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Pros
  • Good work environment especially for a contractor bouncing from job to job (in 20 reviews)

  • Great company with great people (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • There is also not a lot of room to grow with the company (in 7 reviews)

  • Benefits are horrible, No room to "grow" within the company (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "National Advertising Spot Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Very rewarding working. Knowledgable co-workers who take pride in their work and doing the best they can in generating the highest shares and advertising sales for the television stations they represent. Everyone willing to help one another.

    Cons

    Fast moving, high pressure position to turn work around quickly. Once you develop a system it flows much better. May not get a great deal of direction in developing a system initially, but ask for help and you will eventually figure out what works best for you.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Chicago"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Go to different sites and interact with people. Also, sometimes go to free concerts for work but get to stay afterwards.

    Cons

    Sales part of this job is really boring. The actual employees aren't bored by it because they can actually do something. Interns are held in the dark and aren't really allowed to do much here just assist the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the interns and let them do more things. Overall great experience, let all the interns interact with each other too so they can make bonds and work better together.


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Skilled Trade in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Skilled Trade in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clear Channel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with are fantastic and the environment is very laid back.

    Cons

    Pay is somewhat below average.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Programming Internship"

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    Current Intern - Programing in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Programing in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clear Channel as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I got to meet celebrities, gain valuable experience, make connections, and learn from those who are already where I would like to be.

    Cons

    A lot of the jobs have been cut into one person doing several different things. Also, more radio programs have become more automated making it less interesting to listen to and shutting out jobs for those who would like to apply as on-air personalities. Those jobs are rarely open. Also, some positions are high turnover positions, and they are always cutting budgets.

    Advice to Management

    If this company doesn't want to lose so much money, maybe they should invest in a Urban contemporary Christian Radio Station. There are so many young adults and teens who enjoy gospel hip-hop and rhythm & Praise gospel music, but this market is ignored almost altogether by this company. While all of the other media mediums have gotten the hint that Christian media is what's hot right now and bringing in the most viewership thus making the most money. They are losing out on too much advertising dollars and will continue to cut budgets. I interned in Chicago, IL.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "They will suck the soul of you.... Do yourself a favor and find something else!"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office building in the middle of downtown but honestly that all the Pros about Clear Channel.

    Cons

    Management have no idea how to lead a team to success. Its definitely a dog-eat-dog world indeed particular in this environment. Training is a joke!

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your new hire and properly train them.


  7. "Good Internship Experience - Not a Great Place to Stay"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clear Channel as an intern

    Pros

    Great company culture, nice people, fun events, "family" environment, feel valued by co-workers, solid internship experience

    Cons

    No upward mobility, company isn't doing too great overall

    Advice to Management

    Remember WHY people listen to radio in the first place - the personalities. Stop making all CC stations the same nationwide or you'll lose your audience entirely to satellite radio, Pandora or Spotify


  8. "Interns Need Professional Development"

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    Former Intern - Promotions Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Promotions Intern in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clear Channel as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The schedule was really flexible. Had the opportunity to completely manage promotional events.

    Cons

    Interns are mostly just free labor. The position didn't offer much in the way of professional development and overall it was extremely easy. Most of the jobs I did as an intern were just busy work. Not that busy work is all bad but it just wasn't challenging at all and I learned essentially nothing from the work.

    Advice to Management

    Offer some kind of professional development for interns. I think casually showing interns Clear Channels marketing department or strategy would go a long way in satisfying current interns and attracting future interns to the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun job and great perks. It's fun working in media at times. If you are creative, this can be a great opportunity.

    Cons

    Radio sales have dwindled. This is truly hard work. Your writing skills, oral speaking skills, presentation ability, and business savvy must be stellar.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for the little people that come in killing it in regards to allowing them to handle accounts for their stations.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Top flight company for products and processes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really smart, committed people in some key positions. Key clients and major agencies were part of the everyday sales process. Best in class company from competitive point of view.

    Cons

    Consistent bad hiring in management positions caused constant turmoil. Company consistently' reached' on the perceived abilities of managers and this caused friction and hard feelings regards the employees individuals managed. Turnover was rampant during this time- no experience was left in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to stabilize your management and you will have a more stable and productive rank and file.


  11. "Best Internship Experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Clear Channel as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    real life work experience, friendly people

    Cons

    unpaid, long hours for events


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