Salem Communications Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Salem Communications CEO and Director Edward G. Atsinger III
Edward G. Atsinger III
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Pros
  • Pleasant work environment overall (in 11 reviews)

  • Always look forward to coming to work (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. Good place to get some experience!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in Nashville, TN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits -401 k match starts quickly, flexibility, some wonderful co workers .

    Cons

    There are some great folks but there are some doozies as well. Passive aggressive is modus operandi .


  2. Promotions

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA

    I worked at Salem Communications (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    culture and company values are deeply rooted however sometimes local management's philosophy can contradict corporate leadership style and vision

    Cons

    limited budget and small staff required to wear many hats on salaried pay. compensation is low for amount of responsibilities. Revolving door in certain department due to lack of true leadership or mentors.

    Advice to Management

    less micromanagement and empower staff with better resources to perform job


  3. Nice people, great mission

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, things are done with excellence and order most of the time. I like the fact that this is a christian base company and you can feel it in everything you do

    Cons

    Pay rate is low, no opportunities for advancements, there is no equal treatment among employees, some has preferences.

    Advice to Management

    Equal treatment to everyone please! and value your employees with better salaries.


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  5. Great company, mediocre pay and benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people. Great mission. Great opportunity to impact ministry.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay for role. Becoming more dollar focused rather than mission focused. Leadership roles are hit and miss.

    Advice to Management

    get mission focused or change the mission. Re-evaluate leaderships performance and make adjustments as needed


  6. very low pay for great employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Things get done when it comes to putting thing on the air.

    Cons

    Low pay, work duties include a ton of work plus some more work on the side. small staff. lower ranking jobs get paid minimal and managers get pay way higher salaries. Be willing to work for free at times. Schedules aren't respected. They will put whatever bring them money on the air, as long as the clients shows them a check. Even if its against Christianity.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the salaries of the good hard workers so that they feel appreciated. learn everyone's jobs so you know all the work your people are doing. provide better health benefits like other companies.


  7. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salem Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people and an enjoyable working environment. Local properties may offer schedule flexibility when needed.

    Cons

    Corporate is totally bottom-line oriented with benefit package that's below average and compensation that runs at the lower end of the pay scale.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your good employees or you'll end up with only those who can't find a job elsewhere.


  8. wouldn't go back even for a raise I was overdue...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Personnel
    Former Employee - Lab Personnel

    I worked at Salem Communications part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Employees got together to make things happen despite unnessicary stressors and micromanagement.

    Cons

    Management is greatly out of touch. Raises are always cut to add on to the building. They try and take esentail tools from employees to cut costs but hinder employees ability to do their job the to their best abilities.

    Advice to Management

    Spend time doing each person's job. See how your micromanagement is chasing people out the door and the stress it causes. Don't treat all employees the same. The good ones who have been there and done their job well should be treated as such. Not new employees how have yet to earn their keep. If you want to save money stop loosing the good employees and save lots of money training new people who quit because of the shenanigans coming from out of touch managers.


  9. 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

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Okay.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Salem Communications

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Commission structure seemed fair at the time.

    Cons

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


  11. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Salem Communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    they were really nice people

    Cons

    there was nothing really unusual

    Advice to Management

    nothing unusual



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