WGBH Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • There are many good and creative people who work at WGBH and they are the best reason to work there (in 6 reviews)

  • Worked with very smart people on quality programming that I felt good about (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The worst thing about working for this company is, it's a non-profit that is being phased out of the industry because of mismanagement (in 7 reviews)

  • Lots of levels of middle management, so getting things approved can take forever (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Managing Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven; quality product; nice work environment

    Cons

    Sometimes we do things that are not good business and serve a very small segment of the community. These things take time and resources away from projects that are more productive overall to the community we serve


  2. Helpful (1)

    Industry leader, but employees are disposable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    They make the lion's share of what is produced by PBS, and it's a hugely creative environment to work in.

    Cons

    So many of the positions are "contract", using the model for all of the television productions themselves which may come and go depending on seasons an renewals, but it's a handy way of saying to all of the other full time staff that they can let you go at any moment because they're not renewing your contract, even if nothing else about your position is seasonal/temporary. It's a convenient way to skirt many rules and laws around employment.

    Advice to Management

    Advice would be simply to have a little more respect for your employees, see them as partners in the work, and not as disposable means to an end. Yes, it's a dynamic and great place to work, and there's no end to the line of super qualified folks that want to be a part of that, but doesn't mean you should take advantage of that unending supply, and discard folks after a few years rather than return the sense of investment they've delivered to you.


  3. WGBH Boston

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WGBH full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    mission driven, programming to be proud of, relatively good work/life balance, state of the art production facilities

    Cons

    Senior management out of touch with day to day needs/challenges of staff. Poor interdepartmental collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Work closer with staff and department managing directors to gain perspective of the unique challenges each face daily.


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  5. WGBH

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    they offer a good work life balance

    Cons

    not a lot of career advancement opportunities


  6. Good environment & mission-led, can be hard to advance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good health benefits & work/life balance mentality

    Cons

    a lot of red tape & bureaucracy, can be hard to advance


  7. Helpful (1)

    Business Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Coworkers - creative and cooperative

    Cons

    Terrible Managers - greedy and self centered

    Advice to Management

    You are not running your personal kingdom - manage for the Foundation


  8. Neutral

    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at WGBH full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Company can be credited to so many innovations and productions -Surrounded by bright, intelligent, talented people with tons of stories -There is opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    -Salary could be higher, similar positions elsewhere pay more -Departments can communicate/collaborate more

    Advice to Management

    -Be more transparent -Touch on more of department's work during annual meetings -Be more creative in ways for employees to get to know each other

    WGBH Response

    Jun 29, 2015 – Managing Director of Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback! I mill make sure that the communications team receives your feedback about the annual meeting. The HR team will be working together to review our employee events over the ... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to start your career. Opportunity for training and advancement is limited.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WGBH full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers made it worth coming to work every single day. I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with who were always willing to help one another.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement or training. Management was dysfunctional and had no idea how to do the jobs that their staff was doing. Wen often times wondered what work certain managers were actually even doing. The department was understaffed and staying late was the only way to finish time sensitive work.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes. If you notice a ton of turnover, maybe it is time for a change in your management style.


  10. Helpful (1)

    I was a summer intern in the Marketing Operations Department. My experience there was great!

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    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Salary is below average for the industry, focus on short term goals rather than long term

    Advice to Management

    If you want the best people working there, you need to offer competitive salaries


  11. Loved it!

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    Former Employee - On-Air Fundraising Producer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - On-Air Fundraising Producer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at WGBH full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was one of the best experiences in my life. To be able to raise funds for educational programs that I honestly believed in was an honor.

    Cons

    There were very few cons with my position. I absolutely loved working with everyone at WGBH. There were some political challenges, but really nothing that affected me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and raising funds for the programming that makes a difference in the lives of so many people around the world.

    WGBH Response

    Jun 29, 2015 – Managing Director of Human Resources

    Thanks for taking the time to review your experience! A lot of great work is done by the on-air fundraising department. We will continue to keep up the good work! Thanks again for taking the time to ... More



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