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Babbel Reviews

Updated 13 January 2019
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  • "with the whole management from delivery hero coming in, the company culture went down" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Lack of vision and some uninspiring leadership" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good company culture"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere and colleagues
    Cool conditions and salaries

    Cons

    Your opinion is probably not very valued
    Not many opportunities to grow


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Showing off culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still good colleagues (even though a lot of them left).

    Cons

    The company is suffering from "growth-pain", but going in a negative direction with incapable management to keep the balance, a lot of people who've been there for a while left the company. These are the things that I notice in the last 8 months:

    - Culture is more and more going into the direction of showing off and faking results
    - Not clear vision and strategy, not even transparency lately
    - People who are working hard are not rewarded.
    - Directors are mostly not capable to lead the team.
    - Salaries are low for people who've been for a while in the company

    Advice to Management

    Instead of hiring new people without knowledge in a higher position that has an attitude just to show off, promote people who are actually working hard for this company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Slowish but with ambition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Babbel full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility and flat hierarchy - one can work from home, 30 days holiday yearly
    The opportunity to test and learn
    Halfway between startup and corporate
    Great people

    Cons

    Lack of vision and some uninspiring leadership
    Too slow and afraid of change - not set up to be agile at all
    Not innovative anymore - legacy software and very little done on the product side
    Some people are visibly frustrated or too comfortable

    Advice to Management

    They don’t listen anyhow


  4. "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Babbel full-time

    Pros

    Nice employee led initiatives and short working times

    Cons

    Terrible management and slow progress on every front

    Advice to Management

    Listen more


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company / product but the CEO..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong company culture of learning
    Bright and competent colleagues
    Decent product - development could be faster

    Cons

    CEO is suspicious of team, asserting dominance despite lack of expertise...even controlling the copy.
    She creates an uncomfortable working environment lacking in trust.

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to step back, learn to trust the team and focus on long term strategy


  6. "Good Environment, Multinational Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Babbel part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting product, Flexible working hours, good company benefits

    Cons

    Decisions changes are to frequent by the management


  7. "It's changing in bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Babbel full-time

    Pros

    It still have very good benefits

    Cons

    Salaries are still low and it suffers of growth pains.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Good to work for Entry positions but No career Development"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Berlin (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Chill Business Environment
    - Good for fresh university graduates to enter the market
    - Lower level employees are very international

    Cons

    - Below average salaries
    - Still calling themselves startup after 10 years.
    - No innovation in product
    - Not a Data driven either. Performance is not appreciated.
    - The leadership is not divers and only from two selected European countries. The word diversity is just for normal employees and branding but not appreciated neither practiced in reality.
    - It used to be a fun place to work in 2016 but turned to a toxic environment with too many politics recently.
    - too many to list

    Advice to Management

    -Fire some of top managers who still don't know how to inspire and motivate people.
    -Practice diversity in real and allow different mentalities to enter the leadership. The change never start from lower level employees if you truly want it and get the real diversity in action.
    - Appreciate those who contributed to the success of the company and give them market salaries. Hiring new people with less experiences but paying them higher salaries than your loyal employees will increase your turn over.
    - Be more data driven. If a project doesn't work, just admit it and act quickly in changing your tactics. Spending 2 years in a bad marketing project does not prove that your idea was great. it prove you are not a good leader who want to prove him/her even the number are screaming against your claim. It was just a bad idea. move on.
    - Become a true Product company. Come up with new innovation within the product.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very nice company to work for, but some growth pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Babbel full-time

    Pros

    - Room for professional growth
    - Even new employees are given a lot of responsibilities, people can push their own initiatives and projects
    - Home office policy
    - Generous vacation
    - People really care about each other, from the co-workers to the management (people are not seens as disposable like in other start-ups)

    Cons

    - The company made some bad hiring choices in the past, especially for managers

    Advice to Management

    - Please don't make the mistake of growing into a large, heartless company. Yes, you should push for excellence. But not with pushy managers.


  10. "sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Smyrna, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in Smyrna, TN (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    job was there that is it

    Cons

    there is not enough room to list,