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NBCUniversal Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
663 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great leadership great coworkers and work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Great people and countless opportunities if you can navigate the bureaucracy to locate them (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours that is dictated by show schedules (in 28 reviews)

  • More flexible hours needed for work life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Shambolic IT senior management team - very slow and unresponsive/senior leadership

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Apart from IT the rest of the departments are good to work for

    Cons

    IT is a sham, slow, unresponsive and very cynical. People are not promoted for their skill and initiative and delivery capabilities. People have risen to the level of incompetence - at least they aren't doing the work which would mean certain meltdown. bordering on corrupt.
    Promotion is merited on being friends with the VPs
    If you like football and rugby you'll get on with leadership
    None of the VPs in tech have any qualifications in IT or anything else.
    If you want to feel like you are working in fiefdom and dictatorship and have a need to know what 70s style management is then join this team. Otherwise stay well clear!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just retire and do humanity a favour...

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros to working here anymore. A combination of horrible management and Comcast has ruined this company.

    Cons

    A very hostile work environment filled with discrimination and harassment.

    If you are efficient, work hard and want to learn then this is not the place for you.

    Extremely cut throat. Instead of focusing on learning and growing you have to worry about who is trying to make you look bad.

    A political nightmare. I believe the White House to be an easier place to work. The politics at NBCUniversal is on another level. Certain employees are allowed 70+ hours a week which can include working from home and showing up any time of the day. Meanwhile others who abide by all the rules and work hard are getting let go because of "cut backs".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are signs all over the building that say I will not stand for bullying. Presentations are sent throughout the company telling employees to speak up if there is a problem. Yet no matter who my complaints are presented to, all that I felt was retaliation.

    Human Resources and management within the engineering department are unprofessional and will tell you anything to get you off their backs. They lack the proper leadership skills needed to run a department. They chooses to hide any and all problems within the department Instead of resolving issues like adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place I've ever worked.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NBCUniversal

    Pros

    Good salary, stability, thats pretty much it. And the good salary is not worth it, you'll be depressed pretty much the first day you step in that place.

    Cons

    So many dead weight who gets in the way of you actually doing your job. You just feel that you're surrounded by idiots who are "managers" and "VPs" just because they're there the longest. Everybody's throwing each other under the bus to get promoted. It's just hell!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get away of all the dead weight and hire people with a minimum amount of notion of what they're doing and who respects other people. You'll never hold real talent the way it is right now.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never felt so insignificant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NBCUniversal part-time

    Pros

    NBC has a variety of business units and many opportunities for career advancement.

    Cons

    VP's have a lack of soft skills

  6.  

    Comcast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Legal in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It seems like there are high hopes for the TV programs

    Cons

    Ratings are lower since the buyout

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people that know their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for IF you're on the production side... not so great otherwise

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Non-production in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Non-production in New York, NY

    I worked at NBCUniversal as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious company to work for, gives you a sense of pride. Great stamp on your resume. Mostly nice people... good benefits (dental, vision, etc...)

    Cons

    - Bosses don't care about their employees.
    - You need to pucker up and be fake to continue "growing" with the company.
    - Systems are horrible but it does seem that they're trying to get better.
    - Bosses: a lot of them don't even have the qualifications to be in those positions (and I'm talking about BASIC skills/qualifications) so you're left doing they're work plus your own.. and I've seen several cases of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the people you put in leadership positions at the business level. A lot of them don't even have the BASIC skills/qualifications for the job. Not true leaders that make you want to work for them.. they're just suits with titles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    vast distribution

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    international distribution of material created

    Cons

    management style not supportive of team

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer
    Former Employee - Producer

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time

    Pros

    It's cool to go back home (out of NYC) and say 'hey family I work at NBC'.

    Cons

    Everything else is a con. This place is a boys club with no room for advancement unless you are in a position that is incredibly visible to the 'executive team.'

    C-level decision makers are entitled, outdated and pretentious. They make major decisions (sometimes that effect your job directly) without speaking to you before hand, change your role completely and increase responsibility level and never acknowledge your request for a raise. The issue isn't that you don't get a raise, it's that they expect you to take on more and more responsibility without even thinking about having the discussion.

    After 3 years, 7 direct bosses and no raise, I would NEVER let a friend of mine work here, even if they were unemployed, because they would get sucked into the swirl and find themselves here 3 years later with very little to show for it. It's a toxic work culture and no one smiles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People need to hear the words 'thank you' more often. Sometimes that is all people need to be happy. Pay attention to your worker-bees or the incessant turnover is just going to keep on happening. Having people do work that ultimately you will show to the upper c-level group, is fine, as long as you attribute thanks to those who were a part of it (especially if you present it to the larger group).

  10.  

    Interesting work but insecure managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Universal City, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and support from teams and developers. There are a lot of freedom to try new ideas and solutions.

    Cons

    Continual mismanagement. The engineers continue to leave because they are mishandled by their direct bosses. The bosses undercut the engineers by reporting poor conduct to higher level management. The bosses will suddenly shift priorities and resources at last minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the VP/high level management, reach out to the engineers directly. There's a sense of isolation as engineers can only deal with their direct bosses and have no recourse if their boss is incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No chance for career growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Universal City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Universal City, CA

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

    Pros

    Job Security.
    Benefits are available and better than nothing.

    Cons

    No chance for advancement.
    Low pay for the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to move up and help the company grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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