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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at StoryCorps full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
Excellent professional development focus at all levels. Sincere interest in fostering community and company culture. Extremely rewarding & meaningful work experience. Good mentorship from the right managers and a supportive (although highly competitive) internship program. Great opportunities to take on leadership and implement new initiatives and programming. Excellent commitment to diversity (despite its challenges) over the years. Good HR practices in place for managers needing to perform disciplinary actions. Great work/life balance.Cons
Growing pains of a growing non-profit are to be expected and sometimes unpredictable cuts to budgets are disheartening. Lack of transparency from Sr. Management, while often understandable, creates an environment of distrust at various levels & didn't seem always necessary. Too many interns reflective of a lean program budget. Emphasis on personal life events like marriages and babies are too much, rather than focusing on professional accomplishments, such as advanced degrees and promotions. Cliquey culture among younger staff can be alienating for some focused on professional growth and fairness.Advice to ManagementAdvice
There are too many excuses to keep salaries low, including emphasis on "young" employees lack of experience and their presumed entitlements. Long-term employees were not provided adequate yearly reviews or updated job descriptions to advocate for themselves or salary increases. It often felt like retention is wholly focused on StoryCorps' reputation, which doesn't carry much weight in other industries. While a relentless interest in hiring diverse talent is excellent and has shown dramatic improvements over the years, there is not enough emphasis on providing a livable salary for single employees who want to stay long term. Firing practices were a bit too dramatic & seemed like too much a distraction for Sr. Management.RecommendsPositive Outlook
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I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at StoryCorps in May 2014.Interview Details
After reading the post on my college's career site, I had sent in my application via Email. After about a month, I had gotten a response. After more correspondence (about 2-3 emails) I scheduled an interview. My interviewers were very friendly and the overall interview was good. There was even a few laughs here and there. After a few days, I had gotten the position. I've been working here for the past month.
Here at StoryCorps, the needs of the employees have a clear priority. HR has done a very good job on making StoryCorps a pleasant place to work. Everyone is friendly, there's not a hint of "office politics", there are events and there are even treats in the kitchen from time to time. There is also a focus on the professional development of the interns; which is something I'm very grateful for. It's not often that companies pay interns AND try to make them the best people they can professionally be. My only real criticism is how messy certain places are; but I hear that Administration is working on this and I have faith they'll get it done.
Overall, I can't recommend this organization enough for it's culture and it's real care for the people that work there.Interview Questions
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Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition...
Mission: StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories...