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INgrooves Music Group Reviews

Updated June 6, 2017
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  1. "For those about to rock!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at INgrooves Music Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    INgrooves was probably the most fun I have had yet in the workplace. My co-workers were amazing and quite pleasant to be around. I miss it!

    Cons

    Compensation is a bit below industry average, from what I've heard but coming from a non-profit it was definitely a step up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! I wish I could go back, but sadly I was priced out of the Bay Area.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "great people excited about the music industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at INgrooves Music Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great co-workers who are laid back but enthusiastic about their work
    - Empathetic and fair execs
    - Sleep well knowing you are helping independent musicians promote themselves
    - Low key office environment
    - Remarkable work/life balance

    Cons

    - Salaries are lower than other music companies, but you are working in independent music and this is to be expected
    - So busy that there isn't a lot of time for guidance and mentorship in the departments
    - Executives could be more involved in the deeper details
    - Top down communication could be improved (and there is a plan in place to improve it)


  3. "A GREAT place to learn and grow!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at INgrooves Music Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -You will learn a ton
    -They welcome questions and feedback
    -I feel like I am actually making a difference in the company and the industry
    -The people who work here are just plain awesome! I have made some great friends
    -Managers want you to do well, to move up, reach your career goals and succeed

    Cons

    -not entirely clear what the overall direction of the company is (upper management knows this, but is not always disseminated down)
    -pay is competitive, but not outstanding
    -more training opportunities could be provided


  4. "Times are a changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at INgrooves Music Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office space with a great view of the Bay, free snacks, good amount of vacation and holidays. Great music culture. Co-workers are passionate about music and books. Laid back atmosphere. Good work-life balance for the most part.

    Cons

    Limited training. Payscale tends to be low as do the raises. Opportunities for advancement are unclear. Benefits are just ok - no match for 401k, dental coverage is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Help employees to achieve their full potential. Senior management is spread over two offices so they need to make an effort to connect to employees in each office. Expecting good things with Matt in charge.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not the best place to work"

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

    I have been working at INgrooves Music Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Possibility to move up if you work hard.
    - Little oversight from management (could be good, could be bad).
    - Scrum process with lots (and lots) of overhead. If you're into the red tape and hours upon hours of useless scrum talk.
    - So many (useless) meetings. Great if you love talking about things without doing anything.
    - Get to spend your Friday night making sure the new Katy Perry or Justin Bieber albums go out. Your friends (if you still have any) will love you. Well, their children (which you will never have) will love you.

    Cons

    - Lots of problems with management. Have had lots of managers/heads/vps/whatever with little knowledge of the actual goods being developed or sold...but, of course, they like to think they know everything.
    - Many hours--late nights--weekends; lots of "it won't be this way next time". Don't believe it. It's always that way next time.
    - Many people have been fired (or "laid off") over the last few years. Many of these people were good.
    - Many new people have been hired who aren't familiar with the company.
    - Training is non-existent or, in the best case, awful. They say they'll train you. Hard to believe. Have yet to see it happen.
    - They say lots of things. Hard to believe any of it.
    - Management is terrible, demoralizing and has no social intelligence whatsover. I said it once, but it needs saying again: management is a joke.
    - Your position might get outsourced. Many positions have been outsourced.
    - They'll take whatever they can get, so become good at either saying "no", or protecting yourself in some other manner. You don't want to die here.

    Advice to Management

    - Training should be given to newcomers.
    - Promised training should be given to seasoned workers right now. Let's not wait another year...
    - Take some of the blame.


  6. "A company you will grow with, if you know how to embrace and navigate "change""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at INgrooves Music Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Learn and grow with a company that is regularly adapting to an evolving marketplace. A lot is changing in the music business. I've learned more about myself professionally in nearly 8 years, than I could have learned in any school program!
    -Quality and direction of leadership has fluctuated over the years (to be expected as a start-up grows up). Today, it's top-notch! Lots of industry plus management expertise.
    -They always promote from within when there is a good fit.
    -Not afraid to make changes or think differently
    -Vacation time and music perks are good
    -Plenty of free snacks
    -Fun company outings and events

    Cons

    -The company mission could be clearer at every level, although it's already getting better
    -Communication between departments could use improvement
    -Breaking down the silos between execs and staff is needed, but also something that is getting better

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward and making bold choices in the industry. Continue to make more of an effort to give employees a "voice", and never stop appreciating your people. More leaders are surfacing at every level of the company, continue to engage those particular people as valued leaders and do whatever it takes to keep them on your team.


  7. "Pros & Cons"

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

    I have been working at INgrooves Music Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience in a fast-paced company, with the ability to continually learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    Senior Management doesn't care about the careers of their employees, if you are simply looking for a job that you can show up to everyday, perform, then go home and not worry about it, this is the place for you. If you are looking for a position with any type of mentorship or guidance from the executive team look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the development of your employees


  8. "Good place to work, but not without its problems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at INgrooves Music Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    ping-pong, foosball;
    fresh fruits every week;
    pizza, beer and wine for special occasions;
    laid-back working atmosphere;

    Cons

    limited growth potential;
    a lot of overtime work (can vary based on specialty);
    not all managers know how to work with people;


  9. "Growing Fast...which is mostly great."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at INgrooves Music Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of room to do new things. Company is open to new ideas and constantly trying to do new things. Good reputation in the industry and a great place to learn "the" business.

    Cons

    Lack of infrastructure and resources can make things challenging. The music industry assumes you will take compensation in other forms (tickets, time off, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the pipes. Get the systems up to speed.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "INgrooves hires kids right out of college so they can pay little, treat employees like slaves and fire them whenever."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at INgrooves Music Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back work atmosphere, lot's of ping-pong.

    Cons

    70-90 hour work weeks for a salary that starts at 38k. Stick around if you are wiling to work those hours for that pay without complaint.
    Kiss the executives asses to keep your job.
    Frequent the most trendy dive bars in the mission and listen to bands no one has ever heard of to be in with the in-crowd.
    No teamwork.
    Get a title upgrade after only a year, little to no raise.
    Executives that were brought in from Universal are power hungry, egotistical and sexist.
    HR works for the executives, not for the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the employees that work-hard and are loyal and reward them with a raise - not a title upgrade.
    Stop having meetings behind glass walls, creates an environment of paranoia and a clear demonstration of chosen favorite employees.
    Hire new executives and get rid of the executives brought in from Universal.


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