Clear Channel Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman
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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. Pit of Vipers with zero leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Occasional access to celebrities and concerts. Relative freedom in the job.

    Cons

    Zero leadership. Accounts stolen or redistributed with no compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Mentor newbies.

  2. It's all about sales

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

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The admin staff is friendly and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    The politics of the office and consent desire to lay blame is never ending.

    Advice to Management

    Train the admin staff so meet the needs of the sales force, and it's not aways admins fault.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Worst company I've ever worked for

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Account Executive

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    • 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Stay away!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (3)

    Run the Other Way

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    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Worse Job - EVER

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    • 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay check, health benefits, location of office

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  9. Helpful (2)

    Overworked and underpaid

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great access to events and concerts

    Cons

    Upper management does not support growth

  10. Helpful (2)

    Glitter Ain't Gold

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Better Companies Out There

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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