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Updated May 22, 2014

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3.4 84 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Warner Music CEO Stephen F. Cooper

Stephen F. Cooper

(24 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice employees with many different interests which develop a unique work environment(in 9 reviews)

  • Great people, productive working environment, and overall a nice place to work(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No pay, but not a bad thing at all considering the experience and networking opportunities you are gaining(in 5 reviews)

  • Disconnect between upper management and employees(in 4 reviews)

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    Accounting Director

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsOffice location
    Industry is fun
    Summer Hours

    ConsPoor Mid level Leadership
    Huge rotation of personal
    Office Bullying
    Not clear career path
    Not clarity on leadership roles
    Lack of 360 reviews
    Huge support to external Consultants over employees
    No training budget
    For new hires Only 6 sick days per year and 10 vacation days (regardless of level)
    Low salaries
    Lack of consistency in titles within the Finance Organization. (You can find 5 year of experience Directors vs 15 years of experience ones)

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Finance organization need a clearer structure

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    PASS

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree lunch and dinner during close

    ConsLong work hours, zero appreciation. Poor Upper Management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Far better places out there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- Brand Name
    - Casual Dress Code

    ConsToo many to list. Lets see:
    - Ancient, out of touch with market reality and how to treat people.
    - Poor and unreliable managers with whimsical style of operation. No sense of loyalty.
    - Extremely top down. No autonomy. Managers one level up are invisible and sit on their high horse. Open communication is looked down upon.
    - No process or policies whatsoever.
    - Hire and Fire is core to their culture. Yes, you are extremely expendable. Thats why they love working with contractors.
    - Heavily outsourced as well and yes at the first chance your job would get shipped and you would be redundant.

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

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    Steering a sinking oil tanker from the middle

    (Former Employee)

    ProsCasual dress, nice office and location.

    ConsPertains to WEA at WMG corporate. Highly unprofessional, temper tantrums, sagging technical know-how due to legacy personnel, a very bro-like atmosphere. Middle management is comprised of former interns who seem to carry the intern mentality forward: that you pay your dues and it's a privilege to work in such a environment. Upper management, however, are relatively solid people.

    Worst job I've ever had. Half a year later I was making $40k more at a more professional company where those I supported were straight-up decent human beings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBest of luck, but you guys fell asleep at the wheel.

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    Lack of direction and communication

    Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThere are no pros to comment on

    ConsLack of collaboration among departments. Internal communication is poor. SVPs and department heads are territorial and do not inform mid and junior team members of company strategic direction

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverhaul senior management an department heads. Need better communication on strategic direction and how employee goals/roles serve as a part of the greater company objective.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsDue to higher management day to day freedom exists

    ConsNo one really knows what's going on within the industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the people your employees in the trenches

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Music Brothel

    W/E/A College Representative (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood perks compared to other entry level jobs. Expense account, gas, concert tickets, endless amounts of swag.

    ConsPoor compensation for part time employees, min wage. Unrealistic expectations from management. Its never good enough corporate culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being terrified and rock the boat!

    Align strategic goals with personal incentives, which differ across WMG's entities. For example W/E/A, WMG's distribution arm, emphasized sales numbers and profitability. These metrics are counter intuitive in the new industry climate: CD's are used as a loss leader, Piracy is rampant, markets are increasingly segmented. Metrics tailored to promotion, buzz, and other soft variables would better reflect W/E/A's existance.

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    If you love music, then give this place a try. If you're interested in money, go elsewhere...

    Coordinator (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThey have an extremely diverse group of artists.

    ConsAs an employee you're expected to give your life to the job, which I was very much willing to do. Yet all of my hardwork was rarely rewarded or acknowledged. I was told that you work hard now and make your bosses look good and one day you will promoted. Unfortunately that day never came, after 4 years I left with the same title and salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake look at who is actually doing the work and who is out the door when the clock hits 6.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice people overall, little challenge

    Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsNice people. Everyone passionate about music.

    ConsLittle challenge. Little progressive thinking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to make changes with the times.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK. Big EGOS

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBest bands in the world are on the label. Lots of access to great music. Great location. Fun people at the lower level. Too many old school thinkers at the top

    ConsTop down management confined to a very small circle of people. No innovation. Too scared to be on the cutting edge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to young people on how they buy and discover music. You will learn a lot from the minions who are working hard everyday

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