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Updated June 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "And there are always Tiny Desk Concerts" (in 19 reviews)

  • "The tiny desk concerts, opportunity to work with great editors, and chance to produce your own pieces were great" (in 15 reviews)

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

  • "Poor upper management has always hurt this organization" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (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. "Pretty good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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."

  3. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NPR full-time (More than 5 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.


  4. "NPR Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NPR full-time

    Pros

    Tiny Desk Concerts are the greatest!

    Cons

    Lack of Top Down Control


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fair and Balanced"

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

    I worked at NPR full-time

    Pros

    Best financed non-profit you'll find
    Reasonably modern technology (Express, React, Docker)

    Cons

    Little process heavy
    Questionable strategic decision making at the top of the org

    Advice to Management

    Focus on financial redundancies in the public radio system as a whole.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NPR part-time

    Pros

    Passionate about their purpose and goals

    Cons

    They will eliminate your job after a certain age

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. "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...

  8. Helpful (4)

    "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Creative work environment"

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    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!


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