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  1. "Smart company, founders and management who didn't sacrifice ideals."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Echo Nest full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great culture, great team, great vision, and great product

    Cons

    Good companies come with good people who have lots of opinions, moods, and passions. I don't really consider that a con but some people might have problems with that.

    Advice to Management

    I think management did a great job hiring and keeping a great culture as they grew.


  2. "Awesome company, awesome people. Now, part of Spotify."

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    Former Intern - Marketing & QA Intern in Somerville, MA
    Former Intern - Marketing & QA Intern in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Echo Nest as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was only an intern, but great people who are all passionate about music and technology. People are relaxed, open, and friendly to new employees and interns and you really feel a great sense of community. The company seemed to have good benefits as well as great internal communication.

    Cons

    During the day, it can often be extremely quiet... but that's just everyone being that extremely hard at work and passionate about what they do. The second you go up to someone, they're as friendly as can be (as long as they're not in a crunch). In the past, they were a startup and I believe that overall their benefits reflected that (though I think on the better side). Now, though, they're part of Spotify and I'm unsure what the benefits are like.


  3. "Startup at the brink of the casm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA

    Pros

    Bright, nice people, very young crowd

    Cons

    Senior management still has a bit of a sweatshop mentality. Not willing to invest fully to get to the next step in focusing of a balance between features and quality.

    Advice to Management

    Don't talk the talk, do the walk.


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  5. "Overall great experience"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

    I worked at The Echo Nest as a contractor

    Pros

    Supports initiators, great employee empowerment, accessible management structure, constant improvement and diverse cultural awareness

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility and slight loss of initial vision since joining Spotify

    Advice to Management

    Be more aggressive with your ideas in administration.


  6. "Great company if you're an engineer."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Echo Nest as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Environment is open and friendly, Co-workers are quirky and fun. Free lunch on Fridays is always a plus. Exciting projects and exposure to new music.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for upward mobility. Would sometimes sacrifice quality of programming for ease.


  7. "underpaid, overworked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company's mission is very cool.
    They are solving interesting problems.

    Cons

    Poor Management, poor technical leadership


  8. "Best job experience I've had."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything. Amazing work environment. Everyone is very helpful and willing to let you grow on your own time.

    Cons

    I can't really think of anything. The Echo Nest is full of incredible smart, amazingly motivated people.