Clearwire Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
212 Reviews

3.7
212 Reviews
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Clearwire President & CEO Erik Prusch
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Pros
  • good pay and benefits for employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Challenging and fast-paced with multiple relationships and systems to balance out (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance was hard when we were all working towards a common goal (in 19 reviews)

  • Hours are expected to be 11am-9pm 6 days a week, no work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Network Commissioning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Clearwire as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Great opportunity to ramp up with the latest in WiMAX and LTE technology platforms as well as gain microwave experience. Lots of opportunity to update the back end and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Hours were extreme which helped for those interested in overtime but the duration of the contract may be cut short with little notice so its best to keep your sights open in case that happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivating employees and keeping a positive morale is definitely a plus side to employees under supervision. Be diligent but open to opportunities for great employees to be even greater.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was fun while it lasted

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clearwire full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A company in constant flux. There were decent opportunities if you can ride the ups and downs long enough. Clearwire hired some really great people with good energy and attitudes.

    Cons

    The company was never fully funded and there were lots of lay offs. Most projects required you to work on a shoe string budget. Many people worked very long hours with little recognition. This company has since been purchased by Sprint and undergoing considerable staff changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Once had the tiger by the tail, but gave up a minute before the miracle.

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    Former Employee - Team Manager  in  Milton, FL
    Former Employee - Team Manager in Milton, FL

    I worked at Clearwire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyed the culture of the company and the opportunities for advancement from within. Wonderful benefits and above par compensation for the area.

    Cons

    Transparency was lacking in many regards which led to many insecure employees and often lowered morale. The re-badging of employees to an outsource company was covert and resulted in the loss of respect by many employees. Process changes weren't very well planned and implemented resulting in confusion across departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lack of transparency with employees and customers hindered efforts to grow the company in such a way that made it impossible to avoid acquisition by Sprint.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great fun environment with a committed workforce

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clearwire

    Pros

    Great in creating winning culture

    Cons

    Uncontrolled growth and poor management of funds

  6.  

    Passionate people working hard

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clearwire

    Pros

    Talented people worked very hard to launch first 4G in US

    Cons

    Company was sold to Sprint in 2012

  7.  

    Glad that they give me the opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant

    I have been working at Clearwire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice culture, and great co-workers

    Cons

    Don't have any at the moment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    CSR

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    Current Employee - Senior Oracle Database Administrator  in  Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Oracle Database Administrator in Pensacola, FL

    I have been working at Clearwire full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    very laid back atmosphere however unfortunately the higher tier groups have alot of negativity. Even though they have high negativity they still prove to be very resourceful in resolving issues.

    Cons

    Financial hardships unfortunately caused severe issues and hurt moral very badly. Company has had several sets of layoffs that unfortunately resulted in mixed feelings. i personally watched my brother, lover, and best friend all get let go because they were deemed not important enough to keep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to let the hard times get you down

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The Kia of Internet, but solid at times.

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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at Clearwire full-time

    Pros

    Young management and Senior Leadership allowed more flexibility and creative flows.

    Cons

    The company was expanding so fast during 2010 that a lot of non-experienced managers were thrown into positions of leadership they would have never landed in the real world. For example - some people not equipped to even be an Assistant Manager at a small town cellular store were running multiple markets. Thus - some were never truly in the position because of experience and it showed to their direct reports. Most of these weaker managers were in large markets that would produce for a corpse - and therefore the numbers were good due to do shear demographic and not skill. These managers skimmed by for years and now that Clearwire is no longer - the reality has set in and they are unemployed and will be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You paid millions to employees in senior roles that did nothing to better the company - they simply collected a check.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    If you could stand the heat, it could occasionally be fun in the kitchen.

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    Former Employee - E-commerce  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - E-commerce in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Clearwire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Clearwire was under a lot of hardship - much of it their own creation. To get out of that situation, the company needed to take drastic measures. If you were in the right group, that situation could be really interesting. If you were in the wrong group, your time at the company could be short. Being under the gun, the company was willing to try new and different things. In some areas where senior management didn't have a ton of experience (ex. e-commerce) your ability to roam was pretty great. You didn't need to detail all the nitty-gritty...just share the results. As long as you delivered results, they left you alone to run the show.

    Cons

    Web technology infrastructure was archaic at best. No room to grow from a resume career standpoint once things started coming to an end. Golden handcuffs for a select few

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy your severance packages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Simple Job

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    Current Employee - Field Technician  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Clearwire as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I was able to travel to different locations helping clients figure out their wireless internet issues. I was able to make my own hours and end the day early if finished early or I had clients cancel house calls

    Cons

    Pay was not enough for me. And doing the job in the winter would have been terrible. Im glad I got out of there when I did.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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