Salem Communications

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Salem Communications Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
149 Reviews
3.7
149 Reviews
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Salem Communications CEO and Director Edward G. Atsinger III
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great work atmosphere, with leadership that looks after their employees.

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time

    Pros

    Drama-free work atmosphere. Management does a great job at bringing in new hires that fit in and want to contribute. Good benefits and a lot of flexibility when personal time is needed. In my team and from my experience, even after stressful situations, we recognize the overall mission and can see that our work makes a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    There are no annual reviews for employees. Promotions and pay increases are tough to come by and require a heavy push from supervisors. There is really no attempt to help employees grow personally, and no

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees with compensation increases more regularly. Control your expenses by setting a budget or cap on expenses allotted. I have seen sellers take clients out on very luxurious trips/restaurants, etc. that abuse the benefit of their corporate card. Encourage and set a system in place for personal growth for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Salem Communications is an awesome company to work for!

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salem Communications has created a family friendly culture that spills over into all it's divisions. Everyone here acts like we are one family and treat one another with courtesy and respect. They have a matching 401-K plan which today, not all companies do and fair amount of sick days and even weather days off.

    Cons

    Because some of the Salem Stations are smaller even if in larger markets, they can't afford to promote themselves as much in the community.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pro's and Con's

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are amazing, and I have been able to acquire many skills. My cluster is smaller, therefore, it feels like a tight knit family.

    Cons

    There is not much room for growth, and the culture seems to be sexist. The salespeople are not given proper tools and often seem to be treated in a demeaning fashion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that upper management's salary tends to be bloated, henceforth, there is too much scrutiny with the underlings whose position is equally as crucial to the organization. The underlings are the first to get cut, which makes the others' having to work twice harder for the same lower pay to compensate for that added loss.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Salem is the best company I have ever had the pleasure of working!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    After being in the radio business for 20 years and then coming to Salem for the last 5, I can wholeheartedly say Salem is an outstanding company to work for. The goals they set for their employees are achievable and everyone participates in making the individual successful. It is clear that Salem values their employees as their number one asset and treats them accordingly.

    Cons

    The challenges I face are not specific to Salem but to the industry as a whole. It is more difficult than ever to carve out radio's piece of the advertising pie, however Salem is on the cutting edge of always reinventing and producing new product to bring to the marketplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honestly have nothing negative to say about management. I believe every person I deal with on a daily basis in management is doing a great job and has the company's best interests at heart.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Salem - Great Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The welcoming office environment and excellent management. Great sales support team who works together on daily tasks. Leaving work feeling accomplished with little to no stress.

    Cons

    New benefit plans...current benefit packages are not ideal to the average employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great , I just wish there was more access to research apps as other companies have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Serving at Salem has been a wonderful blessing!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salem is ministry minded while having strong business savvy at the same time. I'm grateful for the strong team we have here & that we all work together so well to provide great radio! It benefits our listeners & clients so much!

    Cons

    It would be nice if board ops could be paid at least a little bit more per hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there is any way to increase hourly rates, even just a little bit, that would be great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Out of all of the companies with whom I've been employed, Salem is the best

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People are treated respectfully, fairly. There are guiding principles that are not just talked about but are actually used day to day

    Cons

    Not enough support to which we can turn in order to free up time to do the jobs in which we've been hired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture is superb. Do we have a plan for what our business will look like in the next 5 years? Radio revenue is dwindling each year.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seventeen Fortunate Years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I have the opportunity to use my skills to promote safe for the entire family entertainment. We have a work environment where employees are treated with respect. We exist to serve our customers, both our listeners and advertising clients. This isn't simply lip service for Salem. It's our core values.

    Cons

    At times, I would like to see the company invest more resources into promoting our radio stations so more people can find this great programming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Conservative Company

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time

    Pros

    I really enjoy the perks in the office and the fact that they readily supply you with the tools necessary to succeed. The atmosphere has a great balance of work and fun and the people are fantastic. They've done a great job of hiring people that fit the office culture and are GREAT at their area of expertise.

    Cons

    In most companies I've worked for getting to the next level of vacation time is a bit faster. You have to complete 11 years before you get 3 weeks of paid vacation. Salary could be a bit higher to match that of competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand strong in the conservative values you've adopted. Don't give in to the winds of change no matter how popular those changes are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I like working here

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

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great values and programming. We really help people by broadcasting informative, supportive and uplifting shows and ministries.

    Cons

    We don't do enough external marketing to build station and website audiences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider providing radio stations with marketing budgets not tied to revenue. With a little push, more people would listen. Even after 11 years I run into way too many people that have never heard of us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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