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Clear Channel Reviews

Updated 14 October 2014
Updated 14 October 2014
423 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I enjoyed the work environment and many staff members were very close (in 15 reviews)

  • Great place to learn quickly and learn valuable skills (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Outside of upper management and AM personalities, the pay is very disappointing (in 24 reviews)

  • No room for growth and they don't like to pay very well unless you're in upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positives and negatives depend on your perception of working in a highly corporate, top-down structure.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Hartford, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Hartford, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Unparalleled resources and state-of-the-art technology go hand in hand with being the largest company in the category. Quality properties and instant recognition in the marketplace.

    Cons

    A total numbers-driven management philosophy. If it can't be measured mathematically, put into a metric, and printed out on a spreadsheet it doesn't exist or has no value. People are as interchangeable as office furniture for that reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Enjoyable

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at Clear Channel part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very willing to help with whatever

    Cons

    Excellent help when being trained..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good starting point

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clear Channel

    Pros

    Fun concerts, fun team, 'fun' overall

    Cons

    Didn't seem like there were much room for moving up - seemed like a lot of work got dumped on one person

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Future is optimistic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Clear Channel's challenge to break through digital makes it an exiting and fast paced place to work. But with excitement and a fast pace comes high turnover.

    Cons

    Good environment but pay increases / bonuses are dinosaurs. No raises for a number of years to even match the current inflation rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away!

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the radio industry and how everything works from programming to production and advertising. Very interesting experience in that regard.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they're doing. Think "greed is good" meets high school, that is the culture here. Management takes care of their favorites who get away with everything and they're not even subtle about it. The favorites are fed the best accounts and everyone else is left to fight over the crumbs that are left. Bullying and backstabbing are practically encouraged. If you are an ethical salesperson who plays by the rules you won't last long here. It is a 100% commission sales job but you are required to attend endless meetings, you are buried in administrative work and you are micromanaged every minute of your day. This company invented the revolving door so don't bother getting to know your co-workers, half of them will be gone by lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay where you are. You would never make it anywhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in El Paso, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in El Paso, TX (US)

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Attending events for customers, first to try new restaurants in the city, meeting business partners in different industries, great for resume building to get to know business owners.

    Cons

    100% commission after 3 months is stressful and a bit ridiculous, there are constant changes in the commission structure and upper management is always changing as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your AE's are on 100% commission, there is no need to micromanage your team with sign in sheets to see where they are going and what time they will return.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run the Other Way

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI (US)

    I worked at Clear Channel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Concert tickets
    Nice co-workers (for the most part)
    Digital capabilities
    Good blend of inside and outside sales experience

    Cons

    Low pay - unless you are a 10 year veteran with a solid account list. Benefits are pretty brutal too.
    Poor, Slow, Outdated technology - enjoy working on a computer and phone from 1992
    Horrible Management - Micromanage you with meetings, yet provide no real training, help, or assistance with prospecting or helping to close proposals. They are only worried about the 10 year veterans, and let the first year rookies "figure it out"
    No continuity - Sales, Traffic, Production, Accounting departments are all doing their own thing. No continuity between departments. As the AE you literally have to deal with every step in the process - which can be tedious and frustrating.
    High Turnover - Don't bother making too many friends within the office - because a majority of them won't be there in the next 6 months. Close to 15 people left in my year there. And don't expect to get fed any good accounts unless you are a suck up.
    Unethical - All i will say is to make sure you get everything in writing. Don't take any verbal agreements.
    Poor Outlook - A majority of the big spenders in the market are already working with CC - so you are out there fighting over the small mom and pop companies with little to no budgets. The big spenders that aren't working with CC usually want nothing to do with them. Perception is that "Radio doesn't work." Have fun, and good luck prospecting saying your calling from CC. No transparency on who is calling on or perusing a particular account - there could be as many as 5 people calling on 1 account at a particular time. No CRM tools to manage your prospects - so brush up on your Microsoft Excel skills. All sales people are calling off the same prospecting lists (x-ray, MM). TV, Radio, Print, Digital all fighting over the same $ too. No written contracts, so when your client is unhappy after 3 months of not seeing any results they typically pull their money with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide help or assistance for AE's. Update your horrible technology to see an increase in productivity. Managers should be required to take an ethics course.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great if you're interested in radio

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Clear Channel as an intern

    Pros

    If you want to go into radio and music then, it doesn't get any better than this.
    -Met cool musicians
    - Very laid back office. Lots of fun and lots of laughs
    - Heard new music before the public

    Cons

    - Running silly errands
    - No compensation
    -Overworked at certain points

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    One of the best starter jobs!

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    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in Poughkeepsie, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in Poughkeepsie, NY (US)

    I have been working at Clear Channel part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are great opportunities working to work in various departments everyone is extremely helpful and willing to give guidance.

    Cons

    Working for a smaller clear channel often times they hire people who aren't qualified for the position creating tension for long term employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the good employees more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The environment felt extremely welcoming and mostly everyone treated the interns with a great deal of respect. You get to meet a lot of cool bands and artists, and the overall work environment is pretty laid back and chill.

    Cons

    For a lot of the time, it felt as though the interns were not given specific duties and tasks on exactly what to do. We spent a lot of time on the internet or on our phones just waiting for someone to ask us to do something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the interns as though they are getting paid and not just school credit. Plan ahead and make weekly calendars with specific tasks for us so we don't have to continue asking what needs to be done. It is awkward and we are extremely intimidated since we do not officially work here. Take initiatives to make interns feel more comfortable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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