Native Instruments Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2021

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Native Instruments CEO Constantin Koehncke
Constantin Koehncke
11 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great colleagues, great products, good parties, good work-life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • "Good Workspace, Free Drinks and Snacks(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "TOo much emphasis on trying to please the music novices of the worl today instead of focusing on its core based consumers(in 10 reviews)

  • "Organisational structure changes once a year or with every personel change in upper management(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years
      Featured Review

      NI is once again an exciting place to work and facing a bright future following a turbulent few years

      Mar 2, 2021 - Product Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Fantastic products, a deeply ingrained music culture and wonderful people. - A number of really exciting new projects in the pipeline. - Developments focussed on making music production available to people with different abilities (e.g. visual-impairment). - The recently appointed Executive Team has made a number of significant and positive steps towards creating a truly open, positive and collaborative environment. - Native has returned to its Music Technology roots with a future spin and is moving into fresh waters after a challenging few years. - The opportunity to connect and work with many great artists.

      Cons

      - DEIBA and sustainability topics are in their infancy, but there is a strong and very real commitment from the new Executive Team. - The company has been through a turbulent few years which has lead to a need for rebuilding in some areas. However, with this there is of course great opportunity.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great

      Feb 19, 2020 - Junior Software Developer 
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      Pros

      most of the time is super fun

      Cons

      sometimes can get a little boring

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great artistic culture, bad leadership

      Dec 8, 2020 - Technical Support Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great opportunities to work with amazing artists both in-house and out. Gear is top notch

      Cons

      Horrible leadership on all levels

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Mess at the top

      Jul 30, 2020 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great people, great products, good pay, loyalty rewarded

      Cons

      goals are moving targets, constant change of leadership and staff, people are disposable

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      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A Disaster At The Top

      Aug 19, 2019 - Digital Strategist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      NI is known for its incredible products and innovative design. Music makers around the world rely on NI to continually push the envelope on sound and technology.

      Cons

      A TOTAL lack of strategy from the CEO and President. Where is the board in this mess? After raising money from EMH Partners in 2017, it's as if they themselves personally checked out. A failed sounds.com launch and a lackluster pipeline are only a few of the real concerns within the company. If changes aren't made at the top executive levels soon, Native Instruments will soon go the way of Kodak and other tech companies that became complacent and failed to innovate.

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      27 people found this review helpful

      Native Instruments Response

      We appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback and regret you felt unheard before. Firstly, during our 23-year history, we achieved many successes thanks to the ongoing passion and commitment of our employees like you and we are thankful for that. As you know now, our vision is to create a new, unified and fully integrated platform. There will continue to be more communication around this to ensure transparency and enable cross-functional collaboration as we continue moving in the platform direction.

    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      In Dire Need of Leadership Training

      Oct 30, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      A really cool product, talented team members, and good benefits.

      Cons

      NI had acquired the best talent there was to build and deliver value to their product. So much so that they did the unthinkable and destroyed all of that with poor business decisions (if they made a decision at all), hiring incompetent managers and directors, and never holding themselves accountable. The level of incompetence is astounding because when asked a simple question of "why?" to a business decision or requesting data to inform, they run around like chickens with their heads cut off and then in the end, decide to get upset instead and do things like fire people to cover up their own lack of leadership skills. What's worse is that the non-manager folks who were hired on got reprimanded for simply doing their jobs. There is no interest of finding root causes nor resolving them. Leadership rules with putting fear into people so they can continue to elevate themselves because they don't understand that true leadership is to actually help those below and around them to rise.

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      17 people found this review helpful

      Native Instruments Response

      The People Team

      Thank you for your note. We are committed to the growth of our leaders and managers to ensure teams feel heard and are inspired to create the best products on the market. With the recent strategic changes in LA, we are looking forward to a year of channeling the amazing talent we have into launching our largest suite of products yet. Talent is our biggest asset, and your feedback gives us insight into the types of training programs we can focus on to improve employee experience.

    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Fear Based Workplace & Lack of Transparency

      Nov 24, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The core employees are extremely talented and inspirational to work alongside. Music technology is a dynamic field to work in. The benefits package was greatly improved and competitive. Dog friendly environment.

      Cons

      The environment is prefaced on fear and secrecy. There is a massive lack of transparency and trust. Goals by upper management are not shared honestly with teams and as a result teams are set up for failure. Management does not focus on the larger strategy and makes hasty decisions without taking the time to understand. Time differences and extensive European vacation allowances make globally dependent deliveries impossible in a timely matter as all progress is stagnant while people are out of office. As a result collaboration is slow and technology can not move fast enough.

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      16 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      The Appeal of Greatness

      Sep 8, 2019 - Technical Support Representative 
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      Pros

      Some of the best plugins and products around! Great colleagues and working atmosphere.

      Cons

      Too many meetings for a meeting to meet about the meeting! Deceitful management with no heads up on upcoming issues! Customer base is made up of self-entitled false egos which has driven the original model that NI had in the ground. TOo much emphasis on trying to please the music novices of the worl today instead of focusing on its core based consumers. Listen to your customers!!!

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      Native Instruments Response

      Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. In our 23 years, we've evolved from being a software company to an ecosystem company to now adding a platform vision that will enable everyone to make music. We appreciate change is difficult. That said, it is change that has helped NI become the company it is today. As part of our transformation, we are also working on transforming the way we work: become more collaborative, transparent and effective.

    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Meh...

      Mar 29, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Products Great Colleagues Leading edge of music technology

      Cons

      Culture can be bro-ish American employees don't get as much time off as German counterparts Doesn't seem to be a clear roadmap for certain products Decisions are made without much research or thought many times which affects the physical and mental health of the employees.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great gig, been here several years!!

      Nov 19, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      *Best people to work and be around *Full access to gear and software *CEO's care, ALOT, they listen, and implement your suggestions! (that's rare imo) *Benefits package got a full re-do this year and they are stellar (This is why I gave a 5th star)

      Cons

      *Office location is garbage in a garbage part of Hollywood *Compensation will always be a topic *Digital sector was hit with large downsize, hence the disgruntled reviews

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      3 people found this review helpful
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