Sesame Workshop

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Sesame Workshop Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
55 Reviews
3.5
55 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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
  • it's extremely top heavy: As of Dec 2012 I counted 71 VPs in a company of just 300 (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    Most of the people are nice and enthusiastic.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Corporate Culture in a Non-Profit

    • 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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, great time-off benefits

    Cons

    so much red tape, poor pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with your work

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A once great company with passionate staff

    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Encourage new ideas and new thinking throughout the ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Top heavy

    • 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

    Pros

    Great people, great atmosphere, great mission.

    Cons

    No room to grow. The company is so top heavy, people don't leave and the ones that have been there forever don't contribute anything new. So all the busy workers never get a chance to move up in the company. And they don't promote unless someone leaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote when it's earned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    GREAT PLACE TO WORK!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Global Education Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Global Education Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere
    Great schedule flexibility

    Cons

    I can't think of any down points!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep offering schedule flexibility!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Sesame Workshop

    • 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

    Pros

    Great people doing great work, excellent work-life balance including summer Fridays and a break between Christmas and New Years

    Cons

    very little room for growth, very top heavy with VPs who have had no experience outside the workshop, little creative growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    tap into the talent at the bottom, you are missing out!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best. Internship. Ever.

    • 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

    Pros

    Every single person who works there is passionate, focused, intelligent, and innovative. They all care about each other and want to support one another's professional growth. Environment is extremely collaborative. They are also very welcoming! I learned so much not only about the field in which my internship was focused, but about my strengths, my interests, and my potential paths, just to name a few.

    Cons

    No cons at all. Everyone seemed to have a great work-life balance from what I saw, compensation for an intern was fair.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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

  10.  

    Lovely place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Digital Producer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - 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
  11.  

    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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