Salem Communications
2.8 of 5 33 reviews
www.salem.cc Camarillo, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Salem Communications Reviews

Updated Mar 5, 2014

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23% Approve of the CEO

Salem Communications CEO and Director Edward G. Atsinger III

Edward G. Atsinger III

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37% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    They're Not Christian- They're Capitalist

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFacilities are decent and pay scale is average for market. The Christian format is great and much needed in our society.

    ConsLong hours are expected with no compensation, when they say jump you'd better jump. Pay increases are based on the "buddy system" If you don't schmooze, then you lose.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou really need to read the Bible again....especially the part about the "rich" getting into
    Heaven. Then there is a part about loving your brother....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    "Christian company" when it helps, "platform for ministry" when that fits better

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsMembers of staff who are quite professional no matter what.
    Opportunity to listen to great ministries on the air.

    ConsIntentionally ethnically homogenous staffing, so comfortable that minority employees have been told racist jokes.
    Women are not treated as equals.
    Morality is second to income, and a number of employees who would not bend their morality have been eliminated or quit.
    People are second to income, and an excellent, profitable employee was let go rather than simply shown the personal appreciation that would have kept this employee in place.
    Complaints to corporate management are bounced back to local without action.
    Complaints to the Salem ethics resource were deemed merely low morale despite material evidence to the contrary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployee complaints are not always mere noise; people matter, and valued employees will contribute more than those spinning their wheels.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Beware of duplicitous weasels and dinosaurs

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Louisville, KY

    ProsSome quality national programs. Nice facilities.

    ConsStation management bends the truth to fit its present needs, but without thinking about the effect on the future. Management allows their personal needs to interfere with the business of the properties. Retains troublesome and troubled employees at the expense of the organization. Creates adversaries and mistrust amongst existing staff as a kind of perverted motivational tool.

    Advice to Senior ManagementServe one master.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company is as archaic as the stories its faith is based upon.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAs expected with a company formulated around Christian values, there is a level of ethics and work-place morals that are applied. This would be a great envornment for people who are concerned with professional issues of that nature.

    ConsThe station itself has an atrocious turn-over rate. The sales-cycle is expected to be around six months, yet they will terminate employees within four. Corporate is slashing benefits, and there is no longer any 401k matching programs. It is hard to keep track of the turnover of upper management, and the way they are always re-structuring sales strategies makes your head spin. Also, if you are not an "evangelical" believer, you should save yourself the inquisition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell corporate to figure out a stable model and STICK WITH IT. The understanding of the turnover at that place makes it feel like working in a graveyard...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    potential employees beware

    Sales (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    Prosradio is a niche industry, enough experience can be used as good leverage in the long run, if not make a good career for yourself.. but it's a lot of politics.

    Consthe management. they dont know how to manage the staff and the business in general. for a "christian radio company" they have a lot of upper-management employees who are good at belittlling others, they would twist the truth to their advantage, and would make quick decisions without considering all sides first. upper management can also be racist without them knowing.

    Advice to Senior Managementget your heads out of your asses and see the bigger picture!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away from Salem

    Programming (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsVery friendly people to work with on a local level.

    ConsThe company has a religious and political philosophy that prohibits them from succeeding in the industries and markets they are present in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow your market heads to have more control and stop interfering with their decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No promotion growth for women in Senior Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe mission of t he company is fantastic and working for a company promoting conservative values and christian faith is nice
    The co-workers are great.

    ConsVery difficult for women and minorities to be promoted
    Very difficult to move up if you are not christian
    Pay is low, they would rather nickle and dime rather than pay what you are worth

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake salaries fair (for both genders) and across race/background lines
    Open up managment and promote your hard workers, pay them fairly and they will stay with you.
    Vacation time needs to be reviewed...not getting an increase until year 7 is just crazy.
    Stop using favorites, truly you have some good people on staff, treat them with respect and equally.
    Someof your best employees are not christian, that doesn't mean they don't fit in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good as a first job, not as a career booster.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros1. Camaraderie and support
    2. Unified sense of purpose
    3. Small office environment, while focusing on and supporting nationwide staff

    Cons1. Ignorant senior management
    2. Lack of information sharing between departments
    3. Lack of organizational structure, such that career progress is desirable or possible

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerhaps perform a "deep dive" within the corporate office, instead of just the field locations. That way there will be a shared awareness of what needs to and can be done to accomplish initiatives handed down from the top.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard & important work, with some organizational challenges

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAs a media company serving a niche audience, it can be personally rewarding. There are also wonderful individuals at various levels throughout the organization.

    ConsDysfunction throughout the company emanates from corporate offices, and includes intra-company competition/conflict, horrible communication, declining industry, and toxic, frustrating, demotivating mixture of stated vision versus actual (or perceived) decisions and actions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No more righteous than any other radio group.

    Technical (Former Employee)

    ProsSalem Communications provides competitive compensation and benefits. The organization is very supportive during the first year of hire.

    ConsThe aggressive business attitude is a glaring afront to the Christian programming they present. Under the veil of evangelistic programming is a machine dedicated to the extraction of money from radio listeners and naive advertisers. Expect to work long hours and multiple jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have succumbed to the invasion of Greed...No different than the Money Changers at the Temple.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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