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Great place to work, if you work in Membership (Sales) or Marketing. Operations? Hellish.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at ASCAP

Pros

Getting songwriters & publishers compensated for their creative talents is a great way to earn a living. Management is constantly on the look out for talent and will promote those savvy enough to rise above the rest. Marketing department yields great influence, followed by Membership (sales). Much easier to get recognized and promoted within these departments than the rest.

Cons

Mid-level management leaves much to be desired. Many have grown up in the company, are intelligent and knowledgeable in all things ASCAP. But their people skills leave much to be desired.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Sr. Management are in the final stretch of their respective careers, so I'll save my advice for the next management team.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very positive place to work - not for the weak and lazy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Licensing Manager
    Former Employee - Area Licensing Manager

    I worked at ASCAP

    Pros

    uncapped commission structure
    flexible work environment
    great ability to balance personal life and work requirements
    great benefits package
    entreprenuerial spirit
    basically run your own business
    stable organization
    plenty of advancement for those that succeed
    aggressive competitive sales group

    Cons

    weak lazy timid sales people take down overall average
    music industry unstable
    lack of connection with songwriters
    poor performers hurt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    explosive growth both personally and professionally during my 5 plus years
    get rid of lazy poor performers sooner
    stay aggressive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    IF YOU VALUE YOUR SANITY, DO NOT ACCEPT A JOB HERE!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Licensing Manager
    Former Employee - Area Licensing Manager

    I worked at ASCAP

    Pros

    Outside sales
    Home office
    Good vacation plan
    Always meeting new people
    Business casual dress code
    If you like having a babysitter, then this is the place for you
    Nashville office employees are very nice

    Cons

    Cheapest company I've ever worked for
    Expected to "work" on your time off to meet unrealistic goals
    14 hour work days
    Disrespectful management
    Big Brother is ALWAYS watching
    No autonomy despite being told there was
    Rules are made up as they go along
    Management is in serious need of training on how to communicate with employees
    Don't expect to be able to afford to eat and work here, not enough money to pay your bills and eat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs additional training courses on:

    1. How to NOT be sarcastic when speaking to employees
    2. Calling employees out on team conference calls
    3. Humiliating employees in front of other teammates
    4. Understanding that most outside sales people have not worked in this kind of a "TEAM" environment before (most outside sales employees work independently)
    5. On how to encourage their employees
    6. On how to praise them when they do a good job
    7. On being better mediators
    8. And finally, they just need training on how to be generally respectful and NICE. After all, you get more with sugar than you do with vinegar.

    Without proper management, you will have constant turnover, because most people respect themselves too much to take the daily abuse that is dished out here. You will NEVER retain good employees because there are too many other jobs available with this low level of pay and without the abuse.

    This is really an entry level sales position, so if you are an experienced sales person with many years behind you, management should not even offer the job to you because it is too difficult to change back to the days of sales 101 and the bottom of the barrel type job. I hope this review helps you and I hope you consider the things mentioned here in order to change your ways so this will be a better place to work for incoming licensing managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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