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Updated Jun 6, 2014

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3.0 10 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

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William J. Marrazzo

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Excellent Experience

    Senior Producer (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsWHYY encourages creativity and experimentation among its production staff. It values new and innovative ideas for projects that will bring new sources of enlightenment to the Philadelphia region.

    ConsAs with any non-profit, funding projects will always be an issue. This goes hand-in-hand with lower than market-rate salaries for various positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice would be to continue to encourage this creativity by adopting a Google-like policy of requiring that all employees devote 10% of their work time to ideas and projects of their own. This should extend to all parts of the company since anyone could have that next great idea for a show, web project, community engagement activity, etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsLocation, modern building, happening every day

    ConsInterns are terribly under appreciated here. The company culture is very segregated between media employees and the administrative, sales and marketing staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up. There are a lot of young people in Philadelphia itching to contribute to your company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Know what you're getting into...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople across the Delaware Valley will know where you work.
    Cool content pieces
    Good platform to work with other organizations throughout the area.

    ConsUpper management does not value or respect the employees. Many people come to this company excited and vibrant and thrilled to be working there. This quickly disappears once they see the way that they are treated. Extremely low company morale. Constantly watched by upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust and respect your employees and treat them better. There are a lot of great people that work at this company who have been disengaged and don't care about the company's mission anymore which is a direct result of how you are treating them. This company should be the place where everyone wants to work, but people are leaving - really great and talent people - because they are sick of being treated so poorly.

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

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    I was able to produce creative segments about Delaware.

    Producer (Current Employee) Wilmington, DE

    ProsI really enjoyed being a part of company that stresses educational and informative television.

    ConsThe salary is not as competitive as working at a commercial television station.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very comfortable, pleasant place to work with people passionate about news.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsEveryone is very polite and down-to-earth. It's a laid-back atmosphere, as opposed to a tense office.

    ConsCareer advancement here is far too slow. Some people are in the same position for years without a promotion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I won't work for another non-profit

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsIt was fun to work in an environment with so much going on all the time. There were lots of special events, and exciting programs that come out of the station. Great co-workers, great location in Philadelphia. Depending on your department, you can be involved with a lot of interesting projects.

    ConsI was one of many employees whose programs were cut when we lost funding, and I was laid off. I understand that this happens - it happened to a lot of us - but it especially stung when the president of the company was still being paid 3x that of any other public radio station leader in the WORLD, and he openly admitted to us that he did not consider taken a pay cut (he makes more than 700K a year).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Potential for good, unfortunately mismanaged and low morale

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    Prosfair amount of independence in everyday tasks

    Consvery low pay, lack of respect, way too corporate for an arts and media company, lack of back up by management, no praise for jobs well done, work overtime with no pay or recognition, overwhelming depressed feeling amongst all employees

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat employees as human beings, trust your employees to do their jobs, give employees some freedoms and let them manage their own time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work. Every interview after will know where you worked.

    Media Instructor (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsCommunity, Culture, Creativity, Social Impact, Educational and insightful day to day work

    ConsNon profit. No pay. Bad leadership. Not enough creativity. Not enough people willing to take chances.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop what you are doing and let the young and brave create a lot of new original content.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not innovative or interesting, culture of dread and fear, underpaid and overworked

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEveryone is nice for the most part and it's a nice building

    ConsNothing really changes. Being a non-profit that has to thrive of small budgets, you'd think that there would be ingenuity and innovation, but no, for the most part, everything is done the same way it always has been.

    Everyone is so concerned with keeping their job and not taking a risk and being the one that gets the credit for a success (it does happen sometimes) that no one is really thinking about what is best for the company. Simply put, everyone is just trying to cover their ass and keep getting a paycheck. I really think this culture comes all the way from the top of holding people "accountable," which in this case is another way of putting people on notice to not screw up. But if you want to make changes and try something different, sometimes it's not going to work. Failure and risk-taking is healthy. When you don't take risks, you get programming with names like "Friday Arts." Yeah, good luck on getting anyone to watch that. It's like they're purposely being as bland as possible.

    Technologically they are way behind and it will bite them someday in a field where you have to be ahead of the curve of trends if you want to survive. Most of the staff doesn't understand current technology and it shows in what they do.

    I think the folks that work in "Fresh Air" enjoy themselves (rightfully so, it's a great show) and it's pretty much a joke with everyone else how crappy and draining a place it is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low Morale, no opportunities for career advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOverall really good people to work with.

    ConsNo opportunities for advancement, archaic work environment, management is very closed minded, stale environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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