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Music Choice Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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  1. "It's a good place to work to get your foot in the door."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Music Choice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice chill people to work with. Work/life balance is very healthy. Very good benefits.

    Cons

    Low salary. Sometimes management seems to like to pit you against your coworkers. Or keep you in the dark.


  2. "Disappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Music Choice full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Location of office in Manhattan is great. The benefits were good. 401k was great. Overall pleasant staff. Team building events

    Cons

    This company is a House of cards. Everything seems together at first but once you start understanding the work flow and see what's going on it's all holding on by a thread. A lot of miscommunication throughout departments. No ones yes could be yes and no be no!! As a result A lot of counter productive work going on. When people are fired a company email goes out two all offices as to why which seems super unprofessional.

  3. "Only if you want a career in radio... or love research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Programmer in New York, NY

    I worked at Music Choice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a very casual office environment (in most ways). There's no dress code (unless you work in a position where you have to interact with clients), the hours are very flexible and sick/vacation days are not counted, and most of your coworkers are very down to earth/easy to talk to anytime.
    As a radio programmer, you hold a lot of weight in the industry due to the commercial-free and on-demand aspects.
    The CEO/COO are also plan numerous company events/happy hours/office gatherings that can be fun
    GREAT 401K

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement; for a media company, it's almost ran as a cable company and thus, the thinking/culture might not be as "free" as expected
    Tons of meetings; most of which aren't necessary (email chains can replace most of these)
    Additionally, it may be hard to get promoted depending on politics, department, or other non-work performance factor (which is possibly something that occurs at any company)
    Typically can feel as though you are under a microscope
    Company tries to do a lot with little
    Can be a lot of blatant/non-blatant disrespect among employees toward each other/other departments
    Company has a stressful-environment (due to above points)

    Advice to Management

    Less micromanagement
    Create a more "free-thinking" culture, being a media company and all
    Listen to employees more
    Hire more people


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Don't stay longer than you need to."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Music Choice (More than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is generally pretty low-key, and the perks can be fun when it comes to going to concerts or big events. If you work hard and make nice, it'll be good experience to throw on a resume or to have for a reference. Don't stay longer than you should. The place has a reputation for trapping unhappy employees, contributing to a never-ending cycle of toxicity. Does anyone even care about music? Serious question.

    Cons

    An experience at Music Choice will be largely determined by the department you work in. In my time there, it felt as though each department operated separately from one another. Some were better than others. You could go years without knowing what your own co-workers did, and I attribute that to very poor management. The morale is low, and most employees have little faith or respect for those above them and around them. It has a generally negative vibe. What takes a week at any other company will take a month at Music Choice, and that is not even a slight exaggeration.

    Advice to Management

    Treat others the way you'd like to be treated. Think outside the box.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible Opportunity For The Right Type Of Person"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Music Choice full-time

    Pros

    Not everyone is going to thrive here, and that's a good thing. The expectations are extremely high, not in hours, but in performance, creativity, and 'business thinking.' Every idea/pitch/proposal has to be thought through and justified. I expect some of the negative reviews on here are from people who couldn't hack it. But it's great practice to understand how your idea will impact you, your department, your product line, the budget, the business, the business relationships, etc. You have to be thorough, you have to think through issues from every angle, and practically operate as if you were the CEO, even if you're just suggesting a company softball game (ok, I'm exaggerating, but only a little). As a result, the people who thrive here are really good. I mean, REALLY good. As a result, going to work anywhere else after Music Choice is a breeze (I know, I did it myself).

    Another bonus, anyone is free to walk into the CEO's office with an idea and he'll be welcoming and giving of his time. Senior management are good people who really care.

    Also, the 401k is THE BEST in the country. It's like having a second salary. Really, it's that good.

