BMI (New York) Reviews

Updated May 15, 2015
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  1. Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at BMI (New York)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance, nice colleagues

    Cons

    The salary is on the lower end especially for NY


  2. Good cause, poor execution in field licensing division

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    Former Employee - Field Licensing
    Former Employee - Field Licensing

    I worked at BMI (New York)

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

    Pros

    Supporing songwriters, publishers, composers by granting permission, collecting fees for use of copywritten works.

    Cons

    Poor management, inconsistent messaging, changing commission programs and not enough legal support to back up field licensing reps

    Advice to Management

    Find another way to license and collect fees from those that use music in their business


  3. Communications professional

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at BMI (New York) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff; internal development programs; autonomy

    Cons

    Hierarchal and slow to promote.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify senior management; promote internal candidates


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  5. Great people, good mission, but very stagnant company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BMI (New York) part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people are amazing. Fun, creative types that have a passion for music.

    Cons

    After working part time for a year and half and a half dozen interviews for full time, still no movement. Have felt they do what is best for them and not so much for the individuals who truly want to be here. Pay could certainly be better as well. It is on the lower end since it's non profit.


  6. Licensing Executive

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    Former Employee - Licensing Executive in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Licensing Executive in Nashville, TN

    I worked at BMI (New York)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of my co-workers were excellent people. Enjoyed telecommuting a couple of days per week.

    Cons

    This was a great company in the past. Now it's just another metric-based call center with ego-maniac AVP's and Senior Directors who care about nothing but the almighty dollar. Employees are just robots here now. Should have known things were going downhill when the new President "Mike" proudly announced at a company retreat a couple years back that he had never heard of Zydeco music. Really? The President of a major company within the music industry has never heard of Zydeco music and announces it to the entire department? Sad.

    Advice to Management

    The Licensing AVP's in Nashville are a joke. Everyone knows it. They're costing the company quality employees.


  7. Flexibility with no room for advancement

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at BMI (New York) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many of the departments offer flexible work hours for employees. Some even work from home. There are perks to being in the music industry such as sometimes getting tickets to events. The HR department does a good job of providing a well done employee appreciation day each year. In some departments, the salaries are in line with private industry salaries.

    Cons

    There are very limited opportunities for advancement. Promotions may be given out, but they do not result in much of an advancement. There is a clear preference of male employees to female employees in some departments. There is also a clear wall between upper management and everyone else. This results in an inability to be heard.

    Advice to Management

    Certain executives should be more open to employee ideas and the hiring of diverse individuals. HR is doing a better job of making employees feel appreciated. Continue allowing employees to have flexibility.


  8. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Juan, PR

    I worked at BMI (New York)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Work from a satellite office therefore got to travel to Nashville for training. - Good salary for entry level. - Very well known company in the music industry. - On the writers and publisher side got to know a lot of industry contacts. - Aim for positions that dont have to do with sales, but with the composers and writers. Is the funnest. - Great company activities if you get to go.

    Cons

    - On the sales side... "selling music" is really hard. Telling small businesses they need to buy a license to play the music they've been playing for years is a real challenge. - Account Executive is more like a sales position and in general licensing is like doing telemarketing.


  9. Once top shelf, in a downhill slide.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY

    I worked at BMI (New York) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are still some good people there. You get name recognition. Once in a while you get entertained by old pros or up and comers in the biz. Lots of parties for the right people. Eat drink and be merry. Best internal grapevine ever. New CEO Mike.

    Cons

    BMI has forgotten why it exists: for the song writers. They are in an expensive struggle to become something they can't, using more writers money every step of the way. In the meantime, talent walks out the door in droves and they are left with new folks who won't stay either. Way too many affairs going on and everyone knows it. DoJ investigation is not helping but should be done.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of 20-30 managers/AVP/VP and watch your problems walk out the door, instead of your solutions.


  10. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BMI (New York) part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The leadership is excellent, the pay is more than fair for part time work and the name alone on one's resume looks great within the industry.

    Cons

    HR processes are quite slow and many of the available jobs are remote which slows overall productivity and leaves little hope for promotion.


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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Licensing Executive in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Licensing Executive in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at BMI (New York) full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It seems like a great thing you know, to get songwriters paid.

    Cons

    They actually dont pay out very much money in royalties to songwriters. For the most part, the money is used for company parties and bonuses. "non-profit" my butt.

    Advice to Management

    Stop having affairs on your wives with the assistants.



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