Line 6 Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Like Apple before they became huge and heartless.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Line 6 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Way more pros than I've ever had anywhere else period. Very smart and dedicated group of people who still know how and when to have fun when they aren't changing the world of music technology. Not just another "job". Good benefits, flex schedules, occasional happy hours, and amazing musicians.

    Cons

    Company was recently purchased after a few years of rough water. Needs to re-stabilize and take back the market share and profits it used to have and continue to innovate.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward talent and dedication for new and tenured employees alike. Hold more company events and team building exercises. Keep visibility high and open doors.


  2. Churn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Line 6 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people who really want to make great products, and are proud of who they work for. A fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    A lot of senior management churn. Needs stronger leadership and to stay on a course for the duration.

    Advice to Management

    Create some stability for employees. Work hard to keep the people who bring value and let go of the ones who don't. Fresh blood and new ideas are a positive thing


  3. Challenging, but might be the coolest company in MI

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful, incredibly talented people. Sink-or-swim environment is daunting at first, but can be rewarding. Minimal micromanagement. One of the most forward-thinking companies in the industry (almost to a fault). Very innovative products that are fun to work on. Excellent work environment with great parties. Nightly music jams. Halloween is a blast for your entire family. Depending on the gig, telecommuting may not be a problem. Pretty flexible hours. One of two original founders is the new CEO, and will hopefully return Line 6 to its roots.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover, but sometimes due to sniping by bigger companies, like Apple and JPL. Development slows to a crawl after each exodus, and workload increases. Poorly-implemented Agile practices from influx of ex-AVID employees (most of whom have since exited) continue to leave scars.

    Advice to Management

    It's extremely expensive to lose talent, knowledge, and experience. Do whatever you can to keep your best employees.


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  5. Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Calabasas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Line 6 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, not afraid to take a chance on new technologies.

    Cons

    Running too close to the edge based on projections that are in truth just guesses.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great people. Terrible business plan.

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

    Pros

    Incredible, and I mean incredible people. Good salaries. Great legacy of innovation. Inspiring coworkers. Best damn Halloween party you are ever likely to experience.

    Cons

    Awful, and I mean awful top management. Very political. Sycophantic executive culture. You have to wonder if Yamaha believed in the company or just wanted the wireless IP when they bought it.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps you should try and bring products to the market that have a chance to make the company money, instead of trying so damn hard to be "innovative" that you bring products to the market that don't appeal to current needs or wants.


  7. So much potential down the drain.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of cool people there, very interesting technology.

    Cons

    A few bad eggs spoiled it for everybody.

    Advice to Management

    Financial problems can be attributed to a troubled economy and music industry, not the workers. I wonder how things are going after the Yamaha takeover? Lots of guitars and mixers at GC clearance, not much Line 6 gear in stock at GC and SA, what the hell happened?


  8. Helpful (3)

    Think about the customers and the products, not your next meeting presentation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Used to be great then not so much.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    no comment

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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



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