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Worst company i've ever worked for

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Former Employee - Finance in Bellevue, WA
Former Employee - Finance in Bellevue, WA

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

Pros

Pay is OK. High turnover among executives means that if you have a manager you don't care for, he probably will be gone in 3 months. The bad news is, someone just like him may take his place!

Cons

Very aggressive, cut-throat culture. Lots of one-ups-manship. Part of the problem is that they favor very young executives- one C-level executive after another for years was too inexperienced, which made them insecure, and sometimes a bit of a terror to work with. Their turnover is huge - lots of people fired after just a few months because someone didn't like them. This is fact, not opinion, as turnover is measurable. Part of the issue is the founders - a group of very aggressive people who were GREAT at raising capital and buying up spectrum, but not at creating corporate cultures that last. "Cutthroat" and "Clearwire" each have nine letters in them. Just sayin'.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Sell to Sprint, or another major telco. Seriously. It's been six years and if you haven't built a healthly corporate culture by now, why should anyone believe it will happen next year? Why not sell to a company that has a workable culture - Clearwire does not. You have some great spectrum assets from the early days and that's worth something. You can monetize that. But run a business with that corporate culture? Why do you even bother?

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    My experience so far and still remains being constantly moved around, and having an extremely inconsistent schedule.

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    Current Employee - National Retail Account Executive in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - National Retail Account Executive in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Clearwire full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are few good things about working for clear in a slower market like Las Vegas, that is building good relationships within the retail locations that you are working at, in hopes of leaving for a better opportunity. Also gaining knowledge of products that are new to the world of computers and tech toys.

    Cons

    The location at which you work changes constantly. The hours, due to over hiring too many people, have dropped dramatically and makes that work/life balance very difficult to set budgets. And to add to the fact, if anyone is looking for any kind of advancement any higher than the position that you are hired on at, I'd look elsewhere. This company isn't where it wants to be yet and shouldn't be giving its teams false hopes of moving up into a management or corporate position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your goal it to keep your top sales people consistently reaching goals set, you have to provide some kinds of intensives, and not over hire a workload of employees and dramatically cut hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    If You're Used To The "Extremely" Aggressive Sales Person Type

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    Former Employee - Clear Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Clear Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Clearwire part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -When one first starts, the schedule is very flexible
    -Ok pay (started me at 10.50/if You're a student perhaps like myself)

    Cons

    -The companies' main concern is you selling the product even if it involves not FULLY informing the customer (reminds me of the so called "crazy car sales men" tactics)
    -The company snatches up anybody they can since their employees tend to drop like flies
    -No kiosk, they expect you to hound down as many people as you can in whichever Best Buy location you are assigned to
    -Befriending Bestbuy employees is assumed to "new" employees
    -Inconsistency in scheduling/location (basically if you're expected to be compensated for your gas, you better make that daily 3 sales)
    -It just all seemed unprofessional to me...if you are referred or offered by anybody I suggest you RUN, If ANYBODY is happy in this company it is because they are comfortable being pushy & have moved up sporadically somehow (if that makes any sense?)
    -Promotes growth, but that's only if you SELL SELL SELL
    -OH, your "trainer" usually isn't properly informed their "trainee" is coming
    - I walked into Best Buy with the most utter confusion as to how I could find my trainer, Until I spotted her with a "Clear" shirt at the geek squad station, or should I say "hanging off" the side of the geek squad station.. sad
    -Also if you're looking for steady pay? Seriously RUN

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please THOROUGHLY inform future employees as to what they're getting into exactly. Let them know they are going to be standing in the middle of a Best Buy basically "Hustling to death". There isn't even a station people can be aware of. The clear product is stuck in a corner of the laptop aisle. I never went back after the first day. I immediately applied at the mall seasonly, until I find something better. Just horrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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