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100% Honesty.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Grooveshark full-time for more than a year

Pros

Working at Grooveshark provides many people with the rare experience of having a very real impact on a company and the direction it will go, especially for a 20-something (which most of us are). You will be pushed at Grooveshark and learn to iterate your butt off until you can find someway to deliver a feature or request that has been talked about for ages. The experience you will earn will make you not only a rockstar at future endeavors, it will teach you a lot about the things you value (or don't) in a work environment.

Cons

While Grooveshark does offer its employees a lot of opportunity to influence the product, what occurs is a virtual and literal shouting match of people declaring why their implementation is the best. What ends up occurring is whoever shouts the loudest, or whoever is allowed to shout the loudest, wins. What results is a very disorganized company structure and an inability to innovate fast enough to deal with lawsuits and fast-growing competitors. There is a perpetual sense of unease working for the company as Grooveshark has experienced not just one, but two major company-wide lay-offs (Mind you, the company is less than 80 persons). I had a fun time at this company, but I would not recommend it to anyone. The pay is below market value, the work life balance is poor, and the egos are real. If you are talented enough to get hired at Grooveshark, you are talented enough to get hired at some place else that does a better job at developing, nurturing and caring for its employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be honest with your employees and stop playing best buddies with whomever you drink with. The company is in serious danger of collapse and it is your responsibility to let people know how discussions are going. 4 years of saying "We're almost in the door" is not satisfactory. Best of luck.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Fun Environment, Disorganized Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Grooveshark full-time

    Pros

    The company offers a flexible schedule which means you can come in a little later and leave earlier if needed. There is complimentary food and catered Friday lunches provided by the company. Artists and bands would stop by the office periodically to perform for the staff.

    Cons

    There is poor communication between departments, and between senior executives and with the staff. It also became clear the leadership had very little understanding of brand development and management, opting for ad-hoc tactics rather than a fully fleshed out strategy based in an established brand mission and objectives. Because of this, there were unrealistic expectations for goals and deliverables and a lack of clear direction on what we were trying to achieve. Every one seemed to be playing their own version of "whack-a-mole" when it came to resolving issues.

    Resources were not readily available for some departments to grow and thrive, while others were given the green light regularly. Also, compensation is below market rate across the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to create more efficiency in communication channels/information flow. Also, there should be more of a focus on building a cohesive brand strategy rather than consistently relying on short-term tactics. Lastly, resources should be allocated in a budget to grow departments, not only when an issue needs to be addressed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grooveshark full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment. Positive attitudes that make coming to work everyday fun. Creativity is highly encouraged. Lots of room for advancement.

    Cons

    A lot of organization to be done but that is being worked on. I believe a lot of people get paid highly to do nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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