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BBC Reviews in Salford, North West England, England

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
169 Reviews
3.5
169 Reviews
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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.  

    Would be amassing if wasn't for the bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lot's of training opportunities, good location for commuting. Opportunity to move about within the organisation.

    Nice working environment, great people.

    Cons

    Heavy process driven organisation with lots of red tape. Sometimes the simplest tasks are made the impossible. Lots of embedded practice and disrupting the norm (if for the better) isn't appreciated.

    With the amount of pressure on the organisation and people watching there is a culture of well intentioned people who try to do the very best but fail to move forward due to the fear of failure hanging over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Failure isn't a bad thing. Failing fast and learning is good, denying there is a issue sweeping it under the carpet and pretending it doesn't exist will eventually hit you even worse...DMI.

    I've worked with some of the best people I've known at the BBC and some of the worst. The worst have been those who have been there a long time and now in senior well payed roles who now keep their head down playing things cautiously to keep the well paid job rather than be honest and deliver to the standards of a well regarded media organisation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A hive of bullying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Content Producer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Content Producer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The name looks good on your CV.

    Cons

    There is no respect at work in the BBC. Bullying bosses get moved around. It's a daily occurrence to see staff crying in bathrooms. I have witnessed racism and sexism and a terrible waste of resources - staff jetting off internationally on taxpayers' money to collect awards etc. A horrible place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope you do get the Charter renewed in two years because very few of you would survive in the real world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience, very professional yet friendly environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dubbing Actor in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Dubbing Actor in Salford, North West England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Short-term contract allowed me to gain experience and make contacts whilst studying at University.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the TV programme wasn't broadcasted due to editorial changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Low pay and little progression

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Salford, North West England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Well known brand, makes you feel important, looks good from outside. The buildings are nice and stylish to work within. You can work on great programmes/productions.

    Cons

    Low pay, VERY hard to progress, long hours and pressurised.
    Short contracts and uncertainty about your job. No permanent roles therefore you cant plan a stable future financially.
    8/10 they know who they want for a job role but will still go through interview processes. So do some research into the area or position your applying for. It got to the point where I would ask beforehand if they 'already had someone in mind'.
    Get lots and lots of experience and connections behind you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Creative Freedom, so many other restrictions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Producer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Producer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at BBC

    Pros

    Comparatively big budgets, respected and trusted broadcaster

    Cons

    Corporate nonsense, lots of competition means managers let you fight it out for promotion rather than nurture you

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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