Kgo Television Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Good learning experience, but nothing more.

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    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Kgo Television as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly employees, good company culture, organized for the most part.

    Cons

    Most people have been working there for decades, so there is very little hope to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Try to give new employees and interns more opportunities/responsibilities in different departments.

  2. Best Days are in the Rear-View Mirror

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kgo Television

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are almost competitive with tech industry professionals, but without the 80 hour work weeks.
    401K & full corporate benefits for full-time employees.

    Cons

    A declining market means constant budget tightening and few opportunities for advancement.
    Management is uninspiring and top-down - systemically and as individuals. Some are downright hostile to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the Bay Area television market is not Fresno or even Los Angeles. Demographic study after demographic study has shown that the potential audience there is unique in the nation in terms of its values, its attitudes, its lifestyles, its interests, its politics, and its education level. Former managers have understood that what works elsewhere does not work here.

    Take a cue from what works in your own backyard, Silicon Valley - I don't mean the foosball tables, but the respect for your employees and the openness to innovation, experimentation and new ideas.

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    No Money, No Hope

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Kgo Television as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at a television network still has prestigue with some people. That can open doors to press previews, openings and other perks you could buy yourself if you made more money. Great medical and dental benefits. Free cake when someone leaves. No homework unless you are a manager. Clock in, clock out according to your required hours.

    Cons

    Leadership lacking, motto seems to be "don't make waves". Many are marking time until tthe kids are out of college or they can transition out. Once you have a job there is no cross movement. Station stuck in old school corporation mode. No innovation. Hostile work environment in some departments. Constantly squeezing staff to get more and more work out of them. Lip service to providing meaningful training. It's a job, not a career.

    Advice to Management

    Stop sending managers to Camp Treat em Bad, they'll lose their will and do whatever we say.

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  5. Wonderful learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Kgo Television full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunities for learning and growth. Some incredibly talented and intelligent individuals to work with.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement. Lack of communication and a tendency toward too much office politics sometimes created a toxic work environment and contributed to the distraction of the work at hand.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment of constructive criticism and growth rather then gossip and trash talking.

  6. Disney owned but not family friendly

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kgo Television full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Creative work in one of the biggest news markets in the country

    Cons

    They give no perks, incentives and rarely any positive feedback. You have to work holidays, they move your schedule around without asking. The newsroom is full of unhappy people who have worked there for too long.

    Advice to Management

    Add fun to the work environment. Little things will go a long way. There is too much strife between current managers that sets the tone for the newsroom.

  7. Typical Major Market Television Station

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kgo Television

    Pros

    Great benefits include health, dental, vision, 401k, commute assistance, limited free parking if you're one of the lucky ones, high status within tv community,

    Cons

    Corporate downsizing takes place here too. everyone working three jobs for less pay. union membership strongly discourages as they offer significant raises for people to sign away their job security. If you are a union member your chances of infiltrating a non-union dept is zero.

    Advice to Management

    offer the same opportunities to ALL employees, not just toss them a free class and then no follow up. you never know what department your star talent currently languishes in. Take some chances and get up to speed with the high tech community surrounding you. programming is too safe. jobs too heavily defined.

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