KTLA-TV Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
12 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 for less than a 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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    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 for less than a 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
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    Family environment, opportunities to move up

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    Former Employee - Assignment Desk  in  Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Assignment Desk in Hollywood, CA

    I worked at KTLA-TV part-time for 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
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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not as much challenge as expected.

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    unpaid and long hours to work

    Approves of CEO
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    Sports Intern

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

    I worked at KTLA-TV as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    *hands on
    * great mentors
    *great experience

    Cons

    Traffic to get to LA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Decent experience yet wanted more

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

    I worked at KTLA-TV as an intern for less than a 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
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    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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    GREAT START!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at KTLA-TV full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Being that it is not the biggest station in the market, you gain experience wearing many hats! By the time you leave, you'll have experienced in more fields than you imagined upon starting. Always look the part! It helps.

    Cons

    You are not exactly compensated fairly for all of the different hats that you will be wearing. Over time you began to stress by the simple task of trying to survive in a place where the cost of living is not equal to your pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization and fairness. This will in turn help you build stronger relationships with your employees. Especially the little worker bees!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Dysfunctional and broke

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KTLA-TV as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Lack of micromanagement
    -Solid morning show

    Cons

    -Tons of dead weight
    -Poor morale
    -Lack of resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KTLA is understandably short-staffed in light of their financial woes, but a quality product is still possible with the right people. Unfortunately, they are nervous to replace laziness with capable and creative workers. Ducking lawsuits seems to take priority over everything, particularly in the evenings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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