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  1. "Associate Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, face-paced creative environment. Good benefits, friendly co-workers, no two days were ever the same. Upper management was very approachable and receptive to new ideas.

    Cons

    Not a lot of cons here. Sometimes long hours but that is to be expected from time to time in the industry.


  2. "Corporate is killing the business"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Newsroom is a fun atmosphere
    Good Benefits
    Paid Vacation and Holidays

    Cons

    Poor location, too much construction!
    We are in a constant state of health risks due to the construction on the lot.


  3. "great company, old school mentality"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Teamwork
    People have been there a long time, like family

    Cons

    Old school mentality
    Difficult to shift mindsets

    Advice to Management

    Try not to micromanage and control everything


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  5. "Digital News Producer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital News Producer
    Current Employee - Digital News Producer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone seems happy to work at KTLA. People are friendly for the most part. A lot of people have stayed with the company for decades, showing it values its employees. Management was also nice, and accommodating with things like schedule requests. Free snacks from the show are frequently available.

    Cons

    There is not a set path for promotion or full-time work. It seems to depend on a myriad of things, like when the company finds the funds (which for some took years), job experience, etc. If you're hired part-time, don't expect to be full-time quickly.
    The shifts are unstable -- I was hired to work late nights and very early mornings, often switching back and forth in the same week.


  6. "Media Company Fails its Personnel as it Emerges from Bankruptcy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KTLA-TV full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The biggest PRO is the individual people who work at KTLA. A work/family environment still exists at KTLA. Another PRO is KTLA's legacy and its standing in the Los Angeles community. It is, by many accounts, the station of record when major news events happen.

    Cons

    KTLA is owned by the Tribune Corp and, unfortunately, employees are increasingly treated poorly. The Newsroom is a high stress, high demand work environment. Pay is not up to market standards and, despite having just spent 2.7 Billion on purchasing 19 TV Stations, raises are few and far between. In fact many employees and per diems will go years without a cost of living or merit pay increase. While the amount of live TV News production at KTLA has doubled in recent years, compensation for the extra work is zero.

    There is a total lack of communication with management and staff as to long term objectives. Management does not make any effort to foster a feeling in the staff that they have a part in steering KTLA's future. Don't expect pats on the back for your hard work, except on rare occasions, these do not happen.

    After Tribune emerged from Bankruptcy, there was a hope that the company would become a strong employee oriented institution. That was not the case. In fact KTLA and its parent company are more interested in penny pinching and ignoring their staff. It is ashame for the many wonderful people who call KTLA a second home. Although I am still employed at KTLA, I would not recommend it to prospective employees.

    Advice to Management

    A message excerpted from a Harvard Business School study to corporate America and to KTLA/Tribune: Thriving citizens become more productive employees, more willing consumers, and stronger supporters of pro-business policies,' it said. 'Struggling citizens are disgruntled at work, frugal at the cash register, and anti-business at the ballot box.'


  7. "Abusive enviroment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are in a bargaining unit, it is ok

    Cons

    Autocratic, demeaning and spirit killing.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the blood, sweat and tears of the dedicated employees. Stop the rule by intimidation and fear.


  8. "Family environment, opportunities to move up"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assignment Desk in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Assignment Desk in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KTLA-TV part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    All hands on deck mentality, teamwork, friendly people. Even freelancers get 401k. Supervisors are generally easy-going, give you the trust to do your job. So show up, be present and do your work and you will be recognized for it. The higher-ups take time to notice and show you their appreciation. They are also supportive say you want to switch departments, move up... they will be your mentor and help you. I still keep in touch after all these years because they were like family when I worked there.

    Cons

    Compensation is maybe on the lower-end for the local news stations for a comparable position. Some people, there are always bad apples anywhere, harbor a lot of negativity and bring it to work. I don't care about their personal lives but I do care when it impacts the productivity in the newsroom. There is some expectation that when you are called into work as a freelancer that you show up at a moment's notice. Sometimes unrealistic, but just go with it. They can tell if you are just blowing them off or genuinely want work but cannot make it. Morale seems to be going down since the shift of higher ups in the 2008-09 ... but that may not apply to your situation. Your direct supervisors are who will most dictate how your work life would be so get to know them well.

    Advice to Management

    Scheduling can be more organized. Sometimes, especially on the weekends, the communication breaks down and no one seems to know what is going on. So keep a steady communication with your people whether it's on the weekdays/weekends to ensure continuity. Perhaps have a rotating weekend schedule so weekenders don't feel 'stuck' and begrudged that they have to miss every social event on the weekend.


  9. "Marketing Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KTLA-TV part-time

    Pros

    Pay, Hours, Time off, and scheduling

    Cons

    you will work more than you expect. the company runs very lean.


  10. "GREAT START!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Being that it is not the biggest station in the market, you gain experience wearing many hats! By the time you leave, you'll have experienced in more fields than you imagined upon starting. Always look the part! It helps.

    Cons

    You are not exactly compensated fairly for all of the different hats that you will be wearing. Over time you began to stress by the simple task of trying to survive in a place where the cost of living is not equal to your pay.

    Advice to Management

    Organization and fairness. This will in turn help you build stronger relationships with your employees. Especially the little worker bees!


  11. "One of the best places I've ever worked!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    No micro managing. Great pay. Work on a movie lot in Hollywood. Meet movie stars daily. GREAT PEOPLE!!!!!

    Cons

    Automated control room. Management constantly trying to reduce overhead by reducing staff. Parent company in bankruptcy. Job security can be shaky.



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