Red Bee Media Reviews

Updated May 21, 2014
Updated May 21, 2014
15 Reviews

3.2
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Drives you sort of mental, but there's free coffee

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    Former Employee - Subtitler
    Former Employee - Subtitler

    I worked at Red Bee Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The staff are a wonderful collection of varied human beings, each of whom will impress you in some way or another, mostly because everyone has a conspicuous level of education behind them. They are cool cats.
     - The management have your back when it matters most. I've never been treated with more respect than at RBM. Sure, they won't drop everything to accommodate every leave request, but they're there when you need them and good at what they do.
     - You can legit spend your breaks watching Game of Thrones in a small booth by yourself, where nobody can see what you're doing, if you feel like it.
     - The amount of your life you will waste on watching Deal or No Deal will ensure that you find a way to escape television subtitling, whether or not that seems like something you'd want at the start.
     - If you're a subtitler, you'll work in an enclosed space by yourself, with a computer, a TV, and headphones. This means chair-dancing while you work.
     - There are no blocked websites, because research necessitates access to all sorts of content. This means you are free to peruse your favoured social media, news outlets, and forums at leisure. Everyone in there is doing this at least 70% of the time, so don't worry about it.

    Cons

    - Absolute, complete, far and away, seriously the actual worst capacity for tech I have ever seen.
     - Seriously, the internet didn't work half the time.
     - You will have to watch hours and hours of Deal or No Deal in slow motion.
     - Norwich has its own BBC news slots, and my oh my, you'll have to subtitle them. I can't explain why that's a con without getting into technical details, but trust me, it's bad.
     - There are various promotion opportunities, but they all lead to jobs that look horrendous.
     - It's difficult to go into the kitchen without encountering people who seem to possess a pathological hatred for the company and everything it does, but if you just remember that their hate is the product of years and years of Deal or No Deal, you'll be fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company in need of change

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Red Bee Media full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Ericsson have just purchased the company which will hopefully lead to a desperately needed funding increase. There are opportunities to work across some very high profile clients and services. Within the TV media industry Red Bee has one of the best range of clients.

    Cons

    Training is very limited and management structure is very unclear and constantly changing. Job roles also not always very well defined. There is a culture of penny pinching which is sapping morale. People having 'Junior' added to their job title although the responsibilities are the same as normal or senior roles. Also, the job spec of roles are regularly changed and edited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Poor management and poor opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subtitler  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Subtitler in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Red Bee Media full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and great people.

    Cons

    Don't pay well, too many new ideas implemented without enough thought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better for better results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Management Sucks

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Red Bee Media full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, most care quite deeply about the service

    Cons

    Management are only interested in their opinion (either agree with them or leave/get fired).
    They will take advantage and get you to work stupid hours and be on call 24/7, if you let them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management is full of yes people who are often poor at their job; they certainly don't listen to opposite arguement with an open mind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Has Potential But Extremely Poorly Managed

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subtitler  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Subtitler in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Red Bee Media full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The actual work is enjoyable. New CEO Patrick Tillieux seems like a decent bloke and the company was recently taken over by Ericsson so things have a chance to improve (touch wood). The staff are well-educated, sociable and good at their jobs. The pay was adequate a few years ago but…...

    Cons

    ......the pay is now very low for new recruits. There are far too many managers. Consequently, the quality of management is poor. The subtitling department is not well run. “Headless chicken management” is spot-on. I guess there hasn’t been enough investment - subtitling is unprofitable. Tasks are complicated anyway and subtitlers are expected to take responsibility for far too many factors. There are constant catastrophes of one kind or another. But rather than management looking at how systems can be improved to avoid problems, staff are blamed over and over again. The system for requesting holidays is awful. Too many holidays are ruined by having one or two days out of a fortnight refused and responses to holiday requests take too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please help lower management find effective ways to avoid losses, not just telling staff off then considering the problems solved despite constant recurrences.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company of great people, let down by poor management and indecision regarding strategy.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Bee Media

    Pros

    The staff. Hands down the best thing about working at Red Bee.
    Salary is okay, but the range of salaries within peers varies hugely, and appears to be based on who threatens to leave (and the desire to retain).

    Cons

    Headless chicken management.
    No defined strategy, with the company flailing from one disaster to the next.
    Impending redundancies..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the arse covering culture and make positive steps to improve the organisation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    There have been some great moments but there are also some bad parts to the company

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    Former Employee - Reporting Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Reporting Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Red Bee Media full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some of the work is great and testing.

    Cons

    As staff leave, your work load increases, never really replaced with experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give support to the younger/newer people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Red Bee Media full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fantastic people, nice environment to be in, growing business

    Cons

    Pay could be a bit better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Busy place to get lots of different experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Bee Media full-time

    Pros

    Busy company with lots of work in lots of different areas.
    Great place to learn quickly, hit the ground and keep running.

    Cons

    Some departments are over-run with work so it can be difficult and slow to get projects done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting heads at the bottom of the pile, these guys do the actual work. Look higher up.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Everyday is a learning experience, but not everyone learns.. and same lessons may get repeated more often than you like

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Red Bee Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - A lot of potential for you to contribute, if you know your skills and want to make a difference
    - You will get very chance to get your hands dirty, if you are willing.
    - You will immediately know/meet people first hand who will need to help you do your job. ( wether they are to help or not due to work pressure/overload is different matter)
    - may meet a lot of technically 'good' people and a few experts
    - they say you can grow fast, n get more responsibilities ( not tried - growing , and responsibilities is grey area as not always very clear - means you are less likely to overstep another)
    - great company if you are have reached professional nirvana, and just want to add value and make a difference. You can see results ( others may need some help visualising it).
    - Everyday is a firefight or sorts - you may like it if you do want to retire in this job, no day goes without this.

    Cons

    - Performance measurements standard is poor, that implies you may get recognised for normal job tasks, or go unrecognised for going out of the way to get something done.
    - Hero syndrome is common, single point of failure are abound.
    - Can get stressful, if you want to define few old ambiguities. Old habits die hard.
    - Skilled people get overworked or leave the company soon. ( indication - if you are really skilled you may get better job somewhere else )
    - Everyday is a firefight or sorts - you may not like it if you want to retire in this job, no day goes without this. But hey...you may choose not to fight the fires everyday ..cuz you will find another one any other day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Know ground realities.
    - Retain good people, recognise good practises.
    - Fix Problems, don't just bandage it.
    - Stop wastage. It's all over the place.

    Neutral Outlook

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