Townsquare Media Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  • nice people that work there very forward thinking digitally offer radio digital print and event media (in 4 reviews)

  • When you combine that with on-air and live events, you can make serious money with TSM (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is non-existent (in 2 reviews)

  • Mostly this job entails managing websites and editing work by people who were never trained to be writers in the first place (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Account Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    No territories- can make calls anywhere

    Cons

    Most valuable accounts already with long term employees

    Advice to Management

    Value the time to search and close new business


  2. Helpful (3)

    employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Townsquare Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    i love the job i do, despite some of the shortcomings of the company since townsquare purchased us.

    Cons

    micro management from corporate seems very frustrating to local management. trying to kill real radio with all the live events, and blogs and posts for social media. crappy in-house produced shows that have to air. and this is awesome, they just bought a mobile amusement rides company. maybe the money could have been spent on current employees by giving raises and also hiring more people at the local level.

    Advice to Management

    instead of continuing to purchase all these live event things, hire some quality people at the local level and give raises to your staff at the local levels. the live events (some of them are awesome) but there is no one to staff them. the work smarter not harder attitude from corporate is hard to do when you do not have enough staffing and everyone is wearing many more hats than they should be wearing. the live and local is all well and good as long as there are people to care for your stations


  3. Helpful (6)

    Business Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Townsquare Media full-time

    Pros

    Our local office is like a family

    Cons

    We are overworked, underpaid and short staffed


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Stay away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lubbock, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stay away from this company

    Cons

    A Embarrassment to our Countries Work force


  6. Helpful (4)

    successful operation despite sorry group of top management

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Trenton, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Trenton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Townsquare Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New Jersey 101.5 is the flagship station for the company.

    Cons

    Unfortunately when the New Jersey 101.5 catches a cold the entire company experiences flu symptoms. The 4 ring circus of sales, programming, online and live events is not organized. Too many chefs in the kitchen. The company is not well managed and the primary stakeholders wanted to be out of the media game a long time ago but got stuck with the operation because it cannot be sold for a profit in the current market.

    Advice to Management

    Sell New Jersey 101.5 to an operator that cares about the community and is in the game of serving the local community for the long haul.


  7. On-Air

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    Current Employee - On-Air Personality in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - On-Air Personality in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Doing my childhood dream of rocking the mic and spinning tunes.

    Cons

    Blogging. I need 5 more words.

    Advice to Management

    More beats less blogs.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Not worth it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Townsquare Media full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers (for the most part) are great to work with and make a sub-par company at least somewhat enjoyable. Flexible schedule, although this can be a gift and a curse. When trying to get in contact with someone in a different office, who knows if they even showed up for the day? These are the only reasons I gave 2 stars instead of 1.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else: No long term strategy or guidance from senior management. Advertisers are constantly asking for new and innovative ways to work with TSM, and executives just want to keep doing the same thing they always did, and then they wonder why sales are slumping and no one wants to buy with them. Benefits aren't great. They're not bad, but not great either. No 401k matching, health care is ok, vacation is standard. Too much process in place, yet not enough if that makes sense. No one wants to do the job and own something, there's lots of finger pointing and saying "well that's not my job". Extremely strong disconnect between departments (even within the departments is not great). No one shares any information with anyone else. Senior management is a joke. Convinced that "because that's the way we've always done it" is an acceptable response. There is no collaboration with them and they don't have your back. They will take all the credit when you do good, and throw you under the bus if you mess up. Plus the vast majority of them are super sensitive/ego maniacs. It's absolutely unreal to think about the personalities that some of the higher-ups have, at such a mediocre company. These people have had no tangible professional success while at the company, yet all think they should be worshiped. HR sent out an email a few weeks ago asking for employees to rate the company on Glassdoor and give positive reviews. That's why there's been some positive reviews recently, but make no mistake, nothing at the company has changed or gotten better. They also asked for people to be in a video they were going to produce talking about how great the company is. I didn't hear of ANYONE wanting to be part of it though.

    Advice to Management

    Steven Price needs to fire all of the EVP's (and a lot of SVP's) and start clean. The current executives have no desire to do better or help the company (or employees) grow, they are just sitting pretty and collecting a paycheck until their next gig.


  9. Media Company With Focus On Digital

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Townsquare Media (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Radio has now become a multi-media platform and when working for Townsquare you will be trained and expected to perform at the highest level of multi-platform communication.

    Cons

    Radio has and will always be a local medium. At times digital can be daunting if you are not willing to put in the time or work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focus on the community and continue to put out the best content possible on the airwaves and digitally.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Bait and Switch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lee, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lee, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Townsquare Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some genuinely good people at your level and at the markets. Good sales pitch; company vision pitched exceptionally well.

    Cons

    Not media folks; bankers running the show. No work/life balance at all. They talk a good game and put up a front, but in the end there's no follow-through. Management could care less about your personal life, ambitions, goals, etc. Long hours, small (and shrinking) staff at all levels, and zero interest in retention. Absolute definition of a revolving door. All the feels of a start-up; probably went public too soon. Absolutely horrendous benefits. Decent comps but will but low any chance they get. If you're not one of "their guys," watch yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Can't continuously shrink and revamp the staff and the processes. The machine isn't broken; the industry is fading and losing out to technological advances. You have to constantly spend (both on technology and human capital) to keep up. Sometimes, especially in small to mid-markets, you can't put a value on in-market experience.

    Townsquare Media Response

    Aug 5, 2015 – CEO

    Thank you for your feedback . You are correct when saying that technology is advancing and it is creating greater challenges to the radio industry, which is why we have always had a vision of ... More


  11. Promotions Assistant

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    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Townsquare Media part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At Townsquare, as promotions assistant or "Road Crew," we pretty much make our own schedules. It's a very fun job for someone who is still in college.

    Cons

    You cannot go over 29 hours at the radio station. There is a very slim chance that you will be hired full time. It seems as if there's a high employee turnover.



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