Music Choice Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Incredible Opportunity For The Right Type Of Person

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Music Choice full-time

    Pros

    Not everyone is going to thrive here, and that's a good thing. The expectations are extremely high, not in hours, but in performance, creativity, and 'business thinking.' Every idea/pitch/proposal has to be thought through and justified. I expect some of the negative reviews on here are from people who couldn't hack it. But it's great practice to understand how your idea will impact you, your department, your product line, the budget, the business, the business relationships, etc. You have to be thorough, you have to think through issues from every angle, and practically operate as if you were the CEO, even if you're just suggesting a company softball game (ok, I'm exaggerating, but only a little). As a result, the people who thrive here are really good. I mean, REALLY good. As a result, going to work anywhere else after Music Choice is a breeze (I know, I did it myself). Another bonus, anyone is free to walk into the CEO's office with an idea and he'll be welcoming and giving of his time. Senior management are good people who really care. Also, the 401k is THE BEST in the country. It's like having a second salary. Really, it's that good.

    Cons

    As described above, not everyone can hack it. If you walk a place where you can 'clock in' and put your head down, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    You don't always need to wait so long between promotions, or be so conservative with titles. A Director at Music Choice is like being a VP anywhere else.


  2. Challenging work. Amazing culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The people make it more than just a company. - The benefits are insanely good. - The work varies greatly giving you the opportunity to explore multiple avenues. - Taking the initiative is encouraged - While a hierarchy is in place it is not overbearing. Every office door is open (metaphorically speaking) - Industry knowledge in addition to your specific specialty is encouraged / required. - Transparent information within the company regarding the business, contract negotiations, competition. - This company has a good track record of weeding out people who couldn't live up to the expectations needed. Therefore, the people that are there and have been for a long time, are some of the best I've worked with.

    Cons

    - Since the company size is small the idea of being nimble can make projects stop and start, or new dynamics change the landscape affecting projects which need to be re tooled. -Some decisions are made not based on info but on personal opinion by people sometimes not inside that specific specialty. -Due to the above point, resentment and frustration can build. - However, furthering your knowledge of the dynamics that affect the business help make a lot changes easier to digest because you understand why.

    Advice to Management

    - Give departments the benefit of the doubt on projects that are in their field. But hold them accountable for results and not allow the shifting of blame.


  3. It looks good on paper...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Music Choice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well intentioned. Great potential to do stuff. Opportunity to work with people from other departments. Pay is decent. Lots of talk about culture.

    Cons

    Little gets done... unless you call meetings getting things done. Lots of turnover. There is a steep price to pay for a good paycheck and the toll isn't worth it. Those that drink the Kool-Ade are rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people and let them do what they do best. Walk the walk when it comes to culture. Come up with a plan and stick to it. Keeping life stable will make for a better workplace.


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    If the CEO left it

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation Best 401k in the USA THE PEOPLE (excluding the CEO) are some of the strongest and nicest you will ever work with - the only reason anyone stays It's a music biz - so its sexy to work there Casual dress, nice office, good location

    Cons

    Let's go with a list: 1. The CEO is the classic example of the "I know everything" personality, so much so that he will change the direction of the business drastically if he feels that it will somehow benefit the company position. This is usually done with no input from any senior staff/department directors or those involved in the day-to-day and is always a knee-jerk approach. This is why nothing was accomplished for almost 2 years during my stay there. 2. The CEO will take over technical/marketing/sales meetings and present opinion based conjecture to the contrary of the real findings presented by those who are spending the time to do research and provide architecture that is founded. He does so in an 'I''m the big kid on the playground' approach so that others (who generally have the proper knowledge" are brow beat into waiting for him to finish his eulogy of thoughts. This behavior finds it's way to the most basic functions of the business and is TRULY the anchor keeping this great company from thriving. 3. It is not unusual to see someone break down in tears over comments made by the CEO. Those comments are usually derogatory and condescending and in most cases made during large town hall style meetings. 4. The process required to obtain buy-off on any given project is so laden with CEO required review that most of the time engineers spend more time creating plans and slide decks than actually writing code. So in summary, if you are looking to subject yourself to ridicule and like working on a tread mill than this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Resign - Find a good CEO who understands the modern music distribution model OR stop getting involved in the day-to-day and act like a CEO. Trust those who have been hired and know what they are doing to do their jobs so you can do yours.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Interesting but unbalanced experience. Sort of bipolar-esque.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Music Choice full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. The 401(k) is like no other. They don't track your vacation. (it's practically unlimited) The people (non management) are mostly the reason any one stays longer than 2 years. You feel as if you're getting a "mini MBA degree" from all the trainings given by the CEO. Free drinks. You get your own tv and speakers to listen to the products at your desk. Casual clothing every day. If you come in a suit, you will look odd (unless you are in Ad Sales or you're apart of Senior Management team)

