Sesame Workshop

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Sesame Workshop Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
49 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great children's media organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sesame Workshop

    Pros

    -Coworkers who care
    -Fun work events (halloween contests, speaker series, etc.)
    -46 years of experience working with children

    Cons

    Upper management a little disorganized

  2.  

    Lovely place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Great products. Great mission. Good company feeling.

    Cons

    Many re-orgs. Insecurity because of the constant shakeups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees, job security and opportunities to grow. Keep good talent. Nurture good talent. Make more people staff and not just freelance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    NPO culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop

    Pros

    beautiful office, very nice people to work with

    Cons

    slow pace; not energetic enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leadership should be more risk-taking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great worker bees, bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop full-time

    Pros

    Some really wonderful people. The worker bees are especially great to work with and are really passionate about the materials they produce. Great benefits (maternity leave, vacation days). Amazing vision. Bright ideas from young employees wanting to make a difference and being proactive about it.

    Cons

    There are truly great projects in the works, but many upper management lack leadership AND management skills. A lot of favoritism by one manager leads to hostile department environments. Compensation is based on your manager. Some managers will give promotions and raises based on merit and will "fight for you." Some will base it on the length of time you've been in your current role, regardless of your performance, which leads to lack of innovation from very complacent people not wanting to step out of their comfort zone. Many managers also take their employees for granted feeling that they should "be lucky to be there." Lastly, there is little to no upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for your employees. Treat your department kindly and with respect. Compensate those who deserve it based on merit, not length of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some good people, horrible Executive level

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop full-time

    Pros

    Great Brand, and mission. Get lots of holidays off. Educating the poor, under privileged children is a worthy cause and work towards.

    Cons

    Executive level strangles the company, creating an environment of top heavy departments. The company has been running like a sorority house, with clear favoritism and people taking credit for work that isn't theirs. The company has a very strong corporate culture, and higher ups suffocate all projects with intense oversight and micromanagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the bullying sorority culture. What makes the company great is under the thumb of business people. Start compensating people for the work they do, instead of not giving raises to keep your quarter million dollar plus salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fulfilling experience yet poor compensation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Sesame Workshop as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, passionate and fulfilling.

    Cons

    People are great to work with but everyone was unhappy about compensation and work/ life balance

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

    The dream to contribute to Jim Henson's most important work and help children all over the world came together in my job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative Director of Character Design in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director of Character Design in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I am able to use every aspect of my professional training as well as my own personal gifts and talents to be a top-level contributor in this mission driven company.

    Cons

    As with many companies there are political implications that distract and ddisrupt the fulfillment of maximizing what we can truly accomplish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to others who truly get what we are doing. Return to focusing on being more creative that corporate focused. Let those who are revealed as truly commited and genuinely creative contribute past the boundaries of their job descriptions and even, as appropriate, subordinate the decisions of the upeer level management for the better ideas that will grow and empower the company with the people who do the actual work and truly uderstand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Some great people, severely underpaid

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

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

    Pros

    Some employees truly care about the mission of the company and it shows in their work ethic and integrity. They are great, encouraging, fun people to work with.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be terrible, the company is undergoing an identity crisis and does not have clear direction as a non-profit education company OR a media company, it will take forever to get a promotion or raise--no matter how much you work your tail off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what we are worth or stop expecting us to run like a for-profit company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Greatest Job Ever!!!

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

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The learning experience, I learned most of what i know about the film and television industry and i went on to start a business with the education i received during my 5yrs with them...

    Cons

    funding for pbs and non-forprofits where hit hard by the morgatege bubble crissis and subsequent market crash which followed.. rendering the corporate structure of the workshop unable to asist in the fashion they are a custum to, essentialy translating into budget for production cuts and layoffs w/restructuring of staff and departments.. This was in 2011 and they have come back stronger for it...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "i wouldn't dare to mess with perfection."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience for interns

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

    I worked at Sesame Workshop as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    the majority of the people in the department were welcoming and friendly; the environment was really casual; the directors and VPs in the dept were very open to chatting with the interns; Attending team meetings; paid internship; I was also given the opportunity to network with people in other departments;

    Cons

    I only interned twice a week so I didn't get a good grasp for the day to day operation; The people in the department should engage with the interns more;

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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