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PBS Reviews in Arlington, VA

Updated Mar 30, 2014
PBS – Arlington – “PBS”

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3.8 18 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

PBS President, CEO, and Director Paula A. Kerger

Paula A. Kerger

(14 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great mission, great people.

    Director (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThe mission and the people. Better than average benefits.

    ConsLimited career path, below average salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't loose focus that company is a membership organization whose purpose is to serve the member stations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Growth and reality.

    Senior Web Technologist (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThe mission is impeccable, you can feel great about the work you do, and there are some amazing people pouring their hearts into this company.

    ConsThe upper management is not as good as could be; tight budgets and constant political threat keep PBS from growing as well as it could.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focused on people who share the vision of the mission. The issues PBS faces are not about being more corporate; they are about how best to serve people with educational and cultural media in the 21st Century.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    You will feel great about the work that you do but watch out for the massive amount of red tape.

    Producer (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsGreat people
    Great cause
    You are recognized for your work

    ConsBureaucracy and internal politics
    Difficult to rise through middle management

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep innovating and find better ways to retain great talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    PBS is a great place to work

    Project Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsHealthy environment, decent pay, great cause

    ConsSlow moving, afraid of change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The people are the heart of the organization

    Senior Associate (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsGreat work environment, friendly staff, convenient location, important mission

    ConsConstant re-organizing, diminishing benefits, advancement opportunities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    PBS, great ... management, absolutely clueless!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsPBS is a company that you can be proud to work for. Great benefits.

    ConsDepartment heads do not value their employees at all or give recognition. Many valuable resources have left and morale is extremely low. Slim possibilities of career advancements. Absolutely no communication between internal departments due to internal conflicts from management which creates a horrible work environment and negatively affects everyone's job performance .

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet it together. Learn about your team and don't just try to be buddy buddy with the higher ups because your employees are the ones working hard, putting in those extra hours, being innovative and making you look good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great People... for the most part

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsRespect in the marketplace - people love PBS
    Some of the most talented and dedicated co-workers
    Fun perks
    Good location
    Excellent benefits and work/life balance
    Great location in evolving Crystal City

    ConsTop-heavy
    Inefficient
    Inside politics
    Lack of advancement opportunities

    Advice to Senior ManagementRestructure to trim the top level fat across the entire organization and stop building silos. Don't punish and lay-off the the rank & file who actually do the work and truly believe in the brand. Reward employees who have worked hard and deserve advancement rather than shuffling in more directors and VPs who couldn't care less about what PBS is all about.

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    Very good, but demanding.

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsTo make the world better. To make the world better. To make the world better. To make the world better. Educate, inform, and inspire!

    ConsIt was very stressful and demanding. You have to prioritize your time very well. Show up early and leave late.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes I witnessed a bit too much of micro-managing. I think that produces excellence, but perhaps a bit too much of it still.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    PBS is a wonderful place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsPBS is a wonderful brand that people all around the country love and it's fun to be part of delivering something that stands apart in the media world. The senior team invites and encourages employees to share new ideas, and when you have a good one, there is room and support to run with it. This is great for professional growth. It's a tremendously friendly and thoughtful team, with some whip-smart people mixed in. And, the environment respects and accommodates work-life balance.

    ConsIn the last 3 years, there have been as many rounds of reorganization, resulting in lost jobs, decreased budgets, and increased workloads for staff who remain. Like any other nonprofit, there is always a battle for funding to support the work. An increasingly competitive media world makes it increasingly challenging to keep up, so join the team if you want to be a catalyst for innovation and change, and don't mind a big, fat, enduring funding challenge!

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine and convey a clear vision for the future of PBS; say no sometimes; don't do everything by consensus; diversify the board of directors to have more professions and organizations represented; renew commitment to lifestyle shows that helped build the early success of PBS.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I like PBS

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsPBS is a collaborative environment
    Employees, for the most part, are very nice and reasonable, especially compared to employees at other companies.

    ConsUnfortunately, there's not as much opportunity for career advancement
    The annual pay raises are fairly meager compared to other companies

    Advice to Senior ManagementPBS has a bit of a reputation of not advancing their employees very often. Management could do a better job of better rewarding employees who have gone and beyond and are consistently excelling in their job from year to year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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