Salem Communications
2.6 of 5 30 reviews
www.salem.cc Camarillo, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Salem Communications Reviews

Updated Mar 16, 2014

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Salem Communications CEO and Director Edward G. Atsinger III

Edward G. Atsinger III

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32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Fair, with room for improvement.

Control Room Operator (Current Employee)

I have been working at Salem Communications part-time for less than a year

ProsFor a top-five radio market, the starting pay is very good. In addition, the stations I work for are staffed with knowledgeable and friendly people. When I am there, it is a very relaxing environment and there is lots of room to learn and grow.

One fear I had was, as a non-believer, I would be pushed into subscribing to the fundamentalist, evangelical form of Christianity the company promotes on their talk/teaching stations. Thankfully, this is not the case.

ConsThe firm claims to operate on faith-based values, but it's lost in the actual application. Most programming decisions are based on who pays the most $$$ for the airtime. That applies for the Christian talk- and conservative talk-formatted stations. Outside programmers believe they own the joint and can be difficult to deal with at times. Also, the company's third-tier right-wing talk stations are broadcasting a format that will not exist in the next five-to-ten years, and their efforts to push a political agenda are disingenuous and at times, insulting. Somehow, I don't think that's what Jesus would want to hear.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are a Christian company, then remember: you can't serve two masters. Pick one side.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Place to start, not to grow

Not Programming Related, Just Office (Current Employee)
Tallahassee, FL

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

ProsFamily oriented, likable. Comfortable, pays the bills. Good starting point for people for broadcasting people.

ConsLow pay, God is "first" but not really. Business is always first. There is no room to grow and there is no opportunities to expand.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave better control over your staff, realize what you have. Control you budget, don't over-expend. Meet your goals, it's not hard just done the wrong way. Focus on the Mission and Ultimate Goal which is to WORK for Christ and not on the Mission of Money, that's not going to take you far. Satan uses desperation to make us lose focus and you lost it LOOONG time ago.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good opportunity.....low pay and low commission structure

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA

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

ProsIt's has a Christian format

ConsThe Christian format doesn't necessarily transfer to the inner office management style.

Advice to Senior ManagementPractice more of what you preach

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great work environment and colleagues, but low retention because of poor salaries

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Richmond, VA

I have been working at Salem Communications

ProsAs a small company, Salem Web Network employees are welcoming and very helpful to each other. Work camaraderie is great, and lunches are flexible to enjoy the great restaurants in the area.
If job fulfillment is important to you, you'll probably find it here in their commitment to growing a Christian space online.
Work flow is loose, so your time/projects are up to you to manage and there's little red tape.

ConsSWN is very aware that their work environment is great, and relies on intangible benefits like this to keep employees. Salaries are not competitive, raises must be asked for and take forever to get approved.
If you are used to structure and process, this open work flow might frustrate you.
As a small company, there's not a lot of room for upward mobility unless you're in sales.

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Nice job, bad management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Richmond, VA

I worked at Salem Communications

Prossalary plus nice commission is offered

Consmanagement is very unpredictable to work for

Advice to Senior ManagementBe consistent

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Don't waste your time!

Account Executive (Former Employee)
Arlington, VA

I worked at Salem Communications

ProsBenefits. Located near a metro station.

ConsManagement does not llike to promote the station to increase listeners.
Programming is dated and boring. Station has a hard time attracting new listeners and advertisers. Therefore, it is difficult to sale radio ads and make commission. It is a constant turnover of sales representatives.
No women in management roles.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote the station. Get rid of old tired, racist, extreme right wing programming.

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Good experience and job.... not a good place to stay... for me.

Network Administrator (Current Employee)
Clackamas, OR

I have been working at Salem Communications

ProsA lot of GOOD people with good attitudes. I really did enjoy the people and the position I had there. Very nice office and a good environment. Great restaurant downstairs from the office! :) Very large server room with lots of room for equipment and good cooling.

ConsRadio industry is very frugal with salaries. Corporate people were a pain to get money out of for necessary purchases. The GM is too nice of a guy to be a solid leader. They really need to show support to their employees and show them they are appreciated, ie... $$$. don't be so frugal with off-air and non-sales people's salaries.

Advice to Senior ManagementGM-PDX... You are a great guy but get a little tougher with your higher ups and follow through with your promises. You can do it, you are a wonderful man!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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