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"Amazing opportunity, wish I could have stayed"

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Former Intern - Multimedia Intern in Washington, DC
Former Intern - Multimedia Intern in Washington, DC
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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

One of the best working environments I've been in! Fantastic co-workers with a lot of knowledge and willingness to share career advice. It does pay unlike a lot of media internships. I was treated like a full-time employee, not an intern. I was given real work -- no fetching coffee!

The coffee machines in the kitchens are a lifesaver.

It's NPR!

Cons

The monthly stipend is pretty bad, which made it difficult to find housing for the internship period. I also worked way more than 40 hours a week, which could be a pro or con to some, but I wish I was paid overtime (your stipend stays the same no matter how many hours you put in.)

Wish I had opportunities for employment at the end of the internship. Don't expect a job at the end.

Advice to Management

Hire more interns! We dedicate an enormous amount of time and energy to the company. I just wish interns had the opportunity to move up instead of heading to another company praying for a job.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great co-workers; disappointing upper management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NPR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Filled with kind, creative, intelligent people to work with. Fantastic culture. Most people are fairly supportive. Work-life balance depends on where you're land in the organization - some shows and divisions have a healthy appreciation for work/life. Same goes for career growth and compensation. For the most part, people have a positive reaction when they learn you work at NPR.

    Cons

    Given they pay significantly less than other similar industry jobs, executives are either under-qualified or don't have many other opportunities available (obviously there are some exceptions but many of those people have been marginalized, retired or shoved out the door). Definitely impacted by financial and auto industries bottoming out but plenty of poor decision making inside the organization will leave NPR and the public radio system hurting for years (so many talented people across the board lost in several rounds of RIFs). Terrible communication between divisions (maybe this has improved by getting everyone under one roof at HQ but at one point they had three different buildings with various levels of restricted access to navigate within two blocks of each other). When outside people find out you work at NPR, they might hold you personally responsible for Bob Edwards firing.


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    "One of the greatest working experiences I ever had."

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    Former Contractor - Staffing Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Staffing Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NPR as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -The talent, the atmosphere, the culture.

    Cons

    -Not really a con, but NPR is a nonprofit, so you won't get the big salaries like in other news organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep what you're doing and that is bring informative news.

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