Pros: made friends with good people
Cons: traditional management style, product driven (vs. technology), no modern development practices, developers are really devops
As an applications and systems developer, Gracenote was a very poor fit for me. They lured me with the prospect of working on migrating their system from Oracle to Hadoop, but it never materialized. Instead, I was working on essentially patches and minor changes to their existing, labyrinthine system. There was no hope of ever getting to do what I was hired for, much less what I am good at doing. It was a waste of my skill set and experience.