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Australian Broadcasting Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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  1. "Receptionist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Englewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President in Englewood, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Australian Broadcasting (More than a year)

    Pros

    Position is not monitored and employee is allowed to do whatever they want.This includes making personal phone call on their cell phone.

    Cons

    Gives a bad impression to customers and other guests who are in the waiting room.
    The fish smells from the head

    Advice to Management

    Assign someone to monitor this employee to prevent them from doing whatever they want.This includes making personal phone call on their cell phone.


  2. "Imploding from the inside out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great hard working colleagues
    generous super package
    convenient location

    Cons

    An embarressment of imcompetent nepotistic managers way out of their depth and who openly lie to staff, telling them one thing and doing another.

    Department heads who waste time and money to cover there own countless and ongoing mistakes, have no clear vision or idea what they are doing and treat staff with disdain or even sack them when they have no better ideas or are challenged.

    As they no longer make in house content there is no creative job opportunities unless you aspire to management of external production

    Your will be worked to the bone and thrust aside at the first opportunity, the culture is one of zero career opportunity. Many good hard working staff with expert skills have been shown the door or sidelined because new managers lack the skills to motivate, collaborate and inspire.

    Management prefer to hire from the outside as they prefer a puppet rather than a collaborator. They are classic examples of Australia still living in a culture shock, they would prefer to copy the BBC verbatim than ever think up something original

    Advice to Management

    respect your staff, be honest, stop the glut of people moving in setting up opportunities and moving on at the expense of the organisation and it's hard working dedicated workers.

    Try inspiring and challenging your staff
    Come up with original ideas rather than copied ones.


  3. "Great culture, but very siloed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ultimo (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ultimo (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Australian Broadcasting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great dedicated bunch of people
    Unique environment touching on both technology and creativity.
    Can be a great place to work or not depending in what Division you are working in and who your manager is.
    People have time to talk and get to know you. No commercial pressures

    Cons

    Very political and siloed.
    Red tape and meetings to decide everything.
    Often inefficient use of peoples time (no profit and loss to worry about)

    Advice to Management

    Weak management structure to make the hard decisions.
    Needs a CIO, CFO and COO who can work together


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  5. "editor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Editor in Ultimo (Australia)
    Current Employee - Editor in Ultimo (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Australian Broadcasting full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great work despite the cons, still better than working in a bank. Really dedicated programme staff.

    Cons

    Rubbish management
    Constantly driving up workloads and reducing conditions and pay
    Risk averse
    Management constantly abrogates responsibility
    Two tiered system, management v staff
    Willing to fund expensive and ridiculous building initiatives yet can't supply staff with adequate equipment (yet still demand state of the art product)
    Training only existents for clerical and management staff (no craft training)
    Generally a recessive organisation in a downward spiral ( hence our plummeting approval rating, still high but in decline)
    Irrational desire to gain a youth audience that cannot be had (unless you want to make something like Masterchef, but not Masterchef, to quote our current CEO, Michelle Guthrie, who BTW thinks Four Corners should be more positive in its business coverage, go Team Australia)

    Advice to Management

    Reduce middle management drastically and require they deliver real innovation instead of asking their staff to innovate (code for be cheaper and faster). It has become more middle heavy than ever, stop doing ridiculous things like rearranging the newsroom at a cost of millions so it looks like you've done something, red ideas not ideas about ideas, and yes Gavin, that means you, everyone knows that about the smartest thing about you is your suit.


  6. "Everyday Worker"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Operations Coordinator in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Media Operations Coordinator in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Australian Broadcasting part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great values and working conditions.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic red tape can be a hassle.


  7. "Former employee at ABC Australia"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The organization is a nice place to work

    Cons

    There is limited room for growth


  8. "Great & purposeful work, slow change."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ultimo (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ultimo (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Australian Broadcasting (More than a year)

    Pros

    Purposeful work, great company mission, history and values. Huge scope of work and great perspectives for roles with a digital background.
    Smart and passionate colleagues.

    Cons

    Change & digitalisation is slow. IT systems are legacy and it impacts ability to deliver great products quickly.
    Career evolution is not that quick as government panel rules apply to permanent positions and most people stay there a very long time!
    Very procedural.


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    "Frustrating"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ultimo (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ultimo (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Australian Broadcasting full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Staff are passionate, flexible working hours

    Cons

    - bureaucracy
    - No standard work processes
    - Notraining or development
    - No appreciation to hard working team members
    - No support or guidance from senior management
    - Middle management makes life so difficult and tend to micro-manage staff
    - Boys clubs
    - Bullying extended even to the ongoing staff and you can't complain because the HR will be always at the manager's side,
    - There is no focus on team work or staff involvement in general
    - Poor quality tools and very old equipments,
    - Bizarre work culture
    - Hunger games kinda redundancies.
    - too much politics, makes it very hard to get things done
    - Since last year, most staff are worn out because they do tasks of 2 or 3 jobs, too much drama and politics

    Advice to Management

    1. Allow chance for creativity,
    2. support your staff to work together to achieve your corporation goals.
    3. Improve reporting and monitoring
    4. Eliminate middle management
    5. Encourage collaboration across all divisions instead of silo strategies
    6. Flexible workflows

    Lastly: management is about leadership it's not just a title.


  10. "Amazing place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Radio Producer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Radio Producer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Australian Broadcasting full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked all over ABC radio and there is a lot to learn and experience

    Cons

    It can be hard to make things happen and get things to happen as fast as the should.

    Advice to Management

    Further incentivise productivity.


  11. "Senior reporter"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Reporter in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Australian Broadcasting (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable, ethical broadcaster with strong community support. Good superannuation and work place health and safety culture. Good opportunities do diversify in broadcast journalism and online.

    Cons

    Risk averse management, overly bureaucratic. Tends to move slowly on a story and underspends. Failures are often unpunished as long as they didn't lead to gross financial loss.

    Advice to Management

    Cut layers of management, introduce greater accountability for managers while encouraging them to take greater risks to ensure faster reactions to news.



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