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Updated November 17, 2017
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  1. "Reporter"

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    Former Contractor - Reporter in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Reporter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best training for journalists. Global reach.

    Cons

    You can probably get better pay at other news organisations.


  2. "WFH"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Genuinely flexible working environment which is fantastic

    Cons

    No scope for salary increased unless a new role is obtained, even then increases can be marginal

    Advice to Management

    Create career paths with money increases, not just responsibility

  3. "BBC"

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    Current Employee - Broadcast Journalist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Broadcast Journalist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reputation globally, prestigious and respected institution

    Cons

    Salary, flexible working. Gender pay gap

    Advice to Management

    Flexible working for all. Not just managers


  4. "Very good software house"

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BBC as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Agile.
    Really great teams.
    Microservices architecture.
    Chance to learn more than java, ruby, python, etc
    Latest technologies.

    Cons

    Budget problems because of IR35

    Advice to Management

    Good job


  5. "Great colleagues, complacent Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Committed workers, potentially inspirational ethos, decent workplace environment, great TV and broadcasting opportunities

    Cons

    Below industry-level pay, poor staff management, lack of vision from non-creative managers, craven HR, widespread arrogance

    Advice to Management

    Stop belittling your workforce and nurture them, grow some balls, work on your creativity, stop thinking this doesn't mean you: it does


  6. "Good as a stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Producer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Producer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BBC (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some truly amazing people, occasional opportunity for travel, generous leave, culture of helpfulness across the wider company. Looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Cliquey, need to suck up to the managers to get opportunity, many of whom not as editorially acute and lack people skills. Incredibly difficult to get promoted. Pay is meagre, benefits non existent. Bullying, general feeling of resentment. Slow reaction to change. Some outdated software packages which you will not use anywhere else. HR is absolute mess and never on the side of an employee.

    Advice to Management

    The advice would be wasted on managers, until they adopt a 180 degrees assessment for all seniors.


  7. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Chief Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Chief Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BBC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing experiences. Sense of mission. Exalted values. Great people to work alongside with similar values.

    Cons

    Too little room for promotion and reward

  8. "Worst Management"

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    Current Employee - Journalist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Journalist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has a name so it sounds very prestigious to work for them. Good training. They are supportive of sick leave and flexible on last minute changes.

    Cons

    Awful salary. Management has no appreciation for the hours and effort you put in. They take advantage of staff. Harrassment cases are ignored. Moving up the professional ladder is difficult since favouritism is very much alive. Sexism is widespread.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your staff. Stop encouraging staff to back stabb one another in order to get ahead. When staff come to you with a problem, listen and actually think about a solution instead of brushing it aside, especially sexual harrassment complaints. Be fair and unbiased. Stop covering your backs and care about the poisonous environment that your staff suffer.


  9. "The work is exciting and looks great to an outsider but the pay and management are awful. Staff are taken for granted."

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    Current Employee - Studio Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Studio Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The brand name looks great on your CV. The work is exciting. Depending on your manager you can get a decent work life balance. They won't make you work more than your hours.

    Cons

    Very high pressure, the press hates you, the salaries are awful and there is no way to negotiate higher once you are in. Getting on to a staff contract can take up to 4 years, job security is terrible. High-paid middle managers are terrible. Production is being outsourced leaving the BBC a shell.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on internal campaigns, buzzwords and restructures that have very little impact on output and focus on treating your staff well and provide a structure for pay progression and higher salaries. You can't rely on the brand doing your recruiting forever - the brand is based on the staff being good, if you can't keep good staff the brand will fail.


  10. "Great place for a good work life balance, not great if you need the money"

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    Current Employee - Research Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BBC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are really great

    Cons

    The bureaucracy slows everything down

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more decisive and waste less time on politics


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