Sesame Workshop Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Sesame Workshop President & CEO Jeffrey Dunn
Jeffrey Dunn
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Pros
  • It's a great brand that we're all familiar with (in 5 reviews)

  • great mission, wonderful people, good benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Executive level strangles the company, creating an environment of top heavy departments (in 9 reviews)

  • People stick around because as non-profit, Sesame is not under the same pressures to meet market demands (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Excellent Intern Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sesame Workshop

    Pros

    You learn a lot and feel part of the team. After this internship experience, potential careers would recognize such a known name.

    Cons

    none that i can think of.

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (1)

    Improving

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Great people! Say what you want about this place, but it attracts some of the most passionate and generally caring people. I've made some of my best friends here.
    * If you're a smart person you can influence the way things are done and really make things work for you
    * Most people are accessible. If you want to talk to anyone, even the CEO, they'll fit you in and at least listen.

    Cons

    * Too much favoritism. If you're liked you can get promoted very easily and quickly regardless of your talent. If you're not liked (even for the most ridiculous reason) you will never even get recognized for any of your work
    * No accountability. People are getting away with doing absolutely no productive work.
    * Too top heavy. Even though there was a recent change in management, there are still too many VP and above level people and not enough entry level people, leaving mid-level people overworked

    Advice to Management

    I think we are getting there. I like what I'm hearing about the new direction of the company. I sincerely hope that holding people accountable is not just lip service. We still have quite a bit of dead weight that we need to cut loose. I'm hoping to see more changes trickle down so that we can be more productive, nimble, and efficient.


  3. Not interest in change

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

    I worked at Sesame Workshop full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of engaged employees, excited about the mission.

    Cons

    But, overall, much resistance t change.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Great Mission, Terrible Execution

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

    I worked at Sesame Workshop full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission, great show.
    Awesome mid- and lower-level employees, personally and professionally; A true sense of comradely.
    Bright and fun environment.
    Multiple events for employees to socialize and mingle.
    Great PTO and Holiday benefits.

    Cons

    Would rather maintain the illusion of a nice place to work than actually fix its problems.
    VP and above are largely incompetent; Completely out of touch with how companies (Media or Non-profit) operate.
    Tenure is valued over talent, and rewarded as such. Talent is consistently stifled by Managers who feel threatened by their direct reports' capabilities. Furthermore, Managers take credit for work done by their teams, with no acknowledgments.
    Titles and compensation are not given based on jobs that are actually being performed by the employee.
    Personality is largely valued over productivity. As a result, "nice" employees are allowed to lack important skillsets which creates a difficult work environment (this especially applies to Management positions).
    New projects and responsibilities or promotions are given based almost exclusively on favoritism.
    Creative and administrative decisions are not made in a timely manner.
    Older employees have not recieved continued education regarding technology and as a result cannot use common programs such as Excel and PowerPoint.
    No chance for promotions, despite what a prospective employee may be told during the interview process.
    A company full of "Yes Men" and anyone who tries to give constructive criticism is labeled insubordinate.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate where (or who) your problems are. It's not the people who have been there for less than 5 years or are still sitting at the bottom, patiently waiting to be recognized.


  6. Decent place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sesame Workshop

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Access to interesting, creative people

    Cons

    Long hours and ambitious co-workers

    Advice to Management

    More flex time options


  7. Always waiting for the other shoe to drop

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Small company, which provides a family feel. Employers do care about the staff.

    Cons

    Being a non profit the company is always in debt, layoffs are always on the horizon.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to bring in a profit. Something that will sell in the global market.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work

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

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people are nice and enthusiastic.

    Cons

    Limited space to move up and not much mid-level management


  9. Helpful (1)

    Corporate Culture in a Non-Profit

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

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, great time-off benefits

    Cons

    so much red tape, poor pay

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with your work


  10. Helpful (5)

    Whatever you do, don't work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Sesame Workshop full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Amazing people
    Amazing mission
    Feels good to tell people you work at Sesame

    Cons

    No promotions
    Salaries so low you're practically a volunteer (but if you ask for a raise or promotion you will be perceived as entitled)
    Manipulative VP's and higher level management
    Archaic digital strategy

    Advice to Management

    Read Lean In


  11. Helpful (2)

    A once great company with passionate staff

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

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great mission driven organization with many very smart dedicated people

    Cons

    Out of touch senior management more concerned with their own titles and bonus than the company

    Advice to Management

    Encourage new ideas and new thinking throughout the ranks.



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