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Ronald A. Wilford
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  1. "Booking Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Artists full-time

    Pros

    Good start to build relationships with presenters and promoters

    Cons

    workload is way much more, hard to balance life and work

    Advice to Management

    need to build a healthy employment system


  2. "Ok entry level, mid-level employees treated terribly"

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    Former Employee - Booking Assistant
    Former Employee - Booking Assistant

    Pros

    Good to get a start in the industry. Well known. They pay entry level employees hourly which actually helps with overall income when including overtime.

    Cons

    Mid-level employees treated badly. Only opportunities for advancement if someone quits their job.

  3. "An exercise in patience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the music management business. If you work in a management office, opportunity to meet and work with world-class performers.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, little to no opportunity for advancement. Now that Wilford has retired, there is a vacuum of corporate leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and hire someone who has both the interest and experience in successfully running a company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A good start in an entry- level position."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to get your feet in the door and learn the industry. So of the most experienced and skilled management teams in the business.

    Cons

    No growth potential and low salary.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A company that thrives in dysfunction."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Provides an eye-opening glimpse into the world of artists management.

    Cons

    -Little room for growth in this company. Your options are being an assistant or an agent and then there is a wide gap between agent and manager.
    -Managers use destructive behavior (screaming, public degradation, and mind games) to motivate employees. Needless to say, employees are treated as expendable.
    -Managers do not get along with one another and compete to book their attractions before the others. It is a wonder that the company is still thriving.
    -There is a general pervasive fear and mistrust of modern technology. The main database used in the office, Protege, has not been updated since sometime in the 1990s. Also many of the managers and senior level officials are technologically inept and so assistants are hired to do basic technological tasks for them (e.g., writing and sending their emails, looking up mileages between cities on Google Maps, etc).
    -Pay is low.
    -They are very stingy with their comp tickets to concerts of the artists they represent.

    My advice is, if you are offered a job at this company, keep looking. This place is not worth a moment of your time.

    Advice to Management

    -Invest in your employees and treat them with respect.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Crooked company with no morals or regard for their employees."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Artists full-time

    Pros

    They are flexible with their employees' schedule. Good first taste of a tough job if you are interested in jumping head first to the artist management business.

    Cons

    Rude, condescending management. Pay is terrible for the amount of time and energy that is expected of their employees. VERY little room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into training your employees.


  7. "Great place to introduce to you to the Performing Arts Industry."

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    Former Employee - Managerial Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managerial Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Artists full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You build an amazing network of contacts within the industry, very quickl.

    Cons

    It can be very difficult to advance within the company.

  8. "Very impressive array of artists and exposure, but not a whole lot of room for development."

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Columbia Artists full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with internatlonally acclaimed artists. Work with talented and creative people. Have the ability to attend great performances.

    Cons

    The emphasis on client service is understandable, but it is taken as a given that employee turnover will be high and thus development / retention strategies are not prioritized.

    Advice to Management

    Try to create a light at the end of the tunnel for employees so that have a reason to stick around and feel vested in the firm's outcomes.


  9. "Can't imagine a more crooked company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Columbia Artists full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing artists and the opportunity to work with the most prestigious groups and venues in the world.

    Cons

    The execs all hate each other, so this company acts more like a feudal system than a real company. Don't expect to move up - they're all too worried about their egos to think about the future or any sort of real growth. There's about an 80% turnover rate in the administrative assistant/production coordinator type roles from year to year. People barely bother to introduce themselves because you'll probably be gone after 6 months anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Put more effort into retaining talented people, or risk becoming totally irrelevant.


  10. "medium"

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    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Jalandhar, Punjab (India)
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Jalandhar, Punjab (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Columbia Artists full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    because i like columbia managment.

    Cons

    like doing team work just

    Advice to Management

    doing good concealing with others. do hard work, aware the people. about this work. do study about this to children etc.