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Updated May 12, 2017
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  1. "I was a marketing intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment with lots of welcoming, creative people and a wide variety of projects and media. There are lots of opportunities to shadow different departments.

    Cons

    Tasks were sometimes monotonous and the office space and some of the technology used seems dated but it gives you an opportunity to learn different creative processes.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not great."

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

    I have been working at KQED full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Good benefits.
    - Generous PTO
    - Most people are friendly and nice.
    - Most employees really believe in the mission.

    Cons

    - Little to no project management.
    - Inter-department communication is terrible.
    - Lots of entitlement both in employees and management.
    - VERY self congratulatory.
    - Difficult to take PTO.
    - There's a standard policy to delay hiring a replacement for a departing employee for many months to save money.
    - No standardization so everything is inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what your employees actually do and what they need to do it well. Find out how much time things take and tailor workloads appropriately. Figure out what we're making, how we're going to make it, and then streamline the process.

  3. "Good Culture in Creative Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, creative environment with engaging team building activities.
    Boss supportive of personal growth.
    Appreciated mentoring and support from colleagues.

    Cons

    Small company so not always easy to transition into new roles or grow your role. HR Department not very good at addressing employee concerns/issues.


  4. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Nice people, open to letting interns take on special projects and new responsiblities

    Cons

    Workplace sometimes felt stagnant. Different departments were very siloed

    Advice to Management

    More KQED-wide social events to create more cohesive company feeling


  5. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KQED (More than a year)

    Pros

    great mission-driven organization where colleagues truly care about creating and distributing trusted journalism and educational resources to audiences.

    Cons

    Not always transparent with communications across departments. Big gap in pay between executive/managerial level and associate level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be innovative and progressive with decisions and initiatives tot for KQED to remain a relevant and respected organization with the media landscape and sustainable future. Provide more opportunities for growth so lower level employees will remain and grow with KQED.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, Good org, Lots of Bureaucracy"

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

    I have been working at KQED full-time

    Pros

    Overall, the company is made up of good people committed to producing good news content. Salary is good for the industry but still tough given the Bay Area's high cost of living.

    Cons

    Huge disconnect between managers and non-managers.
    Culture can be stifling. Trying new things or making changes takes forever, if it happens at all.
    No real management or career trajectory for individuals -- there are lots of burned out people here.


  7. "Challenges of a non-profit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are really committed to the mission of public media

    Cons

    Change in the culture is slow, and there's little room for advancement.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not all it could be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    KQED is a well established PBS station, and has strong history going for it. I think they really mean to bring valuable news and information to the greater Bay Area. It seems their radio programs are quite successful at doing this, but their television programming falls short.

    Cons

    There's a lot of office politics, and KQED seems to be stuck in an old PBS model of fundraising and recycling content. They do things the way they've always done them and lack strong new leadership to take them into new non-profit models that move the company forward while valuing their employees. They've had opportunities to enhance their original television content and bring exciting new shows to live, but have not taken those opportunities and instead fall back on their tried and true radio and news shows.

    Advice to Management

    Get a bright new mind in upper management who can take KQED out of it's stale modus operandi and into the future.


  9. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are so open and kind. Great feedback, good HR structure.

    Cons

    The normal HR bureaucracy that comes with a company this size.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "KQED Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Living in San Francisco. Working with brilliant journalists from around the world. There is a true collaborative spirit in radio.

    Cons

    Top heavy as far as pay goes. That's disconcerting for a public media station. Studios and resources aren't utilized to their full potential.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in producers and editors. Invest less in senior management. Public media is not a business. Stop blurring the lines with corporate sponsors. It doesn't cost nearly as much to produce and distribute quality content now a days.


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