Cumulus Media Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
229 Reviews
2.2
229 Reviews
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Cumulus Media Chairman, President and CEO Lew Dickey Jr.
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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
  • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you excel under pressure

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Cumulus Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved the incentive program, games, and prizes we would have in the sales department. It is high energy, fast paced, and fun! Decent health, dental, and perks.

    Cons

    Commission based can be scary! If you do not meet your goals the whole draw against your commission structure is horrid and you can end up owing the company money. Some months you are making money hand over fist, but if you don't budget accordingly the off months will hurt you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Providing your sales employees with a living wage/base salary would help with retention. Those who don't fit would be weeded out anyway, and it would only help with morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    average

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cumulus Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good pay for seasoned professionals

    Cons

    unfriendly employees, cramped work space, lack of privacy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun Sales Position

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Cumulus Media full-time (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
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    Account executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Harrisburg, PA

    I have been working at Cumulus Media full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy training, good products, great program directors

    Cons

    Micro management, take away accounts, very cut throat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves 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 (more than an 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.  

    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 (more than an 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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great starting job out of college

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Waterloo, IA

    I worked at Cumulus Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome Experience builder. Great team work. Good pay. Great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Compressed territory. Not much room for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Got word that all the engineers quit in the Atlanta office.. maybe that caused the reversal in the company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cumulus Media as a contractor

    Pros

    Worked for a radio station through them and that was the best job I have ever had. But I loved the music and the coworkers like great friends.

    Cons

    The company seems to be doing badly, as stated many engineers quit for them, bad tower placement in my area (but that could just be a bad choice for the local branch)

    Neutral Outlook

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