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"In transition, signs trending positive"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Gracenote full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Gracenote shook up senior leadership a few years ago, breaking some of the calcification and allowing a reaffirmation of their culture and identity. The recent acquisition by Tribune may help continue this redefinition.

Cons

Some of the departed executives were just downright mean. The product base and their engineering teams are fragmented and sometimes at odds with each other. The IT department is very immature and cliquish.

Advice to Management

Continue to refocus and redefine.

Other Employee Reviews for Gracenote

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Better management & more improvement needed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros: It's an easy place to work. You won't work long hours and can come and go as you please. This, ultimately, is uninspiring and lends itself to employees here knowing only how to work as individuals and not as a group.

    Lots of fun events! (Movies, concerts, parties, baseball tickets) GN makes a real effort to give back to their employees

    CEO makes a real effort to reach out to all employees despite his assistant who will always tell you that he's unavailable.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is (unintentionally) comical here. Complete boys' club with little to no diversity in upper management (all white males). Favoritism is rampant starting with the CEO's own inner circle and working it's way down the management chain. Lack of focus throughout the engineering side and could benefit from a more structured/focused approach to hiring. Many people have positions here they can't define and often have a "what the hell am I doing here again?" look on their face in meetings.

    HR is ineffective. There are good people on the team but the team leader serves only as a yes-man to the executive board which makes any kind of real progress or fair judgment calls impossible.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to compete with other firms in Silicon Valley, make a bigger effort to diversify and be more competitive in ways that don't just include salary.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Worst company for career growth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Common Pros that any company in SF has - Snacks, Food, parties, annual cruise, beer bash to be precise. Nothing great.

    Cons

    Management and Engineering managers don't know what they are doing. Engineering is always in rush to release products to customers without thinking whether products are ready and good to go. There is a false thought among engineering that there is plenty of work for engineers which is false as they find interns and cheap resources to get the job done in a hasty manner. Engineers don't get respected for their opinions and advice about any suggesions for making their products better. You may get a thank you email but at the end it is all hurry and don't worry policy. You will soon feel orphaned and disrespected. Raising concerns with HR is futile as they don't have any voice over employee concerns and issues. There are more directors and sr. Directors and sr. Engineers than normal Engineers who know what they are doing and with all the haphazarness it is not a surprise that competitiors are far advanced and popular.

    Advice to Management

    Management should start respecting and bring in thr culture of not underestimating the skills of each and every engineer. They should encourage engineering and product management and QA to focus on quality and innovativeness of products than shipping out products and getting them out of the door. Hurry and Haphazardness does not work.

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