NBCNEWS.com Reviews

Updated April 25, 2014
Updated April 25, 2014
14 Reviews

3.7
14 Reviews
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NBCNEWS.com President and Publisher Charlie Tillinghast
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  1.  

    Great company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at NBCNEWS.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There's plenty of opportunity to develop new skills and leadership ability. For people who are interested in digital journalism, there is good growth in that area.

    Cons

    The annual performance review process could be streamlined, though, to make it more useful to employees and managers. A steadier flow of feedback throughout the year would be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    360-degree reviews, in which employees evaluate managers, could be helpful in giving them feedback that would improve the working environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Undergoing major changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at NBCNEWS.com full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Location. Working at 30rock is the best part of the job.

    Cons

    They have been laying off employees for over a year now -- ever since the former company (msnbc.com) was bought by NBC. Charlie Tillinghast is no longer with the company. Very little transparency and very little opportunity to learn new skills or advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell employees what is valued by the new management/owners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Chaotic work environment in an organization with little vision from Sr. Management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at NBCNEWS.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart, terrific people. Good salary and benefits. Pockets of genuine collaboration and overall desire to deliver the best production for the consumer. People are passionate about what they do here.

    Cons

    Stuck doing some things they way they've done them since the dawn of television. The TV ratings implosion helped exasperate the blame culture. Lot's of second guessing EVERYTHING. Lack of transparency and poor communication within organization, at all levels. Little to no importance placed on being a good manager. Completely ineffective HR department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On the right track with recent Sr. management hires. Need to work on creating a "safe" work environment where people are not afraid to take risk, innovate and try new things. Better communication to employees at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Fun while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Senior Writer/Editor
    Former Employee - Senior Writer/Editor

    I worked at NBCNEWS.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Management jumped on breaking news, encouraged quick hits as well as longer features as warranted to bring readers original content. Management aspired to transparency.

    Cons

    A change in ownership (NBC taking over the operation from what had been a joint venture with Microsoft) led to a shifting of mission and a staff reorganization that also meant job eliminations for many.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up your attempts at being open with staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not the happiest of times at the peacock

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NBCNEWS.com

    Pros

    Smart people, convenient location and great cafeteria

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy and red tape. No clear vision or direction--too many chefs in the kitchen.

  7.  

    Not bad but not intellectually stimulating

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at NBCNEWS.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Big brand name, fun environment, exciting to work on breaking news

    Cons

    If you're interested in in-depth journalism/reporting, then this is not for you. NBC is primarily a cable channel and sometimes treats its news as such -- to entertain. I often found that the news they selected for the homepage were picked not necessarily for their news value, but simply for their ability to enflame commenters and generate a lot of page views. Also, the on-air team made up the largest group of drama queens you'll ever meet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat interns better. The writing team was pretty good at that but the on-air team treated them terribly

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Best place I have worked so far!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at NBCNEWS.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are reasonable and respectful, including management
    you have a lot of latitude to do what you like to do, assuming it's good for the company as well
    politics are at a minimum

    Cons

    need some new technical leadership with vision
    because there are 4 VPs--they each get to manage their divisions, but it sure would be nice if they prioritized first before leaving it up to the people at the bottom to fight it out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to communicate top down. You think you're doing it, but you're not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Company, Proud to be a Part

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at NBCNEWS.com

    Pros

    Excellent company culture and environment; employees are valued and career growth is a priority. I have done several internships and this is the best experience I could have asked for. Great pay and benefits, for an internship.

    Cons

    While msnbc.com moves fast to stay ahead of the curve at at the leading edge of technology, sometimes moves are made without being completely thought out (ie: too fast).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It is fun environment to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at NBCNEWS.com

    Pros

    good and friendly work culture

    Cons

    not much challenging and slow paced work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more into project management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    New enthusiasm for fast-paced online news techologies.

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    Current Employee - Editorial  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Editorial in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at NBCNEWS.com

    Pros

    The pace of breaking news can be akin to a startup pace, where the day-to-day sense of progress and deadlines can be shoved aside for a new event or editorial effort. The mix of media is also rewarding, from immersive Flash interactives to the kind of unique, relevant content to make the best SEO-minded web professional salivate. Colleagues are, by nature, intelligent, quick-witted, sarcastic and earnest about their journalism, readers, professionalism and breadth of knowledge. Online news, journalism and technology can be a pretty amazing mixture. The part I like the best is a long-standing awareness of user-centricism, in the rhetoric of journalists and readers. Online news in very receptive and supportive of arguments that take into account users, and it is refreshing to have that long-running battle largely solved.

    Cons

    As with all industries, online news can be irritatingly politicized (beyond just political coverage) and tool development agonizingly slow. News coverage rights and deals are as convoluted and trite as any online advertising or business development deals. For those new to online news, the background sarcasm can be off-putting, as is the repetition and inherent callousness of some coverage. There is a constant battle between advertising revenue and journalism, but its at least more nuanced than many startups running on ad revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is at a crossroads between technology abliity moving from technical minds into the hands of journalists and editors. There's an enthusiasm for learning new tools and techniques that is unevenly distributed to msnbc.com's staff, because it has been weakly described as a focus. The attention is still too focused on the technical how-to, rather than in the language of improving journalism with new tools.

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