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Great People. Very high professional standards

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Rhapsody International full-time

Pros

Excellent scrum process eliminates long hours. 40-45 average. Office is typically empty by 7pm.
Five (count em, 1,2,3,4,5) weeks of PTO on hire!
Live bands in house.
Free Rhapsody subscription
Hackathons
Great people
Nice view of the water

Cons

The great PTO policy will make you unsatisfied with any less than five weeks at any other company. Two, or even three will be a deal breaker for the rest of your life.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Rhapsody International

  1.  

    Good people, good benefits, honest work, minimal drama

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Rhapsody International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Rhapsody is very much akin to the TV show Cheers in the fact that "everybody knows your name." There are a ton of cool projects that the teams are working on, and you're never made to feel like a number. Contractors are treated well (surprise!) and the line is often blurred between contractors and full-time employees.

    The benefits are great and apparently improved from where they used to be. Tons of time off, work from home options, medical/dental/vision, and yes, 401(k) match.

    Developers are given all the tools they need to create awesomeness.

    Cons

    You can occasionally run into bits of consensus culture at Rhapsody, but I've worked in far worse, hostile environments. No tuition reimbursement is somewhat of a bummer. Compensation could be a bit better, but other aspects (time off) make up for that in my book.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good job if you like to maintain the status quo.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Rhapsody International

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule. Thursdays are work at home days and management is generally ok with having you work wherever you like as long as you are available. Benefits are fairly solid.

    There are some very passionate and talented folks working there. The staff is generally more experienced and senior than most companies which is a double edged sword. You'll get more consistent results but some of the drive is missing.

    That said, it's a generally amicable environment with friendly folks. The office space in downtown Seattle is nice, has a great view and is and conveniently located. Occasionally you'll get an up and coming artist to stop in for a performance or there will be free tickets to a show up for grabs.

    I felt my salary was competitive with the industry, but I've heard from other employees who thought they were underpaid. If you are considering moving to Rhapsody, negotiate well.

    It's a relatively stable job as far as music companies go. You don't necessarily have to worry about the company folding tomorrow, although with new competitors popping up every day there's other concerns. The CEO has done a good job stabilizing the company considering where they were a few years ago.

    Cons

    If you are looking to work for a company that's going to shake up the music industry or push the cutting edge of technology, Rhapsody isn't it.

    PR is generally weaker than what you'll see from one of the newer, "more hip" startups. Realize that Rhapsody has more subscribers than most them, but it is a hit to company morale to rarely see your efforts recognized publicly.

    There's a number of bad habits that remain from their time with Real Networks such as the inability to make a quick decision and the lack of accountability. I saw arbitrary goals set and readjusted when they weren't met numerous times during my employment.

    Management is reactionary rather than visionary. This comment primarily applies to the product and marketing teams. There have been many opportunities to leap frog competition but it's never happened because resources are often misdirected towards efforts that don't have the best reward.

    There's quite a few long time senior employees who appear to be staying put, so the likelihood of career advancement for an individual contributor is slim. If there was an opportunity for a promotion, it was my observation that they'd rather bring on a new hire than promote internally.

    The most effective and critical employees are often the most overworked. This leads to a slow moving projects with an often chaotic work environment chocked full of meetings that rarely result in a clear direction simply because there's only so much one person can do.

    In my opinion, the folks who could bring some freshness and vision to the company realize they are not going to be able to attain their goals after a couple years and move on to bigger roles at other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to call out under performers - this includes management and senior staff. Put some accountability around decision making. Recognize those who are responsible for bad decisions and learn from what didn't work. More importantly, reward those who made good decisions and learn from what did work. Look further into the future to create a vision for the company rather that building one on what just happened.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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