Grooveshark

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Grooveshark Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
26 Reviews
3.8
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Awesome startup environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grooveshark

    Pros

    Food, good people, open office environment, a ton of room for initiatives.

    Cons

    Demanding, not 100% clear communication, strapped for cash at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more transparency, but overall it's great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Began as a great company to work for but has declined drastically since I began working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grooveshark full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Open office environment, free food, flexible schedule

    Cons

    No communication within the departments. Often left feeling that you are disposable. Not opportunity for advancement and low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open the lines of communication with annual or quarterly reviews. Stop spending company money of frivolous items

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun environment to work in, but constant legal problems, company not making money problems, and low pay were problems.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at Grooveshark full-time

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Fun and relaxed environment
    - Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    - Constantly working on hard problems
    - The amount of learning that happens here is huge

    Cons

    - Management
    - Low, low, low pay
    - Huge turnover rate
    - No room for promotion
    - Huge stress
    - Horrible work/life balance
    - Guilt tripping to work more hours
    - Constant legal problems and scandals
    - Always unsure if Grooveshark would survive another month

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Your employees are your bread and butter, treat them like kings/queens
    - Mature and start being an actual company; stop hiding behind the start-up label
    - There's never an excuse to not pay your employees well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun office, not for the career-oriented

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    Current Employee - Advertising Sales & Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales & Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grooveshark full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun office, awesome people to work and play with, laid back atmosphere, free food, great beats...

    Cons

    laid back atmosphere, terrible management practices (company had n o money, so they fired a number of employees (at Xmas) and flew the entire NYC office to Florida for a party- makes sense, no?), tons of legality issues, terrible pay (and a massive lie of a bonus structure), and even worse healthcare benefits.. (to be fair, I have not been there for over a year). Also, clearly not a place to go if you take your career seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better healthcare, make an effort to contend w/ the real businesses in the digital space, pay better, and just be professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun and great company.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Gainesville, FL
    Former Intern - Intern in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at Grooveshark as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting culture and innovative company.

    Cons

    Location, depending on your preference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    internship

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    Current Intern - Frontend in Gainesville, FL
    Current Intern - Frontend in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at Grooveshark as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    learned a lot of javascript, the classes are really helpful

    Cons

    payment isnt much.. but it wasnt so important for me

  8.  

    Scrappy startup

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grooveshark full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great laid back environment for self motivated people. It is easy to work on a project if it really interests you or transition to another team if it is a better fit.

    Cons

    Negative press. Salary levels are not the highest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized and Average Internship

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    Current Intern - Intern in Gainesville, FL
    Current Intern - Intern in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at Grooveshark as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people there were awesome.
    Free food, and cool office environment.

    Cons

    Unpaid. Terribly disorganized internship. No management or direction. No chance of impressing management or displaying self worth for a future opportunity. Overheard conversation which made it clear that they cycled through unpaid interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late for advice I think. This internship was a while back, however, it seems clear the business has gone down hill since then. I wish them the best of luck, however, there seems to be no chance of more organization or more opportunity happening any time soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Web Developer

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at Grooveshark full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    great engineer team and awesome working enviroment, build cool music service for people

    Cons

    the pay is kind of low but you live in Gainesville so it won't matter that much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Can you hear me now? Yes. Yes I can. And I do believe you are doing it right, Grooveshark.

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    Current Employee - OPERATIONAL in New York, NY
    Current Employee - OPERATIONAL in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grooveshark full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I find working at Grooveshark to be one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had working in tech and media over the last decade. It's by far one of the most forward thinking companies I have ever worked for. The daily expertise, excellence and shared best in class technology and digital music curated - is quite reminiscent of initial days of the Internet revolution. its, the team. Period.

    In my view, the average Groooveshark employee seems infectiously excited about the rise for device ubiquity, and consumer behavior. They love music and are humble about and their obvious seat at the "streaming music" table from the listeners' points of view - being a clear music fan favorite. These are two great barometers that the company’s sweet spot and moment in in the sun has arrived.

    These facts, in addition to many of the other challenges the company has overcome in its near decade of existence, clearly illustrate one slid point to me. New employee or old, the place is alive with the tenacity they had from day one.

    To me it seems entrepreneurial creativity is the fabric of Grooveshark DNA. Great people, culture with a team full of franchise players.With broadcast, the company finally has a proprietary technology and format, that both artists and industry are utilizing. This and a community of 30 million, means Broadcast is powering the next evolution of Grooveshark with new strategic alliances, promotional efforts to bridge artist and fans. I think Grooveshark is at the tipping point before becoming an even more recognized user experience and consumer standard.

    Cons

    The Company was founded in 2006, many years before device ubiquity or people even understood what streaming digital music was - in tandem, the industry and sector was still evolving. The only real con is that the company was first to market in 2006, which is strong positive in 2014. They've spent the time getting it right, In my opinion I don't see any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don’t stop, you are redefining the industry. I couldn’t think of another brand I would want to watch succeed form the inside out. Your clarity, shared data and honesty are why you have and will succeed. With a community of nearly 30 million, I believe you and your team are doing more than a lot right. Be patient as the sector evolves, you don’t have to prove a thing when your user experience is best in class.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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