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Clear Channel Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I've ever worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA

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

    Pros

    Perks - tickets to any kind of event (but only if the person who managed those tickets likes you).
    There are plenty of decent and awesome people there - but not at the decision-making level.

    Cons

    You only matter if you're on-air or in senior management - everyone else is disposable and treated as such.
    Expected to put in more than 24 hours a day without compensation.
    No understanding from the senior management about family emergencies or sick children - Clear Channel comes first.
    No problem taking credit for other people's ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the people who work their butts off and train your market leaders to be open to constructive criticism. It wouldn't hurt to get some of the "peons'" opinions every so often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Account Executive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in El Paso, TX

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

    Pros

    Attending events for customers, first to try new restaurants in the city, meeting business partners in different industries, great for resume building to get to know business owners.

    Cons

    100% commission after 3 months is stressful and a bit ridiculous, there are constant changes in the commission structure and upper management is always changing as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your AE's are on 100% commission, there is no need to micromanage your team with sign in sheets to see where they are going and what time they will return.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the radio industry and how everything works from programming to production and advertising. Very interesting experience in that regard.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they're doing. Think "greed is good" meets high school, that is the culture here. Management takes care of their favorites who get away with everything and they're not even subtle about it. The favorites are fed the best accounts and everyone else is left to fight over the crumbs that are left. Bullying and backstabbing are practically encouraged. If you are an ethical salesperson who plays by the rules you won't last long here. It is a 100% commission sales job but you are required to attend endless meetings, you are buried in administrative work and you are micromanaged every minute of your day. This company invented the revolving door so don't bother getting to know your co-workers, half of them will be gone by lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay where you are. You would never make it anywhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run the Other Way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Concert tickets
    Nice co-workers (for the most part)
    Digital capabilities
    Good blend of inside and outside sales experience

    Cons

    Low pay - unless you are a 10 year veteran with a solid account list. Benefits are pretty brutal too.
    Poor, Slow, Outdated technology - enjoy working on a computer and phone from 1992
    Horrible Management - Micromanage you with meetings, yet provide no real training, help, or assistance with prospecting or helping to close proposals. They are only worried about the 10 year veterans, and let the first year rookies "figure it out"
    No continuity - Sales, Traffic, Production, Accounting departments are all doing their own thing. No continuity between departments. As the AE you literally have to deal with every step in the process - which can be tedious and frustrating.
    High Turnover - Don't bother making too many friends within the office - because a majority of them won't be there in the next 6 months. Close to 15 people left in my year there. And don't expect to get fed any good accounts unless you are a suck up.
    Unethical - All i will say is to make sure you get everything in writing. Don't take any verbal agreements.
    Poor Outlook - A majority of the big spenders in the market are already working with CC - so you are out there fighting over the small mom and pop companies with little to no budgets. The big spenders that aren't working with CC usually want nothing to do with them. Perception is that "Radio doesn't work." Have fun, and good luck prospecting saying your calling from CC. No transparency on who is calling on or perusing a particular account - there could be as many as 5 people calling on 1 account at a particular time. No CRM tools to manage your prospects - so brush up on your Microsoft Excel skills. All sales people are calling off the same prospecting lists (x-ray, MM). TV, Radio, Print, Digital all fighting over the same $ too. No written contracts, so when your client is unhappy after 3 months of not seeing any results they typically pull their money with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide help or assistance for AE's. Update your horrible technology to see an increase in productivity. Managers should be required to take an ethics course.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worse Job - EVER

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    pay check, health benefits, location of office

    Cons

    EVERYTHING!!! management, lack of diversity, micro-manager, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way you view minorities (increase knowledge of diversity), increase pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great access to events and concerts

    Cons

    Upper management does not support growth

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

    Glitter Ain't Gold

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Talent
    Former Employee - Talent

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    an Instagram account filled with photos of you and pseudo-celebs, free tickets, bragging rights, (semi) backstage access

    Cons

    management is petty and have questionable means of getting to the top, if you're on the "payroll," you can probably relate to the frustrations felt by share-croppers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire all of upper-management and start fresh; those old cronies are entirely too greedy and tarnished to do employees any good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Better Companies Out There

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clear Channel part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    No set hours. Come and go as you please.

    Cons

    Only want to hire employees part time (29hrs per week max) and pay them $8.00/hr. In the initial job interview, there were promises to move up and was told there's always room for growth and there simply isn't unless you're 'in' with the CEO and sound like everyone else. They don't want creativity, they want robots.
    Because they don't want to pay more than $8.00 and there's no hope for moving up, everyone who is part time has to have other jobs which means no one is really ever there and morale is awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization and communication is key! If my boss is so busy that he can't even think straight, then he has no idea what's truly going on and can't effectively communicate what needs to be done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Work with fun people. I need at least 5
    20 words so yeah... That's it.

    Cons

    Didn't learn anything that I didn't know already, communication sucks, non-paid, nothing to do during office hours because there are 80 of us, and everything part of this job sucks. Future college students, don't waste your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't host internships if your not going to pay. So cheap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaged

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Station Management in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Station Management in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Clear Channel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A steady paycheck. Decent management and good coworkers at the local level.

    Cons

    Every department is micromanaged from the corporate level. You do not dare to make meaningful decisions at the local level for fear of being reprimanded by corporate. In many cases the people at corporate creating and dictating policy have never so much as set foot in a radio station. The end result is a local staff that sits back and waits to be told what to do, and is content to do nothing in an effort to simply "stay under the radar." There is so much wrong here that one would have to write a book to cover it all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some effort to know the business you are running. You treat everyone as if they work on an assembly line at a factory. Let the creative people be creative. Realize that one size does not fit all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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