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WNYC Radio Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
9 Reviews
3.2
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Internship at WNYC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WNYC Radio part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Experience - If you want to work as a producer, interning is the way in.

    Cons

    Very little pay - it's difficult to work as an intern with WNYC unless you have someone else supporting you financially.

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    Intern

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

    I worked at WNYC Radio as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people -- friendly, smart, engaging, interesting. Very interesting work and very interesting subjects. Looks great on your resume coming out of college or if you're early in your career. Work conditions are flexible, and you are given real work to do, unlike many internships where you are given the menial tasks nobody else wants to do.

    Cons

    It's public radio, but even given that, compensation for interns could be better. There are other non-profits that pay interns more. (But there are for-profits that pay less.) There is surprisingly little exchange between workers -- less of an air of collegiality than I expected. Management is poor. WNYC counts on workers being driven by a commitment to pubic radio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on incentives for workers that aren't just "this is public radio." Foster more exchange between people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hypocrites who squeeze out as much labor as they can from you before leaving you high and dry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WNYC Radio as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people, working on interesting stories, nice office space with panoramic views of the city, the cachet of public radio,

    Cons

    I worked incredibly hard and they let me go so that they wouldn't have to give me benefits. This is how WNYC operates-- have as few salaried employees as possible and rely on the labor of a huge pool of underpaid, no-benefit per diems. It should be illegal to operate in this way. And it is especially hypocritical coming from WNYC, which does a fair amount of reporting on labor. I don't know how management sleeps at night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please rethink the way you treat your per diems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people - Limited Opportunity

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

    I have been working at WNYC Radio full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are smart and interesting with robust outside interests. Everyone reads, everyone is up on culture, museums, TV, movies. Colleagues are absolutely lovely. It's a mission-driven place, so people are passionate about what they do. The majority of people are truly outstanding at their jobs - the best in the country, really. And they take work/life balance seriously. I don't have children, but lots of people have kids and leave to pick them up from daycare, etc., without it being an issue. It's a warm (though sometimes sneakily competitive and a little office-politiky) place to work.

    Cons

    The toughest thing is that management on all levels is very risk-adverse. They don't try new things or give people new opportunities. It's a place that's perpetually short-staffed and so relies heavily on per diem employees, who are often stressed and resentful. Except for a few golden-child favorites who are heavily championed, they won't let employees stretch or try new things - they want to keep everything as it is as long as its working. I see this especially hitting my younger colleagues, who want richer sorts of experiences. They're denied them, because low-level management worries that they won't get their work done (even in cases when it's clear that they absolutely would). I've also seen many, many cases where low level management takes credit for others's ideas. I've worked at many stations - this is probably the worst set of managers of people I've ever seen on a low level. In good news, though, upper management is great, and responsive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please trust your workers more, and give everyone more opportunities to stretch and grow. Don't let low-management people chastise workers in public; save those conversations for private meetings. What everyone says is that if you want to get ahead at WNYC, you either need a strong champion, a job offer from somewhere prestigious, or to go away and come back. Except for those golden children, it doesn't really seem like talent is valued.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An enjoyable place to work.

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

    I worked at WNYC Radio full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Hard to move up without someone quitting...and even then, not easy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Saw a lot of change, things seem to be getting exciting

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    Former Employee - Freelance Archivist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelance Archivist in New York, NY

    I worked at WNYC Radio as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great to see radio personalities walking the halls, good benefits, strong union presence, incredibly interesting material to work with

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement within a department, as a temp employee had numerous issues getting paycheck, took forever just to get an employee ID, some lack of communication between departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disorganized

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

    I worked at WNYC Radio as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Good location. Good facilities.

    Cons

    Management are temperamental and lack direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire middle management. Start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Tough, but good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer
    Former Employee - Producer

    I worked at WNYC Radio as a contractor

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to network in public radio at one of the largest and most productive stations in the country. Terrific coworkers and office culture. These are definitely some of the smartest and most hardworking people in radio.

    Cons

    Really difficult to get in the door here...literally and figuratively. Interns are expected to put in nearly full-time hours for no pay...not exactly ethical, but standard in this line of work, unfortunately. Per diem employees can only work a certain number of hours per year before they're scrapped. For certain teams, software/hardware at workstations are in serious need of upgrades, while others seem to be swimming in cash and resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the per diem model, period-you're wasting a lot of talent by not retaining people or treating them the same as everyone else in the building. Spread resources more evenly between shows and departments.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Location, Building and People.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at WNYC Radio

    Pros

    Assuming your not in management it is a union job. Nice people, nice environment, and an ability to grow in the company..

    Cons

    Just like any job, some bosses are better than others, and some people are more qualified for their jobs than others.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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