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Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance and flexibility (in 16 reviews)

  • Great brand that creates quality content (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Slowed down by BBC public service connection (in 8 reviews)

  • Relatively low pay for what you could make working for an American media company (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Development Producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BBC Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment to work, bosses easy to access and understanding of each country needs.

    Cons

    Reimbursement system is not practical...

    Advice to Management

    Keep regular calls with employees.


  2. "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BBC Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great medical benefits and a wonderful organization for those wanting to immerse themselves in a golbal arena.

    Cons

    Growth potential is non existent and the salary is far below expected market rate.


  3. "Opportunities & great people"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative, dynamic and stimulating environment. Staff are collaborative, intelligent and welcoming. The office design is inspiring and puts you at the center of the content

    Cons

    The tone at the top needs to lead by example more, so that managers are motivated to make people development a priority

    Advice to Management

    Keep up recent people development improvements


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  5. "Sales Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BBC Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    There are some great people here.

    Cons

    Slow, rigid, political, too many managers.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "TOXIC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BBC Worldwide (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health Care coverage, Location, Online access to their TV programs

    Cons

    -By now, its reputation in the industry is clear: it's no longer a CV filler since working there means you don't actually know how to work with the resources necessary to be with any bigger company
    -The people worth having as Mentors either left or were fired
    -The company culture is toxic, and being fake is encouraged by leadership
    -They will tell you there is no budget for anything and you will see wild overspending right in front of your eyes
    -There is no development plan for anyone, or even for the company

    Advice to Management

    This is Radio all over again, so get licencing in check, think 10 years ahead of how you're thinking, and stop selling the company for parts.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Awful discrimination against Latin America"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Coral Gables, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Coral Gables, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Re-known brand; good health benefits; global operations; good company to have in your CV; some good content; Decent mid level management; nice offices; central location; good technology.

    Cons

    Once there was an awesome team in the Miami office, but British leadership's discriminating practices and lack of trust with its Latin American employees ruined the growth and killed the business. HR practices in the Mexican office are unacceptable, while British employees in the region get paid high amounts for relocation, schools, expensive car rentals. They bring zero knowledge and juniors are the ones that need to train the senior team. In some occasions junior level staff were flown in coach (against company policy), while VP's were very comfortable in business class. Recent change in leadership and management team was the worse that could happen to the business. Heading a region and not knowing it, is an insult for those that know it and yet don't get to grow within the organization. Manipulation and fear is the day to day practice. No wonder why we've lost great talent this year. UK is unaware of what happens because HR leaders turn a blind eye, and cover for regional leadership. Run as fast as you can! unless you are Brit, then you'll be given opportunities (even if you are not prepared for the responsibilities of your role). Really sad place.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the region first before making bold decisions that affect people's jobs and lives. Understand that we are educated and valuable individuals capable of turning the business around in a few years (under former leadership), so trust the finances and performance, and allow the region to succeed far from the shadow of UK's inefficiency. You also need a new management team, maybe bring back the ones that run away...


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Concerning Workplace Environment"

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    Former Employee - Director in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BBC Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    • Miami office is small but nice – open floor plan and nice meeting areas; convenient location in Coral Gables
    • Health benefits are above average
    • Strong brand recognition
    • Ability to work with global offices a plus

    Cons

    • Unethical legal and finance practices abound; constant pressure to deceitfully structure contracts in order to maximize revenues as well as pressure to manipulate sales figures in order to present positive financial performance
    • 'Gross negligence' is the only way to describe HR practices and behaviors at this company; the behaviors and actions that have been fostered have led to a deeply troubled culture
    • Low pay, inept recruiting methods and poor office reputation make it difficult to attract top talent
    • Programming that is unknown or unsuitable for the Latin America region; BBC channels/programs are nearly unsellable in the region
    • Historically poor performance and uncertainty regarding the future of the Miami office beyond 2017 has led to low morale throughout the office

    Advice to Management

    Grossly negligent HR, immoral finance and accounting methods and unethical legal practices only begin to tell the story of the environment that’s fostered at this company and specifically, the Miami office. Consider this feedback before contemplating employment at the BBC.


  9. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Friendly, small company so lots of interactions with executives. They really make you feel involved and heard.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship. Long hours. Traffic central, make sure you live close.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work for a little while"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BBC Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Fun, friendly people. Good environment. Excellent benefits. Good brand. Lots of English people in the office.

    Cons

    Pays approximately 40% less than competition (at least for my job). My department was also understaffed. Because of this the company has a hard time hiring and retaining staff. Lots of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to hire and retain quality staff. You can't expect people to stay when they could be making +40% elsewhere.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Management Shift"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BBC Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Pre management shift, had great content, motivated and inspiring leadership and opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    After the switch in management people were seen as disposable. New management not experienced enough to run the LA branch, which is hurting the reputation of the brand. Jump before the sink ships.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in consultants. Being in charge does not mean you know everything. You do not, and it shows. Treating employees badly will come back to bite you in the long run.



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