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  • "Very little chance of full time offer(in 13 reviews)

  • "Very few entry level jobs except temporary assignments which can be unpredictable and are in a gray area in terms of rights protection(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Excellent people and opportunities, can feel like a bubble

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NPR full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of chances to hone pitching, booking and audio editing skills. Competitive pay and benefits and pleasant office environment. Overall, the hosts and behind-the-scenes staff are friendly and easy to work with and there's a feeling of comradery in the newsroom.

    Cons

    Can feel closed-minded as most people come from similar backgrounds and share similar interests and political views. Entry-level employees often must prove themselves by working temporary assignments before they're hired full-time.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on big-picture strategic initiatives rather than micromanaging news divisions

  2. Enriching Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NPR full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Passionate, creative and committed co-workers; Tiny Desk concerts!!; Public service mission to reports the facts in the news

    Cons

    Too many people trying to do too much work

    Advice to Management

    Support the staff better with clear policies

  3. Sales Representative

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at NPR full-time

      Pros

      Best work life balance I've experienced.

      Cons

      Management is strict with their ways, not much room for flexibility.

    • New to NPR

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

        I have been working at NPR full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        For the most part, people here are brilliant, friendly, helpful, and open to sharing and collaborating. It's also incredible to be working for an organization that is this important in today's society. The Tiny Desk concerts alone are worth working here.

        Cons

        There are a few really, really negative personalities that can ruin your employee experience.

      • Great people / rewarding mission

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at NPR full-time for more than 20 years

        Pros

        Good healthcare options Tiny Desk Concerts / free books Lively conversations with great minds A high level of civility and shared purpose New challenges every day and new projects Innovative digital team Everyone here leads with curiousity

        Cons

        Retirement match doesn't vest for 2 years. Tension between executive vision and expectations of the network can make progress slow on some initiatives Not much in the way of coaching / executive track - you kind of have to find your own way here. A bit of a culture of politeness, which can make it hard to know what to do better. I think I'm fairly good at taking feedback, but it was seldom, if ever, offered. In...

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      • Communications Manager

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at NPR full-time

        Pros

        Clear sense of community across different floors

        Cons

        Complex media organization with a lot of history but a lot of bureaucracy

      • Pretty good place to work

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at NPR full-time

        Pros

        Good perks, good people. good cafeteria.

        Cons

        Top-heavy organization. Too many managers and "Vice Presidents."

      • NPR Digital Services in Boston

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend

        I worked at NPR full-time

        Pros

        They always met their payroll obligations to me, and I met some very interesting and talented people there from various cultural backgrounds.

        Cons

        During the time I worked there, it was clear that existing staff were unable to keep up with the demands that had devolved on them.

        Advice to Management

        There is a remark that my father attributed to his grandfather that seems appropriate to many occasions, including this one: It's important to know the difference between scratching your arse and tearing it.

      • Director

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        Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at NPR full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Mission-driven, intelligent and curious staff culture that is not overly demanding nor overly political. Local content, not just national content, is important to preserve in USA.

        Cons

        A lot of sub-optimal decision-making because of legit scapegoats in FCC restrictions, or non-profit member station limitations, or Capitol Hill threats, but more frustrating is managers that are too jaded or cowardly to do the right thing and use policies and constraints against getting better.

        Advice to Management

        Better relations of what's possible or inevitable with member stations. Better relations with PBS.

      • NPR Life

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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          I have been working at NPR full-time

          Pros

          Tiny Desk Concerts are the greatest!

          Cons

          Lack of Top Down Control

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