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Updated July 21, 2017
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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
  • Benefits are horrible, No room to "grow" within the company (in 12 reviews)

  • They don't want to make anyone full-time because they don't want to pay anyone benefits if they don't have to (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Don't waste your time by thinking a job here would be worthwhile."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Traffic Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Traffic Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Few. The money is OK, but that's because I have a contract and a good lawyer.

    Cons

    NO recognition, NO leadership, NO appreciation, Employees are pitted against each other, benefits fade consistently, good people are laid off while mediocre people are retained. No incentive to do our best. Just marking time until something better comes along.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your people. Stop firing the best (they make the most money, so cost-cutting takes a huge leap when the most expensive get axed.) Most importantly, the top level of management has NO idea how to run the business.


  2. "Place is a joke."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pros I can think of us the on-air talent and some co-workers are pretty cool. It's pretty funny though since the ones with the nose up the air are the ones that dont' even have a bachelors degree.

    Cons

    It's a joke. The don't even offer a base salary, it's a draw. And they are shady as hell with the commission structure. They like to say they are giving you a taste of a taste the first year ' so if the average commission would be 10%, they will give you 10% of 10% of it the first year. Management sucks - they are cluless and do not know anything about communications. They are unapproachable, rude, and definitely play favortism. Constant stepping on eachothers feet, not knowing whose account is whose. Ughh, over all this place is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Throw in the towel, hire new management.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Dont work at Clear Channel in Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you get a good client list at a good station, you can make a lot of money and have fun.

    Cons

    They weren't upfront about the fact that I would have to provide my own computer for work, prior to hiring. I originated several clients on my own and senior sales people would take claim over them and eventually take the sale from me even if I had done most of the work. My 1st day on the job my colleagues made it very clear that they were not happy about my being there. They felt the accounts should have been spread out among them rather than hiring a new person. They took out their frustration on me. I worked overtime and was not paid, although this is illegal. BAnk of America was sued by 3000 sales people in 2006 for not paying commissioned employees overtime. The corporation seems to enhance competition against one another rather than creating a team envirnment. Many people seemed to be very unhappy with their jobs or burnt out and could not manage to reply when I would say "good morning". I brought the issue regarding the teams resentment to my managers attention and nothing was done to resolve the issue. It was basically a nightmare!....not to mention the fact that radio has suffered trememndous losses in the stock market and that pressure was apparent at every turn, the top senior management allowed the negativity and pressure to overwhelm their empoyees. In addition, we had quotas for our interactive department but this manager was also quite unable to take a single moment to answer questions about this product. When he did find the time to talk, you could guarantee he would first say something so sarcastic and rude you just might want to cry....then he provided whatever answer he wanted and told you to leave...regardless of whether he had been understood or if he had even taken the time to listen to your question in order to answer it correctly. Dont work there if you enjoy being happy and treated like a human being.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire new employees when your current employees can barely eat on their very low salaries. This creates a terrible environment for the new hire. I understood their frustration. But it was very challenging to oversome the resentment they already had built up. In addition, be aware that many managers and HR will act a certain way in front of their superiors and very rude to those below them.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work for Clear Channel"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Access to great research and tools

    Cons

    Many managers are spineless and antiquated, more concerned about beating Miller Kaplan and hitting numbers versus your personal well being. There is too much micromanagement at all levels. Most new initiatives rolled out are half baked. There is a lack of respect for AEs, whom are often spread too thin with unrealistic workloads and expectations, and with constant direction changes, too many meetings, etc. we spend more time doing paperwork, processing and the like instead of selling. Company can be deemed hard to work with by advertisers, which causes us to lose unacceptable amounts of business to competitors. If you come to the company expecting good sales training, think again. Management always sees AEs as the problems. Pride and greed prevent them from seeing their own shortcomings. High AE turnover is no accident. What's the use of reporting problems to HR when nothing is gonna change?

