Voice of America Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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  1. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Extremely diverse place to work, interesting topics and conversations, challenging but fun environment, great location in the heart of DC

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic agency structure, building and technology inside are old and need updating, not a lot of food options in the immediate area

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment where people want to stay and can grow in their careers. Updating some of the technology will be helpful going into the future.


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

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    Former Employee - Former Senior Level Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Former Senior Level Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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. Great organization.

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    Current Employee - TV Producer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - TV Producer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


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  5. Hard but okay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TV Producer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - TV Producer in Washington, DC
    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.


  6. It was great.

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


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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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!


  8. Contractors are second-class citizens

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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


  10. Difficult, but rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 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.".


  11. Helpful (1)

    Heavy bureaucratic organization, with some advantages.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VOA Contractor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - VOA Contractor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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.



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