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SiriusXM Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Relaxed work environment, as challenging as you want it to be (in 19 reviews)

  • Very laid back and contemporary (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited room for growth in the company / industry (in 10 reviews)

  • You will be asked to work on holidays or when you are off of work or on vacation, very poor work life balance (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good Salaries, Poor Morale"

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    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are fair to good, as are the benefits. Great opportunity to see, hear and work with very talented artists.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management and internal rivalries turn mid/junior level employees into pawns. No gender or racial diversity in senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to make themselves aware of accepted workplace culture, and hire more women and minorities in senior positions.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Working there is like hitting the glass ceiling early in your career and being expected to not want to breakthrough."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Producer/Board Op in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Producer/Board Op in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Enthused co-workers who enjoy what they do
    - Relaxed dress code & free beverages/snacks
    - Free market for creativity for the sake of improving the quality of a broadcast
    - Meet/Seeing celebs, artists, & athletes
    - Will honestly learn the basics of radio and more if willing to take initiative

    Cons

    - Will never be paid what your actually worth
    - Will be overworked and bombarded w/ the work of others in your dept if you're an efficient employee
    - Disconnect between Senior Management, Mid-Management, and general staff
    - There's a strong political/clique-ish quality about the company which hinders cross platform development
    - Most people will advance ahead of others b/c of personal preference
    - Is not the most diverse workplace for minorities and women
    - Raises/bonuses generally aren't worth the effort put into achieving them

    Advice to Management

    The company's board of directors need to completely clean house in Senior Management and find people who value the importance of the true machine behind SiriusXM, which are the employees on both the business and production side. Not the overpaid jocks who blatantly disrespect the company and it's brand when things don't their way for their own monetary gain.


  3. "terrible work environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have absolutely no work experience and are desperate for an internship, it's not too difficult to find one here - after all, you're unpaid, you won't have too much competition

    Cons

    This isn't a learning environment - people come to work here to get their stuff done and go home. Forget helping each other out. I've spoken to full-time employees who constantly have to wait hours and hours for their managers to show up in order to get their work done - meaning they end up staying at the office much later than the average employee. Employees are just concerned for themselves, and have very little interest in the company.

    Advice to Management

    If you're not going to pay your interns, treat them better. Free soda does not make up for the lack of learning, training, or respect that interns deal with.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "New Product...Archaic Culture"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1 free radio while you are an employee.
    Good base pay
    Free parking on site
    On site gym
    On site cafeteria

    Cons

    You would think with such a hip and new product as satellite radio the company would also be equally new age, not the case. Its hard to believe that a company that is so new already used the "thats the way it is" mentality. They made the grave error of believeing that just because someone knows the product that entitles them to a position of management. From what I saw front line managers are more concerned with dollars and cents than the rapport with its staff and buidling a team environment. Training doesn't exist so be ready to be thrown to the wolves and hope you get it. Walking through the buidling is like walking through a company that has gone/going through layoffs. With the exception of the DJ's no one really talk to one another and just sit at their desk waiting completing their duties and waiting for the day to end.

    I read these reviews before I took the job so I was warned, but I did not think it would be as bad as it was...not a healthy place to work. The salary is great...but thats how the hook you. However every day is a worry of saving every little penny. Don't get fooled like me, because there is nowhere to go once you get in.

    I would take less money elsewhere than to return to return to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Make an efffort to onboard your staff instead of just telling them what they have to do. Help build a envirorment of rapport and of team instead of everyone for themself. Avoid the us and them, even after the merger two very distinct products (XM and Sirius) exist and doesn't make one believe that a merger even occured.


  6. "Mediocrity in the Middle of Nowhere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SiriusXM (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a very strong brand, and it's very low-stress work. They allow a lot of employees to work remote, and even part-time.

    Cons

    The pace is very slow, and unless you can take a slow pace, it's hard. The office is in NoMa, and as of writing there is not a lot near the office. If you need to do something in downtown DC, plan a two hour lunch.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "phony phone call artist"

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

    I have been working at SiriusXM part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I get to work with my best friend

    Cons

    slave like environment, my boss belittles me every chance he gets. everything is veiled in secrecy. My boss takes all the marbles so there isn't any budget for the show. We don't get paid for extra work

    Advice to Management

    Dump the high cost talent, Howard Stern, Oprah, Martha Stewart, etc, concentrate on true radio talent instead


  8. "Frustrating. Management turnover. limited support and weak strategy"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, interesting programming, live concerts

    Cons

    Lack of solid research and foolish expectations

    Advice to Management

    Develop a relationship with an outside research firm to validate audience delivery.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A Conflicted Past with Lots of Promise, and a Future Ripe for Reinvention"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SiriusXM full-time

    Pros

    People who *loved* and really knew music ran the channels and interviewed the musicians. The promise from the beginning was that Sirius would be the best of both commercial *and* public radio — musically diverse, intelligently programmed, no insipid advertising disturbing the crafted flow — yet it would go well beyond, to redefine radio as we knew it. Some of that ethic presumably remains if others can vouch for it.

    Cons

    Upper management and likely some administrators focused seemingly singularly on scrambling to secure investors and in the process relinquished the mission they started out with — and the very reason for its existence. They talked a good game of expectations and cheerleading. Hosts, programmers and producers wisely saw through it and campaigned and fought to do better than was being asked of them.

    Still, bit by bit, the most talented, capable and creative were relegated to being mere employees: diminished in their capacities or eventually moved out. In short order, Sirius became just another mediocre corporate entity and listeners largely got the same-old-same-old.

    While the past decade-plus has seen changes and arguable progress, the losses of those early years in morale and squandered customer loyalty seeped into the very fabric of the company's operations; whether those stains and managerial rhetoric from those early days have been expunged is uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit the mission at square one. And with the advantage of hindsight since launching those satellites — through the technological revolution that has brought us the iPhone and iPad, Twitter and Facebook, SoundCloud and Spotify — reinvent radio in the context of this rapidly evolving age of mobile, apps, video, on-demand and social media. Think like a Silicon Valley/Alley startup — and hire some of those same people. You may not even be relevant anymore yet if you realign with the real world you may surprise yourselves and all of us who still hope for so much more; for that original promise.


  10. "Worked there for more than 7 weekes and interacted with 3 people total"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sports Programming Board Operator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sports Programming Board Operator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SiriusXM part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient office location
    Excellent facilities
    Quiet atmosphere

    Cons

    Subversive, adversarial work culture - many are still bitter from layoffs after SIrius and XM merger
    No sense of camaraderie
    Virtually no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Your part-time employees make a large share of the workforce in the DC headquarters. Engage them and develop to become valuable talent within the organization. The place is full with middle managers who couldn't care less who is working for them week to week, so long as the place is staffed.


  11. "Tired of long hours for average wage"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Lab Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Test Lab Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SiriusXM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work is interesting it's what I am familiar with although easy to learn.

    Cons

    Moral is low because of low pay for the amount of hours worked. After a long commute every day I'm exhausted.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to better compete with free internet radio services.


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