Clearwire Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
213 Reviews
3.7
213 Reviews
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Clearwire President & CEO Erik Prusch
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54 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok job, high turn over.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NRAE  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - NRAE in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    flex. for college students. No onsite manager.

    Cons

    Shady managers push out bad sales. Promote getting as many devices out of your stores little concern for returns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on Good Sales and low return rates

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

    Unrealistic Sales Expectations

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    Former Employee - National Retail Account Executive  in  Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - National Retail Account Executive in Rosemont, IL

    I worked at Clearwire as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    $10/hr + Commission, Working within Best Buy, Team mentality.

    Cons

    Having a supervisor that expects you to take the two worst stores in the district and have them surpassing the sales of the best in the country. Very little training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic goals for your employees and understand that some stores are not as profitable as others.

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

    No love for small cities.

    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative  in  Moscow, ID
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Moscow, ID

    I worked at Clearwire part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Ok wage for the area. Good training.

    Cons

    I worked in a small city. Our main office was 30 miles away in Lewiston, ID and we were pretty much left on our own to run a kiosk in the Palouse Mall. The kiosk failed shortly after I got there. Their goals were unrealistic for a city the size of Moscow.

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  5.  

    I love working at Clearwire

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Clearwire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are many pros to working at Clearwire. The first that comes to mind are the people and the culture. I have never worked with such friendly and helpful colleagues. Everyone knows the company's goals and works towards them.
    I also love the fact that the company works on technology that no other company in the US is working on. This is a great point of pride for me - our TD LTE network we are building.
    Entrepreneurial spirit is another reason I have stayed at Clearwire. No one sticks to their job description here - there are always projects and cross functional exposure to be had.

    Cons

    I think our weakness is also what makes us so great. Our biggest weakness has always been a lack of funding, but I also think that is what keeps us sharp as we continue to do more with less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Simply Put

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Clearwire full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits and great atmosphere. I have open and honest communication with my manager, feel appreciated and challenged. Help is just a question away, perks and entertainment are a constant. Community service is important as well as activites outside of the workplace amongst fellow emploees.

    Cons

    ALWAYS CHANGING. If that is not your thing, probably not the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of angry ex-employees out there QUICK to voice their opinion. I understand that a company this size must have procedures...but you might want to think about the exit strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best company I have ever had. Best company I have ever worked for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clearwire full-time

    Pros

    - Fast pace
    - Empowerment available for those willing to grasp it
    - Fairly flat org
    - Available leadership
    - High aim for transparency in comms
    - Flexibility to do what you're passionate about
    - Simple new values
    - Extremely generous safety net in uncertain times

    Cons

    - Uncertain future
    - Trouble past = lots of angry folks outside the company
    - Still working towards consistency across leadership team in culture / style

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing time and money in your people as your number one priority. They'll build the networks, bring in the revenue, and fight off the wolves. Focus too much on the widgets and you'll lose what's best about Clearwire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting, riveting,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategy Assistant Lead  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategy Assistant Lead in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    fun-filled and thriving experience, the sky is the limit to whatever level you hope to achieve

    Cons

    none. there are no cons to this job nor my position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have the drive and determination you can go far. Show thyself approved by engagement and numbers and anything is possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Clearwire full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, positive culture; strong senior management team; interesting work; dynamic industry that's everchanging (always something new); and, above all, a terrific group of employees who care about their work and each other.

    Cons

    There's some uncertainty, but most of the people who work here thrive in this type of environment. If you are someone who is looking to make a contribution and further develop your skills and experiences than you'll be happy here. If you're looking for a definitive career path than you might be happier at another company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd just like to say thank you for truly caring about the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Really enjoy working at ClearWire.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Clearwire full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoy working at ClearWire. The culture, people, and fast-paced environment keep coming to work each day fun. We have our share of challenges, whether it's uncertainty about the pending acquisition or funding for a big project, but in my experience that's just the way the corporate sector is today.

    Reading some of the other reviews I'm not quite sure what group these folks are in, but I've never noticed anything remotely close to a "hostile" or "cut throat" environment (quite the opposite, in fact). There will also always be uncertainty and change, no matter what company/industry you're in, especially Telecomm. I think some people confuse this with poor leadership, which isn't always the case.

    Thirsty Thursday events are fun, leadership brings in some food and drink and everyone gets a chance to socialize with folks outside of your normal working circles. The yearly employee appreciation day is an aboslute blast, tons of fun.

    I sort of mentioned it earlier, but I've found that the people at ClearWire are fantastic. Everyone is friendly, fun, and always willing to help out.

    Cons

    It can be tricky at times to get the funding/resources needed to drive some projects that would benefit the business, but it's just part of the deal. Pay is about average for the industry, benefits are OK (would love to see just a PTO bucket instead of having vacation/sick/floating holidays). There aren't many options around for lunch, but it's getting better with food trucks coming during the week (minor annoyance, but worth noting).

    I mentioned above about the fast pace and frequent change in direction, but honestly it's not any different than anywhere else I've worked, especially in Telecomm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the time off policy to have one PTO bucket instead of vacation/sick/floating holiday buckets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rearranging Deck Chairs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at Clearwire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Decent compensation
    -Decent benefits
    -Management at least pretends to be interested in creating a fun work environment

    Cons

    -No real structure for promotion or growth
    -Lack of vision leads to the creation of programs and projects that are the hot item one day then gone the next
    -Lack of proper management leads to some employees working 80+ hour weeks to complete other people's work that has not been completed
    -Award structures favor those who play politics and not those working above and beyond their position

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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