Clearwire Reviews

Updated May 8, 2014
Updated May 8, 2014
215 Reviews
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Clearwire President & CEO Erik Prusch
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay and benefits for employees (in 5 reviews)

  • growth, challenging opportunities, good benefits and fast paced technology buildout (in 7 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware new launch markets... this company will use and abuse you

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    Former Employee - B2B Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - B2B Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I worked at Clearwire

    Pros

    If you only need a job for 6 months, the salary and benefits are OK and they hire lots of people when they launch a new market.

    Cons

    When Clearwire launched their Austin market for CLEAR mobile internet, they hired around 100 field sales reps and 13 Business to Business Account Execs. They made everyone "Exempt" so they can push you to work 50-60 hours per week and not pay overtime.

    The Business Sales Manager resigned in 2 1/2 months. The General Manager was terminated at 3 months.

    When I gladly handed my resignation after 5 months, there were only about 3 B2B reps and only 30 field reps.... most quit because of the long hours without overtime compensation.

    Initial Sales goals were reasonable and obtainable. The quota's triple after 6 months... not obtainable and I believe this is intentional to reduce the sales force post launch.

    CLEAR over-hires to launch a new market to get maximum exposure, knowing they will scale back the work force in 6 months to 30% of the original launch hires. BEWARE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Horrible, no respect amongst employees and managers!

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    Former Employee - TELESALES Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - TELESALES Representative in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Clearwire

    Pros

    The pay is good
    Benefits are good
    Incentive plans are good if you can hit them

    Cons

    No respect from employees
    No respect from managers
    Do not work with educational schedules
    No advancement incentives
    Incentives are unobtainable
    Effective orientation
    Managers do not listen to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on listen to employees, also compensation plan for telesales representatives need to be reevaluated. The floating incentive program to meet monthly sales quotas is very ineffective because you will always have half your employee not making monthly quota and half of them being compensated. This is not motivating at all and the turn-over rate in your organization will continue to climb to higher rates and will cause your organization to continually to lose money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Potential was there in the beginning, but investors and employees left scratching their heads in the end.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at Clearwire

    Pros

    Exciting new product when it works
    Product has potential to help people
    Many talented people work at Clearwire, but I believe that's because jobs were few and far between when the company began growth cycle

    Cons

    No communication
    Cross functional teams & departments were seldom on the same page
    Sales people had unrealistic goals
    Sales managers had personal agendas and fired ethical and talented sales people in favor of sub-par performers who were more likely to give the sales manager high-fives and use the word "awesome" a lot
    Strategy was a moving target and impossible to frame plan around
    Typical start up environment who was careless spending "other people's" money without accountability
    95% of the staff I worked with didn't even use the product at home due to unreliability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have very talented people on staff but the lack of long-term strategy (beyond stitching up your own golden parachute) will ultimately seal the fate of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    One hand of Senior Management not knowing what the other hand is doing CLEARly describes what was going on here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Clearwire

    Pros

    The colleagues I had the privilege of working with are the best in the business. The creative collaboration was 2nd to none.

    Cons

    It took 6 weeks to hire me and 3 weeks to lay me off during a nationwide 15% workforce reduction. Why hire me? Why was there not a hiring freeze? How can you carelessly manipulate peoples lives like that during what is already a tragic and tight economy?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope your 35 suites at the Venetian Hotel in LV and 35 entry tickets to the CES was well worth the salary of a few of the 630 talented employees you let go November 4. You are a cash burning cow operation with no care to your shareholders...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    POOR PLACE TO WORK

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    Former Employee - Indirect Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Indirect Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Clearwire

    Pros

    i WOULD SAY THAT IF YOU ARE NEW TO BUSINESS THIS IS A GOOD PLACE TO WORK THEN GO TO A MORE ESTABLISHED ORG. Great Place to cut your teeth

    Cons

    There are very few people who know what they are doing there. Most of the Experienced people never available to talk with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say that paying the money that will get you real talent, and keep them there, is big and is well overlooked

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intense place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Clearwire

    Pros

    Create employees at lower levels. Clearwire could be a great place to work if several C-levels were replaced.

    Cons

    Long hours, 60-70 hours weeks are expected. Loose spending by serior leadership. Rampant use of expensive incompetent consultants. Very rare to see internal promotions. C-levels and VPs hire their buddies from previous employers. Jobs are not posted and internal employees are not given the opportunity to apply or interview for new jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust and Listen to your employees. No more lip service, mean what you say. "Hire and develop Great People" I have yet to see the "develop"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you have technical skill, you won't get to use it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Clearwire

    Pros

    Clearwire pays pretty well, and they have an excellent benefits, bonus and vacation package.

    Cons

    there is no training or professional development.
    Technical skill is actually looked down upon, where as tenure and title are paramount.
    teams not only don't work with each other, but emails go unanswered in order to avoid work company-wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to hire vendors to solve problems and employees to manage the vendors. This creates expense, complexity and loss of knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The 411

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    Current Employee - Senior Field Sales Representative in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Field Sales Representative in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Clearwire

    Pros

    Great health, dental, and vision benefits!

    Cons

    There's so many so I'll just start here. You work hard for a company, meet an exceed quota, full of integrity and leadership yet no thank you nor promotions. Seems like you had to be fraudulent activities compromising your integrity in order to get promoted. This company is not a place to work for, management sucks (horrible) no structure at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees better and work environment would be better!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Revolving Door

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    Former Employee - Indirect Account Executive in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Indirect Account Executive in Irving, TX

    I worked at Clearwire

    Pros

    Great company to go work for and learn what not to do. This will make you appreciate what it's like to work with honor, pride, and integrity when you leave.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management, non-existent mindshare, no organization or proper guidance, very poor employee retention; not an environment suited for those that would like to work in a professional setting (not PC).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Success starts with taking care of your people and developing them, not forsasking them...And as always try focusing on quality as much as you do on quantity. That would be a good start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Worst Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Business Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Clearwire

    Pros

    Cant think of any, maybe the fact that you get to work with new technology and can put that on your resume.

    Cons

    Disfunctional management, no clear direction and unrealistic expectations. Clear works its employees ungodly hours and doesn't pay well enough for it. Managers play favorites and treat employees horribly. If you take a sales position there don't expect to last long, there is a very high turnover and for a good reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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