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BBC Bristol Reviews

Updated October 22, 2017
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Bristol, England (UK)

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  1. "A welcoming, friendly, creative & supportive environment, full of opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, amazing opportunities, good working hours, managements' understanding for staff training and tools for their job and the importance of a healthy work / life balance.

    Cons

    Too many unnecessary and ineffective meetings.
    Some easily avoidable "crisis" situations required last minute late working.

    Advice to Management

    Better understanding of what consumers want.
    Fewer management layers, to allow more rapid change.


  2. "Amazing place to work - could be better with less red tape"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at BBC (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, opportunities access to resources not available anywhere else.
    Whatever the role, everyone there is motivated by their contribution to creating the best possible content.

    Cons

    Management structures can get in the way of efficiency, decision making and progress.

    Advice to Management

    Less middle management. Less importance and power given to commissioners. Trust the creatives.

  3. "Production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Forward thinking, inclusive and allows staff to work on their own as well as being able to be part of a bigger team

    Cons

    Unfortunately despite public perception the salary structure is not particularly high compared to independent companies and there is not always the means for a career structure in the regions.

    Advice to Management

    As with any company it is always important to listen to their staff and remember that job satisfaction is not always about the money.


  4. "Great start to career but limited progression"

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    Current Employee - Senior Operator in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Operator in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In my department.....
    Get to make live television.
    Great colleagues.
    Get to meet interesting contributors.
    Some useful employment benefits like childcare vouchers, pension (if you started early enough), staff discounts.
    Relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Cumbersome management structure.
    Little career progression depending on what side of the journalist/technical divide you are.
    Difficult to change departments without taking steps backwards.
    Poor work/life balance.
    Antisocial shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff more. They know what they're doing.


  5. "Freelance at BBC"

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    Former Employee - Trtainer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trtainer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work when it happens.

    Cons

    No guarantee of any work; casual disrespect for a person's work/lifestyle; last minute cancellations.

    Advice to Management

    Respect people more.


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    "BBC Political Correctness gone mad"

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    Current Employee - Broadcast Journalist in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Broadcast Journalist in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    The BBC is a great place to work as you can ride on the back of its Stella reputation in countries all over he world. Working for such a large and well respected organization certainly opens many doors when doing research or booking guests to appear on your radio or television shows. It seems no-one is 'too big' to appear on the BBC so the content potential of what ever program you are making is at a greater advantage than if say you worked at an independent radio or television station. There are also lots of career opportunities and the flexibility to move within departments to further your career.

    Cons

    My problem with working for the bbc was the political correctness. When you work for the bbc you are expected to represent them twenty four hours a day seven days a week which is as I found, impossible. The slightest thing you might be overheard saying that doesn't fall into their policy or remit and boom you are out. No chance for a fair hearing or even an opportunity to explain yourself - you are just bombed out - suspended one minute fired the next without a chance to have your say or to try to put right the wrong you might have said. Very heavy handed and unfair.

    Advice to Management

    chill out a bit and dont be so scared of offending the minority by compromising what can be reported to the majority


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