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Updated Jan 7, 2020

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  • "No clear direction from upper management(in 10 reviews)

  • "middle management busier protecting a sub-optimal status quo that benefits them than making the changes the organization desperately needs(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Long time ago in galaxy far far away..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Native Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Learn a lot in crisis environment Work life balance Some buddies and colleagues (if you are lucky) who do more than say and stay away from politics Good old well-known brand and opportunity to contribute to MI world

    Cons

    No innovation, no wow plans, products and projects Salary and professional and career growth is problem Knowledge sharing and legacy NI lost professionals which was core - sadly it is company without bright future Your honesty is not needed, they neither like complaints nor activists Dark doors environment and Blabla show - you can learn professionally how to do it

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    Native Instruments2020-01-08
  2. Helpful (21)

    "Waterloo"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Berlin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Native Instruments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Free beverages and coffee - Near the Spree river side - Good work/life balance - Nice colleagues (although they are getting less and less)

    Cons

    - The worst management I've ever experienced. - Many layoffs. Not stable environment to work. One day you're told that are the best in what you do (which of course, they don't mean) and the next day you're fired. It's random without pattern. - The layoffs are quite expected as the management is sinking the boat, but the way they do them is ugly and nasty. - Depending on the team you're working you may get a lot of micromanagement. - Most of the people that were highly skilled already gone. - Responsibilities are blur. You don't really know what others do. - Cross-team collaboration is very difficult and it takes a lot of time and effort. That's also a management issue not between the colleagues. - There is no stability and plan. Everything changes dramatically every few months. - Unproductive. Too many lost working hours in useless meetings. - There is no transparency. - Management is invisible. They only show up to parties or to announce the new fancy strategies, which will be changed again in a couple of months. Also, they are not open to any suggestions and you get just ignored. - The whole environment is completely unprofessional. Very amateur environment. - Skills don't matter. As a matter of fact, you'll soon find out that it's worse when you have them. - You must do what you've told. There's no room for personal expertise and experience. - There are so many things wrong in there that the list is endless. But all starts from the top and there doesn't seem anything that will change this.

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    Native Instruments2019-07-24
  3. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Native Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance Respectful and friendly colleagues Professional development opportunities are good 30 days of vacation

    Cons

    A lot of smart people with their own understanding of how things should be done correctly clash with each other, creating: too long, sometimes very unnecessary discussions e.g. "planning on how to correctly make plans; discussion on what to discuss; agreeing on what has been agreed on" & a lot more. Very late important decision changes, leading to project cancellations; unplanned cost-ups.

    Native Instruments2019-05-17
  4. Helpful (17)

    "Beware: Violate contract agreements & employee rights, no business strategy, out of touch leadership and HR"

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

    I have been working at Native Instruments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -People are friendly (even while they violate trust, agreements, and laws) Most people are passionate about the company (even while they are unsatisfied and underpaid) You and your family & friends get discounts on NI equipment if that is your thing Work-life balance is ok if you want it to be. Nobody will stop you from overworking yourself, but also nobody will complain if employees follow sane working hours.

    Cons

    There is no clear business strategy and the company direction change drastically every couple of months Conflicts are not resolved openly and deteriorate into terrible politics HR calls their violation of employment contracts and employment law "mistakes in communication on their part", without fixing the legal issues Engineering management is friendly but passive Processes and culture are supposed to be agile but are in fact rigid and way too complicated. The supposed agility just adds an extra layer of messiness and uncertainty to the crusty and hidebound bureaucracy underneath While there is some recent lip-service to diversity, there has not been a single action taken during my entire tenure at the company to actually improve the situation for underrepresented groups in the company (i.e. everyone who is not a white dude in their early 30s)

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    Native Instruments2019-03-26
  5. Helpful (22)

    "Used to be a great company, looks more and more like a sinking ship"

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

    I have been working at Native Instruments full-time

    Pros

    - working on interesting products - no overtime, good work/life balance - interesting and talented colleagues (as long as that lasts, company's been letting talented people go for a couple of years now and the trend is likely to continue)

    Cons

    - upper management is completely disconnected and lives in an ivory tower - middle management busier protecting a sub-optimal status quo that benefits them than making the changes the organization desperately needs - very little opportunities for career development and lots of office politics involved in getting these opportunities - company strategy changes every 3 months, lack of transparency in how and why these changes are justified - agile dogmatism: agile coaches with little understanding of the tech or the challenges the teams face have more influence in the company than the teams actually building the products

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    Native Instruments2019-03-21
  6. Helpful (15)

    "Well-meaning but management can't get out of their own way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Native Instruments full-time

    Pros

    - Real value on work/life balance - Language courses, discounts on music industry miscellany - Great common-space with coffee, drinks, snacks, and comfortable areas to work outside of team rooms.

    Cons

    - "Water-scrum" - They'll hire just about anyone with a pulse right now because of new funding. - Legacy code and tech debt is a crippling problem here, and frankly it will bite them soon. - Depends which team you are on, but management whims can de-rail roadmaps that teams have worked on for months. - Middle management can be so political and power-hungry it's almost too funny to be mad at. - Tendency to abandon product features after one or two sprints. - Some teams struggle to get necessary skillsets that they depend on.

    Native Instruments2018-01-20
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Great company with middle-age stagnation on the horizon"

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     in Berlin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Native Instruments

    Pros

    Great co-workers, nice office space, good work/life balance. Very little micromanagement and a culture that encourages rather than squeezes output from you. Very creative product and gives you premier access to the music industry. Your work is appreciated and the CEO takes a personal stake in congratulating all team members for their hard work. Employees care deeply about the product.

    Cons

    Cult-like dedication to SCRUM that stifles innovation, lower salary and fewer perks than a lot of other software jobs. Middle and upper management don't like boat-rockers and put very little stock in engineer's opinions. Few opportunities to "climb the ladder".

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    Native Instruments2016-01-06
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