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Warner Music Reviews

102 Reviews
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Pros
  • It has a really positive working environment (in 10 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 6 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Accounting Director

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

    I worked at Warner Music full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Office location
    Industry is fun
    Summer Hours

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    The Finance organization need a clearer structure

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

    PASS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warner Music

    Pros

    Free lunch and dinner during close

    Cons

    Long work hours, zero appreciation. Poor Upper Management

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Far better places out there

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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 Warner Music full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Brand Name
    - Casual Dress Code

    Cons

    Too 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Steering a sinking oil tanker from the middle

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warner Music full-time

    Pros

    Casual dress, nice office and location.

    Cons

    Pertains 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 ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck, but you guys fell asleep at the wheel.

  6.  

    Lack of direction and communication

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Warner Music full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are no pros to comment on

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    OK

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

    I have been working at Warner Music

    Pros

    Due to higher management day to day freedom exists

    Cons

    No one really knows what's going on within the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people your employees in the trenches

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Music Brothel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - W/E/A College Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - W/E/A College Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at Warner Music

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Warner Music

    Pros

    They have an extremely diverse group of artists.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take look at who is actually doing the work and who is out the door when the clock hits 6.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice people overall, little challenge

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Warner Music

    Pros

    Nice people. Everyone passionate about music.

    Cons

    Little challenge. Little progressive thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to make changes with the times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK. Big EGOS

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warner Music

    Pros

    Best 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Disapproves of CEO

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