Cumulus Media

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Cumulus Media Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
216 Reviews

2.3
216 Reviews
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Cumulus Media Chairman, President and CEO Lew Dickey Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great People to work for fun environment (in 9 reviews)

  • The people below the top level management are hard-working, wonderful people (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Micro-managing of the highest level (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.  

    Loved my job!

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Eugene, OR

    Pros

    Excellent team environment, fun and exciting job including several events and promotions, sales incentives, consistent schedule and weekly training refreshers.

    Cons

    Easy to fail if you do not have internal drive to succeed, competitive industry and sales environment, corporate changes showed up suddenly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved my job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Some employees make A LOT of money, and some employees don't get paid enough for what they do.

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    Current Employee - Behind the Scenes Weekend Help  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Behind the Scenes Weekend Help in Oklahoma City, OK

    Pros

    It is a casual environment that is usually centered around fun events like remote radio broadcasts, promotions and concerts.

    Cons

    It is a cut throat industry! You could be employed one day and out of a job the very next day, even after working in radio for 10 years or more. And don't expect to be paid very much, unless you are on a morning or afternoon drive show!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more of an active role in ensuring that ALL employees are fairly compensated for the work they do. Take care of the people behind the scenes who do all the thankless work. Give more raises and promotions and pay employees what they are worth!

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

    Promotions Internship

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    Former Employee - Promotions Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Promotions Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities, met a lot of great people in the industry

    Cons

    work-life balance, not many office hours

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great opportunity to learn and grow within in your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You learn a lot about the radio industry and the inner workings. I enjoy the people I work with on the local side and have made many great friends. The perks are great, and it's an exciting industry.

    Cons

    Low pay and not-so-great benefits makes it hard to find committed and hardworking individuals. There's a lot of turnover and there's no real face to face with the corporate side. A lot of disconnect between corporate and the local side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more management to control the local markets in order to have a better connection and understanding of each individually instead of basing it on a grand scale. Reward your employees and at least act like you care about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run don't walk from this company

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    Former Employee - No Comment  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - No Comment in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    none that made it worth staying

    Cons

    there are too many to mention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of those who feed you...................................

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not Worth Your Frustration

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's really dependent on who the sales manager is what their management style is like, but overall they're pretty good about taking a chance with people who are willing to try and put in the work. I've seen a lot of people new to selling come through and Cumulus definitely takes advantage of the opportunity of crafting them into their "perfect seller."

    Cons

    The company doesn't recognize the support staff that does a majority of the heavy lifting when it comes to creating the product they sell. They're all about slashing the hours and pay of anyone other than sellers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize employee morale, and consider extending incentives of appreciation to staff members other than those who work for commission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company, small thinking

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

    Pros

    Cumulus has a large stable of broadcast properties -- small and large market radio, network radio, national radio syndication. It has a wide variety of positions -- on air talent, production talent, promotions talent, engineers, sales account reps, clerical and support personnel.

    Cons

    Cumulus does not have a wide-ranging strategic plan for investing and growing its audience across all its platforms. It is not a people-friendly organization. And most tellingly, even though it is one of the largest broadcasting companies in the world, it seems to be run like a mom-and-pop store. Its salary and benefits structure is not commensurate with the size of its operations. Indeed, the standard benefits package is significantly below par for a company of its magnitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cumulus management should re-think its relationship with its most valuable resource -- the people who power its broadcast operations. Its management structure needs to evolve from a top-down orientation. In short, Cumulus needs to grow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tedious, trying, and boring.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Cedar Rapids, IA

    Pros

    Their DJ's were fun to be around. The revolving door of employees undermined the integrity of the organization.

    Cons

    Management was ridiculous. They were uneducated, mean-spirited, and socially challenged. It was embarrassing to take them to see clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay off the control-freak tactics. Try not to hire people who are obviously incompetent. Please don't fire people who are making their numbers because they challenge you. Also, spell check those horrible power point presentations before making your employees sit through them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Definitely Just a Number

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Concerts, free events, fun, get to meet awesome people along the way and benefits package is decent. Also good money if you're good at sales.

    Cons

    It's radio advertising. It's a manic industry so you need to learn to stay somewhere in the middle. I loved it until there until my direct management handled a situation very poorly. Just know that if anything happens to you that causes you to have to take time off you're just a number. That's that.

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

    Not what I expected . . .

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say

    Pros

    The on-the-ground people in the market are terrific, talented and really have some excellent experience and credentials. They tend to be sorely overworked, underutilized for their specialties, and not given substantial opportunity to succeed.

    Cons

    The lack of "hometown" radio is obvious. Cumulus is merely another sales-driven organization, with little or no interest in serving the needs of the communities to which they are licensed. There is no compassion for long-or-short term employees. It's just another big-business, with no heart in it . . .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up! Lose some of the systems, so that the staff can do what they are trained to do best, without spending eons on accountability for the "suits" to quantify if the employees are actually doing their jobs, (yes, micromanagement is rampant.) The "answer" to this is to have a better HR system overall, (preferably with fewer steps in it, too,) so that you hire quality people, instead of the ones that "fit the matrix." Radio is, and hopefully always will be, a creative medium, and you can't hire for it based on a formula. Serve your communities, not your bosses. The long-run advantages will far outweigh the short-term financial objectives, and the company will ultimately make more both financially, and in community good-will, (ultimately, raising the value of the broadcast facilities themselves, resulting in a higher sales price down the road, both at the spot level, and at the facility level itself.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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