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XM Satellite Radio Holdings Reviews

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XM Satellite Radio Holdings Chief Executive Officer, Sirius XM Radio Inc. Mel Karmazin
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  1.  

    A good internship and learning experience

    Former Employee - Internal Tech Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Internal Tech Support in New York, NY

    I worked at XM Satellite Radio Holdings as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Diverse staff with a dynamic office. I was doing internal tech support and was able to work a lot on some big installation projects for the studios and was trusted with a lot.

    Cons

    The NY office is split between a few locations and I often found myself needing to be in several places in a short period of time even though they were a few blocks away from each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company merged with Sirius at the end of my internship, so I have nothing to say about management because it was in flux

    Recommends
  2.  

    great internship with lots of opty

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at XM Satellite Radio Holdings as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company lets you really challenge your self and find ways to expand your horizon

    Cons

    lack of work as an intern at times which lead to dead ends

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Culture, non existing opportunities for women in tech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical in Washington, DC

    I worked at XM Satellite Radio Holdings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - cafe in dc office
    - trips to nyc
    - free performances
    - being around the music
    - stock options - issued in the leu of bonus

    Cons

    - unfair rules where some employees can telecommute while others are required to be in the office even if both are performing the same duties
    - no advancement for women. one can be in the same job for years and not get a promotion, while men tend ot get ahead much sooner
    - small salary adjustments, and rarely a bonus
    - no learning opportunities, no training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that women are just as capable and educated as men in the workforce. And often times the work is carried on the shoulders of women, while the credit always goes to the man in charge. Promote gender equality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working Hard Pays Off

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Semior Manager, Marketing Strategy in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Semior Manager, Marketing Strategy in Washington, DC

    I worked at XM Satellite Radio Holdings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A place looking for good, hard working, smart people who can add value. It was a great place if you're self-motivated and find areas of improvement that you would like to work on. Great for entrepreneurial spirits!

    Cons

    Not very sophisticated or advanced relative to competition and forward thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to competition outside of satellite radios

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was a fun place to work, where you felt like your home life was valued.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at XM Satellite Radio Holdings

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere, open door-policy with management, ability to work from home, convenienet to metro, shuttle buses provided to and from train station, in-house concerts, free subscription to satellite radio; room for nursing moms

    Cons

    Merge caused lack of company morale, budget contraints and insecurity regarding job stability; lack of communication surrounding merger lead to lack of trust in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open with employees on upcoming changes. That will prevent feelings of dissapointment and disbelief when changes take place. We often felt like we heard everything from outside sources before we did from our own company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lost potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at XM Satellite Radio Holdings

    Pros

    Flashy Brand (at least it was), Great for resume, generated interest needed to get in the door to other employers, good cross between tech/manufacturing, retail, and media.

    Cons

    Company was split between products vs. media content, and could never make up its mind. Result- little synergies. Also had no structure for developing bench, proper resource allocation for projects, and no pervasive mgmt ethos. Messy financials=empty promises. Unless you can use it for your resume in a media/marketing field- have an exit strategy upon entering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mgmt- all ideas, no execution. If it's still the same- Nate- that is a big ship to turn around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Understaffed and undermanned

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I worked at XM Satellite Radio Holdings

    Pros

    Dynamic environment. Programming team was great, especially music programming

    Cons

    Senior leadership didnt listen to top strategic partners. Very arrogant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sit and talk with strategic partners (retail, OEM, distributors) and ask for help in becoming relevant again

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good while it lasted.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I worked at XM Satellite Radio Holdings

    Pros

    Good company in the beginning. Exciting new technology and growing future.

    Cons

    Short-sighted management who made decisions based more on "gut feelings" and personal competitiveness with Sirius Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sirius should unload as many of the "strategic" thinkers that they acquired from XM, or else Sirius will also fall. Clearly, all they managed to do, was make XM ripe for Sirius to acquire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    This was such a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Producer in Washington, DC

    I worked at XM Satellite Radio Holdings

    Pros

    Although this company was recently merged into Sirius Satellite Radio, this was a fantastic place to work. I always felt supported by senior management and was encouraged to learn, grow and try new ideas and launch new projects. It was a supportive, creative, but sometimes tough environment to work in. We got lots of feedback and the review process was actually something that managers took seriously. Senior management was accessible and definitely practiced a "open door" policy at all times. All in all, I have to say that I really loved working at XM Satellite Radio. It's too bad that it was merged into Sirius.

    Cons

    Long hours and some behind the scenes sniping. When we were launching new projects -- like anywhere else, I'm sure -- we could have incredible stressful evenings of putting projects together. These were often disorganized, but some liked to use the words "controlled chaos" to describe it. As the company's business prospects soured during the past few years, and a lot of new managers were brought in from the outside, the attitude of the place definitely went south. There were some key hires, I believe, that were mishires in programming. But the big mistakes were made in the financial management of this company, which is why it was puchased by Sirius Satellite Radio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I cut my journalism teeth here, and miss it a lot. I wish you guys didn't mess it up!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Now is probably not the best time to go to this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at XM Satellite Radio Holdings

    Pros

    XM is a place where you can be exposed to lots of things. Marketing, Creative, and of course music. Depending on your position there are ample opportunities to travel. Also to go to concerts. Even if you are stuck in your desk most of the time, so many artists come through the building studio you have a good chance of seeing a really big artist in a really small venue. Also the benefits package is pretty good. Not google good, but few packs are. The building itself is also pretty amazing. All I have to say is X M Radio.

    Cons

    Working here, like many places these days you are going to be overworked and underpaid. Plus now is especially bad with the merger nearly complete there is a good chance many positions will be cut. Also the management team is not the most competent in the world. Almost all the people who founded the company have moved on to other positions. This does not bode well for the company. As the company has grown they have seemed to take a bit more into consideration employee morale, doing such things as employee recognition programs (at least they did a year ago). However overall I found the morale to be quite low and the recongition programs didn't do much to boost morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees more, especially in hard times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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