NBCUniversal Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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NBCUniversal CEO Stephen B. Burke
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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. Ad Sales Operations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    There are some fun young people, and the company does have a lot to offer. It's a great place to explore except everyone is really siloed

    Cons

    Management is always the problem but senior execs never seem to think so. a very backwards and archaic place. No young talent stays for more than a year

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people

  2. Don't do it.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Intern - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at NBCUniversal as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company size offers pretty good opportunities for those in the media industry.

    Cons

    Bad and unfriendly working culture. Poor upper management and bad communication. Overall unpleasant experience.

  3. Avoid at all costs

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    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Universal City, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Universal City, CA

    I have been working at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, if you're looking for that. Though they will randomly downsize when it's actually a busy period. A decent amount of nice people excluding management.

    Cons

    Management - they will try to take every penny away from you. They will never try to help you because they stick together like a wolf pack.

    Business people run the studio and not filmmakers thus resulting in awful movies and even worse decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.

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  5. The Maury Show Internship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NBCUniversal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The biggest pro is that you get to put NBC on your resume. That's about it.

    Cons

    You do a ton of busy work and no real work (coffee runs, food runs, answering the phones). They stick all the interns in one room where there aren't even enough for phones for everyone so a lot of people just sit around and do nothing all day. You barely get to interact with any of the show's staff and once you do, you realize everyone hates it there. It was not a happy office environment at all. And all the higher ups are corrupt and fake.

  6. 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 Management

    Just retire and do humanity a favour...

  7. Helpful (1)

    A Nightmare

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    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

  10. Comcast

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It seems like there are high hopes for the TV programs

    Cons

    Ratings are lower since the buyout

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people that know their jobs.

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

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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