    Advice to Management

    Cookie cutter processes and blatant disregard for AE viewpoints gets you nowhere. With your current mentality, you will need AEs more than they need you. Many of you are out of touch and aren't the good salespeople you think you are.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "If you have no where else to work, work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    enterprise level benefits such as computing, email, resources, etc
    ability to work across other company entities
    travel
    training
    advancement opportunites were not too bad for this office

    Cons

    Passing off health care costs while paying dividends to shareholders lacks class
    Clearly a company for the Mays family to siphon profits
    At its heart its a sales company, not a radio company
    Outmoded model for making sales as no one want to listen to the radio anymore
    Check your values at the door, they don't apply here
    They don't appreciate different points of view
    They like to fire people at whim and don't value the employee, hence the advancement opportunities in the pros section
    Pay is low across the entire company

    Advice to Management

    To make more money, create different lines of revenue
    No one wants to listen to stale radio anymore


  6. Helpful (2)

    "One of the worst places to work. Do yourself a favor stay away."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you engage the senior executives with praise you may have a shot at succeeding.

    Cons

    Bring your own laptop.
    Leads have been called over and over again.
    Key leads go to favored personel.

    Advice to Management

    Make some necessary changes to upper management who has no clue how to run a business.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "One of the bigger mistakes I have made was coming here"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technology in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    You get to play with all the latest and greatest
    Decent annual salary

    Cons

    No stability
    Constant layoffs
    Constant re-orgs
    High turnover rate
    Mediocre talent of employees
    Very political
    Upper management is very disconnected from what is going on a day to day basis

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Only work here if you have no other options!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Perhaps the name on your resume. The location is good, with lots of restaurants and stores around. Somewhat flexible hours and the ability to have a half day every other week if you work an extra hour 4 days within that same week.

    Cons

    New management trying to initiate changes in areas they are very unfamiliar with, creating MUCH more work for everyone. Not enough people for the workload, so everyone has too much on their plates and management's answer to that is basically, "Too bad". TOO many useless meetings. TERRIBLE benefits package for a company that size. Their over the top idea of "chain of command" completely contradicts their "open door policy". Horrible place to work and I am glad I left!!!

    Advice to Management

    Before making drastic changes to the way people do their work, try having meetings with your staff to see what changes might work best for them. Try understanding that people can only handle so much workload before things fall through the cracks. Piling on even more is non-effective. Perhaps investigate why people are dropping like flies and leaving Clear Channel. It is NOT a pleasant place to work.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "High Stress, Low Pay environment where you're expected to make work come first with absolutely no sense of job security."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Radio Promotion Director in Binghamton, NY
    Current Employee - Radio Promotion Director in Binghamton, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Resume building, experience building environment.

    Cons

    Company has no job security, they will cut back staff until you are doing 3 peoples jobs and not pay you any more. There is a wage freeze, so no raises. This company will burn you out as you take 10 hour days, and work some weekends, not to mention working through lunch. People are fighting to their job that needs to get done that day.

    Advice to Management

    You need to pay people for the work they do. If you cut 3 jobs in a market, and do not hire someone to take over the positions, you need to better compensate your employees. Cancel the wage freeze. People are working full time plus overtime and can barely afford to pay bills and rent.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A brain drain circling another drain."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can carve out a niche for yourself and hide from the powers-that-be if you're the type of person who just likes to focus on excelling with his or her work. Co-workers (not management) are generally pleasant to deal with (with a few WILD exceptions), and some of the people in my department were fantastic and ultimately are what got me through the days.

    Cons

    If something goes wrong, no matter how small, you can expect it to be blown out of proportion straight into the stratosphere. Don't expect anyone to ever take your word for anything. Management is asleep at the wheel and never acts to keep the staff informed or to hear you out during conflicts. If someone is senior to you, their word will be taken as gospel, even when there is irrefutable proof to the contrary. It's a pretty tenuous daily grind. There are a few good people, but by and large, do not expect anyone to care about you or, indeed, do anything but cut throats looking out for themselves. Radio is a sinking ship, and everyone seems to know that. Everyone always looked sad and beaten down. Bad days were terrible. Expect to be laid off at a moment's notice, regardless of your history/performance.

    Advice to Management

    At least pretend to care. Hiding in your office, leaving early each day when all other staff are trapped is just unprofessional and unacceptable. Stop playing favorites, and take a moment to fight for the good people under your command.


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