BMI (New York) Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Good company

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Juan, PR

    I worked at BMI (New York)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Fun experience

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

    I worked at BMI (New York) as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People were very nice and helpful and the work was interesting

    Cons

    Hard to get a full-time job offer from the internship

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. Clickish......

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop having affairs on your wives with the assistants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Worst Company

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in Nashville, TN
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Nashville, TN

    I worked at BMI (New York) as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    None, I dont find any pros in this company. Thats all I can say.

    Cons

    They fire without notice. Very worst management..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Analyst

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Analyst in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Business Operations Analyst in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Always new task , never dull , managers are good and take up for you

    Cons

    low pay even and intermediate level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the amount of data processed verses the pay , the profit coming from the data processing out weighs most other sections within the company.

    Recommends
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    High hopes to start, unfortunately....

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. Turnover is very high, so there's always someone new to meet.

    Cons

    Initially joined the sales department with the idea I'd be 'helping songwriters get their money.' I was also under the wrong impression that businesses would be aware of the licensing requirement. Cold calling businesses and demanding money for a product (music) they've been using for years for free is not an easy sell. There's a huge lack of education/awareness of the company that needs to be addressed. In the past year, new leadership has created numerous changes without actual consideration from the entire department. The attitude is very 'this is how things are going to work, and if you don't like it, then tough.' There's no room for negotiation on procedure. The sales staff is very underpaid for the amount of work that goes into selling licenses. I thought I would be able to transition to another department after working full time for 6 months. However, out of the 3 jobs I've applied for in various departments, outside candidates were selected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be improved through salary, not just commission. Don't pretend to listen to your employees-actively listen to them and actually make use of important suggestions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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