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Updated October 13, 2017
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  • Terrible work life balance, Over work (in 8 reviews)

  • Old boy's club culture, unhappy staff, long hours (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBS News full-time

    Pros

    CBS News is a premium worldwide news network, with correspondents around the globe. It prides itself on original reporting.

    Cons

    There are many separate divisions within CBS News which are not as well-integrated as they could be. It is sometimes difficult to accomplish work across divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize. Innovate on new platforms. CBS News is moving towards this, bringing its decades of history and reporting into the 21st century.


  2. "Associate Producer"

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

    I have been working at CBS News full-time

    Pros

    Professionalism, work with the best in the business, good benefits

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance, Over work

  3. "Drab in Every Way Possible"

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

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

    Pros

    CBS News is a somewhat democratic company. You will find more women, people of color and young people in positions of power than you might at similar organizations. They value hard work (in most cases) and tend to promote people based on leadership qualities, talent, and reputation.

    Cons

    The CBS News offices are drab and disgusting. The execs harp on the 100+ years CBS has been in the same location - and you'll find a layer of dirt from each year. Some floors look like they are from the 50's, others the 80's and as if no one has cared for them since. The shared computers are absolutely gross with food and debris caked onto each one. Broken lights and mini fridges overflowing with old food are the norms -- save for the morning show and CBSN offices. While the environment is democratic in a lot of ways CBS often promotes Barbie's and Ken's who haven't put in the same effort as everyone else. If you are a quiet or reserved person this is not the environment for you. They value "smiling" much more than talent or skill. There is a strong old guard at CBS. While they claim to want new, innovative ideas they hardly listen to younger staff and cling to tactics that made CBS great before the internet took over and people found new ways to consume news. Hours suck, prepare to give up your social life.

    Advice to Management

    Don't discourage young talent! I was chastised for giving input about millennial audiences and suggesting that my generation sees things differently than the generation before us. Encourage your older employees to listen and collaborate instead of feeling so obviously threatened!


  4. "intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience and great people

    Cons

    None I can think of


  5. "CBS News Producer"

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

    Pros

    Great people, pretty good pay

    Cons

    Very little opportunity to climb the ladder in this position.


  6. "Very little training or incentives to motivate employees to succeed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CBS News part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many people at the network are wonderful. It is still one of the "Big 3," and has an excellent tradition of journalism, as well as huge tv audiences, which all employees benefit from.

    Cons

    I would say while some of my bosses and colleagues were fantastic, there are others that I would describe as almost psychopathic. "Screaming sessions" and verbal abuse in some offices seemed to be tolerated by the very top. As a previous poster, says nepotism rules. As a result very talented employees leave, and the network loses. There is also a lot of internal restructuring right now at the network, and the ice cube effect of gradually diminishing tv audiences.

    Advice to Management

    Improve "managing," and creating respectful environments that unleash creativity and inspire employees. Employees should never be screamed at, or disrespected, and instead valued for what they can bring.


  7. "Could be much better"

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

    I worked at CBS News full-time

    Pros

    Big company with room for growth

    Cons

    You'll likely be way underpaid as a junior staff member, and departments aren't logically organized

  8. "Best job I've had"

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

    I have been working at CBS News full-time

    Pros

    Respectful employees and management. Growth opportunities. Best in the TV news business, award caliber work every day. Competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Can't think of one.

    Advice to Management

    Not much, just make it easier for employees to reach out and speak to everyone up the ladder.


  9. "Desk Associate"

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    Current Employee - Desk Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Desk Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn from the best in the News Industry

    Cons

    Working on weekends and holidays and earning a small paycheck

    Advice to Management

    encouraging your employees will keep them moticated


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Be Prepared to Work Hard for Little Results"

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

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

    Pros

    You are at the Network. There is a certain pride in working hard and being part of huge breaking news stories.

    Cons

    Tough schedules, you are expected to cover shifts without much heads up. The environment is very competitive and nepotism rules the room. It seems that no matter how hard you work you will get stuck in the same job forever.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your employees to grow. Don't pigeonhole them in one position for their entire contract. Give younger and newer employees a chance. Loyalty is great, but sometimes employees need to be let go regardless of who they know or how long they've worked at the company.


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