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Updated July 16, 2015
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BBC Director-General Tony Hall
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33 Ratings

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

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

Cons
  • Senior Management don't have no interest any anyone else (in 8 reviews)

  • middle management & lack of security due to short term contracts (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Best job ever

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Wonderful values, intelligent, creative, progressive, passionate, innovative people all trying to give the best value to the licence fee payer they can. Committed to preserving culture and heritage. Amazing atmosphere. Work there if you get the chance.

    Cons

    Internal politics, careerists in management who will never leave because there are no other job options for them - especially in the regions - who care more about covering their own backs and clinging on to their own jobs than preserving the organization as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    The BBC is under attack. Stop internal petty squabbling over trivia and focus on defending the organization as a whole.


  2. Living with Auntie

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer/Director/Writer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Producer/Director/Writer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You'll be contributing to one of the greatest institutions of modern times. You can gain profound creative satisfaction and work with people as committed to the values that have sustained the organisation for closae to a hundred years. You even can fulfil the dream of possibly half the people who ever applied for a job - to meet interesting people and see the world.

    Cons

    The management systems can strangle the vital creativity that defines the organisation. And stifle the spirit too. The television comedy drama W1A feels more like a documentary than a fiction. The management teams really can be as self-deluding and full of bs as the show suggests. (But remember that the BBC is actually paying for and showing this series.) The pay is shrinking and the job security is disappearing as the funding model starts to look unsustainable and the government mounts its long-fread attack.

    Advice to Management

    Man the barricades - and remember why you once fought so hard to join the BBC.


  3. Company review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Commercial Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Moves slow, very regulated, unfocused goals


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  5. Very good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Owner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Owner in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BBC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Prestige, great output, interesting work, good company culture, valued by the audience, for everyone.

    Cons

    Hard to think of one.


  6. Best Job I Ever Had

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Lead & Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Development Lead & Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive, creative, collaborative environment, surrounded by talented, engaged people who come to work every day ready to bring their absolute A game. That and walking into New Broadcasting House every morning NEVER gets old as a thrill.

    Cons

    The Corporation can sometimes seem a little risk averse and slow to adopt new ideas, but it's not all pervading and if you scratch the surface then there is innovation going on all over the place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - working at the BBC was the most rewarding, fun and professionally beneficial experience of my working life; hang onto the awesome culture and values that made it possible for me to feel this way and never let them go.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Business Support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Star spotting, quality of work, chance to get involved in projects, office environment (in W1), pride in output and services BBC provide, good salaries for public service.

    Cons

    Leaders are not very brave, very political, unions and their members are stuck in the 70's, slow to get anything done or delivered (in support functions only and always due to lack of brave leaders). As a support function you feel the lowest of the low compared to journalists and creatives.

    Advice to Management

    I doubt they'd listen or even care about Glassdoor (although they should!)


  8. Helpful (1)

    Nepotism, Blacklisting, Market Manipulation, and Social Engineering.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Executive Producer in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Executive Producer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BBC as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Provided your Oxbridge credentials aline with achingly wet pseudo-intellectual, culturally Marxist sensibilities, you can be assured weak and impotent creative ideas will have their backside wiped with a protective and monopolistic stranglehold on swaths of the Multiplex Broadcast channels. Not only will you be able to benefit from ample misallocation of public funds for ditzy ideas, but good opportunities will be made so that 3 months of each year of production time can be spent on a all-expenses paid foreign sojourn allowing you to take advantage of non-dom tax status. Once its established your happy to genuflect and suckle away at deranged militant political correctness and debase any semblance of normative reasoning in presentation of the “new” facts, you’ll be pleased to find out any of your close family or acquaintance can be found a job and numerous benefits. The more tenuous their or your links are to the real world will be of substantial advantage as you’ll be requiring those around you too think the entire centralisation of the UK cultural map is vested in your desk-draw and that the provincial regions are gaining significant added value from stymied opportunities. An ability for self-deception and internalized hypocrisy is an advantage. The operation of an ongoing pro-active blacklisting policy both official and unofficial is a certain advantage to help maintain the mirage of ideological superiority and public service. The system requires full your integration so to maintain its scale and scope.

    Cons

    You'll be required to pump into the facile ether of received argument, seed ideas for the public and precariate to ferment until your overlords at the Tavistock Institute decide to broadcast "the frequency". It'll be a requirement to hollow-out any character you've built or valued, until its superceded by marionette-like lip-service which hides your institutionalised doublethink. Eventually, the entire ideas of quality and service are inverted, and the salaries begin to appear justified. If ever disposed back into the real-word, mortality rates are akin forces veterans.

    Advice to Management

    Dissemination to a highly diffuse media landscape in which market share and size is strictly limited. The entire £4bn/year given away to producers and channels massively re-structing!!! Decentralisation of content, commissioning, production, funding and implementation.


  9. Pretty good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technologist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technologist in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great name to have on the CV and a fascinating love to work.

    Cons

    Slow moving, bureaucratic, and not great at improving or getting rid of under performing staff. Lots of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer about the strategy and purpose of the organisation in simple terms.


  10. Very difficult to advance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Get to work on some great projects with some amazingly talented people.

    Cons

    Too many bureaucratic procedures in place that make doing your job extremely difficult especially in a fast paced tv environment. Managers often don't know how to do the job of the people they are supervising or the laborious procedures in place to get them accomplished. Too many layers of management and not enough crew who actually produce the work. Extremely difficult to move up in the company but lots of opportunities to do the same work on a different programme and staff contracts are like gold dust.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the unnecessary layers of managers who have zero people skills and don't know how do the work of the people they are managing.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work, but not without issues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Finance in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technology Finance in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    About as good as it can get in the Public Sector in the UK. Very progressive culture, open plan office environments, talented and intelligent colleagues, a strong culture of pride in work, great office locations and superb opportunities for career progression.

    Cons

    Awful, egotistical senior management. Old boys club, despite catastrophic failures on many counts, 99% of those responsible cling to power through their strength in politics. Good managers seem to get moved on after endless rounds of re-orgs and re-structures. Layer upon layer of senior management exists to slow down operations, each layer more terrified than the next to make a decision, lest their neck be on the chopping board one day. Project progress tremendously slow in gaining approvals through the endless rounds of approvals required. Expensive consultancy overemployed as a result in order to take the heat off of management. There is also a tremendous disparity in pay levels as a result of consultancy use, many of which are employed on ridiculous day rates and have been around for years.

    Advice to Management

    Become more responsible, stop bottlenecking, ditch the consultancy and get things moving.



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