Voice of America Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very Cool

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Voice of America as an intern

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere and there is a great deal of people who you meet so it is good for networking with others. It is not an ABC or NBC but you do get valuable experience within production and reporting.

    Cons

    Not too many complaints. It is a big place so you can get lost but other than that no problems with them.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Perfect example of why the U.S. government should not be in the media business.

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

    I worked at Voice of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you enjoy job security by working with people who would not survive 6 months in another any private sector setting then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Federal rules are such that talented people from the outside who might breathe new life into place run for the door because someone with one-tenth the skills can take their jobs. Federal unions make it impossible to get anything done or to discipline anyone. And they still believe that shortwave is this optimal way to reach people in 2014. The management is inept yet cannot be fired. Engineered for failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please fall on your sword and retire early. The board should do everything it can to bring people from the outside before it's too late. And defederalize the entire agency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Internship review

    Former Employee - Creative Services Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Creative Services Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Voice of America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are passionate and open to new ideas and suggestions, willing to learn new digital trends

    Cons

    At times there was no work for me to do, but that is expected at an internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better relationships with interns who are not there daily in order to make them feel included

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  5.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Voice of America as an intern

    Pros

    Great staff members
    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    You don't get to do much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was looking forward to experiencing more hands-on stuff, but I didn't really get to do anything. Often times I just sat there and did my homework. Even when I got to tag along when the staff members went for outside reporting, I was just there to wander around not knowing what to do.

  6.  

    Difficult, but rewarding

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

    I have been working at Voice of America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work is rewarding--you can make a difference in the lives of many.

    Cons

    Horribly run organization, underbudgeted, no respect on The Hill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees, realize that many of those who depend on you can't access the web or TV and put more effort into radio. Don't allow VOA to be turned into a propaganda machine by the "fools on The Hill.".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Heavy bureaucratic organization, with some advantages.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - VOA Contractor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - VOA Contractor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Voice of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is amazingly diverse workplace, with pretty high ethical standards that ceased to exist in some mainstream media. It has a mission - in some language services, especially during crises in the country they broadcast to, people feel they are providing crucial, balanced information.

    Cons

    It's heavy, bureaucratic organization, where many people are busier with writing reports about work they've done than doing an actual work. It doesn't give an impression of competitive news organizations with inspired people. Editors and managers are so scared of constant calls for reforms, inspections and accusations of being ineffective that they spend most of the time trying to prove how effective they are and micro-managing. Lots of intrigues, hard to change anything (even signing in by hand instead of swiping employee magnet card) - "the union" blocks any attempt to do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't really attract bigger audience without being competitive - providing news faster than others (or at least not 2-4 hours later than others). If part of the VOA mission is to reflect the US administration views - VOA needs the administration officials, lawmakers to talk on the record. More often then not, they say no.

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

    Provides multmedia opportunities but hobbled by permanent poor morale and mismanagement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - News Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - News Correspondent in Washington, DC

    I worked at Voice of America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a government agency that can still provide opportunities for those searching for work in print, broadcast, online media as well as a government paycheck, but it is in the midst of a major reorganization and probable downsizing.

    Cons

    Surviving in a work environment that can be hostile, and which can have negative impacts on
    later job searches in the private sector due to the organization's poor reputation as one of
    the worst places to work in the federal government. Working in the Washington headquarters can be quite depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As others here have observed about this agency, upper management has been in many respects at war with the rank and file and is struggling to repair damage to morale from years of neglecting basic problems throughout the organization. It is hard to offer advice as such.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It is very educational and a good learning place so many different people to meet and work with

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Voice of America as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    different types of nationalities so much to learn from and do

    Cons

    Management!!! Need better Management and more training for them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work with people more and stop being political and have more management skills!!!

  10.  

    Good learning experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Voice of America as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn about basic TV production such as video editing, reporting, booking a studio, etc.

    Cons

    No career growth. Good work experience for fresh college grads who want to get into the international broadcasting industry, but don't stay too long.

  11.  

    Intern

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

    I worked at Voice of America as an intern

    Pros

    Good work environment, good supervisors, and very flexible schedule.Have a lot of chances to know new people and participate events.

    Cons

    The internship itself was not that relevant to my major and most of the time, I didn't find the work was challenging for me.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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