CBS Radio Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
162 Reviews
3.1
162 Reviews
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CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fun atmosphere with people who like music (in 11 reviews)

  • Good benefits for the employees (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to move up beyond part time in department (in 8 reviews)

  • Low pay - must work a second job to pay bills (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interesting learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBS Radio

    Pros

    Meet plenty of celebrities, staff is nice and always helpful, willing to teach you new things

    Cons

    non-paid, extremely fast paced, competitive and catty at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company depending on who you report to

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Detroit, MI

    I worked at CBS Radio full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Able to make good money if lucky enough to be at top rated station with a good account list to go with it. Relationships with clients. Benefits are good. Can be a fun business at times.

    Cons

    Very stressful environment. Lack of creativity. Save your butt mentality. Turnover becoming epidemic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put customer first. They try to shovel the same stuff to each customer. Treat your employees as if they matter and are an important part of a team instead of replaceable. Some managers are quick to take the credit and also quick to blame others. Lots of favoritism.

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

    Rates frozen since the early 90's at CBS Radio

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    Former Employee - Radio Personality  in  Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Radio Personality in Farmington, CT

    I worked at CBS Radio part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great market to work in. If you want the hours and you are reliable, you get the air time.

    Cons

    There is no way to move out of part-time status. Full-time talent aren't going anywhere. CBS Radio is afraid to change with fresh talent. Apparently old talent is good enough is a trendy radio station.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your on air staff and mentor them and guide them if they would like to pursue a full-time career in radio.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Hard to get in...very clique-ish

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at CBS Radio full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere as radio can be

    Cons

    clique-ish, neurotic managers, very toxic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't "favor" reps over another, be more professional, do what you say you will do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The last, best big company doing radio

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stable, profitable stations with strong signals. Talented pros on the air, live in most dayparts. Locally focused programming. Good tools, better than average benefit packages and low turnover. Stock prices near $70 a share and going up. The radio CEO is a talented broadcaster with a good track record and local station management tends to be dominated by people with sales backgrounds. CBS makes a lot of money doing radio.

    Cons

    While the radio division generates a lot of cash, it doesn't get the love the TV network does from the CEO of the larger corporation. CBS Radio has fallen behind in the digital race, especially in on-line and streaming listening. The company has also taken too few steps to promote or transition its heritage AM stations to FM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend promotional dollars on the heritage AM stations and buy FM signals to transition them for the future. These brands will not survive the next 10-15 years without some serious investment. Time to stop using them as ATMs.

    Partner up with a big player in on-line and streaming and get back in the game before Pandora and iHeart Radio bury you.

    Start hiring people at the local station level who do nothing but work on content for the CBS local websites. You've proven you're good at selling the net, now add some value in terms of content. There's a reason WTOP.com's getting millions of hits. They invest in content.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great environment, difficult to move beyond part time in marketing/promotions.

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    Former Employee - Promotions Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Promotions Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CBS Radio part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great environment and atmosphere. Supervisors truly care about their employees and provide as much felxibility with employee's schedules for on site events.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up beyond part time in department.
    Lots of interns and new hires seasonally seem to only be there to "work for a radio station.
    Low pay - must work a second job to pay bills.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun, laid-back...but no opportunity for growth

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    Former Employee - Promotions Assistant  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Promotions Assistant in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at CBS Radio part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Casual environment, lots of extra perks, easy job.

    Cons

    No full time positions, at least it may take a long time stuck as part time before being offered a full time position (if the chance ever comes up).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBS Radio

    Pros

    People were really nice
    Great sales experience
    Supportive environment

    Cons

    Commission based..this can be really difficult to earn a steady paycheck..There should be a way to continue to earn a base salary and earn a smaller commission check if we so choose. Worrying about where your next pay check comes from is not a good feeling.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor experience- no advancement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CBS Radio full-time

    Pros

    This review is for CBS Radio Atlanta. You get to meet celebrities- if that's what you're into. There are some cool people that work there, but a lot of them have long since moved on to better opportunities. The work is steady, and if you're lazy (like a good chunk of the staff here is) you'll never have to worry about being fired as no one seems to care what goes on in this building. On the upside, CBS Corporation does have a nice insurance plan and 401k policy.

    Cons

    Management expects you to have no life outside of V103. The hours can be grueling, and the pay is laughable and way under industry standard for most all departments. Expect to be lied to on a consistent basis and promised advancement that never comes. Expect to be promised a promotion only to see someone hired from the outside instead. Expect to be called in on your days off, and threatened when you say you can't make it. Oh, and if you're white you can forget about it. The largely African American management staff has a place for you here, and thats in the back of the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and reward people for their hard work rather than holding their jobs over their heads. A note to the GM: Stop telling your employees how "V103 is the greatest work environment on the planet and people are lining up to get in here." If that were the case, I wouldn't be writing this review and people wouldn't be dropping like flies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    great working experience

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    Current Employee - Daypart Manager  in  Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Daypart Manager in Lanham, MD

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

    Pros

    great employees, great managers, fun work enviornment

    Cons

    tight working space, flexibility, stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue your good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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