Harmonix Music Systems

  www.harmonixmusic.com
  www.harmonixmusic.com
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Each day brought new and interesting challenges; I was genuinely excited to go to work every day.

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Former Employee - QA Tester in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - QA Tester in Cambridge, MA

I worked at Harmonix Music Systems

Pros

*Fun, friendly, and interesting people
*Professional yet relaxed working environment
*Collaboration/teamwork is important, and individuality is also celebrated
*Your insights and contributions are valued, even if you are new to the job
*Fairly flexible work hours
*Millions of people get to enjoy the results of your hard work
*Music is everywhere!

Cons

*Work weeks can be long; during "crunch time" for a major release, 60-hour weeks are common (for me this was actually more of a pro, because I loved my work and it meant overtime pay)
*No benefits for contract employees
*Job security in the QA industry is not great

Advice to ManagementAdvice

While switching the majority of your QA department to contract positions may save you some money in the short term, having permanent, full-time QA testers allows for a more coherent and efficient team that's more familiar with the company and the products. This makes for better functioning, more polished games with fewer bugs - a reputation for which is a major boon to any developer.

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    The best game company I have ever worked at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harmonix Music Systems

    Pros

    Incredible talent pool. Oustanding IP. Quality driven culture that strives for making things right. Totally transparent information flow from the Senior management. Trust in employees. Senior Mangement are the smartest people I know. Forward looking strategies for continued success. Excellent benefits. Great company culture.

    Cons

    High cost of living near Boston. Pay is average. Some micromanagement from seniors. Design churn (which may be inevitable if you want to make great games)

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    I think you are doing everything right.

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    All in all, a good place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harmonix Music Systems

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great People, Good Company

    Cons

    Low pay for a place with such a high cost of living. Plenty of opportunities to learn and grow when you are not a trained in 3D.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved with the staff.

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