Midwest Communications Reviews

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  1. Midwest Communications

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Midwest Communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Midwest is flexible about work-life balance issues. The leadership is understanding and they have been know to promote from within.

    Cons

    High turn over in employees. Training is not as extensive as suggested at time of interview.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on System 21 implementation with the sales department.


  2. Marketing Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Midwest Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    fun work environment and job perks

    Cons

    micromanaged, unprofessional management, pay

    Advice to Management

    more training less tracking


  3. Bottom line driven, doesn't look out for employees. Great place to start a career, but not a long term place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Sales in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Digital Sales in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Midwest Communications

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

    Pros

    Some great co-workers, company provides a benefit package. By the nature of the job, you get involved with the community.

    Cons

    High turn-over rate, revolving door with hires. LOW pay and don't follow through with hiring promises. Cheap to a fault, most have to buy their own office supplies. Top management looks out for themselves as it's family owned.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and provide better training. Take care of the facilities and show pride in them as some are falling apart. Have more of an open door policy and value new ideas and thoughts. Treat all employees the same, show no favoritism. Could be a place to make a career of, but not they way you are structured now, right now it's a stepping stone to a better job.


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  5. Management was out of touch and double standards from top to bottom.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Midwest Communications

    Pros

    They have many locations and positions open. Potential if you lack emotion.

    Cons

    enjoy ulcers and stress then this is a good place

    Advice to Management

    Watch the show undercover boss for help


  6. Part-time On-Air Personality

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - On Air Personality in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - On Air Personality in Sioux Falls, SD

    I worked at Midwest Communications part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The actual work involved is fun. I don't have anything good to say about the company.

    Cons

    This company is cheap and dishonest. Management will lead you to believe you'll be getting a full-time position. It will never happen. No matter how much you put into your show. Management will tell you before a remote that you're getting a talent fee. Afterward, they say "sorry, you'll be paid hourly." You'll be used at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie. Realize that your part-time staff is forced to take other jobs and you should be more flexible.


  7. Good job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Duluth, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Duluth, MN

    I have been working at Midwest Communications full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great management and corporate team

    Cons

    Difficult sales environment for reasons other than the management and corporate team.


  8. They like to promote from within

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Board Operator in Green Bay, WI
    Current Employee - Board Operator in Green Bay, WI

    I have been working at Midwest Communications part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This company will give you the opportunity to grow with them if you give them the hard work and show desire.

    Cons

    Part time pay isn't all that great.


  9. An average place to start, I guess

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Terre Haute, IN
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Terre Haute, IN

    I have been working at Midwest Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Speaking on the local level is hard because each station gives its management a lot of autonomy, but, like any family-owned company, there are good and bad points. It's a friendly company to work for with above average support at the corporate level. There isn't a tremendous level of micromanagement.

    Cons

    Again, at the corporate level, the pay structure is such that it is hard to earn a comfortable wage but a living wage is attainable provided your financial obligations aren't numerous. It's a decent place for someone with no other options to get started in media sales. Don't expect to stay long, though. Turnover is fairly high (lost seven experienced ad execs in less than one year) and the guarantee vs. commission pay makes staying longer than three years almost pointless if you're wanting ever-increasing pay. As you gain more clients, your guarantee is lowered and your commission is very slightly raised which places your salary about the same one year to the next. The level of autonomy given at the local level can be a problem and it's difficult to know if questionable decisions are approved from above and it's hard to know if concerns will be met with action or retribution.

    Advice to Management

    Double check to make sure some advertising executives aren't given preferential treatment. While I was there many $10,000+ deals were repeatedly handed over to the same advertising executive. The lack of equity and reverse sexual discrimination makes for an unhappy workplace and many are too scared to bring up these concerns for local-level retaliation.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Fun environment. Great co workers. Poor management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Consultant in Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing Consultant in Green Bay, WI

    I worked at Midwest Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Radio is a great industry with lots of perks and a fun atmosphere. Selling small to medium size business advertising is a great career where you get to meet many people and network with the community.

    Cons

    This company has a serious issue with chauvinism. There is not one female manager. Basically the owner hires all his "old" buddies from yesteryear who don't have a clue how to manage and create an environment where employers are motivated to perform. All marketing reps are paid the same commission but the only ones who make decent money are those at the top two stations because of the difference in rates between stations.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. They are your bread and butter. And despite how you treat them you have excellent people who are very loyal and pad your pockets.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Web Designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Designer in Wausau, WI
    Former Employee - Web Designer in Wausau, WI

    I worked at Midwest Communications full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good team environment. Great place to get experience... and then get a real job.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Horrible benefits (especially if you have a family). Family business with family politics. Major communication issues between departments typically resulting in a stressful work environment. Zero accountability for those not performing. Zero appreciation for those that do perform.

    Advice to Management

    Create some accountability within your company. Show appreciation to your employees.



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