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Beats Electronics Reviews

Updated December 29, 2014
Updated December 29, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Figuring it out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Beats Electronics

    Pros

    Great people. Great deal of passion about the founding ideals of the company. Good benefits.

    Cons

    In the middle of trying to figure out how two very different corporate cultures mix. Employees are left without direction. Confusion leads to low morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    One Hell of a Ride

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Beats Electronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Came in as an intern when company was still a Monster Cable subsidiary setting the stage for being an independent LLC. At the time there was opportunity abound, and career mobility was as accelerated as can imagine.

    Amazing Pros include(d):

    - Full Coverage Healthcare
    - Fully Stocked Kitchen
    - Amazing Product Discounts
    - Fast Mobility
    - Strong Brand Recognition
    - Work with extremely smart, talented, and hardworking individuals
    - Discount on Apple gear

    Cons

    It's a matter of preference, but the culture has felt distasteful numerous times, almost like a college frat party to some degree.

    Cons:

    - Decision making sat with C-level management and the Marketing department and everyone else is forced to scramble on what sometimes feel like minute's notice. Now sits with Apple additionally with same broken process in place
    - Office politics are catalyzed by directors and VPs fighting for ownership and credit, and lower level employees catch the brunt of it
    - Lots of insecurity as Apple still does not know what they want to do with the business
    - Product Discounts haven taken a hit - 15% off our own product

    Things have really changed drastically post Apple acquisition. Low morale around most teams, as all but Marketing and Sales were impacted drastically. Many people feel slighted and feel their contribution went unrecognized and taken for granted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent. Several employees felt mistreated throughout the transition to Apple in regards to our roles, and wanted a more respectful process, even if we were to be laid off. Empower lower level employees with independence and decision making instead of forcing them to chase unrealistic deadlines and goals under the guidance and command of senior leadership.

    It's an absolutely amazing ride, but it may not feel worth it given the mazes and hurdles you'll be put through on behalf of C-level management. In fairness to them though, processes have been more cemented and have made life easier, and the trend of last minute scrapping has died down.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, lacking process, start-up environment, great benefits,

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Document Control Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Document Control Analyst in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Beats Electronics full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    awesome benefits
    depending on field, there are opportunities for growth

    Cons

    lack of process; chaotic environment; tight timelines; unprofessional management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    chaotic and disorganized

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beats Electronics full-time

    Pros

    no dress code, really cool building and looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    Too many chefs in the kitchen. Everybody is hungry for the spotlight. No team atmosphere, management doesn't have a clue what they are doing but love playing gatekeeper. A lot of work with no reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment for people with no common sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Beats Electronics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, informal atmosphere, challenging opportunities

    Cons

    Lack of processes, typical of new companies/start-ups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quicker decision-making

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Beats Electronics full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great discount on products and company paid health, dental and vision.

    Cons

    Recently just purchased by Apple. Who knows what the next year has to offer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Treat your engineers better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Beats Electronics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee, some snacks (but a huge downgrade from the food provided in Santa Monica), higher ceilings, a nice parking garage, a central L.A. location. Baldwin Hills overlook is nearby.

    Cons

    The move from Santa Monica to Culver City promised better facilities, with more space, conference rooms, real engineering labs for equipment, and attractive surroundings that inspire. The reality is that the PD building was an after-thought that was barely finished and that had none of the expected improvements other than a few more desks. It's like the budget for facilities was all used on the flashy, colorful, and very pleasant main building that houses the executives, Marketing, Sales, and HR. If you are an engineer, expect to be treated like a second-class citizen, even though you generate revenue growth for the company by developing new products.
    In an industrial area in Culver City.
    No convenient choices for walking to lunch.
    Right next to a sewage treatment plant, by the smell of things. The smell from the sanitation dept must be drifting striaight into the parking lot, or it's the stench from the "river" going by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the riches with the employees who made you richer. Beats employees lower than executive management got little if any financial benefit from the sale of the company. Many employees have left due to being fed up with mismanagement, being overworked, and putting in crazy amounts of effort but remaining unrecognized and passed over for raises, bonuses, and promotions. Be actual leaders and fix the problems, but you really can't, because all of the management layers don't tell you the truth about what's happening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Cool to say you worked here, thats it.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Beats Electronics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Access to high level assets and content
    To be say you worked at Beats
    Almost unlimited budgets
    Good health benefits

    Cons

    Work frantically all day everyday for little to no reward
    Poor direction from management
    Lack of communication of expectations
    Clicks and internal politics are pretty awful
    They're not concerned with your well being as a human

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your people live a little -youll lose the most valuable part of the company if the continual "drinking of the koolaid" ever stops and people wake up. Stop wasting things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good marketing but poor quality & mismanaged

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Beats Electronics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, recognized brand, stocked fridge, casual environment.
    Some departments are well run. Good upper management in some departments.

    Cons

    Some managers intentionally mislead candidates on job descriptions.
    Zero training.
    Many departments have consistently been understaffed. Work-life balance is extremely poor for those who try to do the right things.
    Unrealistic & hectic release schedules result in poor product quality.
    Some managers misuse company resources to further their own agendas, hiring over-qualified candidates to do simple work in order to project a better image for the department.
    Some managers frequently make unnecessary travel plans to avoid doing the actual work.
    Strong favoritism in some departments. Some promotions do not make sense and sometimes talents are not appreciated due to biased treatments.
    Bitter politics between some managers are really counter-productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more realistic on release schedules. Remove under-performing managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Beats Electronics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Having Beats on your resume. Well stocked kitchens. Casual work environment. 60% of the leaders. Energetic culture.

    Cons

    Little access to leaders as they are either traveling or in non-stop meetings. Indecisiveness. Unreasonable timelines given indecisiveness. The Ego of the SVP of Marketing and how the ego he has instilled in his team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great products drive your business, not Marketing. Create clear lines of ownership to stop the constant spin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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