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Former Employee - Producer in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Producer in Washington, DC

I worked at NPR full-time (More than 8 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Working with the best journalists in the business. Opportunities for world travel. Good salary and benefits. Incredibly fun place to work.

Cons

People can get pigeonholed and advancement stymied. People rarely leave the company so there is little opportunity to move around.

Advice to Management

People can get pigeonholed and advancement stymied. People rarely leave the company so there is little opportunity to move around.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at NPR full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Newsroom employees get the opportunity to work with some of the finest journalists in the world. Other departments take pride in meeting goals and producing a quality product.

    Cons

    Insular, often arrogant, environment. Senior managers do not reflect the diversity of NPR's audience; almost all are middle-aged (roughly 40 to 55 years old), white, relatively wealthy as compared to audience. Cut-throat competition, interdepartmental squabbles, star system.

    Advice to Management

    Stop concentrating on what's on the air and focus on what doesn't get on the air, and why. While NPR does great journalism, its perspective is limited. NPR operates out of fear of alienating its current audience and donors. It should broaden its perspective and make its content more relevant to a new generation of listeners and donors.


  2. Summer news intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at NPR as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    All the staff are very nice to their interns, because all of them were interns at some point. Although you can't do anything for the air, the people do their best to let you learn everything you would do if you were working there full time. Besides, it's NPR!

    Cons

    You need to come prepared to work in a newsroom if you're applying for a position at one of the news shows. That means there are slow news days, when you won't have much to do.


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