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Updated September 20, 2017
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  • Excellent work-life balance, lots of support in whatever role you get into, your job will be cooler than 99% of your mates' (in 28 reviews)

  • Great people / colleagues to work with (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBC full-time

    Pros

    Historic brand known across the world

    Cons

    Mainly contracting work available now rather than permanent jobs

    Advice to Management

    Communicate


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good but could be better - like most companies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BBC full-time

    Pros

    Big enough to be able to move to new roles without having to leave, either b/c you want a change, a challenge or to leave a team you dislike (see cons).
    Better job security and better at respecting employees contracted hours and health/safety than many media organisations.
    Staff are generally very proud of their output, which is, overall, about as good as its reasonably possible to be, whatever its critics claim.

    Cons

    Big enough that roles are quite specialised so can be less interesting.
    Partly b/c of that (also, negatively, departmental politics; also, positively, them frowning on unpaid overtime) leapfrogging to more interesting stuff just by taking on more of that work on your own initiative, isn't as possible as is at other broadcasters.
    Bosses-staff-unions conflict seems to be a permanent fixture, with increasingly small 'perks' being removed while base pay for most barely budges.

    Advice to Management

    Cut your numbers, especially the ones with titles that make no sense, or whose jobs overlap with others. Would save the organisations money and you time.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "great work, no interest in developing people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work satisfaction is very high - the BBC is amazingly creative and works hard to give viewers/listeners fantastic innovations.

    Cons

    Staff are recruited for that job alone and there is no thought given to an individual's broader potential across the business. If you are a lawyer you will remain a lawyer. Unless you come from a strategy background and then you can pretty much choose what you want to do. No thought given to or interest in how to develop people and retain them. Rather poor salaries compared to the rest of the market, but then it's the BBC and the quality of the work is great.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. Lots of good talent get hacked off and leave because they are not nurtured and have no career path.


  4. "Review of job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Job security and good rates of pay

    Cons

    Can be sexist at times


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A great institution but..."

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

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to work at.

    Diverse workforce. Everyone works for the same common goal.

    Friendly people.

    High-quality training that you can't get it from somewhere else.

    If singing on the same hymn sheet, we are a great organisation.

    The newsroom can be a great place to work if working on a major breaking story.

    Cons

    Politics.

    Tough interview processes if applying for jobs within the corporation. Basically a bloodsport.

    Too many middle-level managers.

    Managers hire people in their own images.

    Hire people based on their sale patter not their skills.

    Better career progression for young staff please.

    Proper diverse hiring please.

    Advice to Management

    Hire diverse people, rather than doing diverse schemes to tick your boxes.

    Bad managers can hold the BBC's progress back.

    Hire doers, not talkers.


  6. "Multimedia Producer"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Producer in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Multimedia Producer in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a reporter from a developing country, the BBC gave me all the best chances to be more professional in my reporting career. They offered me professional training from experienced journalists from the UK. They care about health and safety of reporters. They paid well and made my coverage trips good in South East Asia. And about journalism itself, I respect my colleagues, especially with the correspondents who always work so hard to push the quality of news to the next level.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is unacceptable, especially when you work for language service. My desk editor was just like my mother, tried to control all staffs under her, and did not want any reporter to be better than her. You are never exposed to higher level if they do not like you. It is a good environment for bullying lower staffs.

    Advice to Management

    Clear communication and more transpaprency in higher level management.
    Too many middle managers to make staffs confused. All of them seem to have the rights to ask reporters/producers to do anything.


  7. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, long hours, lots of pressure, great experience to have on your cv, learnt a lot but not much opportunity for progression in developing your career

    Cons

    Poor pay- when you see your pay packet versus the width and depth of your responsibilities you do tend to question it a bit

  8. "BBC Production Trainee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity to work across all the different departments at the BBC

    Cons

    Not always the best organised scheme.


  9. "A place-to-be for those love news"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Producer in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Former Employee - Multimedia Producer in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very demanding environment that can lift you up in your reporting career. Training opportunities are excellent, reporting opportunities are immense.

    Cons

    The company is too large and the bureaucracy is very heavy to move on, especially in language services. It is not a transparent and clear communication environment

    Advice to Management

    The management level should be more transparent and clear in communication.


  10. "Mostly good."

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

    Pros

    Security, established brand, training, creative freedom, great people always striving to do their best for the public. Longer contracts than other companies, more development opportunities.

    Cons

    Nepotism. Bizarre hiring process. Unsympathetic management at times. More could be done to encourage young people of different backgrounds to stay at the BBC.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff & give them more support and resources.


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