Cumulus Media Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
226 Reviews
2.3
226 Reviews
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Cumulus Media Chairman, President and CEO Lew Dickey Jr.
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145 Ratings

Review Highlights

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
  • there is no consideration for anyone whom is not a blood relative or upper management contributor (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Fun Sales Position

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    The on - air talent were nice and made you feel like family...Once you make it past the One Year mark. The administrative and operations staff were always cordial but usually overworked and under the gun.

    Cons

    The salespeople that had tenure had all the big accounts. Two years in, there was restructuring and one employee was given the title "Key Account Manager". This employee made a killing and the rest of the sales team had to starve, start over or leave.
    I started over and excelled but I have been in sales for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is always good to reward Top Performers. They are top performers for a reason. But don't forget about the rest of the sales team because they are the ones that will be finding sponsors, local direct, and events.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nothing special

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    Former Employee - Systems Support  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Systems Support in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cumulus Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large corporate enterprise experience with large user base.

    Cons

    No upward mobility, no training, expectation from management that you do more than you're paid for.

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

    The job is fun, but you'll never get a raise.

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    Current Employee - Radio Announcer
    Current Employee - Radio Announcer

    I have been working at Cumulus Media full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you can't have fun doing radio, then you can't have fun. It's a laid back, casual work environment where you get to play music and talk for a living. The hours are not long (though you might have to work weekends) and the job is not especially stressful or demanding. It's just radio.

    Cons

    Get as much money as you can up front, because you'll never get a raise. Your intelligence and wisdom from experience won't be worth very much because all the decisions come from corporate. Local management has very minimal input on how things are run. Your artistic freedom will be limited to what you can say in 30 seconds or less. And yes, you will be judged by your ratings despite the fact that you don't have much influence on the content of your show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You might have some bright minds in the corporate office, but you have plenty of brain power and experience in the local markets. They know what they're doing, so please let them do it. Cost of living increases and the occasional performance increase or bonus would be nice, too. Nobody gets into radio for the money, but it's hard to have much enthusiasm and team spirit when your salary is frozen for years at a time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Candid Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cumulus Media full-time

    Pros

    As a top-rated broadcast insitution on the gobal front, Cumulus Media is a wonderful company for anybody looking to dabble in the finesse that is radio advertisement.

    Cons

    Cumulus Media spends too much time investing in the sales department and too little time elsewhere. Although there are benefits provided (health, vision, etc), you're going to pay for clinical visits out of pocket more often than not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company values should be re-evaluated to equally apply to all departments, not merely sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fat dogs, starving pups

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    anytime you get to move on to a better job

    Cons

    Managers have a seasoned team that makes big bucks- they love that team. New people fend for themselves till they burn out and then their accounts are given to the big dogs when they leave. Hire more new people, they burn out, give money to senior reps. Repeat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even the playing field. This is essentially a 1099 job- they give you crap health insurance so they can micromanage you to death, and make you work 50 hour weeks for commission scraps. no car allowance or mileage, no cell phone reimbursement- cheap - they treat you as if you are privileged to work there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Size isn't everything...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cumulus Media

    Pros

    There are good people in the trenches of this network. Any successes the company can brag about in a press release are on the backs of those people.

    Cons

    Way too top heavy. The company still tries to act as a smaller company when now its size dictates a new approach must be taken.

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

    Below average company. Corporate office seemingly isn't concerned about employee morale.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, smart and hard working.

    Cons

    Benefits are bad. No annual reviews. No raises. No bonuses. Employee incentives are non existent. Morale is terrible. Layoffs are prevalent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. Change the culture. Provide motivation and incentive. Have an interest in the day to day operations within the outside offices. Communicate more. Implement annual reviews and reward employees for good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Experienced the most irritating and disorganized work environment with all of the little sales managers doing all they

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    Former Employee - Radio Intern  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Radio Intern in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Cumulus Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun...sometimes get to meet local celebrities ....training at this facility is outstanding. Probably the best training I have ever been part of designed to familiarize a sales candidate with a position. The amount of data that is finally extracted from the training is very close to an MBA in most schools...Many hours and correct answers or no worky.

    Cons

    Lack of standards....ridiculous. Top Sellers get the best and most expensive (Is that right)...top sellers also get to sell for more than one radio station....that's a very big and bad issue.

    Sharpen the damn saw! I liked some things but at that point in my life I had no choice but to resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing pains ...

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Being part of a relevant product industry - over 92% of Americans listen to radio weekly. Company growth and expansion into digital and print products.

    Cons

    100% commission sales with long cycles. Difficult for new to radio person to build territory and make a living. No reimbursement for miles, gas, computer, or other expenses. Understaffed business depts with low experience sub-minimum wage workers make helping clients difficult. High deductible health plan. Huge co-pays with no wellness perks. Limited career opportunities for salespeople. Company is growing and acquiring new companies. Management - locally and nationally - changes often. Unsettling and distracting. Hard to concentrate and selling when you're unsure of future. Strict non-competes make it thought for new people with skills to go to company where they'll be better appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reimbursement - offer small car allowance, mileage or gas. Better sales perks and contests. Transparency and honesty during interview process - I.e., most large accounts are already handled by senior salespeople so new persons will be digging for scraps or unhidden "treasures". Early pay checks will be very small. Better direction on industries to target for selling. Dedicated sales managers or field trainers to help new people during first few years. Better career growth options and skill development. Initial training is awesome but continuing education is not good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Status Quo, not good or bad.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    They have a playbook and they run it. They've figured out a system of sales that they believe can transfer from Market to Market.

    Cons

    They have a playbook and they run it. They've figured out a system of sales that they believe can transfer from Market to Market. This is not always accurate in the real World. Every city has different nuances and different approaches. While the broad based approach definitely has a strong value for working with franchises and corporations it doesn't always work with the local business owner who is still the bread and butter of radio sales. I would encourage a little more flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you can to keep radio as local as you can. I think you get that just be more public about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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