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Updated April 15, 2017
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Pros
  • opportunity, learning experiences, great people (in 4 reviews)

  • Good work environment and great experience (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Little work life balance - expected to be on call 24/7 (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours early morning, to late nights, but this type of event warranted it (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Outstanding"

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    Former Employee - News Producer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - News Producer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CBS News (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is one of the legendary names in broadcast news. There's a sense of history as you walk the halls. The culture of the company is collegial and hard working. It's a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    Network news is no longer the primary source of news in the country. There's a palpable sense at CBS of being part of a slowly dying industry.


  2. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at CBS News part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, good hours, opportunity to move up

    Cons

    None that I can think of. It's great


  3. "Not great but could've been worse"

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CBS News (More than a year)

    Pros

    great colleagues, great quality of news

    Cons

    management, work-life balance, pay etc.


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  5. "Avoid at all costs"

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CBS News (More than a year)

    Pros

    Experience, I guess. I wouldn't wish this place on anyone.

    Cons

    I really feel concerned for anyone who has to grace the doors of this establishment. There is programming that I even like on this network that I can't bring myself to watch. When I tell people about my experience here, the stories are so extreme that no one believes it's true - goodness I and most of a the people that work there have the evidence of bullying and sexism on their emails and voicemails. Around the time I left two other young mothers did as well because after their maternity leave they were moved to unworkable schedules that were far worse that what they'd had before they went on maternity leave. I was screamed at, belittled and disrespected in almost every way imaginable. I wouldn't wish this organization on my worst enemy.

    Advice to Management

    Respect women. Respect mothers. Just be respectful. If that's a novel idea to your executives, and I assure you it is, perhaps you need to let some of them go in the name of basic human dignity.


  6. "Sound Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was a decent job. Went to many places

    Cons

    Stressful news television environment. no longer watch TV because of it.


  7. "Floor assets"

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    Current Employee - Floor Design in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Floor Design in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CBS News part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a good place to put all what you have

    Cons

    some time people are mean

    Advice to Management

    Select people on the floor


  8. "A mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CBS News (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hardworking people who care about their work. As one former employee once said, "we make air because we have people who refuse to fail."

    Cons

    Poor management who are reluctant to make decisions or seek feedback from the actual people who do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Seek feedback and listen to employees. Come out of your offices and actually talk with people not just email.


  9. "Job advancement"

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    Current Employee - Coordinating Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Coordinating Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I really like the people I work with.

    Cons

    Large company - hard to advance. Feel under paid

    Advice to Management

    Management as a whole makes you feel like you are lucky you have a job - and don't reward good people, good work and people who have been loyal and worked at the company. At contract time, it is their job to squeeze as much out of you as possible and get the most work out of you for the least pay all the while you see how well the company is doing as a whole but it doesn't trickle down.


  10. "Go for the name and get out as fast as you can"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's CBS News, a legacy name. That's a good thing. If only their shows lived up to it, but there are too many incestuously employed people there for CBS to survive. The gene pool has become a muddy puddle.

    Cons

    In digital news, you'll be treated like garbage from the moment you walk in the door. You wont have a desk and you wont be trained, you'll be dogged for every mistake you make until you know everything not to do--that's the training. Most of the midlevel editors are miserable and seem to hate their job. They have anger problems and there is absolutley no comraderie. And there will be turn around shifts with no plan to change them so have fun getting three hours of sleep a night. Want to learn things outside of your role? Forget it. Want to work up some stories, better be a correspondent, otherwise you'll write their stories and scripts and their names will be the only ones on the byline. They treat their video editors like garbage and after they hire you freelance, they offer you staff at a lower rate which benefits them because they can stop paying you overtime. So, I gave them a shot, and I used them as the archaic stine they are to land my dream job at another company which makes CBS look about amazing as Walmart when where working standards are concerned.

    If you have a shot at another reputable outlet, stear clear--I couldnt believe they were shocked when I left.


  11. "Producer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Senior Producer, Cbs Evening News in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Senior Producer, Cbs Evening News in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long proud history and tradition.

    Cons

    Technologically decades behind the other networks. Mired in the past. Partying like it's 1989. Terrible affiliate system and communications. Major old boys club, no nepotism rules. Everyone is related of married to someone else.

    Advice to Management

    Join the new century. Treat people fairly. Everyone is running scared.


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