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ASCAP Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
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    Used to Be a Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Licensing Accounts Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Licensing Accounts Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at ASCAP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Time off, benefits, their mission

    Cons

    Senior management's treatment of employees & their failure to accept responsibility for their own mistakes,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As you may remember, in the ealy 1990's Booz Allen conducted a review of tour operations that called for, among other things, a flatter management structure. The board signed off on it, but instead layers of management increased while midlevel employees get laid off in response to such issues as IMJV and expenses associated with PREP. Think seriously about employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    needs to be reinvented

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical in New York, NY

    I worked at ASCAP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very nice people, location and interesting projects. A good place to learn the music business.

    Cons

    Management is confused. Spending tons of money on computer systems as the revenue stream shrinks and they plan for massive layoffs. Senior management stays pretty much intact with high salaries as the workers get cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could have upgraded systems without bringing in army of consultants and offshore development. The big system upgrade project is a big failure. To justify the cost many people lost their job. Stop promoting the people with the loudest voices. You need to listen to smart thinkers and planners instead of marketing types.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Antiquated company with little to no chance for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Manager in Nashville, TN

    I worked at ASCAP full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed and generally creative environment, entertainment-related functions

    Cons

    Poor compensation, no performance reviews during two years of employment, no opportunity to earn bonuses, no formal executive structure, no room for advancement, antiquated policies, unorganized

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was proud to work there, but the culture changed, and not for the better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at ASCAP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you're into music of any kind, it can be a fun place. Good vacation benefits

    Cons

    Compensation less than average for the industry Health insurance benefits are also not up to industry norms (if you are compensated less with salary, benefits should be much better. The company is extremely beurocratic, which is frustrating to deal with. The different departments don't work as a team, but more work in competition, and management does nothing to improve that situation. They began charging members for even the most basic of services, and put all of their "Member Services" materials on line. This really frustrated members terribly. When I left, the membership was extremely unhappy, and were resigning in droves. Wouldn't recommend working there or joining. BMI might be a better choice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, think more about your members, an then consider your staff as important as the members. ASCAP is a service organization. Frustrated unhappy staff don't provide the best service, and then Members leave. Cultivate a culture of teamwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    former employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Worked In IT in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Worked In IT in New York, NY

    I worked at ASCAP full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and great location. You can potentially learn and have interesting work if you report to the right manager

    Cons

    Company's internal politics overshadow everything positive. Favoritism is about the only way to succeed and advance ahead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Area Licensing Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Licensing Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Area Licensing Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at ASCAP full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, entertainment business, good training,

    Cons

    Set up to not make a bonus because company constantly changing the bonus program, looking for ways to take advantage if its employees. Automotive reimbursement is Runzheimer and again set up to take advantage of its employees, but able to say it has some vehicle reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a fair bonus plan using a dollar target only and not a license count requirement and act like you care about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    low Salary, advancement only means more work less pay, outsourcing and layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at ASCAP

    Pros

    decent benefits
    good people in the office
    near central park

    Cons

    tedious work
    layoffs and outsourcing
    low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop outsourcing work and train people here to do a better job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The work ASCAP is responsible for is very interesting but the Analysts positions are the furthest things from

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at ASCAP

    Pros

    A good group of young people interested in the Music Business

    Cons

    -The respect for employees is low
    -Compensation is bad
    -Not a place people enjoy working which ultimately reflects to new employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very little room for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ASCAP full-time

    Pros

    Considered a good stepping stone if you take opportunities to learn new things. Easy, secure. Mainly data entry, which is great if you are looking for something that isn't too taxing.

    I hear that some departments work from home now.

    Cons

    Office politics at the time made the environment a bit stifling. I've heard things have gotten better since I left. Mostly menial work. In some departments, deadlines are pressing and overtime mandatory. Quarterly reports, etc. Not quite the kind of environment you think of when you hear "non profit". Member services, as any customer-oriented career, can be frustrating. The other departments (radio, tv, international) are more individual, with very little client interaction (pro or con, depending on what you search for). I hear that some departments work from home now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure what could have been changed, considering the environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dont expect to earn a living off the income, and expect to work 60 hrs week

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Licensing Manager
    Former Employee - Area Licensing Manager

    I worked at ASCAP

    Pros

    music industry
    get to meet songwriters
    generous vacation package

    Cons

    pay is extremely low
    pay is based on what the team does, if you've got a slacker - no pay for you
    very long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the team pay scale
    contacts do not equal meeting your goals
    align goals with reality and cost of living, nyc and jackson, ms should not have the same goals

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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