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BBC Salford Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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  1. "Tech haven"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Real opportunities to learn, innovate and move around. Nice offices and driven colleagues who keep you motivated to improve yourself.

    Cons

    Salaries aren't competitive enough and transport links from outside of Manchester aren't the best but these negatives are offset by the positives.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes meetings can get in the way of development


  2. "Engineering Manager"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    World renowned company, great offices, great people, great products with massive reach. Lots of work variety, plenty of challenges. Chances to work across many different platforms, with different technologies and lots of great people. Lots of celebs walking around!

    Cons

    The pace can be a little slow, maybe not for you if you're looking for fast turnaround, short timescale projects.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Development Lead in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Development Lead in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, products, culture, agile, great teams

    Cons

    Politics, daily mail readers,


  4. "Pretty good overall"

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    Current Contractor - Researcher in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Researcher in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of job satisfaction, fantastic to be working amongst talented, creative people and creating output that people love.

    Cons

    Birtspeak, disconnect between senior management and those at the coal face. Corporation is risk averse these days too.

    Advice to Management

    Speak plainly, be more honest about what's going on upstairs. Also cut down the number of senior managers - have no idea what most of them do.


  5. "Business Affairs Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Business Affairs Assistant in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Affairs Assistant in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great public service, great content, great focus on audience needs.

    Cons

    Nothing to report at all

    Advice to Management

    Keep the audience and staff as the main focus and the content will shine.


  6. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, and a fantastic environment to learn software engineering skills

    Cons

    Sometimes a little too slow paced.
    Don't pay competitively.


  7. "Brilliant experience but not perfect"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Content Producer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Content Producer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working, good range of training courses, opportunities to do placements with other departments, prestige.

    Cons

    Interviews are extremely competitive, can be hard to progress. Pay rises near impossible to achieve without promotion.

  8. "Innovative, latest methods used"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -open minded colleagues
    -spend time in developing and streamlining delivery methods
    -great teamwork and spirit
    -no blame culture

    Cons

    -a little slow at times but working to improve efficiency
    -don't get to get involved in the release process


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company to work for as a developer."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, excellent teamwork, always feel like you're part of a community. Not much by way of office politics in the role I was in. Opportunity to work with fairly cutting edge technologies. Opportunities to move around. Get involved in projects that really make a difference and reach millions of people.

    Cons

    Salary could be higher for the work. Salary doesn't keep up with industry expectations. Should get more involved in the Open Source community. Often can't discuss what you're working on with others so can be frustrating in that respect.

    Advice to Management

    Consider more developer time on personal development. Try and bit more cutting edge with regards to technologies. Have been slower on the uptake of more recent technologies. Behind the likes of Facebook, Google and Netflix but only just.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of progression - Bullying"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice offices, benefit offers, some good managers

    Cons

    Bullying is an overlooked issue here, very hard to progress and management lacks the skills to empower staff. I have seen staff bullied and management try their best to overlook the issue by portraying the victim as the trouble. This is an serious issue that the BBC is getting away with. Seeing this from the inside is very upsetting. The 'you should be glad to be here' attitude is widely felt across the BBC. Office culture varies in department and pay isn't that great.

    Advice to Management

    Stop senior staff from getting away with bullying


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