Sesame Workshop
3.0 of 5 37 reviews New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

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too many re-organizations

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

Pros-great band and company to represent, they do truly amazing things for children
-great benefits (especially if you're there decades, like a lot of the senior management)
-great HR and resources for employees (lots of events, free food, etc)
-generally polite and nice people all around
-treated like a human and not expected to work insane hours
-the top writer, executives and cast are insanely kind and easy to talk to and work with-- they're true professionals and make things REALLY easy compared to other production companies
-sesame brand around the world, in theme parks, at museums etc is done very well (significantly better than competitors in the same market)
-freelancers make good money, are treated like humans and make over time-- they work hard and long hours sometimes, but compared to other companies, they're treated exceptionally well
-if you have a family or are planning to have a family, this is a company that not only supports and encourages that, but has incredible maternity/paternity leave, family/individual health care, work from home policies etc as well as all the obvious benefits for your children
-Mel Ming wears bow ties every day

Cons-too many reorganizations (I think there have been 3 reorgs in the past 2 years ago)
-need to invest more in digital and emerging technologies and platforms
-VERY top heavy, lots of VPs and executives making a lot of money and a lot of assistants/coordinators/bottom of the totem polers making less than $40k
-VERY hard to advance (people tend to stick around so it's hard to find an open position to move into)
-meetings are ineffective and a general waste of time, nothing can get done if you're in meetings upon meetings all day long
-assistants are poorly treated by certain departments, a lot of talking down to and general attitude for some of the hardest working and lowest paid in the staffers
-a lot of the lower totem pole folk are doing the bulk of the actual work
-the finance department is either too slow, under staffed or not working very efficiently because it takes an unfortunate amount of time to pay vendors (sometimes 3-6 months)

Advice to Senior ManagementRaise the salary to a living wage for your lower income employees (minimum $40k/year) even if that means lowering the bonuses or salaries of the executives -- this is a HUGE necessity

Hold less meetings and things might move along faster, so little can get done when you spend half or nearly all of your day in meetings

Re-asses the finance department, there is no reason an organization that's been around this long shouldn't be able to pay invoices within 30 days

Some people have been their too long and are unwilling to grow in the direction the company should move in as technology and content change -- Sesame can't become like newspapers, we need to stay relevant, but it's hard to do that if we don't stay relevant

No more re-organization of Content and Distribution-- these are the people making the show, the website, the games, the CONTENT that sells the brand. We need that team to keep running, not breaking down or working in fear of another layoff.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    D is for Doesn't Meet expectations...

    Coordinator (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: Colleagues are great. Since it's such a small company, you can actually be a part of creating content and working on projects that create educational… Cons: Echoing what everyone else has said: -it's extremely top heavy: As of Dec 2012 I counted 71 VPs in a company of just 300. Wow. -… Advice to Senior Management: No advice to management since they're the problem. Advice for Mel: Fire everyone who has been there for 15 years and start over. There are… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Great place to work if you are tight with the right executives

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    I worked at Sesame Workshop full-time

    Pros: -Great work/life balance -Feeling of fulfillment working for a non-profit that… Cons: -Complete lack of strategy -Hiring people with no experience for management level jobs (i.e., friends of friends, etc.) -Complacency from… Advice to Senior Management: -Start focusing on hiring smart people with true strategic background. Sesame… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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