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NBCUniversal Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
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Pros
  • Great leadership great coworkers and work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Great people and countless opportunities if you can navigate the bureaucracy to locate them (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours that is dictated by show schedules (in 28 reviews)

  • More flexible hours needed for work life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place I've ever worked.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NBCUniversal

    Pros

    Good salary, stability, thats pretty much it. And the good salary is not worth it, you'll be depressed pretty much the first day you step in that place.

    Cons

    So many dead weight who gets in the way of you actually doing your job. You just feel that you're surrounded by idiots who are "managers" and "VPs" just because they're there the longest. Everybody's throwing each other under the bus to get promoted. It's just hell!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get away of all the dead weight and hire people with a minimum amount of notion of what they're doing and who respects other people. You'll never hold real talent the way it is right now.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never felt so insignificant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NBCUniversal part-time

    Pros

    NBC has a variety of business units and many opportunities for career advancement.

    Cons

    VP's have a lack of soft skills

  3.  

    Comcast

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Legal in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It seems like there are high hopes for the TV programs

    Cons

    Ratings are lower since the buyout

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people that know their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for IF you're on the production side... not so great otherwise

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Non-production in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Non-production in New York, NY

    I worked at NBCUniversal as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious company to work for, gives you a sense of pride. Great stamp on your resume. Mostly nice people... good benefits (dental, vision, etc...)

    Cons

    - Bosses don't care about their employees.
    - You need to pucker up and be fake to continue "growing" with the company.
    - Systems are horrible but it does seem that they're trying to get better.
    - Bosses: a lot of them don't even have the qualifications to be in those positions (and I'm talking about BASIC skills/qualifications) so you're left doing they're work plus your own.. and I've seen several cases of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the people you put in leadership positions at the business level. A lot of them don't even have the BASIC skills/qualifications for the job. Not true leaders that make you want to work for them.. they're just suits with titles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    vast distribution

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    international distribution of material created

    Cons

    management style not supportive of team

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer
    Former Employee - Producer

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time

    Pros

    It's cool to go back home (out of NYC) and say 'hey family I work at NBC'.

    Cons

    Everything else is a con. This place is a boys club with no room for advancement unless you are in a position that is incredibly visible to the 'executive team.'

    C-level decision makers are entitled, outdated and pretentious. They make major decisions (sometimes that effect your job directly) without speaking to you before hand, change your role completely and increase responsibility level and never acknowledge your request for a raise. The issue isn't that you don't get a raise, it's that they expect you to take on more and more responsibility without even thinking about having the discussion.

    After 3 years, 7 direct bosses and no raise, I would NEVER let a friend of mine work here, even if they were unemployed, because they would get sucked into the swirl and find themselves here 3 years later with very little to show for it. It's a toxic work culture and no one smiles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People need to hear the words 'thank you' more often. Sometimes that is all people need to be happy. Pay attention to your worker-bees or the incessant turnover is just going to keep on happening. Having people do work that ultimately you will show to the upper c-level group, is fine, as long as you attribute thanks to those who were a part of it (especially if you present it to the larger group).

  8.  

    Interesting work but insecure managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Universal City, CA

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work and support from teams and developers. There are a lot of freedom to try new ideas and solutions.

    Cons

    Continual mismanagement. The engineers continue to leave because they are mishandled by their direct bosses. The bosses undercut the engineers by reporting poor conduct to higher level management. The bosses will suddenly shift priorities and resources at last minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the VP/high level management, reach out to the engineers directly. There's a sense of isolation as engineers can only deal with their direct bosses and have no recourse if their boss is incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No chance for career growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Universal City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Universal City, CA

    I have been working at NBCUniversal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job Security.
    Benefits are available and better than nothing.

    Cons

    No chance for advancement.
    Low pay for the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to move up and help the company grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Exciting then disappointing when you figure out how things really operate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large reputable name recognition. Promote a family like atmosphere and encourage teamwork

    Cons

    Very political. Like-minded thinking is expected, new ideas are rarely encouraged. Lack of trust and integrity at all levels. Eye opening considering the possibilities. Too many "fiefdoms" being protected at the expense of the company. Penny wise, pound foolish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance hiring and promotions with internal vs external. Company tends to reward like-minded thinking and dismiss change rather quickly. Needs to be more proactive approaches to best in class management and operations - everything is running on reactions. Very difficult to fix as its thoroughly engrained at all levels of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    top heavy management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Empolyee in Studio City, CA
    Current Employee - Empolyee in Studio City, CA

    I have been working at NBCUniversal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    one of the few companies in town that still have Union employees. They are really hard Some of the best workers around.

    Cons

    Managers do not know the the jobs of their direct reports and are bullies. Very little raises only what is in the union contract and they are always very fast to throw it in your face that you are union and they don't have to do anymore then the minimum in the contract no matter how hard you work.

    There is also a very large wage gap within the same jobs.

    Also there is no communication from management they get go from meeting to meeting and give you no direction or response to question you may have on a project.. Please note this may note be this way in all departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. This is your chance to make Universal great again. don't keep the Old GE types around ask the low man on the totem pole what is really going on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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