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An honor to work there, but don't expect to be honored!

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Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA

I have been working at PBS

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

PBS is responsible for some of the best programming available on television, I'm proud to be a part of that.

Cons

People seem to come to PBS and stay there, it's not uncommon to be in a room with people who've worked there over 10 years! Public broadcasting is a weird system and that history is really valuable. But the new executive managers seem to favor the new over the old. Longevity and loyalty are not valued, the old timers are taken for granted (almost looked down on for not moving on). As a relatively newer employee I depend on their experience to figure out how things work and how to get things done, but no one's supposed to admit that because everyone is supposed to be expendable..

Advice to Management

Be courageous, make decisions, stop relying so much on consultants to think for you. If you don't spend so much on consultants you may have enough funding to stop laying off people or choosing to leave positions open and start building up a regular staff big enough to handle the huge workload.

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    Communication outlet lacks sufficient internal communication

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    Current Employee - Staff in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Staff in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at PBS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Being associated with National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting system can open doors professionally and in the community. The Rochester community is supportive of its station and there is a core of viewers and listeners who care deeply about it. The feedback given when station staff are out in the community is almost always positive, and the connections that the station has with other organizations in the community allow new projects to be pursued and new relationships to be established. WXXI feels like part of the solution to many problems in economically depressed Rochester, New York. The station has cooperative agreements with local government and businesses and has developed good working relationships with underwriters.

    Cons

    There is little effective communication going on. There is a heavy reliance on proprietary software to communicate, but the station is staffed in large part by part time staff that are not given complete access to those tools. Training is abysmal. There is no comprehensive training or orientation for new employees, or updates on training when new procedures are instituted. Newbie mistakes are rewarded not with training but with criticism, sometimes from the highest echelons of management. Management runs hot and cold, giving conflicting signals. Employees speak poorly of the station and management among themselves because they don't have the resources, training, or time to do the jobs they've been hired to do. Morale is low in many parts of the station, and all departments of the station are divorced from each other. There is a sense that employees are territorial and don't feel responsibility for the entire product - only for their individual domains. Overall there is a lack of optimism, and many closed doors.

    Advice to Management

    Break down physical and communication walls between departments. Use fewer technological solutions in lieu of communicating directly with staff. Make expectations and production goals clearer. Give technical staff the tools and time they need to solve problems and deliver good customer service. Allow creative staff to propose projects and ideas, and support them by helping them find ways to sustain those projects. Intercede earlier when problems need correcting. Pay more attention but micromanage less. Expect great things from staff, allow them to do their jobs without interference, reward them when they deliver and employ additional training when they don't. Do whatever is necessary to get back to the creative and engaged energy that led to the station's blossoming into a full service from one FM signal.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PBS full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company if you love media and programming.

    Cons

    Not surprisingly, because it is a public broadcasting company, it has been adversely effected by political changes.

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