Line 6 Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
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    Think about the customers and the products, not your next meeting presentation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Line 6 full-time

    Pros

    Music environment, good work-life balance (almost no one works late here), products are still a little bit interesting . The company is in such chaos you can be a standout employee without much effort. Yamaha owns the company now so they can keep it from sinking if they want. The fun stuff, like parties, halloween and monthly happy hour, are pretty fun. Good health insurance compared to similar companies. Polite, non abusive environment.

    Cons

    Weak implementation of Agile, using the parts of scrum that are pleasing to management but skimping on parts that are vital to the development team. Exodus of experienced engineering talent. Shellshocked upper management more focused on internal reporting and process than supporting people to get useful products out to customers. Extremely political environment for a company of this size. People used to come to work at Line 6 because they thought it would be a great place to work, now it's a steppingstone to get to a great place to work. Benefits besides health insurance are only okay (no 401 k matching). no growth for the company means no growth for the workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've got more of the bad parts of Avid in your blood than you realize. Get your heads out of powerpoint presentations and meetings to tell each other about all the things you're doing to fix the company and help people actually get some of those things done. Think more like Line 6 when it was a company of this size years ago and less like the large corporation that you're not. Some of the older line 6 employees that you've pushed to the side are talking more sense than your new team is. Maybe it's time to listen to what some of them say and what they learned years ago when they created the products that were successful. something has to change. Your way isn't working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be great then not so much.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Line 6 full-time

    Pros

    Great staff. Lots of fun. Very progressive.

    Cons

    Management doesn't communicate well. Too much turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your instincts instead of counting on analytical data to make every decision. Your company got there by leading, not following.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you value your career don't work here.

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    Former Employee - Administration in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Administration in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Line 6 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual environment, good culture, laid back, innovative on their products fun environment.

    Cons

    No room for growth, management forgets the main factor for success is maintaining good employee. Too much bureaucracy. Too many politics and plays favoritism. There is no open door policy actually although they promote it to the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee management and eliminate operating the business like a Mom and Pop.
    The upper management needs to review what the mid level management is doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    no comment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Line 6 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    local wholesaler with high tech products hiring experienced engineers

    Cons

    was a growing technology now too competitive and not meeting evolution of industry. too much influence by original owners with emotions of a Mom/Pop company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    top heavy, too may VP's and not managers/supervisors. Who really does the day to day glut of work that powers to functions of the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Physically, mentally, and emotionally tired of the extraordinary epidemic dysfunction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Line 6

    Pros

    These are fleeting at an astonishing rate. Line 6 used to be an incredibly fun place to work, attracting passionate, creative, super-star talent in the music world.

    Cons

    Morale is at its absolute worst. blame game is constant. The new CEO lacks ANY experience running a company and that inexperience is running what is left of the company right into the ground. Politics are painfully forefront and horribly disrupting progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best talent is leaving, or being forced out. No advice can be given to that which can not be reasoned with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Future Ahead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Line 6 full-time

    Pros

    Visionary products; new leaders changing bad process and practices; passionate employees; fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Resource challenge; poor IT systems and tools for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize the operation so your employees can be more efficient

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    interesting place to start in the music industry not a lot of room to advance in it though.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Line 6 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good discount
    good ideas
    innovative products
    employee's are nice

    Cons

    poor pay
    management doesn't seem to have it together
    Poor internal communication
    some of the employees don't seem to know what they're doing
    manufacturing problems that never seem to be resolved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking everything you're suppliers give you. Raise your quality expectations and push that through to you're manufacturing instead of bringing it down on the people that are trying to fix what your manufacturers have screwed up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Was once a great place to work. Now a sad shell of its former self.

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Line 6 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are still some good, hard-working, talented people there. Being involved in music is a plus. The company parties used to be a lot of fun. Salaries are competitive. Decent benefits. They still make some good entry-level gear.

    Cons

    Company re-organizations and new marketing management every 1-2 years. Very top-heavy company, way too many managers. Board of directors focus on revenue growth at the expense of quality, innovation, and customer service. Many of the original innovators that were responsible for their early successes have either left or have been driven out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recent problems are not due to the economic downturn. Low morale wasn't created by poor sales. The focus on growth at the expense of quality, innovation, and customer service isn't an inspiring or motivating message to employees. Start treating employees with respect, avoid passive aggression. Stop outsourcing so much engineering work to China. Add more people to your customer service team. Don't release products until they are truly complete. Ditch the top-heavy layer of senior management. Listen to the people who actually do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here if you value your career

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    Former Employee - Administration in Agoura, CA
    Former Employee - Administration in Agoura, CA

    I worked at Line 6 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment
    Work functions have alcohol onsite

    Cons

    Horrible management
    HR Director has a problem with women
    Heavily male dominated company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The whole HR Department needs to be cleaned out. Including the VP of Administration & HR. They've single-handedly restructured the company so many times that if the restructure didn't work the first three times then you have to look at the people doing the restructuring. You can hire the best engineers and sales people in the world but that will not save the company from failing because of politics and HR sticking their nose where it doesn't belong. How can HR be objective to policies when the VP of Administration is the Co-founders wife? Line 6 might be a large company but their problems are as if they're still a small company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great ideas, poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Line 6 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    So many great ideas floating around, and people who love what they do and want to put out amazing products.

    Cons

    Management is incredibly top-heavy and seems to not want to face reality on projects. They will push engineering and other departments to incredible degrees to get products out, more so than any other employer I've been with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a new way to scope projects and hire some more help!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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