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Washington, DC
501 to 1000 employees
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News Outlet
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The NPR workplace is like no other. More than 800 staff collaborate daily to provide high-quality journalism to stations across the country. The work we do is both challenging and inspiring, and we value the unique contributions of individuals. NPR thrives as we embrace emerging ... Read more

Mission: The mission of NPR is to work in partnership with Member Stations to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.

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  • "Excellent people and opportunities, can feel like a bubble"

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    I worked at NPR full-time


    Plenty of chances to hone pitching, booking and audio editing skills. Competitive pay and benefits and pleasant office environment. Overall, the hosts and behind-the-scenes staff are friendly and easy to work with and there's a feeling of comradery in the newsroom.


    Can feel closed-minded as most people come from similar backgrounds and share similar interests and political views. Entry-level employees often must prove themselves by working temporary assignments before they're hired full-time.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on big-picture strategic initiatives rather than micromanaging news divisions

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    Associate Producer Interview

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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at NPR (New York, NY).


    Shortly after I applied for the job I was contacted by one of the executive producers who asked me to submit some show ideas. I submitted the ideas and reached out to the interviewer after not hearing back from her for over two weeks. I would have to agree with another reviewer that the NPR phone interview was pretty combative. I felt like she was trying to talk me out of the job. To add to the weirdness, at one point she tried to engage me in a racial debate about diversity in Boston. At the end of the phone interview, she asked me to submit additional ideas without providing a deadline or any indication on whether I would receive a follow-up interview. After 8 weeks of getting the runaround, I decided to not to pursue this position any further.

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