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Updated February 22, 2017
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  • Climbing the ladder has too many obstacles layers of management (in 12 reviews)

  • No career progression or growth for junior staff (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Researcher"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BBC as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, Normal working hours, Excellent team, Great benefits

    Cons

    Long Commute, Not paid overtime


  2. Helpful (1)

    "BBC: A Perspective"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a valuable CULTURAL British institution in TV and Radio (and News) that follows the Reithian values to 'Inform, Educate and Entertain'... with a 21st century digital addition perhaps to 'Connect'. These values offer a profound sense of purpose in anything you do.

    Cons

    Perhaps typical of any large corporation, the bureaucracy can be frustrating. Also, in terms of digital initiatives, the BBC currently lacks the org structure and the technical architectural framework (for services and structured metadata) to really excel in a rapid lean fashion. The BBC is moving towards addressing this, but it's in a prolonged state of transition from shifting from a Media Company mentality to an Internet Company mentality.

    Being a publicly funded public service company, the salaries are lower than in the commercial sector... but the drive to work at BBC isn't about the money.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritise 'one service' technical architecture initiatives/platforms for structure metadata.


  3. "excellent"

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    Former Employee - Middlesex in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Middlesex in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BBC (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best work life balance ever

    Cons

    None, use of old systems


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  5. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BBC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large flexibility, interesting work environment

    Cons

    tight deadlines, high internal competition

    Advice to Management

    rational work planning


  6. "Interesting Projects"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BBC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good mix of digital web (software) and technical (IT, broadcast engineering) projects of up to 3 years

    Cons

    No longer a meritocracy - many jobs not advertised, but allocated on a personal or diversity targets basis

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture to retain and attract good engineers and project managers


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    "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are friendly, work hard and are passionate about the brand.

    Cons

    Salaries could be a higher

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your staff


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Well known projects. Good and improving technology."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Proud of working there
    * Worked on interesting technology
    * Large scale systems

    Cons

    * Large gap between development and management. Not sure what they did
    * Some poor colleagues that have lasted a long time
    * Top down architecture

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate engineers to be product engineers.
    Developers might be more engaged if they did more architecture


  9. Helpful (1)

    "great place"

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    Former Employee - Senior Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BBC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    some lovely people working there

    Cons

    some horrible people working thereq

    Advice to Management

    review staffing and teams


  10. Helpful (1)

    "the BBC"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Director in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    World class brand, amazing content, creative atmosphere, endless possibilities, truly global , strong culture, good leadership, caring organisation, very well respected - globally

    Cons

    its like an entire media industry all of its own - you have to learn to navigate it, multiple stakeholders and layers and departments with bits of crossover - but in the end the whole thing works! It needs to be faster, more innovative and confident.

    Advice to Management

    Don't beat yourselves up too much - there are plenty of other people doing that already - and in the end the BBC remains one of the best places anywhere to work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People working at the BBC are generally pretty bright, and the vast majority are passionate about what they do and believe in its value to the nation as a public service and as a maker of great creative content. This passion enables them to cope with the down-sides of being funded by public money.

    Cons

    The level of (understandable) public scrutiny can be quite exhausting, as it triggers a level of audit and governance that slows everything down - it's hard to get things agreed and done.

    Advice to Management

    Take a more balanced approach to risk and spend less time worrying about what the National Audit Office and/or Daily Mail will be criticising you for.



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