Salem Communications

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Salem Communications Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
155 Reviews
3.8
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Salem Communications CEO and Director Edward G. Atsinger III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Positive work environment depending on department and people (in 11 reviews)

  • I like coming to work everyday because there is very little excess drama (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • In most companies I've worked for getting to the next level of vacation time is a bit faster (in 9 reviews)

  • Very few other benefits to make up for low pay scale (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    High expectations, low compensation

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Positive work environment depending on department and people. Caring people. Established company. Decent benefits for full time employees.

    Cons

    Low pay. Incompetent and ineffective leadership. Too much red tape. Ineffective based on level of resources. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay structures for most jobs/responsibilities. Promote from within. Mentor programs for employee development. Hire competent and qualified managers. Thing about more than just the bottom line. Spend wisely on all levels of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Satisfaction depends on location

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Perks of any radio station....tickets to concerts, books, cds. No micro-management.

    Cons

    BIG lack of communication in this location. Problems are never solved, employees are just expected to "deal with it." The hardest working and most loyal employees are not valued or appreciated. The better you are at your job, the less likely that you'll be able to move to a different position. Pay is okay, but raises do not keep up with cost of living. There are no annual reviews. Again, very little communication which leads to confusion and problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct employee reviews, at least annually. Pay people what they are worth. Let them know how much they are appreciated, especially when they go out of their way and work extra hours to make things happen for the good of the company.

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

    I believe Salem cares more about Salem, than the people that work for them.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many of the people who work here are wonderful. I am thankful to have a job.

    Cons

    I it is my opinion that there are some unethical practices that are tolerated here. The company calls themselves a Christian company and does not hold to what that standard should mean. It seems there is an atmosphere of getting by on the cheap rather than doing what is right, or needed. Sorry. Just not a lot of respect for what I have seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what's right, even if it costs a little more, or is a little tougher. I have seen unethical, NOT illegal, unethical business practices. I strongly disagree with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Beware- They aren't who you think they are....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Office in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, good Benefits Package, Christian format, located away from the congestion of the big city.

    Cons

    Very tight with raises, expect to work long hours, the Christian ideology doesn't balance with the capitalist nature of this business. If you're looking to do God's work... just remember this is a "for profit" business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit writing phony Glassdoor reviews to attract employees... and share some of the company profits with your employees. After all you had them take pay cuts during hard times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low Pay & Very Few to No Growth Opportunities

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of the employees are really nice.

    Cons

    A lot of the upper management are overpaid and get bonuses, while the rest of the employees are underpaid. There are quite a few managers who are very rude to their employees. And there has been a really high turnover rate in the last few years - a combination of terrible management and low pay.

    They talk about a culture that cares about people you just don't feel it working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your employees who are paid less than $22 an hour and give them a raise. A 2% a year raise of $15 is absolutely meaningless and more like a slap in the face. It is so difficult to live off of such little pay. Also, you complain that there is no money in the budget for things like raises, but then there is no cap for travelers. The higher-ups have to fly first class and a last minute flight change that costs $1,000 extra is overlooked; just so someone can fly back home 6 hours earlier. Plus, I know of lots of department heads that waste so much money on eating out and things like that - we are talking open alcohol for everyone and the sky is the limit on how much is spent. This adds up really quick when so many people are doing it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good with Bad

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers both in the office as well as the field.

    Cons

    Poor pay, takes forever to get more than 2 weeks vacation and almost impossible to change departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try having a conversation with your employees once in awhile.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has potential to be great, but falls short in many areas.

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Many of the employees are great to work around.

    - In my department, we are able to set our own hours and the managers are extremely flexible. I know that is not the case in most other areas of the company however.

    - There are office-wide events to help bring the team together.

    Cons

    - Pay is not up to par with many other companies/positions in the area. They seem like they will pay you the least amount possible in order to just get what they need done.

    - Raises are meaningless. When you are started off at such a low pay, getting a 2% raise does not move the needle enough to keep up with the rise of living costs. Yet, there are those in the upper management who get huge raises and bonuses that are merely expanding their already full pockets.

    - Bonuses are offered, but they are set up in such a way that it is almost impossible to achieve them. I'd much rather just get the higher pay off the bat and then I would have more incentive to do the work.

    - Management is very poor. If you talked to the head of my dept., I doubt they would even be able to tell you what I am working on or what my position is.

    - Vacation time is poor compared to other companies, and it takes way too long to accrue the time off. Makes it almost impossible to take a decent vacation - I end up just doing a lot of unpaid days off.

    - This is a Christian/Conservative company. So, if you are neither of those things, would be best to stay away. I have been able to get use to the stuff that is shoved in my face all the time, but it was rough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay more attention to your employees.

    - Give the people who do most of the grunt work a better salary to make all of the long, stressful, monotonous days worth it.

    - Spend less money on travel and other luxuries and give the employees better pay.

    - Provide better work structure and let the employee know how you would like things prioritized.

    - Communicate! Sometimes, I don't talk to a manager for multiple days in a row.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I was excited to work for a Christian company, but it was not what I expected

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some employees are nice and honest

    Cons

    Total absence of leadership
    Management is not concern with the well-being of employees
    Employees overwork
    Very low salaries
    If you are a woman and/or Hispanic not room for career promotions.
    Free Lance workers are pay, and treat better than regular Salem employees
    Free lancers can threat Salem employees without consequences.
    Dishonesty and lack of ethic
    Disorganization
    Lack of Communication Complaint about unethical activities is overlook

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be involved and try to hire individuals with the same values as your company preaches, don’t hire people with a mask. Don’t aloud Individuals to use Jesus for their personal agendas. Serve one lord. Everything is not about the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Christian Company?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programming in No Name, CO
    Current Employee - Programming in No Name, CO

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The programming we put out does impact the audience in a positive way. I get to work in radio.

    Cons

    Unbearable workload, low pay, slow advancement or advancement without raises, work-life balance is highly unbalanced, senior management has unreasonable financial expectations of rim shot signals, doesn't live up to Christian title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as human beings. Actually follow the Christian standards your programming talks of. Make slackers do their job and don't expect excellent employees to do all the work. Actually reward good work and reprimand poor work. Be fair. Quit downsizing your workforce. Pay your employees close to what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Friendly environment, lacks mission

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time

    Pros

    The people are pretty friendly. Always a pleasure to go to work in the social setting. Lots of freedom to do you job, no micromanagement.

    Cons

    No upward movement possibilities. Narrow sighted, focused on making money more than giving the consumer the best product possible. Too many products to make one great. Organizational structure lowsy, no communication from upper management. Compensation is lacking. Lazy hiring practices. Insurance is a joke, enforcing a wellness program for lower rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate. Make your employees happy. Host morale boosting events on a regular basis. Get a better insurance system that doesn't distract you because you are worried about getting enough vitality points. Stop shooting from the hip on decisions. Serve the people who use your products, more interest equals more money. Send your employees to relevant conferences and learning opportunities to increase their knowledge and make then feel significant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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