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Updated February 20, 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. Helpful (1)

    "the BBC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Head of Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BBC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent employer with huge variety of career paths. My own career was in finance within the training and development group where I had responsibility for a £17.2M annual budget.

    Cons

    Unwieldy size of the organisation often meant slow to change. Personal cons included the fact that I worked in London, some 120 miles from my home. O commuted each week.

    Advice to Management

    Nil


  6. "Good technology environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technology environment. Good colleagues. Many opportunities in order to learn new technologies. Agile development environment.

    Cons

    Some times is hard to make decisions from the management.

    Advice to Management

    Be more adaptative.


  7. "Great mission, poorly treated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate colleagues and a strong mission. Strong benefits package when you get a contract.

    Cons

    A culture of working too hard, low wages, sloppy payment and impersonal treatment by HR.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "I work full time at the BBC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent and enjoyable place to work. Plenty of opportunities for career progression.

    Cons

    Some people work harder than others but are rewarded less by management as the management maybe sometimes unintentionally have a more favoured and more sociable group than others. The others are often ignored

    Advice to Management

    The popular group culture should be stamped out as the quieter and less popular staff are being ignored, we are not in high school anymore.


  9. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance, Good opportunities for trainings

    Cons

    Slow paced environment, no career progression


  10. Helpful (1)

    "BBC Newsgathering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Broadcast Camera Journalist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Broadcast Camera Journalist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The BBC is the leading broadcasting company in the UK, and is expanding in World news. The BBC values which most employers uphold, make the company unique in it's aims of producing both worthy and entertaining television. People I work with are interesting and motivated by the power of journalism, and it's greater influence for good in the world.

    Cons

    Progress is slow and it is hard to navigate the internal politics because of the size of the company.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Working at the BBC in IT and Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT/Finance Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior IT/Finance Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The BBC despite its layer upon layers of management in my area at least did not seek to micro manage me and let me get on with my job.
    The Management is understanding of flexible working and is supportive.
    A lot of the IT staff are high calibre and this allows you to get things done.

    Cons

    A lot of the people at the BBC are not all that busy and a lot of them are jobsworths looking to take credit for other peoples work. The reason for this is that the BBC is still over staffed to a great extent and there are still a lot of people who do not perform any function. Those actually doing the work are small in number and therefore you need to ensure you have good relationships with these people otherwise you literally will get nothing done.

    They have far too many staff in Finance and accounting.

    An anti contractor and freelance ethos has built up in 2014 and still present, probably related to the government seeking to get rid of contractors from the public sector. Grow a backbone and ignore the government because you need contractors and freelance staff.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood, there is too much of it. Start hiring more contractors again, because you cannot operate a company of your size without using contractors. Its simply not realistic.



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