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Kobalt Music Group CEO Willard Ahdritz
Willard Ahdritz
6 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    US based employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobalt Music Group full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    -smart colleagues who are helpful and generally proactive -great health benefits and generous company contribution, compensation is fair but could be better -company experiencing tremendous growth and is scaling exponentially - lots of opportunities to develop skills and take ownership of projects -senior leaders (while very busy) actually care about growth of their employees and are accessible

    Cons

    not many to mention that isn't the same reality of being at a company in hyper growth mode.... -sometimes feels like it would be good to have a clearer understanding of the company strategy

    Advice to Management

    more opportunities for front office and back office to collaborate in work and social settings; more frequent all-hands meetings

  2. Helpful (1)

    Los Angeles

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobalt Music Group full-time

    Pros

    Exciting, fast growing company with potential

    Cons

    Extraordinary workload expectation, growth scaling imbalance

  3. Helpful (4)

    Careful. . .

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Kobalt Music Group full-time

      Pros

      Fun but hard-working environment, impressive technology, fun events on occasion.

      Cons

      Not as "transparent" as they claim. Will "spin" to make themselves sound better.

    • A company with a mission

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Kobalt Music Group full-time

      Pros

      Fun and passionate founder, innovative and entrepreneurial colleagues, music industry!

      Cons

      Office spaces are just okay and slightly overcrowded, communication between management to employees.

    • Helpful (1)

      Kobalt Music

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends

      I worked at Kobalt Music Group full-time

      Pros

      Incredible values, inspiring leader. Forward thinking company, with great tech and team.

      Cons

      Fast paced employee growth without all communication and management systems following suit.

      Advice to Management

      Promote more internal upward mobility.

    • Ok

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook

        I worked at Kobalt Music Group for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Good services for artists and musicians

        Cons

        Not too many to list here

        Advice to Management

        Non

      • Interning at Kobalt, London

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend

        I worked at Kobalt Music Group full-time

        Pros

        free shows, successful company, London location, resume builder

        Cons

        competitive, political, boring intern work

        Advice to Management

        Give interns more autonomy. Let them attend meetings and work with other departments.

      • Helpful (1)

        Great group of people to work with!

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Positive Outlook

        I have been working at Kobalt Music Group

        Pros

        the company skews young and is friendly

        Cons

        sometimes felt like there was miscommunication between departments

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        Graduate Software Engineer

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        Former Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in London, England
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Kobalt Music Group full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Good first job out of Uni. Nice new modern office with a great view of the South Bank and surrounding area. Relaxed open office environment. Free breakfast and wide variety of snacks/fruit. Work Laptop Small teams but lots of tech employees. Charismatic and friendly CEO with a great vision.

        Cons

        One long never-ending project. All work done on internal application only, so work is usually based on requirements from business unit that they desire for the internal application. Not much in the way of learning and scaling up, work is repetitive and tedious at times, a bit of editing Java here and a bit of SQL there. Most managers seem good but mine was pushy and required a level higher than that of a graduate.

        Advice to Management

        Have a better graduate programme in place. Many graduates vary in their level of knowledge but regardless there should be a solid learning plan in place so that they feel like they can contribute to their relevant teams effectively and also learn and upscale.

        Kobalt Music Group Response

        September 13, 2018Recruitment Manager

        Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We always listen to and appreciate any feedback we receive with a view to improve as an employer. Continuous professional development is very important to us and we know this is valued by our employees. In the last 12 months we’ve ...

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      • Helpful (6)

        Negative Experience as Java BE Developer

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        Current Employee - Software Engineer 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Kobalt Music Group full-time

        Pros

        The large number of graduate hires creates an atmosphere of young developers allowing work friendships to easily form. Nice office with roof garden, live music performances, Friday drinks, food and snacks plus a great desk setup with electronic standing desks. Very good work / life balance, as the Java codebase is for internal software deadlines are mostly unheard of, this creates a relaxed environment to work in....

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        Cons

        Very dated and poorly designed Java 7 monolith codebase with most business logic written in PL/SQL. The size of the monolith means any measures to pull it apart are years from completion and not even properly specced yet. Senior management very resistant to core business logic being refactored into Java. Transparency doesn't extend to the tech team, very clear attempts are made to gloss over the discomfort amongst...

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        Advice to Management

        Unfortunately, slow and steady progress is really the main way to fix Kobalt's tech debt issues. Hiring a group of experienced developers willing to invest time in refactoring an old codebase and training the large number of graduates feels like the best approach to me. The current teams have very few best practices going on which means, whilst the seniors are slowly designing the ideal solution, technical debt is continuing...

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        Kobalt Music Group Response

        October 12, 2018Recruitment Manager

        Thanks for taking the time to write a review. As a fast-growing company, this feedback helps. And we’re making strides already to address your advice. In August, we hired our new CTO to lead the next phase of tech and further build out best practices for our team. More broadly, ...

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