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Kobalt Music Group Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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Kobalt Music Group Founder & Chief Executive Officer Willard Ahdritz
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  1. "US based employee"

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

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

    "Careful. . ."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

  3. "A company with a mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Kobalt Music"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  5. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kobalt Music Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good services for artists and musicians

    Cons

    Not too many to list here

    Advice to Management

    Non


  6. "Interning at Kobalt, London"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great group of people to work with!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    the company skews young and is friendly

    Cons

    sometimes felt like there was miscommunication between departments

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Graduate Software Engineer"

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

    I worked at Kobalt Music Group full-time (Less 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

    Sep 13, 2018 – Recruitment 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... More


  9. "Negative Experience as Java BE Developer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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.

    There is an increasing drive to improve code quality and fix legacy issues, self driven improvement is also catered for with learning services being provided as a perk.

    The company as a whole strives for a transparent working environment and I feel the company itself is headed in a good direction and will be successful.

    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 the Java teams. An internal company satisfaction survey was taken early in 2018, the company wide results were talked about (both positive and negative) to a good degree of transparency, however, the tech team only responses were very clearly swept under the rug.

    Within the Java backend team most senior roles are filled with ex graduates who've been at the company the longest. This creates a lack of experienced developers able to teach best practices and assist with code design. The lack of learning opportunities causes those passionate about that to leave quickly after joining.

    Standard developer day to day will be mostly filled with, operational requests (which involve debugging PL/SQL issues through very sparse "logs" and then writing SQL to fix the broken data), doing repetitive low level Java front end work (all UI is hand written Java Swing code with no framework or rules about what to do so everyone does it their own way), or writing CRUD to add another column/table (getting a new table into a panel in the UI involves hundreds of lines of copy pasted code with slight tweaks).

    Compensation is far below market rate. This is a fact openly known by senior management and yet management actively fight against people asking to be paid market rate or above.

    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 to build.

    There needs to be far greater transparency within the tech team combined with a more open approach to people suggesting ways to improve the existing codebase. The culture, currently, is a case of please wait until one of the few top senior developers has a chance to address your issue, rather than you solving/attempting to solve it yourself.

    Improve the hiring process to be more open and honest with Java backend applicants. Current applicants are always surprised and often angered when the job description of Java developer doesn't match up with mostly working with PL/SQL with little Java usage beyond using swing.

    Finally, salaries should definitely be improved across the board, and more recognition given to individuals going above and beyond. Appreciate talent before it leaves.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "software terrible to develop for"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kobalt Music Group full-time

    Pros

    free snacks and serials
    weekly drink session on friday
    quite a few socials every year
    nice and relaxed culture

    Cons

    software is terrible to develop for, slow backend will hamper development and the users complain about speed often. code has terrible designed framework. framework is hard to learn due to lacking documentation. its highly depressing to work with.

    you will not learn best practices here as the current framework won't let you

    slow improvement plan for way forward because software is to complicated with not enough tests to cover it.

    UI is awful and users often don't know how to use features or don't know about them.

    requests from users are excessive, slows down development and includes changing data on production database

    pay is not competitive

    Advice to Management

    fix cons above. look after veterans willing to stay long as they know the software

    Kobalt Music Group Response

    Aug 9, 2018 – Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We’re always looking at ways to improve life at Kobalt.

    As the pioneer of global music rights management, we are constantly innovating in a... More


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