    Cons

    Long hours. Management waits for something to break before they make it better. Everything is at A+ priority level. Compensation is under market for non technical positions. You constantly feel anxious about work. No how-to-manage training for new managers. Management is resistant to change (that should start with themselves first) They preach how they want you to advocate for change but hold it against you when you do. You will doubt your knowledge and skill set after a good tango with the CEO. (He should've been a lawyer instead of a CEO. ) It has become a "young" company. Many millenials are in mid-level positions for which they are not truly experienced or ready for at the moment. The tenured and more mature employees have been fired. There are very few that survive. Management doesn't trust their direct staff. This trickles down and makes everyone nervous to make a move without the approval of the top two senior executives. If management doesn't like you or wants you out they go on fishing expeditions for information with other employees to build a case against you, instead of just firing you. Career growth depends on the department you are employed.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff. You hired them because you felt they could perform the job. If you don't believe they are able to perform the job any longer, then let them go. You're stifling the staff by not trusting them. Stop speaking to your direct and indirect staff about other individual's performance in the company. Everyone talks but it shouldn't be you. Take more time to develop new managers. They are not setting good examples and creating a bad experience for their staff. Consider concentrating on work-life balance trainings for your employees. They are burned out. Close the office during inclimate weather to employees who do not work in a 24/7 operational department.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Don't Even Bother

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have great benefits. That's about the only thing keeping people there.

    Cons

    If you're looking for a job where you're told to never try anything new, consistently talked down to and, for employees at a certain level, completely ignored then MC is right for you. If you're a creative person who likes to have their ideas considered and their initiative praised then look elsewhere.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Art director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Full Time in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Music Choice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun, Great co-workers, creative freedom.

    Cons

    upper management, Chaos, Stubborn, lack of respect for there value customers needs. no substance.

    Advice to Management

    Give a little,


  9. Exciting products, diverse technologies and great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Horsham, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Music Choice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management has a family oriented style and culture. Respect and open communication. Great work-life balance, decent compensation and strong benefits package.

    Cons

    You work with cable companies, sorry!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to refine good engineering practices throughout the organization.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Interesting Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You are given the ability to work independently and learn about multiple genres of music. It has a central location so all travel is extremely easy when it comes to commuting.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is extremely negative. Although it seems to glitter like gold for younger people breaking into the industry, it is an extremely difficult place to work due to the negative feedback and attitudes of the senior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Have more open dialogue with employees on all levels. Assistants matter too.


  11. Helpful (3)

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Music Choice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many friendly staff members, near Penn station, diverse staff in NY office, interior has lots of color, light and windows, tons of organized "fun" events for employees, lunch room heavily used for connecting with other staff, friendly CEO and VP's are down to earth and like to connect personally with staff, open communication policy of company news by CEO, great perks like parties and swag, casual clothes policy, good company benefits for associates.

    Cons

    Super high staff turnover due to large number of lay-offs and firings, job insecurity creates low morale and an environment of fear, poor management/leadership skills in some mid-level and team managers, little room for advancement in some departments, bar for incremental promotions is extremely high and very subjective, associate salaries are about 15-20% lower than local industry standards, a youth-obessed culture (you're "old" by age 28), negativity, criticalness of others and condescension conducted and valued by some managers and staff, entry-level staff "assistants" receive minimal benefits and receive low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Less staff turnover would increase staff productivity and morale, and encourage solid performers to stay with Music Choice instead of seeking out other opportunities.



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