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Updated November 5, 2017
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Pros
  • You are constantly meeting fascinating people, not to mention the Tiny Desk Concerts are a great perk of the job (in 18 reviews)

  • And there are always Tiny Desk Concerts (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited opportunity to stay on as a full-time employee, without staying on as temp indefinitely (in 12 reviews)

  • There is very little respect for or understanding of member stations on NPR's editorial side (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "NPR Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company, building, perks, people

    Cons

    None - great place to get started


  2. "Nice and flexible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NPR part-time

    Pros

    Gained a lot of fundraising and graphic design experience

    Cons

    But being an intern isn't glamorous...

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good experience"

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    Current Employee - News Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - News Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NPR (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good, mostly friendly company

    Cons

    If you're a person of color, you'll feel alone.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more managers of color


  4. "Great place to learn"

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

    I worked at NPR (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As an intern, they emphasize learning anything and everything beyond your assigned work

    Cons

    If you're working there as something other than a journalist, be ready to carry the weight of news just as much as they do. Very hard to escape stressful headlines when they're directly related to your place of work.


  5. "Internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great internship, lots of experience and support

    Cons

    could increase intern wages per hour


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Creative work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative atmosphere, wonderful colleagues! Challenging work, but keeps you on your A game. Loved most of my time spent at NPR, with the exception of some very low periods of management transition.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is sometimes stifling. They move slow in certain areas. Back end support systems and processes are antiquated. No clarity on career path. Morale needs boosting often.

    Advice to Management

    Take more calculated risks to ensure NPR remains relevant and operational. Creative ideas don't only come from one are of the company or at one level - listen to the tribe!


  7. "Good place to learn and network. Stay aware of issues kept hushed."

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    Former Employee - Development Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Development Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Building is state of the art and comes with many perks and benefits.
    -CEO is innovative, open minded and cares for employees.
    -Interesting people, work and conversations.

    Cons

    - Some older VPs have no communication ability when it comes to working with colleagues from younger generations.
    -Dramatic politics with hidden agendas that will ultimately deplete all working relationships with public tv counterparts and loyal donors.
    -Fishy use of staff and money for personal management interest that is bound to become exposed. Select top few leaders with ethics problems that will be exposed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to let go of people in high level positions with power, who are known through the system to be causing whispers that will deplete your positive relationships, funding and trustworthiness internally. Rid your two toxic Vice Presidents. You know who they are.

  8. "NPR"

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    Current Employee - Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good journalism. Good people and a devoted audience. Stable funding base in an industry that's seen a lot of turmoil. Room for growth within the company and a top-notch reputation in the industry.

    Cons

    Weak upper management. A lot of turnover at the top over the last decade has created uncertainty about the company's direction. Many different strategic changes over the last several years have cost money and jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the values that built public radio


  9. "Fantastic place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NPR full-time

    Pros

    - Amazingly friendly people. When people have time to chat, you can hear some very interesting stories.
    - Tiny Desk concerts
    - Free books

    Cons

    - If there is breaking news, cancel whatever plans/meetings you had that afternoon.

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to push diversity in the newsroom and in content.
    - Continue growing your digital platform.


  10. "Associate Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at NPR part-time

    Pros

    I had a wonderful experience learning from this company while still in school. I respected by bosses and enjoyed working for them.

    Cons

    The show I worked on had a small team so if one person was sick or absent there were only a couple people to pick up the work load.


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