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NPR Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
41 Reviews
3.9
41 Reviews
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Pros
  • Although it can't be said of all areas of the company, my group has a good work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Free books and access to Tiny Desk concerts (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • noncompetitive compensation for interns, internship cannot turn to full-time employment (in 5 reviews)

  • Some in senior managers are so concerned about losing jobs, that they spend more time saying 'yes sir' than defending what is right (in 4 reviews)

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    Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NPR

    Pros

    -Endless Resources
    -Free Coffee
    -Opportunities if you're willing to take them

    Cons

    -Pay is meh, but it's journalism so what do you expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More tiny-desk + happy hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Quality of Life for a Journalism Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NPR full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful building, gym and clinic downstairs and an affordable quality cafeteria. Clean work space. Kind people and live music usually once a week. Predictable hours mostly.

    Cons

    Tough to stick here. Heard stories of people temping for years before getting hired on. Can be a sticking point for people who need consistency but not a huge deal to me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing environment, talented coworkers, great organization.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at NPR

    Pros

    - Transparent culture
    - Rewarding work
    - Ability to balance depends on department

    Cons

    - Leadership changes often without warning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great mission, but messy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NPR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - vision
    - incredible quality of coverage
    - decent benefits
    - opportunity for growth in newsroom

    Cons

    - messy history over the past 4 years
    - some staff have been there FOREVER and therefore keep things from changing or moving forward
    - secrets in upper mgmt
    - lots of middle mgmt who have no skill in managing people; only promoted to that role cuz it's the next step up
    - opportunity for growth is really only in newsroom and even then, it's limited unless you stay for a long time
    - minimal contribution to benefits, though it is a nonprofit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - bring back annual bonuses
    - be more open about priorities
    - TRAIN YOUR MANAGERS ON HOW TO MANAGE!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Organization, Not so Great Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Inspiring mission, smart people who care about what they're doing, fast paced environment, one of the leaders on the digital media front.

    Cons

    Massively stressful. The executives are cloistered and tthrive on sending e-mails way outside of normal work hours on a regular basis making a work-life balance non-existent. Questionable expenditures for a company operating in the red. The place has lost (and is losing) a lot of great talent. Things feel reckless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    NPR Revoew

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC

    I worked at NPR

    Pros

    Liked working for a media company that is progressive

    Cons

    sorely underfunded not much opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work life balance needs to be more flexible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great content, terrible place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Cool company, free books, interesting people.
    If you can cope with the poor pay, and you are in a good department, you might have a great time.

    Cons

    Most departments are terribly disorganized. In some cases this works, in others it results in a lot of people wasting a lot of time. Having come from a background in business and engineering, it was depressing to see so much talent squandered. Be ready to have managers who know nothing about what you do and who don't care to understand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anyone responsible for managing employees (even just one) needs to be taught how to act professionally. This could be a great place to work if the people you were working for held the same values that NPR claims to hold central to their mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing Internship Program--tremendous growth opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Strategy Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Strategy Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    NPR has awesome opportunities for personal growth and education. People are incredibly supportive and understanding, and employees really feel empowered. I was able to do a lot of things that really interested me that weren't necessarily explicitly described in the job description.

    Cons

    My experience was wonderful, but some of the more "creative types" aren't as experienced with strategic business planning which slowed many things down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    News Library

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transcript Proofreader, News Library in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Transcript Proofreader, News Library in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Loved it. Smart people, fun work, great location. Moved out of area, otherwise might still be there!

    Cons

    Overworked - my job should really have been done by two people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best Place I've Ever Worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Editor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NPR full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, a mission I can get behind, some opportunity for growth. Good team spirit within departments, but not inter-departmentally.

    Cons

    Too much old-school thinking. To much division among departments. No clear leadership. Too much pain trying to meet the bottom line. Current low morale among both employees and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too mired in bureaucracy. Too afraid to let go of non-producing employees. Too slow to make changes. To afraid to move, period. Say they want to be players, don't back it up with action.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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