Salem Communications Reviews

Updated April 13, 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. Good place to get some experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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. 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.

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

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    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.

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  5. 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.

  6. 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

    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.

  7. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  8. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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

  9. Overall, a good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Improve compensation.

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

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

    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!

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