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Updated June 6, 2017
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  1. "GRAMMY U® Representative"

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    Former Employee - GRAMMY U Representative in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - GRAMMY U Representative in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NARAS part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, opportunities/experiences, and work environment. I loved everything about this position but what stuck out most was that I could pick my hours during the week, I was able to make some incredible connections in the music industry/experience some great events gaining valuable experience, and I could work from home.

    Cons

    Working from home is great! But no office can get confusing at times. Definitely adaptable but originally was difficult to understand fully some of the projects being handed to me.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change a thing - truthfully, it's best that there is no office. Just hire people who adapt easily to new challenges.


  2. "Not as cool as you'd think."

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NARAS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get tickets to the GRAMMY's.

    Cons

    A lot of upper management don't really know the music industry or what their members need.

  3. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NARAS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, people, and benefits!

    Cons

    Very busy (but exciting) during GRAMMY season!


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Top-heavy, slow-footed, dysfunctional ... but great perks"

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

    I worked at NARAS (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Grammy tickets (two per employee, which you can give away if you work during the show) are the big perk. Benefits are good, with great 401K matching. Good number of days off, too. So this is a great gig if you just want a 9-to-5 with good benefits (maybe 'til the band makes it.) Ambition here mostly centers around how good your seats to the show will be.

    Cons

    NARAS is like a trust fund kid who has never really had to work. They get a big check from daddy (CBS) every year and mostly waste it. There's no serious business afoot. Senior management is hopeless -- the management equivalent of the first world war, with warring department heads dug into trenches, locked in endless, fruitless battle, while a non-confrontational chief pretends all is well. Anyone with options down the foodchain usually leaves after a few years when they realize there are few opportunities to move up. Except for senior execs (most of whom have very long tenure), pay is low compared to for-profit companies.

    Advice to Management

    Imagine life without daddy. Build a sustainable business around your brand.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Wouldn't recommend this place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Nice, friendly people... laid back environment.
    - Summer Perks (performances, early leave times, extra days off, etc.)

    Cons

    - Stagnant company set in old mindset.
    - Ridiculous amount of politics and turf wars within the company's senior management.
    - No room for growth and quite frankly nothing to learn if you're mid-career or higher... I'd only recommend this place to people right out of college/early career or to people late in their careers looking to cruise until retirement... you'd fit right in.

    Advice to Management

    - Its time for change... bring in some fresh blood or promote from within but do something!
    - Stop the politics and turf wars and start thinking what's best for the company/organization as a whole.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Overall great place to work, could use more professionalism"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed office atmosphere. Great perks like concerts, lots of time off, aggressive 401k matching, etc. Rewarding and challenging work.

    Cons

    A dinosaur of a company. Much of upper management is out of touch and disinterested. The company as a whole is very resistant to change. Departments that need to work with one another are often times at odds. This siloing, coupled with the fact that politics and tenure generally outweigh experience and competence, results in some key executives being frighteningly inept at their jobs. Also, a 9am - 6pm work day is too long. 9-5 should be standard.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the silos. As inter-departmental cooperation is essential to success, fire execs that refuse to work with other departments out of fear that someone else may get credit for accomplishing something. Hire smart people and start rewarding hard work, good ideas and experience rather than the tenured and the politically savvy.


  7. "Great for building skills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NARAS (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Perks for events and working with musicians. Fantastic team and work environment - very familial feel.

    Cons

    Upper management slow to change. Can get buried in the details of trying to run the same reports over and over again. (Need to find ways to streamline data collection and improve inefficiencies.)

  8. "Contributing reporter for GRAMMY official blog (www.grammy365.com) and attended DC music festivals on behalf of chapter."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NARAS (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Internship was virtual and flexible

    Cons

    There were no cons while working for NARAS.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great internship program!


  9. "Great stepping stone to bigger things"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NARAS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Being surrounded by music and the creators of music. Warm and friendly place to work, good benefits and perks. Generally most people at the Academy were friendly and collaborative (with exceptions of course).

    Cons

    Leadership changed over while I was there and the org. went from one extreme to another which took adjusting. The second half of the year was too quiet and nothing in the pipeline to keep people motivated and energized after the awards show in February until we got into the end of the year again.

    Advice to Management

    Some management can be encouraged to participate more, be immersed in the department and speak better to the expectations, vision and needs of their department.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A small organization that like to think big but lost it's family togetherness a long time ago"

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    Current Employee - Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    During the awards show season, there is very little work-life balance, but during the quiet times it's actually pretty free to grow yourself. Compensation is not bad, not great but not on the low end either. The biggest perks of course are access to the awards shows and events if you your job has some connection to those events. Otherwise you should expect a kind of close but not close enough type of exposure to the awards show. You do get tickets to the main show though which is nice.

    Cons

    Departments seem to be getting a bit top-heavy with lots of middle management, however I feel that executive management is either top-notch or bottom-rung. It's the lower-quality senior executives that really bring the place down and hold the company back as a whole. Given how small the company is, this can have a disproportionate effect on the company and people who work here.

    So this means that there is a lot more unnecessary politics and CYA then is necessary and juvenile turf-wars than is necessary. Think of a spooled version of the Waltons.

    If you can isolate yourself away from these kinds of shenanigans then you might actually find it's not a bad place to work.

    Advice to Management

    There is too much pettiness and internecine fighting between departments. I think the childishness of senior executives flows down to middle management but ironically stops at the staff level. You guys need to grow up!


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