Hearst Television

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Hearst is a good place to work.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

I worked at Hearst Television

Pros

Good work environment, decent salaries and benefits, high profile company, opportunities for promotion, people have a winning mentality, convenient location

Cons

Promotion will likely involve being relocated, corporate management can be overbearing, corporate reports, no profit sharing or bonuses for mid- and low-level employees

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Working at Hearst Television, one gets the feeling that top managers are all-knowing while everyone else is there only to keep the wheels turning. Empower employees and offer bonus and profit sharing opportunities to keep everyone focused on the company's goals and success.

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    Hearst-Argyle: Not as Great as You've Been Told.

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    Current Employee - Producer in Winston-Salem, NC
    Current Employee - Producer in Winston-Salem, NC

    I have been working at Hearst Television

    Pros

    Hearst - Argyle Television has a large network of television stations in many growing markets across the nation. There are opportunities for advancement within each individual station, or other stations within the group.

    The company provides a fully staffed Washington bureau, with seasoned reporters and producers. The group is good at sharing content, through the Washington bureau.

    Benefits are average, comparable to other station groups, like Belo.

    Corporate offers HAT stock at discounted prices to employees, after 1 full year with Hearst - Argyle. This is a good deal, espcially now, with the prices low.

    Pay is on the low side of average, but competitive.

    Cons

    Hearst - Argyle has a very cookie - cutter brand at each station. This seems to limit each individual station to have its own identity. It can also be creatively stifling.

    In my experience, Hearst - Argyle operates on a shoe string budget, and lacks basic technology that allows reporters to do their jobs efficiently. Reporters are not provided with station cell phones. Reporters were given laptops, but (according to station management) Hearst's security policy does not allow broadband access. Therefore, the laptops are useless in the field, as reporters cannot access ENPS.

     My station has a live truck that has been out of commission for well over a year, and has not been replaced. It's been referred to as "a giant paper weight." Our ability to go live is severely limited by the inadequate microwave sites.

    My station's staff is so small; we routinely put a mediocre product on the air, because each employee has to produce more than any one employee should have to produce. Positions are posted, and never filled. The station could not cut any position with-in the news department, because we're already operating on a skeleton crew.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more employees.

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    Good if you're willing to work for it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Hearst Television

    Pros

    It's a great company for self-starters and people willing to get out and learn on their own. Also has decent benefits comparable to other national companies (like a 401(k) match and discounts on various things). It's fairly easy to get time-off requests approved, especially if you're flexible. Co-workers are usually friendly and easy to work with. It's a large company, but it has a small-business feel to it. Management is trying to increase communication and awareness between departments by doing things like creating a monthly station-wide newsletter. The company also does some community events. Overall, not a bad place to work..

    Cons

    Not a lot of career advancement opportunities available. Salaries are pretty low compared to other stations in the same market, although it depends on the position. Also depending on your position, it can be hard to get holidays off. Recognition is rare for hard-working employees. There's little encouragement by management to get involved in the local community through community service outside of 2-3 annual company-sponsored events. There is also little interaction between other units (stations), although this can vary depending on the position a person has. Also, there is little cross-over between departments, so it's hard to know what other people are doing at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to see more cross-department overlap and more recognition and awareness about what goes on in the station.

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