Voice of America Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Great organization.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A place where International news and politics collide with multiple cultural aspects. Candy store for a news junkie.

    Cons

    Limited potential growth. The landscape of Newsgathering has changed a lot in the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    Be focused. Know what you want. Be honest and ready to adjust as situations warrant.


  2. Can Be Rewarding But Huge Internal Management Problems Devastate Morale

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

    I worked at Voice of America (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for someone interested in global affairs

    Cons

    VOA has, in the view of many, outlived its usefulness and is filled with negativity among employees, driven by managerial incompetence, decades of nepotism, and the loss of its previous high reputation as a news organization.

    Advice to Management

    Shut the place down and start over


  3. Hard but okay

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

    I worked at Voice of America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Colleagues are nice and helpful.

    Cons

    You have to adapt to their working time which is different from regular working time. And their views on many news events are debatable.


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  5. It was great.

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

    I worked at Voice of America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to do what you want.

    Cons

    No cons it was good

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. A global broadcaster with a proud past is today suffering a serious identity crisis

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

    I worked at Voice of America

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The powerful sense of mission in providing balanced, objective and comprehensive US and world news to a global and information-hungry radio, TV and Web audience; the camaraderie of journalists.

    Cons

    In this highly politicized federal "news" agency, serious tensions exist between the journalist camp and the propagandist camp; those tensions have grown as Congress and VOA managers have responded to the intensifying "information wars" waged by America's rivals and sworn enemies; severe budget constraints and organizational dysfunction have hurt VOA's ability to hire, promote, expand or improve its effectiveness as a credible source of news.

    Advice to Management

    If you can persuade an inept Congress and an often-inattentive White House to increase VOA's annual budget but resist turning it into an organ of US foreign policy: actively recruit more young journalists, lift the hiring and pay freezes, and bring equity to the pay and promotion opportunities for VOA's many foreign-national language-service broadcasters. Stop closing VOA's international news bureaus!


  7. Contractors are second-class citizens

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

    I have been working at Voice of America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It is great if you are a full-time federal employee but not a contractor

    Cons

    Contractors are second-class citizens. Considered self-employed, they do not have any benefits (health insurance, vacation, sick days, or anything else) although do exactly same job and work as much as full-time time (federal) employees.

    Advice to Management

    Recent decision to transfer contractors to contracting agencies has lead to creating an additional layer between the company and the contractors and is likely to result in cuts of earnings by contractors who are already deprived of any benefits.


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

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

    I worked at Voice of America full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Difficult, but rewarding

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.".


  10. Helpful (1)

    Heavy bureaucratic organization, with some advantages.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Provides multmedia opportunities but hobbled by permanent poor morale and mismanagement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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