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  1.  

    Lots of career opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, career options and lots of development. Great opportunity to work across large organisation and get great experiences in world class broadcaster. Felt really proud of what the organisation produced and the opportunity to be part of it. Worked with some really great and talented people.

    Cons

    It is slow to change, and a different experience to working in a commercial organisation where the need to change and adapt is much more obvious. Also as a publicly funded organisation you have to be prepared to work under a different kind of scrutiny than a normal organisation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    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
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    A great company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBC

    Pros

    A great company to work for in an exciting industry with plenty of opportunity. Plenty of space for personal growth and good benefits.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy within the company needs improving as it can take a long time to action new initiatives, policies and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication with staff and training

  9.  

    Short term contract in Future Media with friendly and intelligent colleagues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Surrounded primarily by good natured, intelligent people that care for the BBC's values and are experts in their field. One gets a large amount of exposure of the product they are working on from end-to-end. Friendly culture.

    Cons

    It is a large organisation, so there is often a lot of structural change and ambiguity of direction. Tend to use a lot of different technologies simultaneously. There are very few lunch options at the White City office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great pay

    Cons

    no work, management aren't interested

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train managers to be great managers rather than giving the job to anyone

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Brilliant broadcaster, looks great on CV but a lot of internal frustrations faced by staff.

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

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

    Pros

    Kudos of working for internationally recognised broadcaster. Looks good to those outside. Some amazing creative talent with brilliant ideas and enthusiasm who create / work on compelling and informative content. A lot of integrity goes into trying to provide for different types of audience needs. Outside of the mass prime time brands, there's a huge amount of work that goes into quality content created for niche audiences.

    Cons

    Unless you are in senior management, you will feel like a tiny cog in a massive machine. A lot of frustrations - too much red tape, paranoia about irritating or being misinterpreted by the likes of the Daily Mail. Thanks to the actions in the past by others (ie senior management expenses, competitions scandals etc) the staff on the ground have really felt the brunt and many end up funding / subsidising / have to use or borrow their own equipment or resources. People are afraid of having a pointed finger at them or losing their jobs. It's a massive shame for many who have a will and a want to produce high quality content yet are afraid to 'do it wrong' according to protocol. Also too many staff on different contracts which means people with different levels of job security are treated differently. People have felt the squeeze and are paid low-moderate in exchange for giving a lot. Staff who have left (often due to contracts expiring) have not been back-filled. Work is not lessened and often increased, with with fewer people - you can probably do the maths on what that means (long days, people stretched, stress). Progression opportunities rare due to budget cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much mid level management. Creativity is meant to be our lifeblood but actually, many brilliant ideas are diluted due to too many people needing to be seen to give an opinion. More layers than necessary to get things done effectively. Also please address contracts and reward people who consistently deliver with some job security. They are often already giving more than their job title and remuneration reflects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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