    Cons

    As described above, not everyone can hack it. If you walk a place where you can 'clock in' and put your head down, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    You don't always need to wait so long between promotions, or be so conservative with titles. A Director at Music Choice is like being a VP anywhere else.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging work. Amazing culture."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The people make it more than just a company.
    - The benefits are insanely good.
    - The work varies greatly giving you the opportunity to explore multiple avenues.
    - Taking the initiative is encouraged
    - While a hierarchy is in place it is not overbearing. Every office door is open (metaphorically speaking)
    - Industry knowledge in addition to your specific specialty is encouraged / required.
    - Transparent information within the company regarding the business, contract negotiations, competition.
    - This company has a good track record of weeding out people who couldn't live up to the expectations needed. Therefore, the people that are there and have been for a long time, are some of the best I've worked with.

    Cons

    - Since the company size is small the idea of being nimble can make projects stop and start, or new dynamics change the landscape affecting projects which need to be re tooled.
    -Some decisions are made not based on info but on personal opinion by people sometimes not inside that specific specialty.
    -Due to the above point, resentment and frustration can build.
    - However, furthering your knowledge of the dynamics that affect the business help make a lot changes easier to digest because you understand why.

    Advice to Management

    - Give departments the benefit of the doubt on projects that are in their field. But hold them accountable for results and not allow the shifting of blame.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "If the CEO left it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation
    Best 401k in the USA
    THE PEOPLE (excluding the CEO) are some of the strongest and nicest you will ever work with - the only reason anyone stays
    It's a music biz - so its sexy to work there
    Casual dress, nice office, good location

    Cons

    Let's go with a list:

    1. The CEO is the classic example of the "I know everything" personality, so much so that he will change the direction of the business drastically if he feels that it will somehow benefit the company position. This is usually done with no input from any senior staff/department directors or those involved in the day-to-day and is always a knee-jerk approach. This is why nothing was accomplished for almost 2 years during my stay there.

    2. The CEO will take over technical/marketing/sales meetings and present opinion based conjecture to the contrary of the real findings presented by those who are spending the time to do research and provide architecture that is founded. He does so in an 'I''m the big kid on the playground' approach so that others (who generally have the proper knowledge" are brow beat into waiting for him to finish his eulogy of thoughts. This behavior finds it's way to the most basic functions of the business and is TRULY the anchor keeping this great company from thriving.

    3. It is not unusual to see someone break down in tears over comments made by the CEO. Those comments are usually derogatory and condescending and in most cases made during large town hall style meetings.

    4. The process required to obtain buy-off on any given project is so laden with CEO required review that most of the time engineers spend more time creating plans and slide decks than actually writing code.

    So in summary, if you are looking to subject yourself to ridicule and like working on a tread mill than this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Resign - Find a good CEO who understands the modern music distribution model OR stop getting involved in the day-to-day and act like a CEO. Trust those who have been hired and know what they are doing to do their jobs so you can do yours.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Art director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Full Time in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Music Choice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun, Great co-workers, creative freedom.

    Cons

    upper management, Chaos, Stubborn, lack of respect for there value customers needs. no substance.

    Advice to Management

    Give a little,


  9. "Exciting products, diverse technologies and great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Horsham, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Music Choice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management has a family oriented style and culture. Respect and open communication. Great work-life balance, decent compensation and strong benefits package.

    Cons

    You work with cable companies, sorry!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to refine good engineering practices throughout the organization.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Music Choice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many friendly staff members, near Penn station, diverse staff in NY office, interior has lots of color, light and windows, tons of organized "fun" events for employees, lunch room heavily used for connecting with other staff, friendly CEO and VP's are down to earth and like to connect personally with staff, open communication policy of company news by CEO, great perks like parties and swag, casual clothes policy, good company benefits for associates.

    Cons

    Super high staff turnover due to large number of lay-offs and firings, job insecurity creates low morale and an environment of fear, poor management/leadership skills in some mid-level and team managers, little room for advancement in some departments, bar for incremental promotions is extremely high and very subjective, associate salaries are about 15-20% lower than local industry standards, a youth-obessed culture (you're "old" by age 28), negativity, criticalness of others and condescension conducted and valued by some managers and staff, entry-level staff "assistants" receive minimal benefits and receive low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Less staff turnover would increase staff productivity and morale, and encourage solid performers to stay with Music Choice instead of seeking out other opportunities.


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