Powderhouse Productions Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Coveted company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Powderhouse Productions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    positive environment, supportive co-workers and higher-ups, open culture, youthful vibe. flexible hours, room for growth

    Cons

    The nature of reality TV keeps wages low, often leading to less experienced personnel hired who will work for less. This cuts both ways; provides an opportunity for those unlikely to be granted one in a more demanding environment, but suppresses market wages.


  2. Production Assistant

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Somerville, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with some really great people,

    Cons

    Its the sweat shop of New England video production

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  3. Great place to get experience, lots of talented people, but a hard place to stay, whether you want to or not.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are lots of talented people and many great contacts to make. Leadership within a team varies widely from show to show - can be great or can be terrible. Roles here often have you doing a lot more tasks then you would traditionally get to do with your level of experience/abilities. And you're working on shows for television! This makes the job challenging and a lot of fun while giving you great experience so that when your show ends and you lose your job, you'll be able to use your contacts and experience to get into a good role somewhere else... or get hired back after a few months for a new show. In my experience, a lot of people moved on to jobs in NYC because of the contacts/experience they gained here in Somerville. Also, the office location is great - Davis Square is a circus, but it has plenty of great lunch spots and is always entertaining.

    Cons

    This is often a frustrating place to work. The talented people that work here often leave when a project ends or is cancelled, or when a better opportunity comes along. This often results in future seasons of a show having a completely new team that has to basically start from scratch and make all the season 1 mistakes all over again... so shows don't generally evolve and the quality of a show can remain stagnant over multiple seasons. If the show you are working on ends and there is no other show to jump on, you will be unemployed, often for many months at a time. This may be due more to the nature of reality television production than anything else, but it makes it tough to consider this job a long term one. The pay is low, the hours are long and there is little transparency or communication within the company. This really creates an "us against them" mentality, but it's often hard to identify who the "them" is when your boss and your boss' boss are in the same boat.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with your employees and find ways to show your employees that you value them.


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  5. Expect Lots of hard work for little gratitude/ compensation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Somerville, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Powderhouse Productions full-time

    Pros

    Creative environment. Davis square is fun.

    Cons

    Long hours, low rates, women are treated less than men and get paid less than men. Falsified bonuses. Lacks opportunity for growth. Bad parking


  6. great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    People are friendly, facility is great and the senior management is very accessible

    Cons

    the shows I was working on were not of great interest to me


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    The Children's Place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Basically, this company is willing to let anyone play producer, as long as they're cheap enough.

    Cons

    There's nobody to learn from, as everyone has their training wheels on. Titles are handed out unearned. I think the delivery guy might have been credited as a producer on a few shows!

    Advice to Management

    Experience matters- not just cheap labor!


  8. All in all, a pretty great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Jack of All Trades in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Jack of All Trades in Somerville, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    This is really creative, exciting place. Growing fast, doing really cool work. Only place like it in New England. If you want to make interesting television, this is really the place to do it.

    Cons

    Deadlines can be intense, at times things are a bit chaotic. Hours can be long, production schedules at times a bit brutal. But I don't think its much different anywhere else in this field

    Advice to Management

    Overall, I'd ask them communicate more regularly and consistently. Let us know what's going on. Perhaps a newsletter or a weekly email. Also, remember how hard people work around here. Show us your appreciation. A little pat on the back goes a long way.



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