Sinclair Broadcast Group

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
73 Reviews
2.6
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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
  • bad management terrible work place low pay terrible place to work terrible company avoid at all costs really not worth it (in 4 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.  

    Advancing is not much of a option.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3.  

    Pushing political views not good journalism

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Little room for growth, low pay, good resume builder

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    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Was not a pleasant experience

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    • 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
  8.  

    Decent pay and benefits; terrible corporate culture and unpleasant atmosphere

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    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    This company provides opportunity for advancement, technical training and lots of places to work across the US. They have stations from the East coast to the West coast in great places to live and work. They have a 401K that is matched annually with company stock and is employee directed. The benefits are decent. The work can be challenging, fun and rewarding. They try to give back to the community as often as they can.

    Cons

    It is a 24 hour/365 day broadcasting company. Some jobs do not have favorable hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People make the difference.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Want to live in poverty?

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

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time

    Pros

    Co workers and they have not charged us for office supplies or installed pay toilets yet.

    Cons

    Our station was purchased by Sinclair. Here's what our new employer offered us: Slashed sales commissions, eliminated gas allowance, removed draw, insane sales budgets, botched commission checks, charge employees a percent of their sale when a customer pays for ads with credit cards! Who ever heard of doing that? They know next to nothing about new stations or markets they conquer, but a lot about how to reduce employee standard of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like they'd listen! They are too big to care, and don't care how employees on any level are affected by their cut throat ways. Their stock increases every time employee benefits are cut.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    So Glad I Left!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    It looks great on a resume, but that's about it. The benefits are nice, but I wasn't there long enough to take advantage of them. I jumped ship as soon as I could!

    Cons

    Very little pay, but that was expected. The micro-management was ridiculous here - I had three managers who all hated each other and had different opinions, so I was in the wrong no matter what I did. The hours are ridiculous - I was working overtime every single week, and they would switch my shifts on a daily basis. It was impossible to make plans because they'd tell me they were switching me to the overnight shift the DAY BEFORE! I missed my husband's surprise birthday party that I planned because they kept switching my shifts. Management has no respect for their employees. It's almost impossible to get a promotion here, even when they acknowledge that you've earned it. They'd rather bring in someone new than promote within. They do this so they can keep you EXACTLY where they have you!

    Working here was honestly the most miserable experience of my life, and the day I quit, I felt like a giant weight had been lifted off of my shoulders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like PEOPLE! Do not expect them to dedicate their entire lives to the news station. That's probably the reason why all three of my managers were in their 50's and single/divorced.

    Promote from within! It boosts employee morale and gives employees a reason to work harder. Want to know why you're last in the local rankings? It's because your employees don't care! They know that no matter how hard they work, they won't be recognized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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