BBC Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
161 Reviews
3.5
161 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.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic working environment, great culture and an inspiring history to boost enthusiasm in the office.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic at times considering the size of the organisation but the company is doing a lot to combat this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work investing in creative arts programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities, great people, bosses are open to new ideas

    Cons

    none really, could be more feedback

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep inspiring the beginners

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing content the BBC produces.

    Cons

    Realistically, its hugely overstaffed - many, many managers with overlapping responsibilities, so land grab is the name of the game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good and bad

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

    I worked at BBC as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Like all big companies, there is good and bad about working the BBC. Sometime beaurocracy can get in the way of making programmes, but on a one to one level, the skill and dedication of colleagues makes it a great place to be.

    Cons

    As above, sometime it's hard to get past some of the beaurocracy and get to grips with the systems like SAP and the reporting system, P4A.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewards in terms of career enchancement would be well received; having asked for production manager training for 4 years, I eventually left.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good People to work with in my team

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy and red tape

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good as a starting point in your career, not that good when you have your own views different to managers'.

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

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

    Pros

    Very comfortable, relaxed environment, nice people to work with, lots of horizontal opportunities. A lot of trust from your editor.

    Cons

    Work more, get paid less is the management motto. A lot of bureaucracy - I mean it, A LOT. Bysantine management culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in reporters and producers - not in managers!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic projects and opportunities but very poor inter-communication.

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

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

    Pros

    Great projects, secure job, huge audience to serve and delight.

    Cons

    Poor communication, lack of team spirit and poor pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good internship opportunity

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

    I worked at BBC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good: you get to work on the first day, get introduced properly to everyone and will get hands on experience - had a great experience there

    Cons

    You will have to work for this yourself - if you're a shy type, probably not the best idea. No compensation even in central London.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Some of the best broadcasting in the world. Dysfunctional people management

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

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

    Pros

    Many people are creative, very talented and invested in the organisations values. Largely free of commercial pressures.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than commercial media - and doesn't rise quickly. Negotiate hard when you join as its easier to start on a higher rate than progress to it internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people to move around the organisation more. It's still to siloed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Consultant to BBC

    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated & talented people, great reputation as an organization.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and control-oriented but getting better (I think). Became reactive rather than proactive following multiple errors, missteps and scandals: the Iraq WMD story, Brand/Ross "Sachsgate", Queensgate, large payoffs to departing executives, disturbing Saville abuse scandal ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan for the future - set the stage for future success with a dynamic, ,compelling vision now of the corporation in the the coming 5-7 years.

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