MakeMusic! Reviews

Updated May 25, 2015
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  1. Great people, clear vision, wonderful products

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at MakeMusic!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people who work there are passionate, dedicated individuals who share a positive attitude and outlook towards life in general and the company in particular. This is definitely a company that fosters collaboration, not only within departments, but cross functionally as well as with the other companies under the Peaksware umbrella. The customer is always the focus and the products speak to that and always want to make the experience of musicians and music educators a better one. Lines of communication inside the company are open and management truly makes an effort to reach out to employees to listen to feedback.

    Cons

    I don't really have anything negative to say. The transition from the old office to the new one has been at times challenging, but change is supposed to push you outside of your comfort zone so you can grow.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to have open lines of communication so employee feedback can always be heard


  2. Great vision, great culture, awesome people!

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

    I have been working at MakeMusic! full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Leadership is dedicated to the long term success of the company. Customer centric. Passionate employees. Great culture.

    Cons

    Honestly, nothing bad to say about this company. Totally satisfied as an employee.


  3. Helpful (3)

    A great thing ruined

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MakeMusic! full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    I'm getting out of here

    Cons

    Greedy ownership laid off over 2/3 the company including virtually all of the development staff. The small remnant believed in the promises of the new management and uprooted themselves to Boulder from Minneapolis, only to find management to be clueless, arrogant, and extremely hard to work with. Most of the technical product knowledge was lost with those who were forced to leave the company and a job they were passionate about. Management is clueless about music and pretty much clueless about development, so they throw around a lot of buzzwords to make themselves look smart and use a lot of sports analogies which don't even apply to music. Several of the people who moved to Boulder didn't even bring their families with them as they didn't believe the company would succeed. It's really sad to see quality products wasting away like this

    Comp is below the industry average... they tell you the place is all about flexible lifestyle and such but in reality that doesn't apply anymore.

    Advice to Management

    You blew it, over greed. Nice job.

    MakeMusic! Response

    Mar 16, 2015VP of Human Resources

    Response from Gear Fisher, CEO: Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'd like to continue a dialogue about the issues you're perceiving. I acknowledge that since the merger of Peaksware ... More


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A great past, an unclear future.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at MakeMusic! full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are not many places to work where one can combine their passion for music and technology. A wonderful talented group of people with a great love for what they do. Coming into work every morning has never been a chore. If you share both of these passions, it can be very tempting to want to join the company (if you are willing to accept the cons).

    Cons

    The outlook for the future of the company is cloudy as it has struggled to find a direction over the past several years. It has undergone even more drastic (and bizarre) changes since going private, such as sacking over half of its employees and relocating the company to combine it with another that specializes in athletic training software. At this point, it requires a leap of faith in the new owner/management and a willingness to venture into unknown territory with potential volatility (much like a startup). Also, the compensation is not as competitive compared to other places.


  6. Helpful (3)

    A good thing destroyed right in front of our eyes.

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

    I have been working at MakeMusic! full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This was a great company full of extremely passionate music people who ran the whole gamut in the music industry. The two products-SmartMusic and Finale are outstanding products which help musicians and music educators enhance their lives.

    Cons

    We have been purchased, taken over and methodically dismantled in a matter of 5 months basically displacing over 3/4th's of the employees. However, the biggest losers will be the customers who will not be able to get the quality of service and support that they were previously used to.

    Advice to Management

    It is too late as the current management has been in a "lame duck" position since August.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Was great, but has gone seriously downhill since the Boulder announcement

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

    I have been working at MakeMusic! full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Eden Prairie office was once filled with very good people who cared deeply about their products and were passionate about their work.

    Cons

    First flex time was taken away. That decision makes no sense at all in this day and age. Productivity and morale sank to an all-time low. Now the new owner is moving the entire works to Boulder, CO to be managed and overseen by an endurance training sports company. Do you think most people will move from their home because of this decision?

    Advice to Management

    You should've listened to your employees who have been there for decades instead of some money monger. The outlook for loyal customers doesn't look good at all.


  8. Great place to work - but significantly restructuring and moving to Colorado so the future is unknown

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

    I have been working at MakeMusic! full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Industry leading music notation and education software. Co-workers are respectful and work well together and this has definitely improved from when I started. Many musicians that are passionate about the products and industry. Good benefits and fun employee events.

    Cons

    In the four years I've worked here there has been constant churn on the executive team and direction for MakeMusic - this company needs clarity and stability to grow. There are many great ideas but there is never enough time dedicated to really evaluating whether they work. Too many opinions on what is best - and now the company is consolidating with another business in Colorado unrelated to the music industry. I hope the passion in the workplace can continue.


  9. Perfect job for musicians with a technical background

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

    I have been working at MakeMusic! full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's rewarding to work on music notation software used by professional composers, arrangers, copyists, and teachers. Finale needs to handle sophisticated composing and engraving requirements, and it's fun and challenging to make sure those sophisticated features work correctly. It's also fun working with such talented musicians across all types of musical performance. Music is all about collaboration, and the musicians working here know how to collaborate to get the job done with a minimum of conflict or office politics.

    Cons

    Too much churn in upper management, making it hard to keep product focus. Particularly true now that the office is relocating to Colorado.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to solve the technical debt, but keep Finale the tool it needs to be for professional users.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Nice people, interesting products, misguided leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at MakeMusic! full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting products, especially if your a musician
    Nice coworkers. Generally knowledgable and helpful.
    People are passionate about their work.

    Cons

    No real long term product vision and constantly changing strategy.
    Reactionary planning leads to constant shifting of features and priorities.
    Leadership teams do not talk to products teams; features and shipping dates are often a surprise.
    A lot of talk about modernizing engineering practices though very little action. Extremely slow to change.
    Technical leadership mandates new practices randomly. Whatever the latest development fad is the new savior.
    Losing benefits. Poor planning and strategy leads to missed deadlines then developers are blamed.
    Lack of trust, low morale, new people don't stay.
    Micromanagement on the rise.

    Advice to Management

    Get new technical leadership with some experience building non-web software successfully. Someone who is passionate about music would be a good idea too.
    Let the passionate people at MakeMusic do their jobs.
    Open communications between departments and leadership. Tell them information is not something to be hoarded and used to protect your position.
    Recognize domain knowledge in the company and give employees power to share it. People need ownership of products to do their best work.

    As I see it, MakeMusic is still around as a company because of their passionate employees - and despite their management which mainly seems bent on protecting their turf.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great people, poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at MakeMusic! full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a small company with a lot of really smart and engaged people. Dress code is relaxed and the medical benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    Senior management is clueless about the music software industry. Very poor decision making over the past 2 years, which is causing the company to fall behind competitors in an increasingly competitive market. In addition, there have been a number of layoffs and departures of key personnel for reasons unknown, and costs savings would be the only outward reason as to why these knowledgeable individuals have departed against their wishes.

    Combine this with a sale to an owner who only cares about profits and it's a recipe for disaster. Customers are starting to notice these issues as well.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out your management and replace them with persons knowledgeable about modern software development or at least music technology.



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