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Pros
  • I learned a lot about the industry as a whole, as well as marketing within the music industry (in 5 reviews)

  • You can learn a lot about the music industry in a short amount of time (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and the human resource department rarely ever did their job (in 6 reviews)

  • Although it was a good experience there were a few cons (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Marketing Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I learned a lot about the industry as a whole, as well as marketing within the music industry.

    Cons

    There were unrealistic expectations about the time commitment for unpaid interns.

    Advice to Management

    Considering all interns are required to also be full-time college students, I think management should be more realistic about how many unpaid hours interns should be expected to work.


  2. "Corrupt Management, No Chance at Upward Mobility, Antiquated"

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

    I worked at Warner Bros. Records full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the huge amount money pumped into office parties (aka, good food and decor), cool office space, food trucks outside office on a daily basis

    Cons

    -WBR has too many intern, assistant and coordinator positions. there is virtually no "middle management" for those looking to advance their careers prior to senior director positions. This is done purposely and strategically, so the company can continue to overpay their antiquated senior staff members instead of promote and encourage their younger, eager and forward-thinking staff. This creates a vacuum of negativity, frustration, bullying, and ultimately, a company-wide stalemate. Nothing gets accomplished at WBR. The A&R team is a group of old dinosaurs who continue to sign worthless talent, and the executive/leadership team is a group of men and women who are at the label to collect their substantial paychecks and nothing more.
    -This would be a waste of your time. Do not work in this toxic environment.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor leadership, No focus, No vision"

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Warner Bros. Records full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great perks and benefits (healthcare, gym discounts, concert tickets, etc.)

    Cons

    The company does not know how to evolve. Stuck in the past. Not great at delegating work or focusing on more than a couple projects at a time. All of the young staff has left, seems to be just older/antiquated staff who don't care much about evolving with the changing music industry or doing more than what is required of their 9-5. The whole executive staff seems to run on ego and only care about themselves. Lots of bullying, really toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more young people and listen to them. Empower them to do their jobs. Take some chances and try new things.


  4. "Promotion & Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Warner Bros. Records full-time

    Pros

    Smart, forward thinking group of individuals.

    Cons

    Limited room for growth for individuals with interests and passion for multiple departments.


  5. "Great culture, low upward mobility"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warner Bros. Records (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Culture and Perks, Lots of great people

    Cons

    Low upward mobility, poor management that is consistently changing


  6. "Sound Engineer/Music Producer/Studio Engineer/Live FOH Sound"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Travelled the world, met amazing people, and worked with incredible artists.

    Cons

    Stressful and demanding - consuming, around the clock.


  7. "Marketing Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to interact with artists and are very involved in day to day operations. It is a fun work environment. Great experience

    Cons

    Although it was a good experience there were a few cons. The company appeared to be extremely disorganized and the interns were not paid. Additionaly interns all had vastly different experiences

    Advice to Management

    I believe that management could focus on possibly hiring less interns but making the experience more memorable for the interns who were hired and compensate them.

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Dunmore, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Dunmore, PA

    I worked at Warner Bros. Records (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working with all departments. ability to grow and learn. employees will help you if you are willing to help yourself.

    Cons

    High stress. the amount of interns that get hired after internship is very low. Sometime it will feel like you are just a number there.


  9. "Once great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Company. But outsourcing and stranglehold from NY killing it

    Cons

    Not as great anymore as NY has nothing to do with the sale of Time.

    Advice to Management

    Don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.


  10. "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. Records (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by music lovers. Forward thinking, creative environment (for the most part).

    Cons

    Intern program was horrible, in my department there were more interns than paid employees. It's clear the company was trying to cut costs and hired unpaid interns to do work that should have been spent on salaried workers. Most of my time was spent getting my manager food and drinks. As a college student, we shouldn't be working for free in the first place, but working for free to be treated like a slave bringing people food? Management was abusive. Everyday I was belittled and yelled at by my boss - I was constantly told I was an incompetent worker. I had always put in 100% effort. I was reprimanded for not doing a perfect job on an ill-defined project with no management guidance. I would never recommend this internship to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as human beings. Interning is scary in the first place, you don't need to set us up for failure. If you're going to hire interns treat them with respect and don't just cattle students through. Foster a positive helpful work environment.


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