Isolation Network Reviews

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  1. Great place to work, but plan on working hard and always being busy

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Isolation Network full-time

    Pros

    Managers are great- they understand what needs to be done and the time and technical skills that are needed to execute. Fun work environment. Fellow employees were nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Office moved from the financial district Fisherman's wharf, making my commute from East Bay hell. Software teams and QA teams were understaffed- we always had waaay more work to do than the number of people needed to execute.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the open office layout. Since many of the software team members work remotely, many employees are Skype meetings throughout the day. The noise and cross talk of these skype meetings in an open office plan gave me terrible headaches and made it difficult to concentrate and write quality code.


  2. Great culture, fun environment, and thats about it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Isolation Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you like the entertainment industry and music in particular working at this company can be really enjoyable, as you are surrounded by artists and labels and music daily. Very laid back and casual environment. One of the best things is that no one is uptight, overly sensitive or touchy, and it's super easy to be your self around people and be accepted for what you are. Chances are that most people working there are music lovers, so everyone is either a musician, or DJ, or sound engineer, or producer or some kind of artist in the music field . The company really does attract music lovers and it's obvious that many people are willing to take the cons of the company as long as they can feel that they are part of music. Another pro is the average age, and you get to work with a ton of young people, majority when I was there were in their thirties and twenties. There aren't many "perks" but the company has pretty fun company parties and outings and the office is nice.

    Cons

    The pay is borderline laughable and benefits are average to low. Also, it is always unclear whether the company is living or just existing. Indications from management are always unclear and or secret, and It's hard to tell if there is growth and whether or not they are doing well or not so you always worry that you may be wasting your time or stagnating there. Promotions are virtually impossible, and new openings to apply to and try to climb up the latter are scarse. I've seen many people leave and or stay only for some months or a couple years at the most while I was there. Also, the equipment you work with - old Dell desktop PC computers - are garbage and overall, the feeling is that someone in there is making/keeping all the money, while the lower you are, the more you feel deprived of resources, be it the appalling pay rate you get, the cheap equipment you work with and so on. Overall the company is a huge tradeoff: you get to work in a fun, enjoyable, laid back, relaxed and not overly busy company operating in the equally fun entertainment industry, but you also have high chances of living in "poverty" and stagnating.

    Advice to Management

    Start a serious growth program with your staff. The argument that "it's fine if you leave, we'll find someone else willing to work for this pay rate" will never benefit the company. Encourage staff to take on special projects and spearhead something. Give people the opportunity to show their strengths. Give them the opportunity to grow and thrive. Have more meetings and involve staff more in parallel projects and activities. EXPECT staff to create something that has their name on it and that involves ownership. Be clearer and more transparent about revenue, growth and the overall health of the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    great people excited about the music industry

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Isolation Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great co-workers who are laid back but enthusiastic about their work - Empathetic and fair execs - Sleep well knowing you are helping independent musicians promote themselves - Low key office environment - Remarkable work/life balance

    Cons

    - Salaries are lower than other music companies, but you are working in independent music and this is to be expected - So busy that there isn't a lot of time for guidance and mentorship in the departments - Executives could be more involved in the deeper details - Top down communication could be improved (and there is a plan in place to improve it)


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  5. A GREAT place to learn and grow!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Isolation Network full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -You will learn a ton -They welcome questions and feedback -I feel like I am actually making a difference in the company and the industry -The people who work here are just plain awesome! I have made some great friends -Managers want you to do well, to move up, reach your career goals and succeed

    Cons

    -not entirely clear what the overall direction of the company is (upper management knows this, but is not always disseminated down) -pay is competitive, but not outstanding -more training opportunities could be provided


  6. Times are a changing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Isolation Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office space with a great view of the Bay, free snacks, good amount of vacation and holidays. Great music culture. Co-workers are passionate about music and books. Laid back atmosphere. Good work-life balance for the most part.

