Blink Music Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
12 Reviews
3.1
12 Reviews
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    Interning

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Blink Music as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great learning experience
    Opportunity to be hired at the end of the internship
    Nice sales training
    Intelligent coworkers
    MUSIC!!!

    Cons

    Unfortunately, they only do unpaid internships but there is potential to be hired after the internship is completed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know it's tough but if you could hire a full timer for each division the interns would have more structure and wouldn't become lazy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Summer Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Blink Music as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Gain experience in many aspects of running a small business, given opportunities to aid in all divisions of Blink Music (recording studio, retail audio line, educational programs, etc.), if a musician, can build a great music network.

    Cons

    The internship was unpaid, occasionally stayed late, no parking, however there are residential visitor passes that can be used if you drive in but parking is still hard to find

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would love to see the company grow and expand. Best of luck to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing Summer Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Blink Music part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Blink Music Studios is only on its way up. I started working for Blink this past summer, and let me tell you, you can get out of it, every and anything that you want. I put in a much effort and it really did pay off. For anyone who has not enjoyed their experience working at Blink, they must not have had proper expectations for this type of internship. Through working at Blink, employees can gain experience in essentially any field they wish. The audio production aspect of the studio is great. State of the art products and technology are amazing for any customer who may want lessons or products from Blink.

    Work hours are very flexible, and work intentions can be modified based on what you are comfortable with or good at.

    Cons

    More intern organization would be necessary.
    More tasks should be clearer for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tim is an incredibly talented and motivated manager of Blink. He is admirably passionate for the work he does. He may seem to beat to his own drum often, but I found this was motivating in working there. You have to give Blink your all if you're serious about working in music, and it WILL pay off greatly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    A Great experience, very professional atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Freelance Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Freelance Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Blink Music as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High end quality hardware, very professional and a nicely organized environment.
    Here even the most qualified engineer can improve

    Cons

    If your looking for a stable position with no new challenges this would be a con. Blink is constantly evolving with enhancements in all aspects from quality to hardware and software. Standards here calls for one to stay sharp, current and creative. Every client calls for our most outstanding work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    High end equipment and high attrition rates

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unpaid Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Unpaid Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Blink Music as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good arsenal of high-end audio equipment that you might be allowed to use for your own personal work, granted you know how to use them. Access to great software on fast computers, and your co-interns are a friendly, upbeat, great batch of young people. Not a bad place to connect with fellow musicians with similar aspirations.

    Cons

    While quite well-off and in possession of great hardware, Blink Music has no signed clients, no clients on the charts, and no successful albums out there with the producer's name on them. The clientele consists of wealthy but musically unsuccessful people, and the business focuses more on charging for use of the excellent hardware versus providing musical value to the client. Virtually all of Blink's "staff" are unpaid interns who get no training and are used for the skills they already have, serving to add to the company's value but receiving little in return. As an intern, you will not learn anything musical or anything you couldn't find out on Google, and you will probably end up doing "marketing" gruntwork (aka flyering), housemaid work, or tedious scoring that requires little to no creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your concept of a "team" is selfish and one-sided, not to mention illegal. Your turnover rate is the highest I've seen in any studio and you are left short-staffed on talent, because musicians with real talent will quickly realize you add no value to them and are simply trying to take advantage. Hence they leave. If you focus on giving back to your interns rather than just taking advantage of what they can provide to you, you will form a true team that you can retain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Five star studio, perfectionists

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Blink Music full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Five star studio, fast payment, excellent place to learn. Perfectionists.

    Cons

    Five star studio, chronic perfectionists. This can be a pain in the neck if you are not fully awake, friendly and alert. A lot is expected, Tim can get irritated and is not afraid to let people go, he has done that at times, worked alone rather than letting if the work quality get compromised. Blink needs flexible people that are quick. Pay is not super but ok. Had lots of satisfaction, engineered some of my best work at Blink. Results shine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for asking me to post my experience here. It's really pathetic, to see the message from an unpaid intern who was let go after a week of snottyness (thanks for sharing his story, still laughing..) Tim, Blink: Ignore the idiots, get your name out, invest in branding. Screen interns even more (see reviews from fired interns on this message board here), have them work in studios in NYC or LA before accepting them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stagnant business model, Little to no training, doing employee-level work as an intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unpaid Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Unpaid Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Blink Music as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    If you like free rein, and if you like an endless supply of almonds to get you through an otherwise bleak and unproductive day.

    Cons

    ONE paid member of staff ONLY (The president), Everyone else is an intern.
    Many sessions and lessons etc manned purely by unpaid interns.
    Very little training + president is overbearing and temperamental.
    Extremely high intern/employee turnover rate (1 week was the quickest i'd seen)
    Unpaid interns independently (often) doing work that directly brings the company profit - e.g. someone pays for studio time and only unpaid interns are present to record, edit, program and produce the session.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given that your studio isn't considerably successful and works with mostly small-time clients, you should listen when your unpaid workers are discontent and ACTUALLY change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Tough standards, excellent results.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Blink Music

    Pros

    Working at Blink Music is demanding, musically very rewarding as every team member of the company is working their behind off to earn and enhance the leadership position of solo artist production, vocal and piano productions. Long hours are not uncommon in the music business. The place is medium sized and packed with top notch technology, it's increasingly attracting the best in the field. I started as an intern and it was actually very hard to get in. It's also easy to get kicked out if you don't perform or lack integrity.

    Cons

    none if you are talented, have great work ethics and work hard. Payment is appropriate but not luxurious. If you like the challenge, this is a great place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finish the training manual soon. Streamline the communication process and communicate production schedule more ahead of time. Keep the spirit the way it is, though!

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not worth your time

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Blink Music

    Pros

    Hires many unpaid interns, somewhat easy to get your foot in the door, values your honest feedback, respects your opinion

    Cons

    Unfair compensation, not a realistic company for potential growth, not much innovation for success, high employee turnaround rate, lacks creative ingenuity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on building a team of dedicated salaried employees to grow your company, focus on more realistic short term goals to reach long term success

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    All Work, No Gain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blink Music as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Access to high quality hardware and clean work environment

    Cons

    - Learned more about eating healthy than music as an intern
    - Interns are unpaid, and studio is essentially run by interns
    - President, Tim often goes out biking and/or running instead of helping interns do work
    - Clients are wealthy but musically unsuccessful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in interns. You high turnover rate is no surprise. Studio is very superficial and has very little daily creativity. You have all this high end equipment that interns aren't even trained to use. Equipment would be put to much better use if used by a company who cared more. There are many more productive studios around with worse equipment than you. It's a little sad, to be honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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