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Updated October 7, 2017
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  1. "Host"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at China Radio International full-time

    Pros

    A lot of different areas to work in, can follow your interest.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic structure. Very little room to affect big picture decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Better prioritize content and personnel decisions. The most important thing is what goes to air.


  2. "The best"

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    Former Employee - Management in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Management in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at China Radio International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work place, nice people, good vibe

    Cons

    None what so ever!

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard!

  3. "Don't even think about working here!"

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    Former Employee - Host in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Host in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at China Radio International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) Good gig for beginners in the industry
    2) Cheap coffee and the cafeteria's food is terrible but cheap
    3) Offer cheap accommodation to "foreign experts" but nothing works in the apartments and the internet is terribly slow

    Cons

    When I first arrived, it was really a promising place. There were a variety of good shows for both the domestic and international audience. People were filled with optimism for the future. But, a few years later, after two horrendous budget cuts, the English Service at CRI is basically like a car quickly running out of gas. There's no depth, barely any content and no creativity whatsoever.
    There is no communication among the staff here. The producer rarely informs his or her staff what is going on and if you dare to ask, you will be yelled at. There is no respect given or received. The management does not care for your thoughts or suggestions. You are just expected to sit in the office and be told what to do.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to thrive, you need to listen to the suggestions from your employees and adopt the ones that are useful. Please get rid of useless producers who do not care for the quality of their programs and just fill the airtime with babbling nonsense.


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    "Editor"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at China Radio International as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a very young-age group and is very energetic. I gained a lot of field experience here, things I can't learn from school. And also the colleagues are all very nice to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes I wished I could know more so that I can help more with the work. And I really wanted to work for more hours.

    Advice to Management

    It's really a great team for broadcasting. I love everything there and the people there.


  5. "Instructor at sinhala service"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Producer in Colombo (Sri Lanka)
    Current Employee - Assistant Producer in Colombo (Sri Lanka)

    I have been working at China Radio International full-time

    Pros

    I like to work with chinese and I hope this is good chance to to take image about sri lanka to the world

    Cons

    Prsenting, Producing programmes and instructing


  6. "Great working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at China Radio International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Lack of any stress in the office.
    - Very flexible and employee friendly working shifts.
    - Can work from home occasionally.
    - Friendly colleagues and managers.

    Cons

    - No career development.
    - No health insurance for family members.


  7. "This was a job with a lot of opportunities but not well paid"

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    Former Employee - English Service in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - English Service in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends

    I worked at China Radio International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was exciting and you get really good exposure and opportunities as a foreigner there. It was wonderful and I had so many great interviews, work trips, events, and I loved my colleagues. If you are looking for a way to get into media in China, it's a really good way to start. I would have stayed longer but it was not worth it in the end to be in debt because I was so badly paid.

    Cons

    It's badly paid and the commute is really far unless you plan to live out in BaBaoshan.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the employees more and value them.

  8. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Editor in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends

    Pros

    The job which I like

    Cons

    It's will be better if I can be assigned more tasks


  9. "A good opportunity but poor communication"

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    Current Employee - Polisher in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Polisher in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    Pros

    CRI is a reliable, stable and established employer, unlike many companies in China. Although there are sometimes issues, you can trust that they will pay you, get your visa and fulfill their end of the contract. Good for networking and an introduction to working in China. It is an interesting experience to work for state media and interact with Chinese journalists. It's one of the safest ways for a foreign journalist to get started in China and learn about how things work here. There's also an international, multicultural office and social environment around CRI as well.

    Cons

    CRI can be a difficult environment for people with training as Western journalists because of the nature of state media in China. Management may not allow you to do the work you want to do once you get here or may try to get you to participate in projects or events that you don't want to do. Management and basic office structure is very unorganized, communication is nonexistant. Hours can be irregular for some employees. The office is located extremely far from the city center, resulting in long commutes for some.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication.