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Updated 15 May 2018
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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "Great product, good work life balance but lots frustration"

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

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

    Pros

    Positive product and great company mission. Diverse team. Flexible working hours. Soft skill trainings. Office in Mitte.

    Cons

    Noisy and packed open-space office. Too many meetings. Organisational changes all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on in-house recruitment. Support and train middle management and team leads.


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    "Good work environment and excellent conditions"

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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

    Challenge, excellent teammates, company cares about people wellbeing, company employees are really empowered to take decisions. Company is changing for making the jump to a bigger company and in my view it’s taking right decisions (new leadership team with good ideas and positive about the change)

    Cons

    None I can think about. Maybe the bad mood that some “old” team members are always showing to others. THey do not bring solutions but just problems, and they criticize others’ ideas instead of helping to get to the next level.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "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


  9. "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.


  10. 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.


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