Saga Communications

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Saga Communications Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
17 Reviews
3.4
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Promotions team job

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    Former Employee - Promotions Team Member in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Promotions Team Member in Manchester, NH

    I worked at Saga Communications part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    very friendly people, constantly changing environment

    Cons

    sporadic work schedule, dont meet many of your co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have less employees so more people get hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Disorganized management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saga Communications

    Pros

    Everyone seemed welcoming. People kept their office romances pretty "hush-hush"

    Cons

    I didn't learn anything as an intern. People kept passing me around because they didn't know what to do with me. It was 3 months wasted. Many people quit within those few months, so I am going to chalk it up as bad management and hopefully it has gotten better since then.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Corporate radio at it's finest

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    Current Employee - Producer in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Producer in Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    Working in radio is good, but it's a dying industry and the jobs are few and far between. Lots of parking though.

    Cons

    It's a dying industry, you need to know the format of specific shows before you even get to produce them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Low wages for what they expect from you

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at Saga Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free concerts. Nice and courteous local radio market staff.

    Cons

    Poor resource management. The CEO lives in the 1950's and may have medical issues. IT and computers are not required for radio and TV. This outdated thinking is also the way Mr. Christian runs this business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace your CEO with fresh talent that is up to speed with the newer generations and social media.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    One of the few good radio companies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saga Communications full-time

    Pros

    Clear leadership and a true passion for the radio industry allows for quick, nimble decision-making. Not afraid to spend money on the right things to boost revenue and ratings. The company is well-respected because of the leadership of CEO Ed Christian.

    Cons

    A bit old school, and not much room for advancement. Since they're in mostly small-medium markets, movement within the company is a bit limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be industry thought leaders!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a 'real world' experience for interns

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    Current Employee - Marketing/Promotions Intern in Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing/Promotions Intern in Bellingham, WA

    I have been working at Saga Communications as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working for a radio station, learning the day to day operations of radio life. Friendly staff. Flexible on intern hours. Event planning experience. Great foot in the door if you want a career in radio.

    Cons

    No pay. Inters are their way of keeping a pool of potential hires that they can keep in their back pocket if they ever have an opening... in the office I was in they RARELY do. They had one intern there for a year and he was unpaid... still not hired.

    The experience is largely administrative in nature. You will be sitting around a lot. There is simply not enough work for you to do.

    I also wanted to gain more experience with the sales side of radio. Was unable to get the sales team to give me a chance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internships are a good way to gain experience, but I could have been used more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Disappointing, no mobility

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Asheville, NC

    I worked at Saga Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health insurance benefits; as office worker, M-F daytime hours with rare weekends for events

    Cons

    No way to move up or around position-wise unless you're willing to go into sales; extremely high turnover, as high as losing 4 sales reps in two months (who all left voluntarily).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do everything you can to keep effective people in your organization, and reward loyalty and hard work with opportunities in fields other than sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Excellent Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Radio Air Talent in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Radio Air Talent in Charlottesville, VA

    I have been working at Saga Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Saga is a little "old school" when it comes to radio, but that is a good thing. The company is completely focused on serving the listeners and the communities which the stations are in. Our local market has excellent management and a talented group of employees who work hard and support each other. There were some staff reductions at the height of the recession that couldn't be avoided, but Saga hasn't cut staff as deeply as other radio companies and now that conditions have improved, some positions have been brought back.
    Excellent employee health plan.

    Cons

    Saga is a fairly small company that is focused on mostly small markets, so there aren't as many opportunities to advance as other companies. Some salaries are low relative to the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Saga takes a "people first" approach, and it shows!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Saga Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlike much of the broadcasting world today, Saga goes out of their way to build up and invest in their people.

    Cons

    The biggest limitation on a company like Saga is the lack of big market opportunities. However, many amazing people have made great careers at Saga.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work, too bad the industry's tanking.

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    Former Employee - DJ/Radio Announcer/Personality
    Former Employee - DJ/Radio Announcer/Personality

    I worked at Saga Communications

    Pros

    As radio employers go, they're pretty good. Generally treat employees respectfully, which can't be said of many radio employers anymore. This was truly one of the great companies to work for back in the day when the radio business was doing well.

    Cons

    Industry wide problems plague this company, too - job cuts due to budgetary reasons, salary cuts for those still employed. Too much work being divided among too few people creating a lot of stress, killing creativity and sucking all the fun out of what used to be a business based on fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too bad the business is dying.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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