Clear Channel

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Clear Channel Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
435 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I enjoyed the work environment and many staff members were very close (in 15 reviews)

  • Great place to learn quickly and learn valuable skills (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Outside of upper management and AM personalities, the pay is very disappointing (in 24 reviews)

  • No room for growth and they don't like to pay very well unless you're in upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Programming Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programing in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Programing in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Clear Channel as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I got to meet celebrities, gain valuable experience, make connections, and learn from those who are already where I would like to be.

    Cons

    A lot of the jobs have been cut into one person doing several different things. Also, more radio programs have become more automated making it less interesting to listen to and shutting out jobs for those who would like to apply as on-air personalities. Those jobs are rarely open. Also, some positions are high turnover positions, and they are always cutting budgets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If this company doesn't want to lose so much money, maybe they should invest in a Urban contemporary Christian Radio Station. There are so many young adults and teens who enjoy gospel hip-hop and rhythm & Praise gospel music, but this market is ignored almost altogether by this company. While all of the other media mediums have gotten the hint that Christian media is what's hot right now and bringing in the most viewership thus making the most money. They are losing out on too much advertising dollars and will continue to cut budgets. I interned in Chicago, IL.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    They will suck the soul of you.... Do yourself a favor and find something else!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great office building in the middle of downtown but honestly that all the Pros about Clear Channel.

    Cons

    Management have no idea how to lead a team to success. Its definitely a dog-eat-dog world indeed particular in this environment. Training is a joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your new hire and properly train them.

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

    Good Internship Experience - Not a Great Place to Stay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Clear Channel as an intern

    Pros

    Great company culture, nice people, fun events, "family" environment, feel valued by co-workers, solid internship experience

    Cons

    No upward mobility, company isn't doing too great overall

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember WHY people listen to radio in the first place - the personalities. Stop making all CC stations the same nationwide or you'll lose your audience entirely to satellite radio, Pandora or Spotify

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

    Interns Need Professional Development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Promotions Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Promotions Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Clear Channel as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The schedule was really flexible. Had the opportunity to completely manage promotional events.

    Cons

    Interns are mostly just free labor. The position didn't offer much in the way of professional development and overall it was extremely easy. Most of the jobs I did as an intern were just busy work. Not that busy work is all bad but it just wasn't challenging at all and I learned essentially nothing from the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer some kind of professional development for interns. I think casually showing interns Clear Channels marketing department or strategy would go a long way in satisfying current interns and attracting future interns to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun job and great perks. It's fun working in media at times. If you are creative, this can be a great opportunity.

    Cons

    Radio sales have dwindled. This is truly hard work. Your writing skills, oral speaking skills, presentation ability, and business savvy must be stellar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look out for the little people that come in killing it in regards to allowing them to handle accounts for their stations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Top flight company for products and processes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really smart, committed people in some key positions. Key clients and major agencies were part of the everyday sales process. Best in class company from competitive point of view.

    Cons

    Consistent bad hiring in management positions caused constant turmoil. Company consistently' reached' on the perceived abilities of managers and this caused friction and hard feelings regards the employees individuals managed. Turnover was rampant during this time- no experience was left in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to stabilize your management and you will have a more stable and productive rank and file.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Best Internship Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Clear Channel as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    real life work experience, friendly people

    Cons

    unpaid, long hours for events

    Recommends
  9.  

    Well-rounded experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Promotions Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Promotions Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Clear Channel as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Experience a little of every department, meet lots of people

    Cons

    Tedious hours, mostly phone calls

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work here if you don't care about making money

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really liked the account managers that I supported. They were very easy to work with and very appreciate of my hard work. That's about all I can say that's positive about my experience here.

    Cons

    My workload tripled and I never got any type of raise. Mindless work for sales assistants. No type of training offered for people who are interested in growing their careers and advancing in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't demand people work more without compensating them for it. There are tons of organizations one can build a successful sales career at with better compensation and benefits packages. Why anyone in sales would still want to work for this organization is beyond me. Plenty of other opportunities at organizations who value their people and reward them for their hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Clear Channel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities for sales in multiple cities.

    Cons

    Low commission compared to market competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase commissions to reduce AE turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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