Universal Music Group Reviews
64% would recommend to a friend
(951 total reviews)
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- "Great! Benefits and work environment!" (in 102 reviews)
- "Great people and very dedicated" (in 96 reviews)
- "Great team and artists to work with" (in 25 reviews)
- "Incredible company to work for, unbeatable benefits, I still keep in touch with my managers and coworkers so the culture is great!" (in 25 reviews)
- "Fulfilling and challenging and learned a lot." (in 15 reviews)
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Updated Dec 3, 2023
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- 4.0Oct 27, 2023Associate People Business PartnerFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsLos Angeles, CA
Incredible company to work for, unbeatable benefits, I still keep in touch with my managers and coworkers so the culture is great! They really believe in promoting from within!
During my tenure at UMG, there was no emphasis on work/life balance.
- 3.0Nov 9, 2023Administrative Assistant, PublicityFormer Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
Lots of great benefits, including free mental health outpatient services and $700/year stipend to spend on wellness.
The company uses its benefits as a way to make it incredibly difficult to be promoted or receive a raise. Very common for people to leave, work their way up elsewhere, and then come back. Bonuses and annual raises are very minimal for entry- to mid-level employees.
- 4.0Oct 22, 2023RecruiterFormer Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
Great place to learn. Great place to make connections. If you are resourceful and diligent you can advance.
Pay is rather low but still better than competitors.
- 4.0Oct 31, 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
Great benefits, good company structure, great connections
Lots of changes in managerial leadership, sometimes hard to break in socially
- 4.0Oct 3, 2023Music Copyright AnalystFormer Employee, more than 1 yearLos Angeles, CA
The company offers great healthcare, the work is easy, and the staff is chill. The pay is also low if you have a degree, but standard for the music industry.
If you graduated, you will feel like you aren't building any skills.
- 2.0Oct 23, 2023MarketingFormer EmployeeLos Angeles, CA
You get a foot in the music industry and it looks good on a resume.
Current leadership knows nothing about music. Stop hiring people who know nothing about the complex industry and ONLY see things from a $ perspective. It wasn't always like this here... Your opinions don't matter. Unorganized and no practical organization/dispersion of tasks. Toxic, but free food once a week to mask what's really happening.1
- 2.0Sep 18, 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsHollywood, Los Angeles
Being in the industry at all
The egos of those in power caused me to leave. It was all a power game, just a mini version of politics, and it was ugly. There's no such thing as doing a great job, having integrity, really KNOWING the music and the audience, and standing up for the artist, folks. It was all about kowtowing to the person above you, and saying what those in power wanted to hear. Couldn't wait to leave. Waited far too long to go...should have done it far sooner. Years of my life I can't get back.2
- 2.0May 15, 2023Operations DirectorCurrent Employee
- Great artist roster - Awesome coworkers - Robust benefits package
It is extremely discouraging to see our CEO continue to bring in 150M+ bonuses when employees, including senior staff, cannot afford to live within a 45 minute radius of the office he so desperately needs us to be in. I spend two hours in the car daily to commute to an office where I sit on zoom calls for the entirety of the day. Team productivity has completely ranked since return to office and no one seems to care. The “green” initiatives are also laughable. Consider removing 1000+ cars from the roads of Los Angeles versus asking your employees to bike to the gym instead of drive. When they hired EH, everything was employee-forward. Now that we are public, no one cares. Employee satisfaction surveys are now gone. All that will be left working here is the segment of people close to retiring, all young talent is leaving.11
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Universal Music Group has an overall rating of 3.7 out of 5, based on over 1,326 reviews left anonymously by employees. 64% of employees would recommend working at Universal Music Group to a friend and 60% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.
64% of Universal Music Group employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Universal Music Group 3.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.4 for culture and values and 3.3 for career opportunities.