MakeMusic! Reviews

Updated April 13, 2014
Updated April 13, 2014
3 Reviews
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MakeMusic! Chief Executive Officer Karen VanDerBosch
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company, Great Benefits, So-so management

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    Former Employee - Senior Customer Support Representative  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Support Representative in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at MakeMusic! full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits package, good camaraderie with fellow employees, relaxed dress code, upper management is very accessible and friendly.

    Cons

    Low salaries, no windows in some office areas, little appreciation for self-starting and independent work, micromanagement and lack of trust from supervisors, very little positive feedback for good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to solicit new ideas from employees. There is too much emphasis on the status quo, when oftentimes employees have great ideas for streamlining certain processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice people, interesting products, misguided leadership

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at MakeMusic! full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Great people, poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at MakeMusic! full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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