WGBH
2.8 of 5 50 reviews
www.wgbh.org Boston, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 14, 2014

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2.8 50 reviews

                             

36% Approve of the CEO

WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott

Jon Abbott

(28 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Creative workplace with great colleagues

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCreative environment that provides interesting learning opportunities.

    ConsI can't think of any.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI interned at WCRB, the classical station, for about 6 months. It was a great opportunity for me to gain experience working in a radio station and to make connections with important people in the industry. It was also great to work with WGBH, a large, important, and influential company. I learned a lot.

    ConsNone that I can think of

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    Great place to learn from colleagues

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCreative atmosphere, fabulous coworkers, and great opportunities to learn from others in the organization. I'm a big fan of the monthly meet ups and various networking opportunities!

    ConsThe organization's enormity hinders company unity. It can be overwhelming to navigate the different departments and connect with others within the company.

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    Great programming and many talented people, but dysfunctional executive management.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWGBH is full of talented, mission-driven people, and the programming is some of the best in the world.

    ConsExecutive management is quite dysfunctional - they don't always work together as a unified team. There is not a lot of opportunity for career growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your people and respect each other.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good deal gone bad

    (Former Employee)

    ProsThe diversity of the people and the wide scope of business activities made it a very interesting place to work. The educational part of the mission there is very attractive. The everyday working people were great to be with.

    ConsCutting costs by eliminating long time management employees was handled poorly and unprofessionally. Took advantage of employees by extending the work day until 9 or 10 at night and then punished those whose lives could not accommodate that schedule. No raises and elimination of pension contributions. All at the expense of middle management while upper level directors and VP earn outrageous salaries.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees fairly, as you used to. You drove out long term employees who could still be there helping and replaced them with children who felt having the company buy them a pizza at 9 o'clock at night was great. Too bad.....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, limited opportunities to advance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat sense of public broadcasting mission. You are contributing to much-needed quality news and entertainment for Boston and beyond.

    ConsLong-running problems between unions and management. Few opportunities to advance in your career. Not much career support, that was my experience anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Many good staffers; poor leadership

    Several (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThere are many good and creative people who work at WGBH and they are the best reason to work there

    ConsThe WGBH executives seem only interested in raising money. If there is a larger vision or mission, it is not shared with others on the staff. The salaries have not kept up with inflation, not have the benefits. People are overworked and underappreciated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement doesn't take advice from people who don't agree with them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a great place

    Business Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsTalented people working in the production areas.

    ConsLeadership, leadership, leadership. No strategy beyond cost-cutting and undermining union. No respect for employees unless you're part of the "in crowd."

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe nice. Think about the way things used to be from time-to-time. Care about people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great coworkers, frustrating infrasture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros*Coworkers are creative and mission driven
    *Great to work on projects that benefit the public

    ConsThere is a lot of red tape and it can be difficult to get stuff done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in WGBH infrastructure so that the company can better support its programming.

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    As time went on, morale got lower and lower

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsIt produces excellent TV and web content.

    ConsMorale is really low. People just don't feel valued or like they're getting the whole story about what's happening from management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote people more often and share what is happening behind-the-scenes with your employees.

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