Universal Music Group

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Universal Music Group Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
131 Reviews
3.6
131 Reviews
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Universal Music Group Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people and exactly what you expect out of a major record label (in 9 reviews)

  • Great place to learn about the music industry especially if you work in the finance or a&r department (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, great for hourly, not if salaried (in 9 reviews)

  • While co-workers and upper management are friendly, it seems to be a bit difficult to advance from the position you're already at (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Universal Music Group

    Pros

    Great place to work with hard working people.

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth were minimal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Music Group

    Pros

    meet interesting people and organize fun relevant marketing data

    Cons

    occasional down time that is hard to fill

  3.  

    Marketing Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Music Group

    Pros

    best place ever to work

    Cons

    I can not think of anything negative

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  5.  

    Happy with UMG.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Universal Music Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment on the IT side of the business. The Management Team was extremely helpful with bringing me onboard and sharing knowledge. Opportunities are based on performance and your ability to deliver.

    Cons

    Parts of the company and in sectors. It took a long time to understand how the functions of our department played in the grand scheme of the business operations. For upper management it is clear, but for front line employees that knowledge is not always obvious or shared.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It's a job, in a depressing industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Universal Music Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good place to work overall, nice benefits, nice people. And being the largest music company gives a sense of security

    Cons

    Foreboding sense of being on a slooowly sinking ship. Management appears to have no idea what it's doing or have a long term plan. Company in desperate need of a COO as there is a leadership vacuum at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe have senior executives who can do their jobs, instead of having a company run by outside consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Universal Music Group

    Pros

    The company is flexible on work times. The are open to new ideas. You get a holiday gift week and are closed on major holidays.

    Cons

    There are not any cons working for Universal Music Group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    review more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun perks, people are great but keep personal life to yourself.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodland Hills, CA

    I worked at Universal Music Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fair pay and one of the better places to work but keep in mind--it is corporate. Don't let the fact that it is for a music company sway you, it isn't like that. It can be a nice environment , people playing music from their offices, super friendly people, laughter but keep the personal stuff to yourself. Perks include six releases or one box set every other month (but if it's not in stock, you don't get it and you lose one of your selections), access to free merch,music and tix.

    Cons

    Politics run amok in the environment, people cow-tow to those in higher positions and some of those in higher positions expect just that. One year the top executives from Europe came and it was as if the Queen of England had arrived. People didn't talk around them, the environment was tense, I actually witnessed someone purposely not turn the heat up when it was freezing because one of these executives set the temperature while they were there one day. They keep department staff small to cut costs, put some people on salary and then have them work 55-70 hours a week and encourage you to work weekends to get the work done--I'm not talking occasionally or even during a deadline but as a regular duty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    internship/college rep

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    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Universal Music Group part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great hands on, in the field experience representing a major record label. access to shows, venues & retailers. learn the basics of music marketing from the ground up

    Cons

    if you're not self-motivated nor do not like travel (long or short distance) this may not be the gig for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Universal Music Group as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are so nice! Always willing to talk to you. My supervisors were super helpful and cool. They trust interns a lot and are willing to give you as much responsibility as you ask for. Most importantly, it's PAID. Nice to see a music company start to appreciate their interns (even if it was after lawsuits ha). Awesome internship experience. They basically treat you like another employee/a member of the team.

    Cons

    More corporate than I would have liked. Not much to do with the actual music at this level, moreso the business side. Very good learning experience, just not my type of environment. Not much interaction with other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great environment to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Universal Music Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to work, good salary, excellent benefits!

    Cons

    Lack of training, not the best place to start your career due to the very lay back and informal working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company need to invest in training for all employees levels.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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