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Updated November 10, 2017
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Pros
  • fun job, interesting projects and good work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Generally great people to work with (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, not much room for growth (in 14 reviews)

  • Low pay, long hours, bad food catering (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good benefits and decent pay"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CBS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Being a large company, there were a lot of engineering resources at my disposal. The benefits were good. They hosted a lot of meetups from the local programming groups. They also had third thursday's which is a social gathering with free drinks where the whole company gets together.

    Cons

    There was a lot of redundancy in the company. For instance, in ads, there were many different divisions doing ads. There was never proper recognition on the work you put into a project. Lack of standards and documentation meaning it seemed like every other division did things completely different from each other.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront with your employees. I shouldn't have to worry day to day whether I'll have a job to go to. There was never an overarching plan and it seemed that management favored some divisions over others. I felt my division was always given the short end of the stick.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Used up until you are dismissed or leave"

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    Former Contractor - Job Review for KPIX V News Department in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Former Contractor - Job Review for KPIX V News Department in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CBS as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Experience in a fast paced news environment. Some good people working there. Opportunities available for the ambitious. Good location in San Francisco.

    Cons

    Management doesn't appreciate the hard work of their employees. Management tends to deflect responsibility for errors back onto staff. Works freelance staff to the limit and then retaliates when freelancers need personal time. Older, experienced employees are pushed out to make way for younger, less expensive people.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation for the very hard work your staff and freelancers do on a daily basis. Nurturing loyalty is much better than treating them like cattle.

  3. "Corporate umbrella system that's changing for the better...just a bit slow"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CBS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Environment, Leadership team, benefits. An amazing creative team and of course, the CBS brand is solid. Also awesome community-based programs.

    Cons

    Slow to adjust, still has some corporate dinosaur people and policies. Commission is fair but should be higher. Still has some fat to trim.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do your best.


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CBS as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The exposure to set life and the inner working of broadcast media was amazing.

    Cons

    Lack of benefits, poor leadership, and low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more effectively and set out an efficient plan with reasonable expectations.


  5. "BC/DR Manager"

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    Current Employee - California in Oakley, CA
    Current Employee - California in Oakley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work From Home option and every Friday

    Cons

    100% percent travel really sucks


  6. "Good don't fire emploees"

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    Current Employee - Accounting in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefit close for Xmas with pay

    Cons

    No advancement no matter how hard u work u don't advance

    Advice to Management

    Care about employees growtjh


  7. "Great experience working with a highly effective team."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with really smart people and contribute to high quality products.

    Cons

    Team are specialized (front-end versus back-end) so you may not gain a wide variety of experience.

  8. "Boring corporate environment that is too rigid and stuffy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - occasional parties and happy hours to help boost morale

    Cons

    - you had to fight for other roles in the company. i mean FIGHT. i had a manager tell me that he had other applicants coming into his office daily to try and secure the job in question. i guess applying, interviewing, checking in and prior experience with the company meant nothing.
    - very political and you basically have to know the right people to get anywhere.
    - sales people threw their weight around and barked orders


  9. "Great People, Great Teams, Meh Salary"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are awesome. Management nurtures a fun company culture.

    Cons

    Management like to set almost unrealistic sales goals which ultimately affected your bottom line as an employee.


  10. "culture of professionalism and openness"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CBS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic corporate culture. Through many years of change, a genuine sense of teamwork has always persisted.
    Despite a complex business, departments and teams are managed in such a way as to create a sense of place and purpose.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to convince upper management to change, even when data exists to support such a notion. This might be a function of the complex nature of the business: for every analysis that can be done to support one conclusion, it's often possible to create compelling arguments to the contrary.

    Advice to Management

    Take risks.


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