In December of 2016, our Audible Core Engineering team planned and enjoyed several events, including a trip to a local beer garden, an excursion to the new Star Wars movie, and most memorably, an Audible Cares volunteering event in partnership with Jersey Cares.

On December 6th, we worked with a group of students at Technology High School in Newark, NJ on an engineering task, then worked on our own to improve some of the school’s facilities.

For the first activity, we formed mixed teams with the students, and each team was given a box of paper clips, a plastic cup, and some marbles. The goal was to form a chain and attach it to the cup so that it would support the heaviest weight. The students experimented with different arrangements of chains to see which one would be the strongest. When they were ready with their build, we would test it by filling up the cup with marbles. After the challenge, we had a Q&A session about working in the software engineering field. Students asked us about the work-related challenges we experience, the biggest lessons we’ve learned, and the qualifications necessary to work at Audible.

I’m proud to work for a company that invests not only in the career growth, but in the well-being of its employees and the community we live in.

When the students returned to class, our team divided into two groups: one group organized the books in the library and assembled furniture, while the other group painted several rooms yellow.

Audible Core Engineering team members painting walls, assembling furniture and organizing books in the library

Team events like this are important to developing good relationships within a company. Our core engineering team consists of over 50 people and it’s hard to know everyone well. Collaborating on an activity not associated directly with work gives us a chance to connect with people we might not otherwise meet and lets us unplug in a less formal environment. This forms a stronger team bond and a feeling of cohesion. I’m proud to work for a company that invests not only in the career growth, but in the well-being of its employees and the community we live in.

Audible team photo after the team event