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NARAS Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
14 Reviews
3.5
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great stepping stone to bigger things

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Perks, Average Work

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

    I worked at NARAS full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at NARAS as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career. It was a paid internship/job and was very beneficial knowledge for college students. Definitely the people and opportunities/events are a plus. They make sure that you are able to be apart of the cool things that are going on and you are able to soak up some pretty useful industry knowledge.

    Cons

    Can be fast-paced so if that's not for you you might want to reconsider but honestly I can't really think of too many cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NARAS as an intern

    Pros

    Office culture, great networking experience

    Cons

    No pay, no job opportunities

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic!

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

    I have been working at NARAS part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great name recognition.
    Nice Co workers

    Cons

    Leadership is often clueless to how the music industry truly works

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more hands on with problem solving

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Loved what I was doing but office politics was difficult

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at NARAS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The money isn't great but the benefits are.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Experience all

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Events in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Events in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at NARAS as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast pace, changing industry, various people coming through with moving and touching experiences to fourth bring to the world.

    Cons

    Hard to get so many people to listen to ideas, agreeing in a timely manner, many people are out for themselves, more teamwork projects where the same passion for what's needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the higher up wouldn't mind giving enough time to let the little people share thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at NARAS as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great team
    -Comfortable working environment
    -Hard workers
    -Plenty of fun
    -Very lenient on scheduling for internship.
    -People are always willing to help each other and/or work together.

    Cons

    Departments are somewhat separated. The new office is pretty corporate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Nice people, big brand, lacking professionalism

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on results, more, not just tenure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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