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"Good enviroment to learn, nowhere to grow"

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Former Contractor - Production Assistant in Washington, DC
Former Contractor - Production Assistant in Washington, DC
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at NPR as a contractor (More than 5 years)

Pros

Work with passionate and intelligent people who often become good friends, solid pay for journalism (despite little opportunity for raises), good health/dental/eye insurance

Cons

Virtually no opportunity for promotion, really bad hours if you work in the News Division, employees are blinded by the glitz and perks of media despite company flaws, not rewarded by managers for accomplishments, bad managers, many people temp for years without getting a "full-time" job

Advice to Management

Promote employees or at least encourage them, if promotion isn't financially possible

Other Employee Reviews for NPR

  1. Helpful (2)

    "A mission-driven organization with the most thoughtful, curious people I've ever worked with."

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NPR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employees get a lot of freedom and flexibility in our work lives. As a reporter, this is a 'reporter-driven' shop where your ideas can get a hearing. The newsroom values respect and kindness, so there's little of the competitive or back-stabby culture that can be common at national news organizations. The new building fosters a lot of collaboration and moments of random delight — taking a spin class overlooking the U.S. Capitol, catching a national act like Macklemore or The National give an intimate Tiny Desk Concert on the 4th floor or grabbing a coffee with a good friend on the outdoor terrace.

    Cons

    The HR software is hopelessly outdated and frustrating. Because it's an organization that grew quickly, there's a lack of cohesion among the various departments and units sometimes. Leaders are individually strong, but haven't been clear in communicating the organization's core objectives and how each department can align themselves toward similar goals. Adherence to certain processes under-utilizes some talent and doesn't force quick change.

    Advice to Management

    The employees here have strong emotional ties to this organization, but it should be better leveraged by providing a clear vision for leadership and a willingness to be ruthless in getting rid of "status quo" procedures and processes that just don't work.


  2. "The smartest colleagues I've ever worked with in my career"

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    Current Employee - Leadership in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Leadership in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the best in their respective fields, strong commitment to work/life balance, creativity and innovation are encouraged.

    Cons

    Leadership instability (mostly CEO), cross-company communication could improve, news is typically at the forefront, understandable in many ways given who we are - but the idea of "news" and "everyone else" can be demotivating.

    Advice to Management

    Important for senior leadership to be more cohesive. Continue investing in digital growth, and empower your younger leaders to take the wheel to NPR's future. You'll be in good hands with the talent you have.

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