Sinclair Broadcast Group

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
76 Reviews
2.5
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Sinclair Broadcast Group Chairman, President, and CEO David D. Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and it's a very stable company (in 4 reviews)

  • I have been fortunate enough to work with great people here (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Little room for growth, low pay, terrible hours (in 5 reviews)

  • Lot's of hard work, but very littie appreciation for employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn but move on once you've gotten that

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting-Finance in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Accounting-Finance in Hunt Valley, MD

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, decent benefits, a good place to start out and get some experience

    Cons

    Training is okay, time off policies are normal. You will do better there if your a man. Inappropriate management behaviors are sometimes tolerated and covered up at the expense of others. Work load can be heavy depending on who you are. There are people there who produce or deliver very little and others who are overwhelmed and working on the weekends. You can get taken advantage of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop protecting people who should no longer be there or are one of the "boys".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Poor compensation, no room for advancement, poor news judgement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - News Producer in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - News Producer in West Palm Beach, FL

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people at the this local station can be great to work with despite the challenges of bad management, poor news judgement and overall lack of quality.

    Cons

    The organization tends to push it's conservative agenda despite it's position as a local news station, that should be non biased, and they did so a lot in the 2012 election. There was no room for growth for within at this station, you were capped on how high you could go and on salary. Huge turnover for many positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try promoting from within to have a better culture and lower turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Production Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group

    Pros

    Good hands on experience, excellent direct supervisor

    Cons

    Little room for growth, low pay, terrible hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I got a paycheck and had a job.

    Cons

    The Human Resource department is very unprofessional and not helpful at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Advancing is not much of a option.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in West Palm Beach, FL

    I have been working at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get a paycheck every 2 weeks.

    Cons

    Due to understaffing and pressure from management to go above and beyond what any one person can do, there is a ton of stress put on all employees below management. When Management is told about the conditions and given suggestions to make it better they seem to ignore and not care at all, this causes issues of resent and distrust.Trying to advance is next to impossible if you have any other position than management. You can't be promoted from one job title to another without experience, which they will not give you. So advancing is not a priority to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The hiring process takes to long and doesn't seem to find the right person for the right positions. Someone who has absolutely no experience what so ever should get more than 2 days of training, before being thrown into the fire. Management needs to open their eyes and see putting stress on everyone else except certain few can break a system down and cause resentment. Hire more people so that certain positions do not have to do 30 hrs of overtime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Little room for growth, low pay, good resume builder

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scheduling Specialist
    Current Employee - Scheduling Specialist

    I have been working at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time

    Pros

    Good experience for an entry level jobs. Co-workers are very friendly and easy to get along with, which makes your work day much more enjoyable. Big company so it can look good on your resume. Good benefits and it's a very stable company.

    Cons

    Low pay. Micro-managed. No room for growth. The only way to grow within the company is if someone above you quits. Promotions can be based on personal relationships rather than professional relationships. No raises. Management can be extremely unprofessional at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within the company instead of hiring someone from the outside. It will keep keep the employees motivated and give them something to work for. Needs to be a possibility of getting a raise other than the standard yearly cost of living raise (which employees are expected to be excited about).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Pushing political views not good journalism

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - News Producer
    Former Employee - News Producer

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Located everywhere
    Expanding
    Strong corporate cash position
    will survive consolidation

    Cons

    Low salaries
    job dissatisfaction
    unhappy coworkers
    unethical business and journalistic practices mandated by top company executives
    weak benefits
    weak growth opportunities
    The "walmart" of local news

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on journalism and independence, not pushing the CEO message of conservatism and free-for-all free-market capitalism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    If I could give them 0 stars I would...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They will hire you with little to no experience.
    Good bonus structure.

    Cons

    BEWARE of Sinclair U. You learn some things but thats it. If you leave it costs you $5000 (last paycheck or pay them) to get out of the contract. If they accidentally pay you they'll claim you still owe them. Management are "YES" men and women to corporate. Never trust a Sinclair manager. They're out to save their own skin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your people like people. Give them real benefits and don't nickel and dime them on vacation days and sick days. 5 sick days? Thats sad. And whoever heard of buying vacation days? Quit buying up so many stations. Competition is healthy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Was not a pleasant experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company is well known. The company has connections around the country so you can network.

    Cons

    Office culture was terrible. Extremely inflexible, very unfair in our requests, yet they asked for ridiculous overtime without overtime pay. Only off for the major holidays. Almost everyone was looking to quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees a little more like equals, not like subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent pay and benefits; terrible corporate culture and unpleasant atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Master Control Operator in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Master Control Operator in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - pay is good compared to other MCO jobs I've had
    - good benefits
    - top-notch equipment and technology
    - good amount of vacation time

    Cons

    - horrible corporate atmosphere
    - condescending, oppressive, rigid, and disrespectful management
    - miserable, angry co-workers
    - lack of upward mobility
    - poor training
    - many co-workers had swing shift schedules

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Show more respect for your employees
    - Try positive reinforcement instead of constant discouragement
    - Establish a more effective training program

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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