Clear Channel Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  • I enjoyed the work environment and many staff members were very close (in 15 reviews)

  • Great place to start any career (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management does not support growth (in 24 reviews)

  • No room for growth, been told I was lucky to still have a job when looking for an increase in compensation (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not bad, not outstanding.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Clear Channel

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are the least likely to go broke of most of the major broadcasting companies. They generally own stations that are either in a winning position or held strategically to protect those that are. Their new media initiatives are relatively strong and forward-looking.

    Cons

    There is a homogenized corporate culture and the markets are devoid of individuality. Layoffs are frequent and leave you wondering who else is left to fire. Don't worry, they'll find a way to make someone else do three more jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that you're in show business. It still needs to be as much of a show as it is a business. Stop the brain drain -- if you want this business to be at all sustainable, quit disposing of people as if they added nothing to your business.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Wishing Doesn't Make it So

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    Former Employee - IT in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - IT in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Clear Channel

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part, the staff-level people are some of the best to have worked with. Getting to work with current tools were never a problem and company stayed pretty current with technology.

    Cons

    Front-line personnel and management with little to no technical experience were determining crucial technology directions. This was also compounded by the rejection of advice from skilled, experienced professionals made in the interest of the company in favor of staff who knew how to 'work the room.'

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention before the chickens come home to roost.


  3. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Clear Channel

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The have good benefits, leave/time off, job security, large size, well-known, worldwide, a lot of money, incentives, tickets, opportunities to go to events

    Cons

    Corporate life, Lack of communication, $$$ mentality

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for advancement Provide easier access to benefits enrollment


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  5. Helpful (1)

    The creme-de-la-creme of radio - if you want to work in radio.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Clear Channel

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with many needs. If one position doesn't work out, or you would like to try something else, there is an opportunity for that to happen.

    Cons

    No work/personal divide. Limited communication from sr management. Slow reaction to competition and current market conditions.

    Advice to Management

    These are changing times and radio is a dying medium. Time to rethink the core product and discover what is next.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work, just not right now.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Clear Channel

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and up until recent cut backs was a great place to work. After Clear Channel was bought out in June 2008 many changes started to unfold. It is well known to eveyone that we are in a recession. On Tuesday the 2oth (the inaguration of our new president) Clear Channel laid off 1850 of its employees. How sensitive they were to do it on this day!! I was one of the lucky ones that got laid off. No warnings of any kind. I was very disappointed because I loved my job.

    Cons

    Clear Channel was bought out in June 2008 and the stability of the company is in question as are many other businesses

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. My job is what today?

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    Current Employee - Information Technology
    Current Employee - Information Technology

    I have been working at Clear Channel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As a place of employment for someone starting out in an IT or Engineering field this company offers unique challenges. Proprietary software mixed with traditional office software packages makes for an unusual learning curve. In a large market the amount of daily work keeps an employee busy and occupied.

    Cons

    In a large market the responsibilities of one person can be stretched too thin. This results in work that is substandard and often poorly executed. Job duties are often not clearly defined and expectations are put on employees that lack the proper tools or training (and opportunities to train).

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear and concise job description for each position. Provide metrics for performance in positions that are support related and not gauged by a specific monetary contribution to the company's bottom line (i.e. Engineering/IT) that will allow all employees to succeed according to the expectations of the company.


  8. Nice Place to Visit

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Clear Channel

    Pros

    Free Concert Tickets. The environment is very loose, just do what ever it takes and you are empowered to do so.

    Cons

    some times there is a lack of direction but if you are able to deal with that then it's ok.

    Advice to Management

    Stop booking dinosour bands and invest in the future. VH1 specials things like that. and don't merge with ticketmaster for a while


  9. Helpful (1)

    clear channel radio sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Clear Channel

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great perks, opportunity to make unlimited money theoretically

    Cons

    current owners don't understand the "front line" obsticles of being in sales. they want to homogenize radio to the point that individuality is lost between markets

    Advice to Management

    currently management says they'd like to reward successful people for doing a good job however there are several policies in place that go againsts this in it's entirety...such as charging back a commissioned sales person after 90 days if a client falls in the rears on payement. it's a bad economy...it happens...we are the ones on the front line trying to make it work. we shouldn't be penalized especially when ultimately the corporation gets their mone


  10. cc radio way better before bain buy out!

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Clear Channel

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    100 % commission but also unlimited earning potential, tons of perks- concerts vip satus etc. , can be creative and exciting

    Cons

    after the buy out everyone is a number. if you don't know how great it used to be you would be happy. but those longterm employess like me find the changes stifling

    Advice to Management

    please quit treating everyone as a number. attuitude scores- really? let your good sales people -just go do the job with out all the bs and paperwork and silly reports. good salespeople aren't great report writers!


  11. Helpful (1)

    So big, it's hard to go up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Clear Channel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was with Clear Channel though the "growth" phase. When I started you felt like you were a part of something bigger. There's a certain amount of prestige working in radio. The benefits were great, and you got to meet famous folks on occassion.

    Cons

    Somewhere along the way Clear Channel lost sight with their employees and we all stopped feeling like team players in a cause and feel like numbers. The turnover in sales is high (having worked since at another company I see this is perhaps a "big company" thing). Lots of inner office politics as radio folks seem to thrive on drama.

    Advice to Management

    Reconnect with your employees! They're the greatest asset you have in a businesses where you sell "air" and your brand integrity of each station is really all you have.



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