Harmonix Music Systems

www.harmonixmusic.com
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All in all, a good place to work.

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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 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 Management

Get more involved with the staff.

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  1. Middle Management Running Amok With Little Accountability

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harmonix Music Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic culture of young like minded artistic people, catered meals, and company outings. Amazing senior management.

    Cons

    Middle managers often have little experience leading people which can lead to conflicts. Corporate hierarchy seems arbitrary, and hard workers are sometimes overlooked, pay is low considering location. The fun and camaraderie shared with co-workers is not always worth the headache of management.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management should be more involved with employees and implement a system where employees can professionally evaluate their managers, and not just vice versa.

  2. Evolving, Learning Business

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Harmonix is an organization with fresh leadership working hard to correct and evolve the business. Studio leadership is strong (one slight con: all male senior management team). The studio is putting the keys to the future in the hands of its employees: pitches and green lights have the ability to turn into real, funded projects. Management structure has changed but is trying hard to shift focus to people and projects.

    Lots of cool new and creative things going on at the studio, with fresh talent willing to learn and grow; lots of growth opportunities for core development disciplines. Very safe environment where everyone feels safe providing feedback to managers, senior managers, and asking questions. Very clear escalation path.

    Steve Janiak, the new CEO, is empathetic and business-savvy, having run programs and businesses outside of games for years. The studio is small enough that many people would feel comfortable walking into the CEO's office to ask a question.

    Cons

    Dubious long-term financial upside. Haven't been real bonuses in years, and the company is waiting for its next big hit.

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