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Warner Music Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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  • No pay really adds up and program requires 3 days a week (in 11 reviews)

  • From the get-go, it didn't seem they were willing to hire me into a full-time role (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Politics and Favoritsm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and Flex Time - Work life balance

    Cons

    Operates with a sense of elite-ism. Management expects you to feel like it is a privilege to work there. Extremely political - who you know is everything. Innovation and problem solving are not valued. YES men/women are rewarded. Individuality is discouraged (ironic since the music biz is considered a creative industry). Diversity and inclusion are merely fancy words.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the walk. Instead of talking about high ideas for change - create systems that ensure people are being treated fairly. As a very anti-litigious company, you miss the mark as it applies to treating people ethically. Managers need training on MANAGEMENT. People in the inner circle are allowed to be disrespectful to staff as long as they play politics.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate leadership could use some work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere
    Diverse and Inclusive
    Throw a great party!

    Cons

    I am part of a Corporate function, which in a music company is really the bottom of the barrel in terms of status. This makes for a lot of tension, back-stabbing and general mayhem that does not get addressed by senior leaders. In fact, it seems to be encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Get stronger Corporate leaders who care about their people and the culture they promote.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Web Ops"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's the music industry, so the people are generally cool, and the product is pretty fun and exciting.

    Cons

    About 10 - 15 years behind the curve, lots of incompetence at the management / director level, and very cliquey.

    Advice to Management

    Create a culture that promotes ideas, and a mentorship program that encourages young talent to thrive.


  4. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Started to have good growth at the end of 2015 but still needs to improve on communication and company culture.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Lack of communication among leaders to employees.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Overworked and understaffed is a big problem"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warner Music full-time

    Pros

    Working in the music industry means lots of free perks and a fairly casual work environment.

    Cons

    Most of us were doing jobs that should have been done by 3 people. Overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your top performers are adequately compensated and cared for (more vacation time or flex time) or they WILL burn out.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Old School Corporate Ways, Not Worth Your Time"

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

    I have been working at Warner Music full-time

    Pros

    Some people are nice. Casual dress code. Artists perform at the office from time to time.

    Cons

    The egos man, it is all about the egos and the money. Really hard to grow here too, you gotta stay for years and the pay is awful. This is the smallest out of the big 3 music corps. Might as well go to Universal and get a better paycheck. Also, very clicky! You gotta live and breathe music here and love to hang out with everyone at work all the time, if not - you're pretty much an outcast. Not the right place for employee growth, development, and opportunities. It really sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Just implode and rebuild this company again.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "overall...meh."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience in the music industry.

    Cons

    Felt like a factory, interns just pushed out work constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to make interns feel more like humans and less like robots, intended to just push work out.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Finance"

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

    I have been working at Warner Music full-time

    Pros

    Fun company (if you are not in finance/accounting), quarterly parties, casual dress.

    Cons

    Too much politics, strict finance environment, little PTO, no musical perks at all, poor training, open seating environment (no privacy).

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in training, be more friendly, offer more PTO/perks, be a more friendly environment for parents (flex time schedules, decent maternity/paternity leave program).


  9. "WMG"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits are the best part of working here.

    Cons

    Upper management is scattered and it takes a long time to see change within the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a community environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's high turnover, which provides the opportunity for promotion if you do well.

    Cons

    The hours are long and the work can be really stressful at times. It's a junior organization with junior salaries to match, but the work is difficult and senior leading to long, often stressful hours.

    Advice to Management

    Place a greater investment in work life balance and people retention.


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