Salem Communications Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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Salem Communications CEO and Director Edward G. Atsinger III
Edward G. Atsinger III
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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)

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  1. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Salem Communications

    Pros

    they were really nice people

    Cons

    there was nothing really unusual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing unusual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Lack of respect for Current employees.
    Having worked at many secular radio companies before, Salem is hypocritical.

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    Current Employee - No Comment in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - No Comment in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Salem Communications

    Pros

    A little more laid back than most secular companies but internal politics exist. Poor Management

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Worked for atheists that treated me better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire management that has been in place for more than a decade. they are incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Okay.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Salem Communications

    Pros

    Commission structure seemed fair at the time.

    Cons

    Division of accounts among AE's could have been more fair.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Promotions Intern in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Promotions Intern in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Salem Communications part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Strong Christian values and are not afraid to say that they are not there for the money but to bring the gospel to the lost

    Cons

    not always have most up to date equipment available in field, not much training available, not enough employee to management interaction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Overall, a good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with. A better place to be than many other organizations in the radio industry. Good benefits, etc. Treated well.

    Cons

    Pay could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Working with Salem has been a blessing. The work/relational environment is very healthy.

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

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    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
  9. Micromanagement and Sexism

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    Former Employee - Promotions and Marketing Director
    Former Employee - Promotions and Marketing Director

    I worked at Salem Communications full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay you on time.

    Cons

    I was hired for a management role and not allowed to make any decisions without alerting 2-3 other managers. Religion and cultish ideas were consistently pushed on employees. Business meetings were littered with homophobic, racist and sexist comments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your god out of your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good Company, Limited Opportunity

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    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
  11. Pro's and Con's

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

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