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Updated Jul 14, 2014

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4.2 16 reviews

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92% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Friendly, principled environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCommitment to unbiased public affairs coverage
    Friendly work environment
    Right next to the capitol
    on metro

    ConsLow salary, few advancement opportunities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on What You're Looking For

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA great view of Capitol Hill and the process of how the three branches of government operates. If you want to work in news but have a family and want a balance in terms of work/life, this might be the place for you. All depends on who you work for, which dept. etc. I saw some managers go out of their way to accommodate mothers. In other areas, having a family seemed to be a real detriment to advancement.

    ConsSenior management all there a long time so the culture is a little skewed. Hard to get through new ideas and try new things, though I've heard that has improved. Also, not sure people there are as skilled or up to date with skills as people elsewhere, but that might be changing. Unbalanced in terms of pay across the company. Some areas I thought were overstaffed, while others totally slammed. People who have been there from the beginning have a sense of entitlement and get paid A LOT, so don't expect to move up. Managers have had little to no management training, its how long you've been there and whether you were there from the beginning that really seems to matter--but I've heard that has changed, too. You'll notice all the intern reviews on here; definitely a ton goes into the intern program. They are really into it, yet not much in terms of development if you work there FT. And forget about resources to do your work. Definite favoritism exists. And very very top down management style and silos. Don't expect changes to happen quickly or a fast-paced environment. I felt like this is where some people in the news biz ended up when their luck dried up at other places. It's a non profit, and they will definitely try to squeeze out as much from you as they can.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire and make way for more people from the outside. And get some management training.

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    With all factors considered (work load, pay, benefits, etc), without a doubt the best place I have ever worked!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits program, much better than anywhere I have worked before. Most the people are really friendly. It is not a highly stressful place to work, which probably comes with the nature of working for a non-profit organization, but the pay is still really competitive.
    Not sure if this is a pro, but promotions are generally hired within, so if it's a company you want to work for then you should consider just getting your foot in the door and then work your way up, there are exceptions but this is how I've noticed it works.

    ConsPretty much operates on a 4-year election pattern so can be really slow at times but then extremely busy at others, it's not really consistent. Also, Senior Management/Exec's have been here for years and years, so it is near impossible to work your way very high within the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked with great people and learned a lot.

    Studio Operations Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAs an intern in this specific department, you can learn a great deal about the 'behind-the-scenes' work for the various C-SPAN productions. I had a few opportunities to do some hands-on work (mostly floor directing). The people I worked with were extremely friendly, helpful, and always willing to offer advice to interns. C-SPAN takes good care of their interns by holding intern events. We had lunch with the CEOs and took trips to different locations in DC. Everyone is on a first-name basis, so even the interns will address supervisors by their first name. Overall, I had a tremendous experience as an intern with C-SPAN.

    ConsWhile there was some hands-on experience, I also did a lot of watching and observing. You won't be able to do more hands-on work unless you ask or prove that you are capable of tasks that require a great deal of responsibility.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great environment, excellent place to work!

    Event Research Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsEveryday there is something new to explore and research. Politics are ever changing and C-SPAN's diverse programming makes for a great day everyday!

    ConsNone come to mind. If I had to pick anything, it can lack the same fast paced energy of a larger news station but don't let that discourage you!

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Field Technician (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe people are all very friendly. They like to help you learn new things. It's not as cut throat as other news organizations.

    ConsErratic schedule for the position I had. Each day we would get an email around 6pm with the times we were going in the next day and the events we were to cover. Not C-SPANs fault, just the nature of the field.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Intern Experience!

    Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople are wonderful
    You can ask lots of questions
    Fun activities

    ConsSometimes long hours if you are dedicated

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job on intern program

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good environment to Intern with!

    Information Systems Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsI got to work with some very knowledgeable people and was able to learn a lot that would help me later in both my classes and my future employment opportunities.

    Very Flexible around school schedule.

    ConsAt times it can be very slow at times in terms of things that need to be done but this doesn't happen often.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOnly gripe I have is how outdated some of the systems employees use are. I understand that compatibility is an issue when moving from Windows XP, but there comes a time when you need to stop thinking about how cold the water is and just jump in and try it out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    C-SPAN Intern -Education Relations

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat, friendly and comfortable work environment with many positive attitudes.
    Many opportunities to connect with inspiring senior staff members and other industry professionals.
    Extremely rewarding - all work is a public service. Giving instead of getting.
    Not to mention... some great meals are provided :)

    ConsNo cons- It's what you make of it! Endless opportunities for experience...but only if you go after it.

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    A great internship.

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros+ Kind employees
    + Good learning experience
    + Normal work hours
    + Good chance to meet other young people if you're in intern alley

    Cons- Unpaid
    - Took about a week before I was trained to do any meaningful work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice if you paid your interns and had a little bit more of a plan when they start out for how they can contribute. Nevertheless, you are doing a great job overall and I really appreciated everyone's kindness in the office.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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