Cumulus Media Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Cumulus Media Chairman, President and CEO Lew Dickey Jr.
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Pros
  • Great networking opportunities, met a lot of great people in the industry (in 12 reviews)

  • The people below the top level management are hard-working, wonderful people (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • I was told to interview sales staff even during a hiring freeze to worry the (in 8 reviews)

  • there is no consideration for anyone whom is not a blood relative or upper management contributor (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Cumulus Media full-time

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

    Pros

    Local people and Radio personalities great. Good camaraderie - some stress related to sales but otherwise good environment.

    Cons

    Corporate disconnected from Business - not well managed at Corporate level.

  2. Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Cumulus Media 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

    Great entry level Business to Business sales experience. There is a lot of flexibility and independence in your schedule.

    Cons

    Corporate office really does not care about their employees. You are just another number. Their health benefits are terrible. There is no stock options. There is no way to progress through the company. Corporate really makes it difficult for the local offices to make their employees feel valued. They hire some great local managers and even they struggle to stick around due to the Corporate Executives. They won't pay for filtered water, kleenex's, or office supplies. They don't give you an expense account for anything at all including taking clients out to meals. No cell phone compensation. They make you sign a non-compete agreement that surrounds not taking clients with you when you leave. This makes you feel even less valued.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to make your employees feel valued through the little things such as providing in office clean water. Provide some type of perk for employees sticking with the company for an extended period of time. Provide some aspect of the job where people can feel pride in working for your company like a base salary, expense account, stock options, or anything that shows that you are invested in your employees.

  3. Promotions Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cumulus Media

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

    Pros

    Free access to events (radio stations concert attendance, professional sports events). Great start to office work life.

    Cons

    No pay, dealing with certain personalities who don't appreciate unpaid employees time.

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  5. The floggings will continue until morale improves.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cumulus Media full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    It's radio, which means there are some intriguing and entertaining folks who visit the local programs.

    Cons

    Deception runs deep. Lies about what responsibilities you will be expect to complete without ever receiving additional compensation. Oh, and did you have questions as to why you're expected to say "how high" when management tells you to jump? Go ahead and just jump out the window instead.

    Advice to Management

    Set up a video camera at your desks to learn how you could better treat each other. Core values aren't taught to children only to be disregarded in adulthood. Sure, it's "just business and it's not personal," but that doesn't mean you have to be mean about it.

  6. Get in, Get experience, GET OUT!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cumulus Media full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    They teach you how cut-throat the corporate world is.
    Due to high turn-over rate there is opportunity for growth, no pay increase, but they will give you as much work as you're willing to do.

    Cons

    No loyalty or appreciation to their employees at all
    Sexism runs rampant in this company
    They bleed their employees dry, they expect you to have no life outside of work. You are on call 24/7 and if you are ever unavailable; morning, noon or night for any reason you will be reprimanded for this.
    This company hires people straight out of college practically slaves them out for a year or so until that person has enough experience to move on, and the smart ones ALWAYS do.
    All in all the best way to describe Cumulus is this company is a job not a career. It is a stepping stone to a place that will actually appreciate the 60+ hour weeks you put in and will reward you for your dedication. If you MUST do it, get in get the experience and get out before you feel used and jaded.

    Advice to Management

    Do not just take the executives word on the full picture. Talk to the people actually doing the work, get their ideas and opinions. You have some smart people working themselves to the bone for you be smart yourselves and utilize that. Realize that the people who are in those power positions are no longer in the thick of things and you need to hear from the ones who actually are. If you have a good person willing to go the extra mile for your company and business compensate them for that. You loose the really good people because they give their all to you without any return.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Worst pay rates ever!!

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    Former Employee - Marketing/Promotions Director
    Former Employee - Marketing/Promotions Director

    I worked at Cumulus Media full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, opportunities to advance with hard work.

    Cons

    Pay is awful, benefits are a joke. Unless you work in sales you are expendable.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better or offer better benefits. I left and make more working for a non-profit than I ever did there, funny thing is my salary is the same. Better benefits would be good for your employees, also limit bonuses to your CEO, hr has enough money.

  8. Opportunity to advance if willing to relocate. Income limited.

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    Former Employee - Radio Personality in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Radio Personality in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Cumulus Media

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free concert tickets and meet musicians

    Cons

    Corporate atmosphere and rules limited fun

    Advice to Management

    None

  9. Helpful (1)

    Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cumulus Media full-time

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

    Pros

    Most of the people I worked with were extremely helpful and pleasant. You also were able to get out of the office

    Cons

    100% commission based
    No base salary, compensation for gas, cell phone bill.
    Not much room for growth

  10. Not trusting on their word

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cumulus Media

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

    Pros

    Great products to offer, KNBR, KFOG, KSAN, KGO.

    Cons

    Constant Management change. Management not trust worthy.
    Good sales reps are secure.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through.

  11. Fun learning experience!

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    Former Intern - Promotions Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Promotions Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cumulus Media as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Got to work fun promotional events for Rock100.5 and meet lots of people in the media industry.

    Cons

    Office hours were boring because it was mostly busy work and everything is unpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Give interns more responsibility!

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