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Warner Music Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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  • No pay really adds up and program requires 3 days a week (in 10 reviews)

  • Unreasonably low salary, miserable office environment, no appreciation (monetary or otherwise) of employees, layoffs occurring routinely (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Avoid this company"

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    • Senior Management
    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 Music full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Casual work environment, good music, half the people are really nice.

    Cons

    Senior management seem to really hate each other and work against each other making for a terrible work environment. They will stab you in the back at the earliest opportunity. No internal communication between departments which causes a lot of tension. 'Us and Them' mentality between departments so no one works together. It's amazing any music gets released at all. Very top heavy management. Every new hire seems to come in as a Vice President and are at least 10 EVPs. Job titles have become a joke. VERY LOW SALARIES. Very low morale. Very high staff turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all senior staff who have been there for 15 years or longer. They are ruining the company. All the decent young A&R staff (ie the future of the company) have left because of them. If you don't sign new bands, you eventually will have no company.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "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.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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).


  7. "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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a community environment"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Warner Music Group"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    WMG has a rich history of developing, promoting and marketing amazing music artists and bands. Parent company of Warner Bros. Records, Elektra Records, Atlantic Records and more...

    Cons

    Employees are extremely overworked, underpaid and undervalued at this company which unfortunately creates a hostile work environment that isn't too pleasant to walk into everyday.


  10. "Temp Status"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Waco, TX
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Waco, TX

    I have been working at Warner Music as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some large accounts and have a lot of responsibilities because the team is small and needs the help.

    Cons

    You come on as temp and it's at least a year before being brought on full time.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Don't bother"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Was able to move up the ladder quickly.

    Cons

    Poor upper management with very little good communication. No bebnfits



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