Salem Communications

  www.salem.cc
  www.salem.cc

Salem Communications Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
154 Reviews
3.8
154 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Salem Communications CEO and Director Edward G. Atsinger III
Edward G. Atsinger III
90 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Positive work environment depending on department and people (in 11 reviews)

  • I like coming to work everyday because there is very little excess drama (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • In most companies I've worked for getting to the next level of vacation time is a bit faster (in 9 reviews)

  • Very few other benefits to make up for low pay scale (in 7 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Working with Salem has been a blessing. The work/relational environment is very healthy.

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

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

    Pros

    I like coming to work everyday because there is very little excess drama. Most of the employees take pride in their work and come together to keep things flowing smoothly. I also appreciate that I can be open with my Christian faith without fear of retribution.

    Cons

    One of the drawbacks of working here is low to average pay. I am a salaried manager and often work more than a standard 40hrs However, when i have asked how i can make more, i am always told to start selling. Well, selling does not work for everyone and i am capable of more responsibility in other areas to justify a higher salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create clear pathways for dedicated employees to continue to advance in salary/responsibility without necessarily becoming a salesman.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Inspiring, Integrity and Involved are 3 words I'd use to describe the essence of my time at Salem.

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    In my division, I feel treated with respect the majority of the time. We have a cohesive group working to just do the RIGHT thing at all times.

    Cons

    Communication - there are so many people in so many places. Fast and easy to use tools to support our work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We could cover more ground if given more tools to pull from such as proposal templates. Power of Vitality is just one more thing that we have to keep track of in order to keep our personal costs low and maintaining the lower rate! Simplify!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    Good Company, Limited Opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    Salem has been a fine employer for me for the many years I have been here. They have been stable and steady, a rarity among radio companies. They allow its employees to the flexibility to work in a way that suits them, as long as they meet their goals. I believe that contributes to the overall positive attitude from colleagues across the company,

    Cons

    Opportunities for promotions and/or advancement is very limited. Performance reviews can be stellar, but that rarely translates into promotions or a significant raise. It is enormously frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have employees that can be great assets to you. They want to do more. Take them up on it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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

Work at Salem Communications? Share Your Experiences

Salem Communications

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.