C Span Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Internship in All of DC!

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    Former Employee - Programming Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Programming Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at C Span as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great working environment! Very professional
    - Interns only have to work 32 hours per week (you choose your one weekday off!!)
    - Phenomenal working experience
    - Get to meet Senators, Representatives, other powerful people
    - Behind-the-scenes tours of the White House, Capitol Building, and Supreme Court

    Cons

    - No job offer at the end of the internship
    - Besides a $750 stipend paid at the end of the internship, this is unpaid (and trust me, no one can live on $750 for three months in DC)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Up the stipend for interns, or pay them a base hourly salary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Management desperate to find relevance in today's world.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C Span

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great place to learn, and leave.

    Cons

    Long time management basically concerned with keeping their jobs. No free thinking allowed!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly, principled environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C Span as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low salary, few advancement opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Depends on What You're Looking For

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C Span full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    Retire and make way for more people from the outside. And get some management training.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    With all factors considered (work load, pay, benefits, etc), without a doubt the best place I have ever worked!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C Span full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Pretty 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Worked with great people and learned a lot.

    Former Employee - Studio Operations Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Studio Operations Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at C Span as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    While 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great environment, excellent place to work!

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    Former Employee - Event Research Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Event Research Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at C Span as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    None 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Field Technician TEMP

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    Former Employee - Field Technician  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Washington, DC

    I worked at C Span as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Erratic 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Intern Experience!

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at C Span as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are wonderful
    You can ask lots of questions
    Fun activities

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours if you are dedicated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job on intern program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Very good environment to Intern with!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Systems Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Information Systems Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at C Span as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    At 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 ManagementAdvice

    Only 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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