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Updated Dec 2, 2020

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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Radio today

    Jan 15, 2015 - Programming 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good Place to learn skills

    Cons

    No advancement and no raises

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Corporate Management

    Dec 2, 2020 - Director of Programming in Eugene, OR
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    Pros

    They have Great Corporate Team Leaders

    Cons

    They have many Horrible Local Managers

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  3. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Lots of work for free

    Nov 12, 2019 - Program Director in Bossier City, LA
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    Pros

    Fun work, ability to be creative.

    Cons

    Long hours, no pay, lots of politics in the workplace, egos galore.

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    No room for growth

    Feb 18, 2019 - Program Director in Savannah, GA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great working with a staff that share a passion for radio broadcasting,

    Cons

    Heavy work load with no pay, under staffed, high ranking corporate VP's too busy to know exactly what's going on in each market, no opportunity to advance if you've been with the company for years, low pay, PD's too burnt out to train new talent, no life outside of Cumulus if you are a manager, harassment complaints are not taken seriously.

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  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Middle manager and on air key daypart

    Oct 27, 2017 - Program Manager in Saginaw, MI
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    Pros

    It's radio. The pros are the usual. Great people and definitely interesting. It's not digging ditches.

    Cons

    The rule here is essentially the same in most radio today. Management won't tell you that they work to abide by "25/25". That is, keep them under 25, making under 25. This is where I learned the term. I've seen payroll and I'll tell you right now that with rare exception the men to women ratio suffers a huge female gap in both hiring and payroll. They'll bring you in on salary and start piling on the hours. The company is historically unstable and the job itself has seen many transfers in ownership. Long established air personalities with huge market footholds are pushed out: they simply cost too much.

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Terrible Place

    Jun 30, 2015 - Programming in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    Not many. Key card always worked. I had a parking spot in an expensive part of SF. Seriously, hard to think of something. The internet was pretty fast. Checks arrived consistently, even if the pay process was frustrating, and changed 3 times in 5 years.

    Cons

    Where to begin? A company wherein even the executives never have answer. I dealt with many higher ups in the company chain (because of micro-management), and whenever I needed a specific answer on something there was either a run-around or never a response. I remember I once asked an EVP a question about a hiring decision, and his response was "that has to go through corporate." I said, "Aren't YOU corporate?" "Yeah, but it has to go through Lew." This was a hiring decision of a part-time employee that had to be signed off on by the CEO of the company. That was the biggest red flag I noticed. Then you hear the other stories like corporate heads in Atlanta demanding that certain people where suits to work in San Francisco, while nearly every other person in the tech-driven economy here is dressing down. So I went out and bought suits that I didn't need, but had to wear. Made worse is when the CEO, or his brother, would come out to California for a couple days and before their arrival they'd have a fancy sports car waiting in the parking lot so they can tour the area. Meanwhile, they're trying to cut pay and force everyone into part-time status. There was a head sales guy who flew in and out of San Francisco every other week. His name was Gary. He asked us if could sell some of the news cars to make budget. At a news station. So many things were broken, be it desk chairs, doors, microphones in studios, wires everywhere, and they were always cutting someone you needed in the building but never replacing the person. We once had a person in management call aside a few employees to chastise us over viewing a media website that said negative things about the company. Told us, "If you're caught looking at it you'll be fired...those websites are hurting our stock price." This was told to part-time employees. One of my new hires didn't get paid for 4 months because this person was moving between two different radio stations, and they couldn't figure out how to process this. The health plan was almost worth not having. It was confusing. Doctors officers didn't know who to bill because Cumulus created their own health business, or used this company called Meritain Health who then billed other providers. It was annoying. Sales people I work with quit all the time. At one point they put a huge bulletin board on the wall like Glengary Glenross, but no one was selling anything so it just depressed people. They've since moved, but initially they blended 5 stations into a building that housed 3 stations. After firings and people quitting there was so many empty desks that they then moved into an even smaller place for the 5 stations, which is now completely difficult to get to transit wise. People work in fear, and have no desire to help this company. Everyone there looking for their next place of employment. Executives from Atlanta came to the stations many times and told us, "We have a plan" and that "everyone should be excited." Except they operated behind closed doors all the time, and never told anyone what the plans were. Assumedly because it involved firing people, which seemed to happen over and over and over. The best people left. The station runs ads on it's stations all the time asking people to come work for their company in a sales capacity, which sounds cheap. They also run their own ads called Sweetjack, which is apparently a shopping website no one in the Bay Area has ever heard of. It's odd when you're trying to sell your website in Tech crazed Bay Area. If it can be done wrong that's how it's done at KGO, KSFO, KNBR and the FM Music stations. If it can be done cheap, that's how it's done. There is no culture. I have never worked in a place with lower morale in my entire life, and hopefully never have to again.

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Soul sucking experience

    Jun 3, 2014 - Program Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There are some smart people in the company, they should be allowed to do their jobs.

    Cons

    Micro-managing of the highest level. Not interested in anything the market has to say. Everything is pushed down. Cheap, cost cutting radio that is ruining the industry.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    The Final Nail in the Coffin That is Radio

    Apr 12, 2014 - Program Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    They give you a good and professional imaging VO people. If you are in the right place, you get some very knowledgeable radio people at your disposal.

    Cons

    Low pay, tons of free work, long hours, stressed employees, watered-down radio, corporate control, one engineer for many stations, which means engineers can't get to anything other than the most crucial projects (and there is ALWAYS a station off the air), Programming station from across the county, with some peon sitting in the local stations sorting out the headache that could have been avoided if the station had just been programmed locally.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great company to get your start in radio

    Feb 12, 2014 - Program Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The ability to do your show as long as you don't want to bring in new music.

    Cons

    Creativity is only wanted in between songs.... as long as you don't get too creative.

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  10. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Worst radio atmosphere in my nearly 40 years of broadcasting.

    Aug 9, 2013 - Program Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Low insurance premiums...but high deductible means the healthy are punished.

    Cons

    Unhealthy working conditions, (mold,vermin) weak local management, corporate hierarchy based on paranoia, no $$$ for capital improvements.

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    3 people found this review helpful
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