WHDH Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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  1. Great place to work to gain experience!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at WHDH

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You are given a lot of freedom to learn and everyone around the building is always so friendly!

    Cons

    They don't pay extremely well and a portion of jobs are part-time

    Advice to Management

    If you want to have the best and brightest work, extra benefits and pay would draw them in!

  2. Money isnt everything

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Video Editor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Video Editor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at WHDH part-time

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

    Pros

    IBEW Union wages, time and half over 8 hours in a day and 40 in a week. nice coworkers, ability to train in different areas. The more jobs you do the more hours you get as a PT.

    Cons

    They only hire part time union jobs. Use editing as punishment for photographers or injured. Hours vary through out the year. Work nights, holidays, weekends, and storms. Not a lot of turnover. Long days and nights during storm force and breaking news. No room for growth . No parking.

    Advice to Management

    Hire full time editors instead of just photographers, you cant just pull them from the field to edit and expect for them to know everything an editor does daily.

  3. It Is What It Is

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I have been working at WHDH (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great intoduction to broadcast media for local students looking to get into journalism. Lowest levels of the production team are given large amounts of responsibility and produce content for the majority of the news cast. Most employees are friendly, and downstairs cafe has great food at affordable prices. Hours are what you would expect in news, early mornings or late nights. Great to come in, get experience, and move on to bigger and better things.

    Cons

    Little room for growth within company in a reasonable amount of time. Things don't happen overnight and proving your value doesn't happen in just a few weeks, but there are employees doing the same job they have been doing for years on end with no hope of promotion or advancement. Management is friendly and easy to work with, but has too much going on with the product to worry about actually managing personell. Salary and compensation is poor, and doesn't reflect a feeling from the company that they want to keep quality employees around for very long. Many employees are kept under federal standards for benefits to save expenses - but exceptions are made for certain employees in each department. Many times groups were doing work understaffed and underpaid - while product remained great as always and advertising revenue was highest in years.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs to rethink its compensation structure. While the city has an unlimited flow of graduates looking for work and experience, the company will not continue to grow and create a better product and will remain stagnant. Management needs to find ways to keep people interested internally and create reasonable growth opportunities and increase salaries or turnover of employees will continue to be high as it is currently.

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  5. Not Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at WHDH

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to build writing skills and work on tight deadlines. A lot of responsibility, even at entry level. Pretty supportive coworkers and managers.

    Cons

    Working long days and on holidays. Obviously part of the job, but pretty inflexible even on minor holidays like 4th of July or Labor Day. Not a lot of room for moving up. Lower pay compared to some of the other stations in town.

  6. GREAT job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative Department
    Former Employee - Creative Department

    I worked at WHDH part-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    SUPER nice people who are willing to give the extra training to the right person to make them perfect for the job (which is hard to find in many jobs these days). Great for someone with minimal experience who is trying to get into tv production/ art direction/ broadcast journalism/ graphic design. The work isn't always (or even often) super creative but its great experience.

    Cons

    Weird hours, late hours, coming in on days off or during large news events/ bad weather. For example, we all had to go in to work the day Boston was "shut down" searching for the marathon bomber, as well as work super extended hours during the entire ordeal. Also, as this is a relatively small company, getting time off is sometimes hard without giving notice months in advance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! Everyone in management positions are very approachable, friendly, understanding, but still know how to get the job done.

  7. A great place to start your career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WHDH

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is definitely a great "foot in the door place" if you are interested in working in television. You will see a lot of behind the scenes action.

    Cons

    Upper management really doesn't care that you have a life outside of work.

  8. Producer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WHDH

    Pros

    You get a chance to work with great people in a friendly environment

    Cons

    If you work for the 11pm news hr, hours are off.

    Advice to Management

    Sky is the limit if you apply yourself...

  9. Ok if you have modest video editing skills

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Video Editor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Video Editor in Boston, MA

    I worked at WHDH part-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working for a major network in the number 7 market looks great on the resume.
    There are a lot of nice people there.
    You don't need to be the best video editor to do editing for news.

    Cons

    Part time workers get no benefits at all. For video editors they supposedly only are hiring people part time.
    The hours are horrible especially for new people. I was stuck on the overnight shift.

    Advice to Management

    Offer full time positions with benefits so people have incentive to stay longer.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to start your career, get some experience and get out of Dodge.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at WHDH full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great to come out of college and begin in TV, but it pays less than McDonalds.

    Cons

    A lot of finger pointing, but it's broadcasting. Too many good people working with no benefits, because they need the paycheck - which is cheap BTW.

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth and listen to your employees. King Ed is on the Forbes 400 list, but don't expect him to pay his employees well.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Sales team, just bad pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at WHDH

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with and opportunities to grow if you are willing to stick out for a couple years. Everyone was really nice, even upper management.

    Cons

    The pay was horrible, not enough money to pay my bills and live in the city.

    Advice to Management

    increase salaries for your support roles and you will be able to keep your quality workers


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