Sesame Workshop

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Sesame Workshop Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
43 Reviews
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43 Reviews
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  1.  

    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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    • 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
  2.  

    Some great people, severely underpaid

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    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
  3.  

    Greatest Job Ever!!!

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Good experience for interns

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Carrot on a string.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sesame Workshop full-time

    Pros

    Great brand. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Way too top heavy with a sense of entitlement. Lots of talking in circles. Lots of lifers who have never worked any where else so have no sense outside this brand. Cliquey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really need a shake up, culture shift, and clear direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, slightly inefficient

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sesame Workshop

    Pros

    There is a clear vision and strong commitment to the mission of the organization. The teams are constantly coming up with innovative projects that leverage the power of both the Muppet characters and the Sesame brand itself. Being a part of an inspiring and mission-driven organization is fulfilling and satisfying.

    Cons

    Room for improvement in terms of efficiency and in creating a team-friendly environment. My team was pretty disjointed- between that, top-down management, and tight budgets for projects, it is difficult to get things done in an efficient manner.

    Furthermore, lack of success/data metrics contributed to inefficiencies and makes it harder to support the mission in a clear and efficient manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to consider what success metrics are most important to them; viewership, literacy rates, testing results, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good people and nice office environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I only worked with about 5 people regularly at Sesame but they were all pretty great. I felt there was a nice air of collaboration across departments and the office is a lot of fun if you are a fan of the Sesame Street brand. There were on-going events for staff and regular opportunities to socialize with colleagues.

    Cons

    There were some feelings of being under-paid and overworked especially among the global departments. The company was restructuring while I was there to integrate international and domestic projects so I am unsure how the restructuring process went and how well it was received.

  9.  

    Great work environment with great people.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sesame Workshop

    Pros

    People are very nice, and friendly. Great job perks

    Cons

    If you work in production and they are not filming, the days can be a bit slow.

  10.  

    Former Employee

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    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)

    Pros

    It's a great brand in terms of it's mission which is to help educate children around the world.
    But that's it! This is a non-for-profit org but how can it be that the CEO Mr. Ming makes over $1K yr? Google it! Oh & Sesame pays for his Manhattan condo as well. Hmm. Is this where your donations go to? Hey Governor Mintz KEEP DIGGING! You'll find a lot! Speak to the former minorities they'll have lots to tell!

    Cons

    1) Layoffs HAPPEN ALL THE TIME! 2)CEO, Executives (and their assistants) are the only ones getting raises & bonuses. EA to CEO gets a HEFTY $10,000 bonus(give or take). 3)Racism yes racism does take place at Sesame (though HR makes sure they meet the minority quota). 4)HR caters only to top Execs. 5) Promises to give a raise are seldom due to "budget constraints". Don't let the puppets fool you...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board of Trustees need to take a closer look at what's really happening at Sesame Workshop. The employees are not treated fairly. Bonuses are only fought for upper management and raises are ever so seldom. It's a horrible place to work at if you're not a VP and above. Help the "little people" PLEASE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Interesting work. Lots of learning opportunities. Great mission, at least at the surface level. Many interesting, intelligent, and kind colleagues.

    Cons

    Unequal pay, unequal respect, unequal hours, unequal everything. An internal disregard for education despite being an educational company. The internal culture and priorities do not match the external mission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please note that many of your positive reviews come from interns who are around for less than a year. Make an effort to distinguish between talk and action - in particular, distinguish between who is talking and who is doing the work. The company is losing its most talented and passionate young workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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