KTLA-TV Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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    Assignment Desk Intern

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    Current Employee - Assignment Desk Intern in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Assignment Desk Intern in Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at KTLA-TV as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great working with like-minded, driven individuals.

    Cons

    The hours usually are pretty sucky.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Media Company Fails its Personnel as it Emerges from Bankruptcy

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at KTLA-TV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The biggest PRO is the individual people who work at KTLA. A work/family environment still exists at KTLA. Another PRO is KTLA's legacy and its standing in the Los Angeles community. It is, by many accounts, the station of record when major news events happen.

    Cons

    KTLA is owned by the Tribune Corp and, unfortunately, employees are increasingly treated poorly. The Newsroom is a high stress, high demand work environment. Pay is not up to market standards and, despite having just spent 2.7 Billion on purchasing 19 TV Stations, raises are few and far between. In fact many employees and per diems will go years without a cost of living or merit pay increase. While the amount of live TV News production at KTLA has doubled in recent years, compensation for the extra work is zero.

    There is a total lack of communication with management and staff as to long term objectives. Management does not make any effort to foster a feeling in the staff that they have a part in steering KTLA's future. Don't expect pats on the back for your hard work, except on rare occasions, these do not happen.

    After Tribune emerged from Bankruptcy, there was a hope that the company would become a strong employee oriented institution. That was not the case. In fact KTLA and its parent company are more interested in penny pinching and ignoring their staff. It is ashame for the many wonderful people who call KTLA a second home. Although I am still employed at KTLA, I would not recommend it to prospective employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A message excerpted from a Harvard Business School study to corporate America and to KTLA/Tribune: Thriving citizens become more productive employees, more willing consumers, and stronger supporters of pro-business policies,' it said. 'Struggling citizens are disgruntled at work, frugal at the cash register, and anti-business at the ballot box.'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Abusive enviroment

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Hollywood, CA

    I worked at KTLA-TV full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are in a bargaining unit, it is ok

    Cons

    Autocratic, demeaning and spirit killing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the blood, sweat and tears of the dedicated employees. Stop the rule by intimidation and fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I learned a lot about the ever-changing industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KTLA-TV as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company culture is fun. I learned a lot from my supervisor in my short three months interning. Definitely a great station to learn at.

    Cons

    At the time, KTLA was in bankruptcy, so it was not easy for employees to grow. There was a lot of downsizing, which added more work for different departments, but you cannot survive in the industry if you cannot work under a little pressure.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Family environment, opportunities to move up

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assignment Desk in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Assignment Desk in Hollywood, CA

    I worked at KTLA-TV part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All hands on deck mentality, teamwork, friendly people. Even freelancers get 401k. Supervisors are generally easy-going, give you the trust to do your job. So show up, be present and do your work and you will be recognized for it. The higher-ups take time to notice and show you their appreciation. They are also supportive say you want to switch departments, move up... they will be your mentor and help you. I still keep in touch after all these years because they were like family when I worked there.

    Cons

    Compensation is maybe on the lower-end for the local news stations for a comparable position. Some people, there are always bad apples anywhere, harbor a lot of negativity and bring it to work. I don't care about their personal lives but I do care when it impacts the productivity in the newsroom. There is some expectation that when you are called into work as a freelancer that you show up at a moment's notice. Sometimes unrealistic, but just go with it. They can tell if you are just blowing them off or genuinely want work but cannot make it. Morale seems to be going down since the shift of higher ups in the 2008-09 ... but that may not apply to your situation. Your direct supervisors are who will most dictate how your work life would be so get to know them well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scheduling can be more organized. Sometimes, especially on the weekends, the communication breaks down and no one seems to know what is going on. So keep a steady communication with your people whether it's on the weekdays/weekends to ensure continuity. Perhaps have a rotating weekend schedule so weekenders don't feel 'stuck' and begrudged that they have to miss every social event on the weekend.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great managers

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    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at KTLA-TV as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everybody was friendly, Great management - they were very helpful and provided good advice.

    Cons

    Not as much challenge as expected.

  8.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KTLA-TV as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    unpaid and long hours to work

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sports Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sports Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sports Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KTLA-TV as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    *hands on
    * great mentors
    *great experience

    Cons

    Traffic to get to LA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Decent experience yet wanted more

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KTLA-TV as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good producers
    Good spirits around the offices
    Allows you to get a very hands on experience as an intern. They trust you to compose the highlights for them

    Cons

    - Producers and anchors clash heads about content
    - Not all the producers get along
    -At times, I wondered why they even needed me in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work out these issues between management and employees. It was beginning to effect the work quality by the time my internship ended.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Marketing Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KTLA-TV part-time

    Pros

    Pay, Hours, Time off, and scheduling

    Cons

    you will work more than you expect. the company runs very lean.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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