning actually is. The few people who do know anything about it get sidelined all the time. And some people shut down initiatives because "they might make customers unhappy" (without factual evidence).

    Unpleasant decisions are often avoided in order not to step on anyones toes, but when they do have to be made, management just tries to hide instead of communicating clearly and openly.

    Employee satisfaction is abysmal, but instead of taking a hard look at the company culture, management is happy to implement random changes in order to look busy all the time.

    The company claims to "make the complicated simple", but achieves the exact opposite effect.

    Stay away from this job if:
    - you want to change/achieve anything
    - corporate BS and the Dilbert principle in action make you mad
    - you want to grow in your career
    - you *actually* care about language learning

    Advice to Management

    The whole management should step aside. Keep some shares and maybe do some PR work, but please let competent people with an understanding of the product run day to day operations.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    international and vibrant environment, with lots of opportunities to grow and learn

    Cons

    confusing and sometimes not transparent processes


  6. "Great work environment"

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with

    Cons

    There are no cons at Babbel


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Enormous potential, partly realised"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Concerted effort to create a modern, friendly working environment for all, with a Babbel Academy to promote further learning. A fun field to work in – and one which attracts open, smart and motivated people. One of the more stable, mature startups in Berlin.

    Cons

    Marketing driven due to frequent delays and failures in product development which were swept under the rug. But no, the elephant in the room can't be swept under the rug. Should be miles ahead of competitors by now with the skills and resources they have.

  8. "Good company for those who appreciates corporate spirit"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very pleasant teammates, flexible working time.

    Cons

    Salary is a bit lower then median in Berlin.


  9. "Good team spirit, bad professional environment"

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

    I worked at Babbel full-time

    Pros

    - International team
    - Open minded people
    - Interesting cultures
    - Enough work to do

    Cons

    - Not enough transparency
    - Projects being cancelled with almost no reason after working on them for a long time


  10. "Poor & lazy management"

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

    I worked at Babbel full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good salary and nice location

    Cons

    Empty and lazy management. Very boring job where the focus is more on blaming other people rather than, simply, working. Impossible to bring some imput and new ideas as co-workers don't like risks or new tasks. Very slow processes if you are in a marketing or communication department, impossible to bring its own imput which makes the job dull.

    Advice to Management

    Poor and lazy management "led" by people who earn a lot for doing absolutely nothing. Especially in the marketing and communciation where bosses are lame, lazy and bring nothing new to the brand. They are doing nothing from their day which makes very boring days. Most boring job ever. But nice if you want to earn money by just sitting on a chair.


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