PBS Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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PBS President, CEO, and Director Paula A. Kerger
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Pros
  • Great benefits and good work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • If you're f/t contract, you should do fine (great pay, many great people, and you can easily move on when you've had enough) (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Erratic scheduling, little room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

  • no room for advancement or hire afterward (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Fantastic time working with the PBS community

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at PBS as an intern

    Pros

    An inspiring, engaging community. Everyone is hard working and cares about their impact on the country.

    Cons

    At times a little tedious, but for an intern they give opportunities to shine.

  2. Very good company to work for overall.

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

    I have been working at PBS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great Family Culture
    -Convenient location outside of the city but still accessible via Metro
    -Great Benefits, including an automatic 8% retirement contibution

    Cons

    -Because it is a non-profit, payscale is low
    -Can feel like there aren't many jobs between entry level and director
    -Don't always promote from within
    -No parking

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within, pay employees better and they will stay longer and get parking access for the employees

  3. Great company with a missional purpose.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I worked at PBS (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Diversity in the workplace especially women and minorities. Very collaborative and team centric. Place you can feel proud to work for.

    Cons

    Not a lot of flexibility to take risks beyond a creative threshold. Lack of communication between groups who share commonality. Pay.

    Advice to Management

    Increase budgets for groups who proven themselves and provide necessary support to make them successful.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Community Engagement Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Community Engagement in Arlington, VA
    Current Intern - Community Engagement in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at PBS as an intern

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Intern Events
    - Access to Senior Management
    - Working on meaningful projects
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    Cons

    - Not seeing the completion of your project

    Advice to Management

    - Management should expand the internship program because PBS is a great company to work for.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at PBS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great work environment. Everyone is very helpful, friendly and supportive. There's a good deal of trying to make everything as efficient as possible and make teams work as well as possible.

    Cons

    Not much to say here. I guess there are a lot of very busy people. Since the budget for new his isn't always big, rules trend to be broader and each person does more.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good, but boring experience. Very vanilla work environment.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Fair pay, trust from management, welcoming people, interesting content to work with. Plus, cool meetings with cast members from the shows.

    Cons

    Office is old fashioned, cubicles and shut off desks, often lack of communication, really inconvenient office location. Most of my complaints are in regards to the work environment.

  8. Office culture is great. People are friendly and laid back. Definitely an independent work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at PBS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Office culture is definitely a pro as well as the recent changes and increases in popularity of the network. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Not as easy to move around as one would think. Advancement takes a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Gear up collaboration across departments.

  9. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work and a great public mission

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

    I have been working at PBS full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really excellent, talented and intelligent co-workers who all believe in public media and creating a unique not-for-profit space in the modern television landscape. The retirement benefits are quite good and the company believes in a family-friendly workplace. My kids think my coworkers are Curious George and the Cat in the Hat, and they love telling their friends where I work. I've grown a tremendous amount since I started here and would have a hard time being quite as satisfied anywhere else.

    Cons

    Not many downsides. There are still silos within the organization and even within departments, but we have been working hard to work through them.

  10. intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Kansas City, MO

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    -hands on experience for just about anything media related you want to learn
    - flexible understanding staff
    -modern hip facility
    -credible company

    Cons

    can't think of any
    - maybe.. very little supervision.. they expect you to be an independent worker, self starter

  11. Helpful (1)

    Eight, Arizona PBS/KAET 8

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at PBS part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Eight, Arizona PBS is a wonderful company that works to bring the factions of the community together. They provide local news, entertainment, and public outreach at no cost.

    Cons

    The only con is that PBS relies on public contributions for operating funding. Therefore, if you can, donate to Eight! They rely on you in order to bring the best in community outreach for free to underprivileged youth and adults.

    Advice to Management

    I hope you continue to grow and play an essential part in public broadcasting.

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