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Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Good overall with huge scope to learn and do things

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer
    Former Employee - Producer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is huge creative scope and the chance to gain program-making experience from the beginning of the career.If you prove you can do your job the BBC can give the chance to be creative.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Unsure of focus. Too much second-guessing the critics. Too much weight given to views of people who have no idea what they are talking about.

    Advice to Management

    Too many senior managers in non-jobs.


  2. A mixed bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Holidays. 26 days a year plus the ability to buy 5 pro-rata. - Your parents and mates will love it. - When you come up with a great story or produce some content and look back on it, it feels really great! - When you pick up the phone to a contributor and tell them you're from the BBC they're generally like putty in your hands. - If you push for it, there's some great training schemes on offer. This is also a con, because they're rarely offered to you, you just have to organise it yourself then tell the editor!

    Cons

    - Management are pretty useless really. Lots of them have been sitting on permanent contracts from 'the good old days' for far too long. You will witness meeting after meeting, but will never hear the outcome or anything tangible from them. - Each of the 6 managers in my department would take around 3-8 'sick' days a year - unheard of in the public sector. - I was lucky enough to get a permanent contract, many aren't though. Goodbye mortgage and security, hello 2 month contract and all the paranoia that goes with it. - Station budgets are worked out on how many license fee payers there are in that area, not how many staff are needed. End result is that there's often not enough work to do - Facebook is really popular at the Beeb. One or two people will be rushed of their feet working 10-8 and the rest are left watching. - Unadventurous Editors. Take them a good controversial story that you've managed to stand up and they may turn it down for fear of losing their jobs. - Internal pay and progression is worked out based on how long you've sat on your backside, not how good you are. - Moving around the organisation is more difficult than you think. - Trying to become a multi-skilled journo is like trying to walk up Everest with a CO2 mask on. It's a horrible fact that each and every contributor would be interviewed by TV, Radio and Online separately in our station, at different times of day. If people were encouraged and trained to be multi-skilled, this could be one interview. - You will constantly be made to feel as if you're lucky to have your job. - 95% of the content my station produced wasn't original. Prepare yourself to stop investigating and start writing up press releases. - Junior staff are still expected to make tea for their managers - how archaic and ridiculous!

    Advice to Management

    - Train people to become multi-skilled. - Put good people on contracts that mean they aren't quivering nervous wrecks. - Change the management structure altogether and sack off some of the dead weight. - Introduce performance based pay centred around content. - Let people be creative. This may mean they need to leave the studio to do so. Trust them, they will come back with gold dust. - Ban writing up press releases word for word. Encourage original journalism instead. The BBC is not an advertising platform for whatever company sends in some interesting facts. - Stop unpaid work experience schemes - most who do such programmes are generally spat out without a job anyway, so why keep their hopes up?


  3. Globally renowned employer, with its fair share of organisational challenges

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Smart, mission-driven people Incredible products, world-class creative talent Globally renowned brand Interesting problems to solve, balancing monetary and mission-driven goals.

    Cons

    Role ambiguity Few perks Management getting expenses and salaries published. No / low growth, so relatively few promotional opportunities


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  5. Good enough

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBC (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Security, great team job, benefits are okay

    Cons

    Slow movility, the organization structure doesn't permit you to move


  6. US advertising review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, laid back culture, fantastic health and vacation benefits, learn a lot more than what your current role is due to short staffed environment, promotions within are available and encouraged, good pay

    Cons

    No training, no team building, confusing direction from management, hard to push through suggestions, limited help when over worked, hard to get assistance from HR, staff treated like income not people, no flex time


  7. best broadcaster in the world, but slow, slow, slow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BBC full-time

    Pros

    it's the best broadcaster in the world! incredible talent, people will pick up the phone if you call, reasonable job security and benefits, good opportunities for progression.

    Cons

    takes forever to do anything. there is a culture of ass covering, promotion of risk taking culture, but not followed by those in the know. way too many people promoted beyond their level of competence

    Advice to Management

    live TV, radio and events know how to aggressively ship product on a daily basis, take a leaf from their book in technology endeavors


  8. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    World view get to meet new people and everyone is frendly. Really nice people and I like goat cheese because it's easy to digest

    Cons

    No one ever would talk to me because I liked ww2 and I love history but thats another sotry and I like this.


  9. It is a good company.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    THis is a great company it has many great opportunities. I feel that you should apply here. That is my thought.

    Cons

    It has long hours. You have to do a lot of the work independently. Also you have to work a lot given the pay. Another downside is that the commute was long.

    Advice to Management

    You are a great company. Keep up the good work. I would get a better HR department though because it is very annoying.


  10. BBC, one of the best organisations to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sufficient number of work force to share the work load You don't need to tell anyone what is BBC Work with respect and honor Proper procedure for progress and promotion It is a one big family when you are under their roof

    Cons

    No extra bonuses or benefits. Get paid slightly lesser than market. No funds for parties and extra activities Relies on Licence Fee


  11. Great people poor progression

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BBC full-time

    Pros

    Really passionate staff. Great projects. Feel like you are at the centre of UK cultural life.

    Cons

    Bloated middle management. Slow career progression for most. Low salary

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some of yourselves !



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