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Warner Music Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • No pay really adds up and program requires 3 days a week (in 10 reviews)

  • not sure how much full time potential there is (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Disappointing"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The industry is unique and depending upon your role / department, opportunity to be in a very creative position with exposure to artists.

    Cons

    Very siloed culture across business units.
    Sr. Leaders are virtually invisible to employees.
    Communication is poor at best. Successes and accomplishments are so rarely celebrated or publicized across the business.
    There is virtually no desire within the business to improve how we do things.

    Advice to Management

    Hold Town Hall Meetings at least 2x / year. Share and celebrate major accomplishments, communicate a clear vision for the future.


  2. "It was a job in music, so you deal with the disappointments."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun industry, casual environment, free music and concert tickets. Lots of cake and champagne during office events.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for advancement. Senior level managers are biased in their decision making. If you are trendy, pretty and young, you are excused. Very outdated system/environment. Female assistants end up being secretaries for a while. Male assistants are easily promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being biased. Be fair.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Totally impersonal corporate machine, treats everyone as though they are completely expendable."

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

    I have been working at Warner Music full-time

    Pros

    Decent health insurance, dental, 401K.

    Cons

    Unreasonably low salary, miserable office environment, no appreciation (monetary or otherwise) of employees, layoffs occurring routinely.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid Licensing and Royalties Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Licensing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Licensing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Music full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    none - see cons. maybe the only good thing was that the hours were pretty standard.

    Cons

    Licensing/Royalties department is like a black hole. No respect from company, totally disregarded as bottom of the barrel workers. Salaries remained stagnant for years. Senior Management in this department is completely unqualified. Computer systems are outdated and inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    show more respect and integrate that department with the rest of company functions. Offer raises.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Place"

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

    I have been working at Warner Music full-time

    Pros

    No pros here at all.

    Cons

    Absolutely one of the worst companies I have ever worked for. People are not very bright, unprofessional and their technology is outdated especially in the BTS area. Environment was disgusting. Unemployment rate is dropping. You could find something better and not settle for this poorly run company. Stay away from this company.

    Advice to Management

    Since Warner Music is privately owned by a billionaire, I highly recommend you suggest to the billionaire that he sell Warner Music immediately and cut his losses.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office in Burbank.
    Fun to say you work in the music industry, even though it is just like any other office job.

    Cons

    Very weak management, leading to minimal professional development.
    Very unprofessional at every level, leading to a revolving door of turning over.
    They hire finance people to do accounting work, pretending that this is a finance position.
    Men should look else wear, this office is run by women and only women were promoted during my 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate middle management, just because an employee has a long tenure does not mean they should be in management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not the place if you're in IT"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New and different industry. Great Burbank office, with wonderful friendly people.

    Cons

    NY office is the the is very weak on leadership, no clue about IT strategy and run by management whom are clueless.
    NY management is set in their way and not open to new ideas, technology.
    There is no accountability, just finger pointing.
    This is indicative of their amazingly high turnover.
    IT Management is never held accountable for the failed, or long running over budget projects. Blame is usually thrown at the small guys working their butts off to make it successful.

    Advice to Management

    The IT department Management in NY needs a major shake-up, with out with the old and in with the new that have the experience, and new refreshing ideas.
    Or just let Burbank take care of IT operations.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Too Much Work, Too Little Pay"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Warner Music (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home options, and flex hours.

    Cons

    Long hours and no clear management steering.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible Place"

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    Former Employee - Finance, Accountant, Reporting, Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance, Accountant, Reporting, Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great dining/relaxation/patio area. Most people tend to be friendly and easy going. Casual dress.

    Cons

    My experience was very, very negative, the job description clearly stated that $ was an hourly rate and $$ was an overtime rate, it was pretty clear that I would have to work longer than 8 hours a day. The second manager saw an overtime claim she said to never do it again, even if I had to stay way past 8 hours including working through lunch.

    Managers would fairly openly talk about the interviews they would have for the permanent replacement for the position.

    The department consists of 3 women, down from 5, and they don't seem to be particularly open to changing that at any point.

    Was notified by a smiling manager that today may or may not be the last day of the contract and later was notified over the email that it was the last day indeed.

    Finally constant conversations about restaurants and the burning desire to get married.

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Company Needs Structure"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Music (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Artists and labels. Fun Industry

    Cons

    Technology leadership lacks experience in execution and understanding the business. A lot of turnover. Lack of direction and strategy. Employees get no concert benefits or perks

    Advice to Management

    build a Company top down strategy with values and growth clearly defined


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