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Lead Content Producer - Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity

CBS Interactive Carlsbad, CA

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    CBSi: Where your bosses are incompetent and everyone is okay with that

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    Current Employee - Associate Content Producer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Content Producer in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at CBS Interactive as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with other content producers is a joy. Everyone is willing to help one another and the environment is collaborative between the workload and how to complete requests. Everyone was generally like minded and shared your desire to deliver excellent results and continue to learn.

    Cons

    Better I just bullet point this one:

    -Managers are experts at ACTING like they are busy. (Prepare to watch a lot of running between each other's offices just to talk out loud about Game of Throne MULTIPLE times a day).

    -Managers know how to code but are completely incapable of handling a project, managing team members, and leading by example. Really don't make you feel that your part of a team or that your work matters but expect you to want to go above and beyond.

    -People are generally scared to call others, superiors or not, out on their mistakes. Probably because managers will strike back in the fashion of poor hours or fabricated complaints of slipping performance.

    -Contract workers are treated like pennies in a wishing fountain. CBSi is the stingy old man who won't think twice about throwing one away for seemingly no reason to grab a different penny.

    -The communication factor between managers and their managers never makes its way to the work bees (content producers). Don't expect transparency because apparently, managers really don't know anything about how to instruct to begin with.

    -Unfortunately since the managers are just boosted up for being there awhile and knowing how to code, growth is incredibly slow, you can't always count on them to help teach you anything, and be prepared to roll your eyes and ask yourself "how is he/she a manager?" quite a few times per day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. Be more forward. Set them up with tools to succeed and not tools to fail. Take responsibility when a client develops a poor idea of CBSi (considering you're their direct contact most times). Try to focus more on the tools you have that require severe work and not the intricacies of writing an email to someone. Employees seem to be constantly unhappy and it would help if management was far more open to constructive criticism. Egos need to be bruised for the better sometimes. A true manager would understand that.

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