Muzak

Location: Fort Mill, SC

Founded: 1934

Website: http://www.muzak.com/

Muzak derives its name from a combination of the word music with the company name Kodak, which in the 1930s impressed Muzak’s founder with its “high-tech” sound. After 75 years in business, the company holds a music library of nearly 3 million songs, and can be heard in more than 300,000 client locations in 15 countries.


Notable Products

  • Licensed and custom music collections
  • Video content creation
  • Voice-overs and messaging
  • Sound system design

 

What to Expect

Army Gen. George Owen Squier was a true renaissance man; he designed the first military aircraft after a ride with the Wright Brothers, invented the “wired-wireless” process, and was the first to transmit music over power lines. Those technological leaps led to his founding of Wired Radio in 1922, which later became Muzak in 1934. Originally aimed at increasing American employee productivity during World War I by piping energizing tunes into offices and factories, the company later turned its attention to the possibilities of marketing and advertising through music.

Muzak employs about 1,500 people nationwide, 500 of them at the home office near the Charlotte, N.C., metro area. Positions within the company range from service technicians to sales executives, along with marketing, broadcast operations, and media production jobs. A college degree in your desired career field is preferred. The most coveted roles are those of the “audio architects,” who expertly pair a client brand’s identity to a custom music profile. An applicant for this job must have at least three years of experience in commercial branding and design, be passionate about music, and have extensive knowledge of numerous music genres. Muzak’s audio architects are trendspotters capable of fitting together songs and clients, just like wardrobe stylists craft signature looks for rising starlets. The company provides tuition assistance, career development training, and in-house workshops to eligible employees.

The Muzak campus is an impressive workplace; its architecture uses renewable materials like bamboo and recycled plastic and has a minimalist aesthetic. The design consists of “modular neighborhoods” laid out in a floor plan reminiscent of a European town, connected by a central plaza lounge. There is, of course, a sophisticated sound system that resonates across the campus (but not in the elevators!). The only workspaces with doors are in the area known as the Circle, specifically designed to house the audio architects as they mix packages and browse audio collections. The campus is a modern, open, bright space. Founded on a rich history spanning more than 75 years, Muzak still seeks the cutting edge in the spirit of its inventive father.

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