C Span Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Great Company, and Great Co-workers

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    Former Employee - Programming Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Programming Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers Hours Being in DC Trips to the White House

    Cons

    Could be paid more for living in such an expensive city


  2. Production Assistant

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at C Span full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, excellent benefits, overtime, and great company culture

    Cons

    Somewhat risk averse, not a lot of vacation time


  3. Management desperate to find relevance in today's world.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


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  5. Depends on What You're Looking For

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at C Span full-time (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 Management

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


  6. 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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at C Span full-time (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.


  7. C-SPAN Intern -Education Relations

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, 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 :)

    Cons

    No cons- It's what you make of it! Endless opportunities for experience...but only if you go after it.


  8. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits package, competitive salary, CEO knows employees by name. Company is loyal to its employees. Management is generally promoted from within.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is a bit boring. Working on Capitol Hill means driving in busy Washington DC traffic. Very strict dress code.

    Advice to Management

    Brian Lamb does not need to change. He has treated his employees right, and it seems has positioned the company well for a possible retirement.


  9. I interned for four years, during the summer breaks in different departments, and my experience was great.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a comfortable environment, and the people are really nice. Senior management tends to be understanding. The employer and the HR team really do care about the employees, which is GREAT. They treat you with respect and decency and try to find the best ways to solve your problems. The CEO knows almost everyones' names by hear, and the company culture is awesome. The benefits are also out of the roof great There are about 9 weeks in vacation each year.

    Cons

    The pay isn't too great and as with any other job, there are a few weirdos in the mix, who have some issues.


  10. With positive, down-to-earth and friendly staff, C-SPAN is a great place to learn about Capitol Hill coverage

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    C-SPAN provides unbiased media coverage, a friendly work environment for journalists and gives viewers an opportunity to think for themselves. Human Resources staff is very engaged in the intern program and is readily available to address intern concerns. Brian Lamb, the CEO, also interacts with interns. On more than one occasion, he has engaged interns in discussion about C-SPAN's future development.

    Cons

    Office culture varies depending on one's department

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great coverage!


  11. C-SPAN

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good pay, nice working environment, people know their stuff here, Bryan Lamb is a VERY wonderful person and knows nearly ALL his employees and interns by name

    Cons

    It's easy to settle and get comfortable. A lot of people have been working there for years and though their happy it may not be the most....exciting place to work. Great place to intern if you're a proactive person.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overlook new ideas or the ideas of your interns!



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