PBS Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
54 Reviews
3.5
54 Reviews
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PBS President, CEO, and Director Paula A. Kerger
Paula A. Kerger
27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent benefits and work/life balance (in 3 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)

  • It's a non-profit, meaning there are lots of really smart people who are making far less than they could in the commercial world (in 4 reviews)

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    Eight, Arizona PBS/KAET 8

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at PBS part-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Telesales

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    Current Employee - Telesales  in  Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Telesales in Bethlehem, PA

    I have been working at PBS part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Soft cold calls to past due members in order to get them to make donation for continual support. Selling PBS products and concert tickets. Hourly pay and bonuses. Easy to talk to members who share the same passion for PBS.

    Cons

    Difficult turn over for supervisor in charge. The time frame that I worked there was during the stock market crash and many memebers who were already retired lost savings. Very sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very nice management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company if you want no growth

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    Current Employee - Corporate  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Corporate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at PBS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and good work life balance

    Cons

    No room for growth. No room for changes due to top level management being "old school". Pay not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your workers to shine. No point in hiring young, new, bright, innovative talent if you would like to comform to the same old things. Allow the monetary success of PBS to flow throughout the company, not just the top.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Looking up

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PBS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong mission-oriented culture. Good finances. Revitalized senior leadership team (finally working together and breaking down silos.)

    Cons

    It's a non-profit, meaning there are lots of really smart people who are making far less than they could in the commercial world ... and a handful of overly comfortable people who have no idea how hard their lives would be if they were in the for-profit world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great mission

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PBS full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The best mission in the country. Great content and coworkers makes for a really fun, engaging environment with a lot of personality.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. If you like your job, you're good, but there's very little internal mobility. Otherwise, it's fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The silos the company operates in really need to be reviewed for balance. There's a lot of inequity between departments. People with similar responsibility levels have widely varying titles and compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Frustrating to watch the internal struggles

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PBS

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, great benefits, good mission

    Cons

    PBS is struggling to determine their relevancy in the future as broadcast and cable landscape changes-- they seem to be in a "throwing spaghetti on the wall" stage--tying everything and anything without much thought.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Love the environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PBS

    Pros

    I technically work for an affiliate of PBS (local station). The environment is usually great. People are friendly and helpful. PBS is always helpful and informative with everything.

    Cons

    It is hard to move up in the company unless you're willing to do a 40 year stint. It is also unusual to get a pay increase at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to have more of a focus on employee growth, professionally speaking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PBS part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    flexible hours, great training, volunteers opportunities, open communication with general manager, great place to grow if you are entry level

    Cons

    part time hours, no room for advancement if you miss your opportunity it could be years before anything would come up again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to talk with your employees and open discussion for younger programming

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great mission, great people.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA

    I worked at PBS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The mission and the people. Better than average benefits.

    Cons

    Limited career path, below average salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Run the other direction

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    Former Employee - Interaction Designer  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at PBS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    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).

    Cons

    Some of the people were not so sane, incl my boss. Pay is terrible if you're a regular f/t employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of how your directors are leading departments. If you want stellar professionals -- and esp stellar professionals at non-profit salaries -- you have to provide a stellar and truly professional work environment. Else you will lose every one of us that signed on with you because we were idealistic and optimistic about the mission of PBS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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