WNET Reviews

Updated April 29, 2014
Updated April 29, 2014
22 Reviews

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WNET as an intern

    Pros

    Was able to work closely with upper management, projects seemed like they were worthwhile.

    Cons

    While just a summer internship it appeared this could be a difficult place to try and grow your career.

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    Quiet, stationary company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WNET full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers and good cause

    Cons

    Quiet workplace with little interaction
    Low pay and difficulty in advancing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be sure you apply to the right department!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at WNET full-time

    Pros

    There are some pretty nice people here and the viewers mostly appreciate the channel very much! When you tell people where you work they think its really cool and tell you their favorite programs.

    Cons

    There is very little room for growth or movement here, especially for more entry-level jobs. If you're young and just looking for work while you get your life together, I'd recommend another company unless you're in a position directly related to your career goals. The departments are small and it's very hard to move from one to another if that's your plan. The departments are also quite understaffed so be prepared to do the job of at least 2 people (since 2 people probably DID do your job before the recession). You may be excited and passionate at first but that will die quickly once overwork, underpay and supervisory bureaucracy settle overpowers it. Again, there are much worse places out there, but it's disappointing how unfulfilling working for "viewers like you" can be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities for growth and learning. Many jobs can plateau very quickly...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Up and down.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WNET full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong mission, culture, and values - wonderful product.

    Cons

    Tough place to learn and grow in some areas of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    A wonderful workplace

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WNET

    Pros

    The people who work there are very bright, inspiring, professional, passionate and friendly.

    Cons

    The only con about working at WNET is that you won't get paid as much as you would in a private network.

    Recommends
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    Good professionals, but very slow at adjusting to the modern media landscape

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at WNET as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Quality reporting, interesting projects and the opportunity to work with people with decades of experience in TV news.

    Cons

    Senior professionals have a very old media approach, so there is little opportunity to innovate and be part of the 21st century media landscape. Dependence on funding means the company has little incentive to modernize, as funders tend to be older.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some younger people with fresh ideas making decisions on formatting and programming. Your content will be more engaging and will attract younger viewers and potential funders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Go Somewhere else, don't get stuck here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at WNET full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life-balance, good benefits

    Cons

    Everything else.., low pay, pc saturated environment,.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Excellent company to work for with great benefits and competitive salary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at WNET full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great salary, great benefits, GREAT people and a casual environment. Generally understanding when it comes to work-life balance

    Cons

    A bit of a large bureaucracy. Hard to get anything done because of outdated systems and not a lot of money to put into improvement of non-essential functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in infrastructure, systems etc. to help people get their work done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Satisfied

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    Former Employee - Producer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at WNET full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good programming and work/life balance

    Cons

    Extremely poor management and chaos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together or you'll be defunded

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sad Place to Work, Dysfunctional

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at WNET full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some employees at the bottom and mid-level are great, honest, and genuinely creative.

    Cons

    Creative spirit no longer exists. New management since 2008. They quickly laid-off hundreds but ironically left some executives who have been at the station for decades. Highly doubt the new management bothered to check these executives' workflow and their treatment of staff.

    Essentially, too much willy-nilly layoffs and not enough critical, well thought out, reasonable investigations into certain employees and stodgy executives whose positions have been long overdue for change. Why fire hundreds of earnest, up and coming staff but leave men with old school values and questionable creative talent?

    So dismal what has happened here. If you choose to work at WNET do so with great caution. Unlike before, when minorities and women and people of various creeds held upper management positions, there are a lot of males at the top right now. If you don't know how to schmooze real hard you will get nowhere. Creativity is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into your own staff as well as upper-level management that were around when you came in. Do some serious inquiries. Your station could be functioning at a much better level and with much greater creativity if you actually hired and fired based on people's talent and merits, as opposed to who they know, or how long they've been keeping their seats warm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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