Pacifica

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Pacifica Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
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  1.  

    Typical inefficient Non-profit

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

    I worked at Pacifica full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Progressive media
    - Promotes Social Justice
    - Large network
    - Great stepping stone to NPR

    Cons

    - Many part-time positions with no insurance
    - Justify low-pay due to financial instability
    - Lack of functional working structure
    - Quick turn over for good and talented people
    - Claims to be racially conscious but still doesn't walk the talk
    - Politics prevents good people from staying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the network audience beyond the progressive or left media. Make it an inviting space for younger staff (under 50). Find a sustainable and long term financial solution to stabilize the fiances. A new Executive Director every couple years is not the answer. A completely new board with young people who are passionate about media would be great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    A barrel of monkeys trying to fly a plane.

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

    I have been working at Pacifica full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The programming diversity is exceptional.

    Cons

    The by laws allow anyone with 25 to run for the board. This board of ignorant people then try to tell broadcast professionals how to do their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go bankrupt and try to start again. Like most successful nonprofits, select board members that adds expertise and connections to the running of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Cashflow issues

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

    I worked at Pacifica as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Community radio is great
    staff very passionate

    Cons

    low wages
    very political - sometimes discriminatory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fixed the issues in the National office, get a real ED, and lose the crazy board members

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Organization bent on self-destruction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programming, Marketing
    Former Employee - Programming, Marketing

    I worked at Pacifica part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    opportunity to pursue progressive values
    some room to be creative, learn new skills
    lesson in how not to run an organization
    chance to be part of a proud tradition of peace and justice radio

    Cons

    hostility from all sides
    perpetual financial insecurity, mismanagement
    fear of change; dysfunctional governance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    establish clear goals and best practices for stations, while allowing each room to define themselves
    build ties with non-Pacifica stations
    encourage and reward creativity, staff development!
    put board members to work, esp in fundraising

    Doesn't Recommend

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