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Good enviroment to learn, nowhere to grow

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Former Employee - Production Assistant in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Production Assistant in Washington, DC

I worked at NPR as a contractor (more than 5 years)

Pros

Work with passionate and intelligent people who often become good friends, solid pay for journalism (despite little opportunity for raises), good health/dental/eye insurance

Cons

Virtually no opportunity for promotion, really bad hours if you work in the News Division, employees are blinded by the glitz and perks of media despite company flaws, not rewarded by managers for accomplishments, bad managers, many people temp for years without getting a "full-time" job

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Promote employees or at least encourage them, if promotion isn't financially possible

Doesn't Recommend
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    A mission-driven organization with the most thoughtful, curious people I've ever worked with.

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NPR full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees get a lot of freedom and flexibility in our work lives. As a reporter, this is a 'reporter-driven' shop where your ideas can get a hearing. The newsroom values respect and kindness, so there's little of the competitive or back-stabby culture that can be common at national news organizations. The new building fosters a lot of collaboration and moments of random delight — taking a spin class overlooking the U.S. Capitol, catching a national act like Macklemore or The National give an intimate Tiny Desk Concert on the 4th floor or grabbing a coffee with a good friend on the outdoor terrace.

    Cons

    The HR software is hopelessly outdated and frustrating. Because it's an organization that grew quickly, there's a lack of cohesion among the various departments and units sometimes. Leaders are individually strong, but haven't been clear in communicating the organization's core objectives and how each department can align themselves toward similar goals. Adherence to certain processes under-utilizes some talent and doesn't force quick change.

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    The employees here have strong emotional ties to this organization, but it should be better leveraged by providing a clear vision for leadership and a willingness to be ruthless in getting rid of "status quo" procedures and processes that just don't work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NPR as an intern

    Pros

    The people at NPR are always supportive and happy to collaborate.

    Cons

    There is a bit of uncertainty regarding some of the changes occurring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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