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Universal Music Group Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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Universal Music Group Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, and an amazing chance to learn about the music industry (in 20 reviews)

  • I completed a wide range of tasks and learned a lot (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Ridiculously long hours, work/life balance is nearly non-existent (in 19 reviews)

  • Hard to be recognized by upper management located on the west coast (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great for College"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Universal Music Group part-time

    Pros

    Concerts, experience with bands, insight into the music industry

    Cons

    Often working alone because of remote work


  2. "Applied to UMA, took a video interview via jobvite."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome company, they represent 55% of the artists worldwide

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, instead of looking for candidates outside.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Company is evolving"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Music Group full-time

    Pros

    Forward thinking, trying new things to remain competitive, and great artist roster.

    Cons

    Revolving door must cease and improve transparency between business units.


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    "director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Music Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexibility of your work schedule

    Cons

    no much room for growth

    Advice to Management

    better upward mobility


  6. "Not what it used to be..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Music Group full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, good salary if you can work your way up

    Cons

    Music industry not as fun as it used to be. Constant threat of layoffs, long hours, and short staffed topped with upper management throwing employees under the bus to save their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in Artist Development


  7. "Entry Level at Verve"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Entry Level in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Entry Level in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -great people
    -exciting time with a President that's passionate about innovation

    Cons

    -bad management that is super paranoid about job security
    -no real timelines or strategies for employee growth
    -hiring high paying executives before entry to mid-level, making the few entry level employees at a constant state of overwhelmed with poor personal life / job balance
    -too many internal meetings

    Advice to Management

    Put the same amount of focus on managing your team as you do with making yourself look good. There is an insane amount of paranoia if Danny doesn't go out of his way to make it known he likes you. Take care of your employees and stick out your neck when necessary. Tkae care of our


  8. "Good job, poor benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Music Group full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment in a great industry

    Cons

    The benefits aren't that competitive


  9. Helpful (1)

    "I was downsized recently"

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    Current Employee - Director of Business Analysis
    Current Employee - Director of Business Analysis
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Music Group (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Loved the subject matter I analyze

    Cons

    they keep downsizing the people that do all of the work. always need to do more with less

    Advice to Management

    Give me positive feedback on good work


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ok company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Good medical/dental benefits
    * Free CDs for employees

    Cons

    * Salary for below VP positions below market
    * Poor on employee on-the-job training
    * Poor communication on company overall financial results
    * Unrealistic employee job expectations
    * Company is focusing more on outsourcing jobs, rather than internal promotions


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of company perks like concerts

    Cons

    compensation is not competitive



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