    Cons

    Limited training. Payscale tends to be low as do the raises. Opportunities for advancement are unclear. Benefits are just ok - no match for 401k, dental coverage is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Help employees to achieve their full potential. Senior management is spread over two offices so they need to make an effort to connect to employees in each office. Expecting good things with Matt in charge.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Not the best place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Isolation Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Possibility to move up if you work hard. - Little oversight from management (could be good, could be bad). - Scrum process with lots (and lots) of overhead. If you're into the red tape and hours upon hours of useless scrum talk. - So many (useless) meetings. Great if you love talking about things without doing anything. - Get to spend your Friday night making sure the new Katy Perry or Justin Bieber albums go out. Your friends (if you still have any) will love you. Well, their children (which you will never have) will love you.

    Cons

    - Lots of problems with management. Have had lots of managers/heads/vps/whatever with little knowledge of the actual goods being developed or sold...but, of course, they like to think they know everything. - Many hours--late nights--weekends; lots of "it won't be this way next time". Don't believe it. It's always that way next time. - Many people have been fired (or "laid off") over the last few years. Many of these people were good. - Many new people have been hired who aren't familiar with the company. - Training is non-existent or, in the best case, awful. They say they'll train you. Hard to believe. Have yet to see it happen. - They say lots of things. Hard to believe any of it. - Management is terrible, demoralizing and has no social intelligence whatsover. I said it once, but it needs saying again: management is a joke. - Your position might get outsourced. Many positions have been outsourced. - They'll take whatever they can get, so become good at either saying "no", or protecting yourself in some other manner. You don't want to die here.

    Advice to Management

    - Training should be given to newcomers. - Promised training should be given to seasoned workers right now. Let's not wait another year... - Take some of the blame.


  8. Dymanic and creative Company in a fun industry!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Isolation Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working for this Company because I am able to be creative, and I collaborate with many interesting people on a daily basis. The industry is fun, the people are friendly and the leadership team encourages my success. The environment is casual (in some offices dogs are welcome!), the benefits are pretty good compared with similar sized organizations. We have regular company-wide meetings and there is also a suggestion box type program which is used to implement employee ideas.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a structured working environment with a lot of direction from leadership then this might not be the place for you. There is also a lot of change, both internally and in the industry so you need to be comfortable with that. The Company would benefit from improved onboarding and more professional development opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employees, provide career development opportunities (not just promotions but opportunities to learn and grow), provide a more robust onboarding program so new hires can learn more about the business and how the different teams work together. Provide additional opportunities for people from different teams to get to know each other.


  9. A company you will grow with, if you know how to embrace and navigate "change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Isolation Network full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Learn and grow with a company that is regularly adapting to an evolving marketplace. A lot is changing in the music business. I've learned more about myself professionally in nearly 8 years, than I could have learned in any school program! -Quality and direction of leadership has fluctuated over the years (to be expected as a start-up grows up). Today, it's top-notch! Lots of industry plus management expertise. -They always promote from within when there is a good fit. -Not afraid to make changes or think differently -Vacation time and music perks are good -Plenty of free snacks -Fun company outings and events

    Cons

    -The company mission could be clearer at every level, although it's already getting better -Communication between departments could use improvement -Breaking down the silos between execs and staff is needed, but also something that is getting better

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward and making bold choices in the industry. Continue to make more of an effort to give employees a "voice", and never stop appreciating your people. More leaders are surfacing at every level of the company, continue to engage those particular people as valued leaders and do whatever it takes to keep them on your team.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great talent everywhere, no real sense of direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Isolation Network full-time

    Pros

    Very talented staff from lots of different backgrounds. Opportunity to be around and contribute to several different areas of the business

    Cons

    Rudderless. Indie music is stronger when it has an angle or a curatorial focus, and INgrooves has no specific area of focus. The quality of music and labels involved is an afterthought and the highest management doesn't have a clear understanding of where to hedge their bets, musically. Far too much focus on artists that have already reached a level of success rather than building something new.

    Advice to Management

    Retention and morale would be higher if there was a sense of either getting to be part of something special, or offering great benefits/lifestyle. 401(k) matching! Bet on artists that can develop rather than artists that have hit their high water mark or there won't be any developing artists/labels that want to get involved given other options.


  11. Pros & Cons

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Isolation Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience in a fast-paced company, with the ability to continually learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    Senior Management doesn't care about the careers of their employees, if you are simply looking for a job that you can show up to everyday, perform, then go home and not worry about it, this is the place for you. If you are looking for a position with any type of mentorship or guidance from the executive team look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the development of your employees



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