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Australian Broadcasting Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Working hours (9-4:30 some days) (in 3 reviews)

  • The ABC has great flexible working conditions such as flexible hours and options to work from home (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Bloated middle management makes head way with problem solving slow (in 5 reviews)

  • Bureaucratic red tape can be a hassle (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Receptionist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "The ABC used to be great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Australian Broadcasting full-time

    Pros

    There are people that are committed

    Cons

    The new management don't understand the business of Broadcasting

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your colleagues who have experience

  3. "Stay Away!"

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

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

    Pros

    - Passionate and very dedicated staff at the production side

    Cons

    - Politics
    - Bureaucracy
    - Poor equipments
    - Low moral
    - No overtime for Senior Project Managers since 2014
    - No training for Senior Project Managers since 2014
    - No appreciation nor acknowledgment for hard work from the management
    - Dealing with incompetent middle managers sometimes make life very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    please invest in your staff and get rid of the bureaucracy.


  4. "Frustrating"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some smart and ethical people who want to make a positive difference. Great content to work with. Accommodating when it comes to locating to a different city in Australia.

    Cons

    Too much managing upwards, confusing priorities, not enough trust, slow-moving. There is also only a very basic understanding of the value of design.

    Advice to Management

    Get some clear goals that represent what is unique about the abc and its reason for being. Invest more in design and improving employee workflows than management. Get closer to audience needs and goals.


  5. "Quality Improvement Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Australian Broadcasting full-time

    Pros

    good salary good management good people

    Cons

    working time work life balance location

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  6. "ABC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Australian Broadcasting full-time

    Pros

    Passionate and creative staff and engaged audience

    Cons

    Large organisation, can be bureaucratic


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Media Producer
    Current Employee - Social Media Producer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative, supportive, welcoming colleagues, nurturing

    Cons

    Middle management bureaucracy and red tape

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Perfect place to work ... if you are a sociopath"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Australian Broadcasting full-time

    Pros

    The output of programs is often amazing so even if you aren't a program maker, it feels good to be helping them take their work to the world and to potentially 'make a difference'.

    Cons

    I've never been in a more dysfunctional organisation:
    Management pretend that the obvious problems don't actually exist.
    Bullies are not only protected, but actively enabled.
    The bullies and sycophants just promote other bullies and sycophants - not a great formula.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. All of you. Advice to MD: hire some real leaders who can do first class work, build a cooperative culture, lead the talented staff and let them bloom. The new heads need to be leaders who understand creative culture, intelligent program makers who are passionate and dedicated, and support staff who will die in a ditch for the organisation if inspired by your great management skills. You should be very wary of leaders who tell you what an unmanageable bunch of staff they have - it's just an excuse for their absence of management / leadership ability. Also be wary of the people who present a beautiful picture, but have no substance behind it. Trying to be a bit more balanced, there are one or two leaders who are excellent, but it felt like they were swimming against the tide.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Imploding from the inside out"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "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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