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Live Nation Entertainment Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Nice Employees, Fun work environment (in 39 reviews)

  • Free concerts and if you're shadowing an employee for a concert you get some pretty rare experiences (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance - expectations can be unrealistic (in 21 reviews)

  • long hours, hot temperatures, outside work (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "all out war"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Live Nation Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    cool going to shows and meeting artists

    Cons

    Miami office was at war with Beverly Hills HQ


  2. "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Vip Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vip Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Live Nation Entertainment part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best Concerts, Networking Opportunities,Exciting people

    Cons

    Low Pay, dry months without pay

    Advice to Management

    respect your employees!

  3. "Un-Loyal Company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Live Nation Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free Tickets, Good Insurance benefit. That's it!

    Cons

    They DO NOT care about their employees, they lie, and truly screw you over. It will take some time to find out what liars and crocks this company is. But you will. STAY AWAY if you want to keep your sanity.

    Advice to Management

    Karma will get you.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Do not work in Finance at Live Nation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Tickets, fun atmosphere on every floor except finance and located in Central Hollywood

    Cons

    Low pay, high pressure, non-compliant co-workers, weak leadership and training, bad communication, review process not useful and the worst part is... everyone else is having fun while finance is putting in long hours, having a terrible life. For these reasons I left after one summer.


  5. "Don't waste your time..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Live Nation Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Minimal supervision
    Flexible scheduling
    No dress code

    Cons

    Horrible leadership
    Awful pay/compensation
    Management deceitful and self-serving
    On call 24/7
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Honesty about positions posted and fairness on the job would certainly assist in making Warner Theatre a better place.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Production Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Production in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Live Nation Entertainment (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment... Chance to work huge shows and work with best crews in the business. get to see many exciting shows.

    Cons

    Old boys network. Everybody is expendable. Corporate makes demands in a vacuum that severely limit ability to get the job done. They have no idea what it really takes to put on a show in XYZ building. They'd rather hire younger & cheaper.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The Walmart of the Entertainment Industry"

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    Current Employee - Event Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Event Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Convenient location. Occasional opportunities to see portions of live events. Some of the co-workers are decent, kind people.

    Cons

    Too many to list, but most stem from the fact that first-tier management and many leads are largely ineffective, untrained, and/or unqualified and, thus, can't or won't create a professional work environment that is proactive, equitable, responsible in its duties to its employees, openly and honestly communicative about such basics as how hours are allocated over the employee base and how performance is objectively measured and when a given work shift will end.

    In the country's most expensive area, paying minimum wage to all event staff, regardless of educational level and experience and competence and degree of difficulty of the position assignment is not a formula for attracting and retaining good people. Add to that the lack of any formal new hire orientation or training and any objective performance goals, measures, and reviews, and soon you have the least capable people clinging to this type of job forever while the most capable drop out or quickly search for an employer that values competence and pays and promotes based on high performance.

    The Live Nation employee model is a very stingy and stodgy one, and it reaps what it sows. Turnover is high. The competent people, who are few in number, are very much overworked and underpaid. And the rest, who comprise the vast majority and are one of the reasons the competent people are so overworked, get away with coasting along. And, somehow, it is the latter people who seem to be most in favor with management, perhaps because they present no challenge to the status quo.

    Working on New Year's Eve is "mandatory." The tradition is for management to request each employee to bring in food or beverages from home for a staff party at the end of what is inevitably already a very late night. At last evening's staff party, there was a raffle for the staff that was wholly funded by the tips from coat check. Raffle tickets were earned all year long when designated managers decided--often quite inexplicably--to hand them out to employees who were supposedly doing good work. This was intended to be a motivator, a reward system. Too often, though, none of us could figure out why, exactly, we were getting those tickets. Sometimes it seemed they were just given out to make sure each person had some, the work equivalent of every grade schooler getting a blue star simply for showing up. On my toughest shifts, when I felt I truly had gone above and beyond, I never got one. So, again, no performance expectations stated, none understood, no reward whatsoever for coming through the most gruelling of shifts making the company look good to its patrons. And any real reward was not a certainty and, even if won in the raffle, came far too late and infrequently to be effective.

    But the larger point is that, even at the annual holiday party, which occurs after a mandatory holiday shift that involves no extra pay and the sacrifice of being apart from the people you'd rather be with on such a day, the refreshments are funded by the event staff themselves, and the raffle prizes are funded by tips generated by the event staff. All this happens while management stands around looking quite pleased with themselves for their largesse. It's corporate stinginess to the rank and file at its most grotesque. Live Nation is the Walmart of the entertainment industry.

    Advice to Management

    Professionalize the lower-tier management functions and most of these issues will take care of themselves. Pay for education, experience, and high performance. Recruit more capable people, and quickly weed out your hiring mistakes.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "A complete waste of potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Live Nation Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume. And you learn about what not to do. Professional networking is all there for you. Free tickets are cool if you're in your twenties especially.

    Cons

    Out of control fraternity-like atmosphere of a top heavy
    executive leadership structure. The small middle management personnel get stretched way too thin and burned out time and time again. A lot of buck passing of responsibility. Tons of backstabbing. No sense of company vision or purpose due to ego games. A lot of unqualified people with no passion for music who got jobs they don't deserve through favoritism and nepotism. Terrible communication due to inner competition. Growth opportunities only given to those inside the right social circles. Many sexist executives who openly degrade the female gender. HR simply a tool of the executives and therefore there is no accountability for the company's upper class. Work life balance for many is atrocious, while only a few feet away there are people who roll into work at 11am and surf Tinder half the day. A complete misappropriation of millions of dollars of operating budget.

    This company deserves to fail as of right now. Ticketmaster's cash flow fills in a lot of holes and allows many problems to fester unnoticed. Michael Rapino is a very intelligent man but he needs to get more involved with the chaos that is ensuing below him, before he gets held responsible for it. I'm sure he has a lot on his plate steering a publicly traded company, but Rapino needs to find the time because the guys below him are taking the place for a joy ride that cannot sustain itself forever. Rapino has the money these artists want to get their hands on, these executives therefore aren't as irreplaceable as they act.

    Currently an operation that needs some serious leadership and some significant cleaning up. Stay far away. It's sad, because on paper it's a dream job, which quickly turns into a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders. It's what you get paid to do. Let the rock stars act like rock stars. Invest more of the operating money into middle management, as they do all the leg work in a business getting more and more complicated by the day.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Burn and Churn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Live Nation Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with in the immediate are wonderful. They're funny and kind and there's a good team spirit among your immediate peers. The job is fun, you get to make people's dreams come true helping them meet their favorite artists.

    Cons

    However, being a part of a larger corporation within the music industry means that you're just a number. Don't try to advance, don't try to make waves, or you will be struck down. In addition, women are not looked at as equal, as the entire company is a boys club. Many people simply exist as part of the "burn and churn" meaning you're replaceable so they burn you out and then find your replacement.

    Advice to Management

    Work on your employee retention.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Soul-less"

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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Live Nation Entertainment (More than a year)

    Pros

    Access to shows, some decent people if you can hack the higher ups

    Cons

    Marketing/sales/vp's/directors are egomaniacal, entitled sociopaths. The venue/union workers and management are overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    kind of remind me of the less interesting versions of Christian Beale in American Psycho.


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