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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Amazing company, incredible leadership, inspiring work

    Jun 28, 2019 - Sales Support Agent in Pasadena, CA
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    Pros

    Ableton really cares about their employees and their work/life balance. I felt super lucky and thus spoiled landing this job right out of school. Even as a customer support agent, there's always opportunity to take on extra curricular projects and initiatives towards the company's missions, goals, and objectives. You aren't just a number at this company; you will always be met with respect and feel valued. This is simply one of the best music software companies to work for. I was only met with support and encouragement when I decided to leave my position to pursue another career path, and that was really the icing on the cake for my outlook on this company.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints.

    2 people found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great comapny to work for

    Apr 9, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Nice people. Good benefit & vacation

    Cons

    Parking is hard in downtown Pas

    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    One of the best places i ever worked in

    Aug 24, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Flexible schedule, growth mentality, they really care about their people and work hard to make sure everyone feels good.

    Cons

    takes a long time for them to make decisions sometimes

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great environment

    Aug 5, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Great environment / very nice people, flexibility in terms of working location / wfh, depending on the team there is room for personal development/growth

    Cons

    Decisions can be very slow, sometimes you can be left without proper management for some time which can be both good and bad

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Inclusion culture resulted in exclusion of seniority

    Jul 27, 2021 - Software Developer in Berlin
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    Pros

    - excellent C-Level Leadership - good ethics - good engineering - product love - nice and interesting people

    Cons

    - "People-pleasing culture" - average salary - slow decision processes - for me personal: the inclusion and empowerment of junior and not-so-skilled devs resulted in my exclusion because the clash of knowledge was too big.

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Overall great place to work but not without its issues

    Jun 15, 2021 - Designer 
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    Pros

    Fantastic company overall with a vision that is worth standing behind. The people are fantastic and the overall work culture is really nice . The work is generally interesting and there tend to be opportunities for career growth

    Cons

    The organisation side is not the best and things can take a very long time to get done and the effort to get anything done is enormous. I know of many people who have been close to burnout because of the amount of work. It's also not very transparent in terms of salaries and roles and these are very uneven throughout the company

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Friendly and professional work environment

    Apr 20, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    - awesome colleagues - flat hierarchies - fair salary - transparency - the feedback culture

    Cons

    - can't think of any right now

    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Purpose driven company working hard to be oriented on people on all levels

    Apr 16, 2021 - User Researcher in Berlin
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    Pros

    fantastic people, organisational climate with a focus on people, compensation, workload, organisational purpose, social responsibility topics are framed at the executive level

    Cons

    I don't see any Cons, only lots of room for organisational development: career ladder hasn't changed for years, some structures and decision making are implicit. If embracing imperfection is a problem, maybe working at Ableton isn't the right thing.

    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    A really good company, in a lot of ways

    Apr 9, 2021 - Software Engineer in Berlin
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    Pros

    * welcoming of people with a LGBTQA+/BIPoC background * "employee-focused company" is actually true! Ableton cares a lot about its employees. In many different ways. * normally a very positive, welcoming, open, supportive atmosphere * people trust another * you can work on a single product over a long time, not on short projects for 50 different products * nice office furniture, also in the kitchen * has renowned product, people are proud of it * customers are grateful, they appreciate the product * Ableton is very flexible with regards to the situation of employees * very forthcoming if you have special needs * tries to treat employees fairly * a good part of the employees are also in the music business, so they have an intimate relationship with the products * it's always been a pleasure to have chat with the colleagues in the kitchen or at company activities * there are coaches who you can talk to about many topics and who can help you with self-development * company takes learning seriously (if you insist on it) * company founders are approachable and always have an open ear / insights to share * close-knit industry with a lot of exchange between companies (if you're in the right spot)

    Cons

    * payment is not up to par for a company that sources employees from all over the world; it's more akin to a company that resides in Berlin * employees don't actively participate in company's success * there is no benefit in putting in more effort than others (but you can do it if you want to, unpaid) * company tries to meet to every need, even when they are contradictory, and doesn't always recognize the infeasibility of its ambitions * while people strive for harmony, they are bad at dealing with conflict * company tries to do "lean management", but this resulted in not having middle management for years. * company grows fast, becomes more and more corporate: virtue signalling is becoming more important, it's less about your capabilities and more about if you fit certain political categories/quotas * quite centred around US culture, even though it's a German/Berlin company * company only thinks of people to be well-meaning. If they unfortunately employ a, say, reckless career-centered person, they will bend backwards to satisfy this person's needs, even though this destroys the company, instead of containing them. * not my first choice for white cis males

    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work

    Mar 15, 2021 - Software Engineer in Berlin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Solid 40 hour work week, overtime is very rare - Unquestioned tech budget - Really interesting peers - Executives who listen

    Cons

    - Design org is a mess

    1 person found this review helpful
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