NARAS Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Family atmosphere, but lacking professionalism

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at NARAS full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Caring family atmosphere, with lots of perks (in-house concerts, early Friday closures over summer, random 401K bonuses.) You also get Grammy tickets.

    Cons

    Divided, disinterested upper management. Turf wars and tribal allegiances routinely trump common sense. While generally well-meaning, some key execs have little-to-no experience; a few are glaringly incompetent. The company has grown fat and lazy on TV network checks ... but disruption is coming.

    Advice to Management

    Set up clearly defined roles and get everyone rowing in the same direction. Fire C-level execs more interested in empire-building than company-building. Hire people with experience and reward performance (not politicking or tenure.)


  2. Lots of perks, but culture is a bit dysfunctional

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

    I have been working at NARAS

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

    Pros

    Benefits, casual environment, flexible, tickets to the show.

    Cons

    Can be a dysfunctional culture. Inconsistent across departments in terms of policies, perks, growth, salaries, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate leadership.


  3. Contributing reporter for GRAMMY official blog (www.grammy365.com) and attended DC music festivals on behalf of chapter.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at NARAS (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Internship was virtual and flexible

    Cons

    There were no cons while working for NARAS.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great internship program!


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    Development Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NARAS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Other departments willing to speak with me so I was able to learn a great deal inside and outside my department. I am treated as a member of the team not just an intern.

    Cons

    Not many to list as an intern


  6. Great stepping stone to bigger things

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at NARAS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being surrounded by music and the creators of music. Warm and friendly place to work, good benefits and perks. Generally most people at the Academy were friendly and collaborative (with exceptions of course).

    Cons

    Leadership changed over while I was there and the org. went from one extreme to another which took adjusting. The second half of the year was too quiet and nothing in the pipeline to keep people motivated and energized after the awards show in February until we got into the end of the year again.

    Advice to Management

    Some management can be encouraged to participate more, be immersed in the department and speak better to the expectations, vision and needs of their department.


  7. Helpful (1)

    A small organization that like to think big but lost it's family togetherness a long time ago

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    During the awards show season, there is very little work-life balance, but during the quiet times it's actually pretty free to grow yourself. Compensation is not bad, not great but not on the low end either. The biggest perks of course are access to the awards shows and events if you your job has some connection to those events. Otherwise you should expect a kind of close but not close enough type of exposure to the awards show. You do get tickets to the main show though which is nice.

    Cons

    Departments seem to be getting a bit top-heavy with lots of middle management, however I feel that executive management is either top-notch or bottom-rung. It's the lower-quality senior executives that really bring the place down and hold the company back as a whole. Given how small the company is, this can have a disproportionate effect on the company and people who work here.

    So this means that there is a lot more unnecessary politics and CYA then is necessary and juvenile turf-wars than is necessary. Think of a spooled version of the Waltons.

    If you can isolate yourself away from these kinds of shenanigans then you might actually find it's not a bad place to work.

    Advice to Management

    There is too much pettiness and internecine fighting between departments. I think the childishness of senior executives flows down to middle management but ironically stops at the staff level. You guys need to grow up!


  8. Great Perks, Average Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at NARAS full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of work perks, events, and benefits. Positive office culture. Manageable work load. Many opportunities for networking and gaining contacts. Great insurance/benefits package.

    Cons

    Poor communication from upper management to employees. Poor company morale, in some departments. Fair-to-poor compensation. Lack of career advancement opportunities within the company. Average work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication from top-down needed-- too many middle men. Telecommuting options, work hours, and overtime should be based on what is most effective/efficient, not what is easiest or just makes the most financial sense.


  9. Fantastic!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NARAS part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great name recognition.
    Nice Co workers

    Cons

    Leadership is often clueless to how the music industry truly works

    Advice to Management

    be more hands on with problem solving


  10. Loved what I was doing but office politics was difficult

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to concerts & venue open houses. Doing something meaningful for the music industry

    Cons

    The money isn't great but the benefits are.


  11. Nice people, big brand, lacking professionalism

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at NARAS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and work-life balance. Perks (grammy tickets, in-house mini-concerts.)

    Cons

    Kind of like the DMV or Post Office -- slow-footed and not very professional at times

    Advice to Management

    Focus on results, more, not just tenure



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