Universal Music Publishing

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Universal Music Publishing Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
17 Reviews
3.2
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    UMPG Intern Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Music Publishing

    Pros

    Great leadership. Very hands on. Excellent feedback when editing and revising memoranda.

    Cons

    Great culture., people were friendly and helpful.

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    The Wheel.......

    Current Employee - Artist in Edison, NJ
    Current Employee - Artist in Edison, NJ

    I have been working at Universal Music Publishing full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Better compensation is on the horizon.

    Cons

    Im born a musician,singer & lover of the fine arts that God has blessed.My life is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.His mercy and grace has been abundant.As life unfolds,The fabric of our reality is sometimes other than what we expect it to be.Encountering small perspectives grown out of small experiences right now.Learning to except people,situations for who and what they are.Change will always come.LIFE

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open discussion is important for both employee and employer.Non-Verbal leadership based on expectation does not always work.Adaptation to progressive thinking can perhaps lend a look into the future.

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    Great benefits, great department, poor executive management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Music Publishing (more than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and depending on the department, mid-level management is great. My department was like a family, and supervisors were very accommodating as long as you put in the work and the hours.

    Cons

    Executive management really stretched us thin. Lay-offs were always justified by a "database" that would be doing the work that employees were doing, but the work would often be divided up amongst other employees. Also, there is very little opportunity to move up, so there was very little motivation to put in extra work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Royalties department is emotionally sterile.

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

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

    Pros

    Within the music industry and a big name at that. Good resume padding.

    Cons

    Dry and unfriendly office culture. Very inflexible mangers that are rude and cold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For an entertainment company, there could be far more perks and a more open office culture. The royalties managers are rude and condescending.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Okay...Could be more organized

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Music Publishing as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Senior management is somewhat accessible, but there are still very knowledgeable assistants and managers to assist. As an intern, I made myself known to many department heads and made great connections. The office is large, but if you utilize your people skills you can make great connections!

    Cons

    Separation of departments
    Separation of management
    There is opportunity for employment, but like many jobs in the industry it's greatly dependent on who you know at UMPG.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more accessible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A bank that happens to be dealing in the currency of songwriting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Universal Music Publishing full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits package is pretty incredible, and the occasional perks (concert tickets, company parties, etc) are fun. Depending on what department you work in, you can be exposed to way more "real" music business than others.

    Cons

    There is little to no chance for growth - if you start as an assistant, you will most likely leave as an assistant. In the past 6 months, a somewhat scary number of assistants, coordinators, etc have left the company as they realize there's no where to go but out the door. The compensation is low for the music business, which is saying a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that new employees are trained, but also make sure each department knows what its greater purpose is, and how it fits in with other departments. Hire people who actually want to be here, and fire/lay off those that don't. Complacency and comfort has made his company really ....sluggish, for lack of a better term. The creative department needs to be purged and new, fresh talent should be brought in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    laid-back atmosphere, but no career development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    laid-back, easy-going, good people
    opportunity to interact with clients, even at the lowest levels (good sales/licensing experience)

    Cons

    low pay
    no career development
    work is tedious, and lacks fun environment of a typical music biz job

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The top of the class as far as music publishing companies go. Universal Music Publishing Group can leverage their scale

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Universal Music Publishing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic Senior Management and Leadership, Great Location

    Universal Music Publishing Group manages to leverage its scale whilst providing individualized attention to writers and a small company feel.

    Cons

    Job mobility, compensation, little to no promotions from within, unsure how to keep up with a changing world / industry / etc. The senior executives are fantastic - smart and sharp - but they aren't as in touch with the rapidly changing tastes and skills of a rapidly changing and more techonologically focused world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Got me a job!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Universal Music Publishing as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good/friendly people with great connections. Keeping in touch with past co-workers got me a job at another great music company affiliated with UMG.

    Cons

    Slow to adjust to quickly changing music industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Producer

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

    I have been working at Universal Music Publishing part-time

    Pros

    Music industry experience
    networking opportunities
    one of the top publishing companies
    excellent A&R's
    Very hands on with their songwriters and producers

    Cons

    you have to hungry because no one is going to put the work in for you even being signed to this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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