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  1. Typical inefficient Non-profit

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  2. A barrel of monkeys trying to fly a plane.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pacifica full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.


  3. Cashflow issues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


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  5. Organization bent on self-destruction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programming, Marketing
    Former Employee - Programming, Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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



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