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  1. "Great, but..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alpha Broadcasting full-time

    Pros

    Willing to provide the tools needed to do your job at a high level; Probably the best group to work for in today's Radio environment

    Cons

    Low compensation; Little to no communication on the corporate level

    Advice to Management

    If you want your employees to implement your vision for the company, it would be beneficial to share that vision with them. Also, Radio requires a very specific combination of talent and skill... thus, your employees should be paid accordingly. Despite the old cliche that "anybody can do your job", there aren't that many people who can do this job well. If you pay them like foodservice employees, they will eventually develop the lackadaisical attitude demonstrated by many foodservice employees... which only hurts your business.


  2. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool music artists to see!

    Cons

    Absolutely the most terrible and unprofessional atmosphere I have ever worked in. They invest little in their employees, and "let go" of about 15 people every year. If you don't fit into their clique, you will be one of them. TRUST ME. Although I'm glad they cut me off after 9 months, I feel sorry for their company and the pressure cooker the rest of their sales reps are left in.

    Sales reps have a "guarantee" for 6 months, then you're on your own with no base. Not to mention, sometimes sales reps aren't even paid on deals they sell! They are kept as house accounts, so no one gets the commission. They also don't pay their personalities if sales hits their number and it becomes a "surprise" that they owe $5,000 to each employee!

    Alpha's billionaire CEO wanted the sales reps to sell in a sponsorship to advertisers at one point, involving his yacht parked on the East coast so he wouldn't have to pay for his own gas to get it to the West coast. Talk about self interests. This goes along with his conservative view points, which is spewed through the station Freedom970. So, not a real high opinion of him.

    Advice to Management

    Try to encourage your sales reps and have some REAL training if you want them to know what they are doing. Hire more managers. Get some back end sales support so sales isn't wasting their time. Hire another production guy or THREE. INVEST in your employees with a base. PAY your reps. Be forgiving if someone who is learning makes ONE mistake. Have REALISTIC expectations.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Slowly dying medium pays what it makes if you're on the promotions or "grunt" side of it."

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    Current Employee - Promotions in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Promotions in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alpha Broadcasting part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good perks, free concert tickets, networking opportunities, flexible hours and friendly people to work with. Good job if you're in college.

    Cons

    Does not pay well, schedules are not known until the week before and that usually changes, work can either be busy and demanding or non-existant and then you're trying to find extra work. Poor management, non-existant safety protocols and poor training.

    Advice to Management

    Give better training and pay to all your employees! There should also be promotion meetings once a quarter at least with all the promotions team so that issues can be addressed...DONT rely on email!


  4. "When you are apart of the team its great but they are super quick to fire staff."

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    Current Employee - Radio DJ in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Radio DJ in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alpha Broadcasting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When things are going well, they are going REALLY well and the company is happy and has extra perks and parties for the staff... on the other hand when things are not going well they are very quick to fire staff... pretty dramatic in both directions. Upper management certainly has favorites and if you are one you are lucky and will have no problems getting raises and pretty much whatever you want... but if your not a favorite good luck to you because they are probably already looking to replace you.

    Cons

    Taking time off is pretty impossible. When you run your own show good luck finding someone who can cover you, and if it is rating season, you are not getting time off anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Dont be so quick to let staff go


  5. "Initially exciting transitioning into frustration"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alpha Broadcasting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great networking with capable staff initially. There were some great ideas that were exciting to roll out and poised for success.

    Cons

    Management is personality rather than results driven (Typical for radio.) Innovative ideas were half realized. Severe lack of follow through by timid management that talk big and did little.

    Advice to Management

    Take a risk, listen to staff, admit mistakes and correct them. Stop wasting budget on consultants and do your jobs.


  6. "As with anyone in the radio business, this is not a stable job."

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Engineering in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alpha Broadcasting part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dominates the Portland market by owning most of the stations

    Cons

    Internships are no guarantee of a job, and don't pay. Jobs get consolidated.

    Advice to Management

    Stop consolidating jobs!


  7. "Not a typical job. God times, less pay."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Once in a lifetime opportunities working with A list musicians, fun atmosphere, outgoing staff

    Cons

    Low pay, schedule varies constantly

  8. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Producer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alpha Broadcasting part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome people. The stations all work hard to maximize the efforts of everyone. People work hard to make sure the stations are always on top of current trends. There is a feeling of family while you work there. Its like any other radio company, you have good days and you have bad days. I'd say there are more good than bad.

    Cons

    There is a lack of communication from the management. They don't understand that you have to communicate in order to get things done.


  9. "If you want to work in radio, this is the place"

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    Former Employee - On Air in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - On Air in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alpha Broadcasting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people steering the ship, openness to emerging trends, freedom to try new things

    Cons

    It's radio so compensation and resources are limited

    Advice to Management

    Reward your best people.


  10. "Fun, but chaotic work environment. Don't expect to make a lot of money, but there are good perks."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alpha Broadcasting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    benefits for full time employees; fun, casual environment; many catered events and annual company parties, free concert tickets

    Cons

    low pay, poor communication between departments, few opportunities for advancement


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