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Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
175 Reviews
3.6
175 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work/life balance is amazing (in 11 reviews)

  • Excellent opportunities, great people, bosses are open to new ideas (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Far too many layers of management and hierarchy, stagnant workplace with a lot of people who remain in the org too long, difficult to get promoted (in 5 reviews)

  • Unless you are in senior management, you will feel like a tiny cog in a massive machine (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Big and full of politics but still very satisfying

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious, thrive for quality, amazing work/life balance

    Cons

    Lots of management and never ending meetings and way too much politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Public sector culture but with many highly committed and engaged employees at all levels

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Head of Analytics in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Head of Analytics in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC

    Pros

    Iconic brand, friendly working environment

    Cons

    V bureaucratic, difficult to get decisions, v internal focused, too many meetings, lack of urgency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Creator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Media Creator in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BBC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Really enjoy working at the BBC, great people and great culture.

    Cons

    Senior Management don't have no interest any anyone else!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to everyone else!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Could be much better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Broadcast Journalist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Broadcast Journalist in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Some brilliant people at the bbc

    Cons

    The interview process is counterproductive and getting on in the company is hard

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good colleagues, sometimes dubious management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Broadcast Journalist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Broadcast Journalist in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues - who often care passionately about what they're doing.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - risk averse over the wrong things. Not enough common sense being applied some times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut bureaucracy bloat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Probably the best communications organisation in the world, despite itself!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Change Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Change Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Passionate, committed and hugely talented workforce. Opportunity to work in a wide range of specialisms. Excellent conditions of service.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, conservative. Its size make it difficult to rapidly adjust to external budgetary and technological changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate a bit more on staff engagement. Senior management are hugely bright but perhaps lacking in emotional intelligence, some might say a Briitish disease!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work - but low pay, and poor security of jobs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technologist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technologist in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is good, and they generally care about staff - especially if you work within English Regions. As you move into London, this is less so as you spend more time working to deadlines and dealing with a whole multitude of red tape. There are some good opportunities to work with some fantastic talent, and the training through the BBC Academy is exceptional. The benefits available through the BBC Gateway Intranet are generally good.

    Cons

    The pay is not brilliant. I could be earning 30-40% more working in the commercial sector, but you do it because you love the BBC and what they stand for. The security of jobs is the major problem. Management seem to think that staff are dispensable, they spend more time and money getting in freelancers on many occasions than retaining the talent developed in house. The Delivering Quality First initiative is a joke - and isn't about delivering quality. It's about cutting jobs, departments, services and programme content. I can understand some consolidation, but this was all down to a poor licence fee settlement that was rushed through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The BBC needs to get a backbone, and get a fair licence fee settlement. Then, with a good funding level seek to develop better content and services, have a more open and transparent culture with staff and seek to retain staff they have instead of outsourcing jobs to freelancers. It would also be nice to think that the pay could actually meet a level closer to working in the commercial sector.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company, struggling with government budget cuts

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic work such as broadcasting the London 2012 Games, working on other projects and big stories. Whatever people think we still have great resources, great training and the BBC usually sets the standard, e.g. Sport broadcasting, technology innovation such as iPlayer and Freeview.
    Generally people are great to work with, some of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    A high level of politics between or in some divisions (e.g. TV) and some managers who are playing it safe. HR practices are very old fashioned. Many staff on short term contracts.

    Government cut backs on budget making it a hard place to motivate some staff with dagger hanging over some areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold and modernise the BBC - stop salami slicing and stop putting up with old fashioned ways of working. The DG needs to lead from the front with a meaningful modernisation agenda not just thanking everyone every five minutes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Okayish

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The work you do is not based on profit, it is based on bringing value to the licence-fee-paying public. This makes a massive difference to the culture within the organisation. There are many smart people around trying to do the right things.

    Cons

    Many many levels of management to negotiate, far too much internal politics, individual teams are in different silos and don't communicate well. Pay levels aren't great - the pension makes up for it to some degree but the pension available to new joiners is not nearly as attractive.

  11.  

    Attracts good people

    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BBC full-time

    Pros

    You generally find yourself working with very intelligent, committed and passionate people, often experts in their area. There's also often a general sense of trying to do things right rather than just right now. It's easy to arrive at a good work/life balance, and generally the environment is a friendly and supportive one.

    Cons

    It's often slow-moving and bureaucratic. There's lot of received wisdom knocking around, and a heavy bias towards broadcast practices even in non-broadcast related parts of the business. Pay isn't great and it can be hard to progress. When making savings there's a distressing tendency to lop off a limb rather than putting the body on a better diet. It's also scared stupid of the right wing press in general and the Daily Mail in particular.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay parity with commercial organisations, more autonomy for individual teams, less pre-occupation with what Paul Dacre thinks about anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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