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Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Tiny Desk concerts in your workplace (in 17 reviews)

  • You are constantly meeting fascinating people, not to mention the Tiny Desk Concerts are a great perk of the job (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Only very few interns get hired full-time, low pay (in 11 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 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Smart, nice, mission-oriented people"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People here really believe in the mission to create a better informed public through solid unbiased journalism. They take tech seriously. Information is shared pretty freely, and leadership both shares a lot of information (our exact bottom line, etc.) and really wants feedback. They're very open to remote work and flexible time.

    Cons

    It feels like a smaller organization in some ways, which is both good and bad. It's bad in the sense that we're constantly aware of budgetary constraints. This might just be because they had had a few straight years of running a deficit right before I got here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on being as open as you are. Stay committed to going where the data leads you. Be responsive to requests for clarity about job roles.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Product Manager, NPR One"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NPR (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, company culture is excellent

    Cons

    Slow to change, lack of strategy at the highest level

    Advice to Management

    Be decisive, stick to a strategy and stop making shortsighted decisions

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "NPR"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Room for improvement!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful work culture, people are friendly, fun and professional. Tiny desks are super. Overall feels good to go to work everyday. People are open minded and respect the work.

    Cons

    NPR is quite disorganized, not good planners. Decision makers are certainly not diverse. There are also too many VPs and directors who don't do the daily work, and very few doers doing the work.

    Advice to Management

    Less thinking more doing. That director you are about to hire can possibly provide 3-4 people to help get the actual work done!


  6. "Proofreader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers, supportive environment, loved coming to work

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  7. "NPR Interns"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    NPR makes an effort to ensure that Interns have meaningful work
    The Culture at NPR is extremely welcoming/inclusive. They care about their interns experience

    Cons

    Pay is currently DC's minimum wage which is $11.50/Hour. This makes it difficult as DC is an expensive city to live in and a lot of the interns come from across the country.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the Interns' pay so that more people can afford to move to DC. This will be crucial for NPR to continue to attract high quality interns who are passionate about public media.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Ambitious but deluded"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family-like environment
    Flexible hours
    Mission-driven
    Dedicated to producing great work

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers aplenty
    Short-staffed and overworked
    Uninvested in diversity
    Ridiculous politics and game-playing

    Advice to Management

    Take more courses on management
    Listen to your employees
    Resolve team conflicts ASAP


  9. "Priorities "mixed up""

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NPR (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Established in industry with "positive" reputation. Decent benefits and salaries. Good energy levels and pleasant environment.

    Cons

    Really great at this time, if you're under 40...Seems to be biased in that manner. Tends to "post" positions (as required by law), however have already identified the candidate that will be chosen for the job.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused and true to broadcast (and "cable").


  10. "Not for everyone."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Reporter/Producer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Freelance Reporter/Producer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NPR (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with some extremely-talented people.

    Cons

    Poor upper management has always hurt this organization.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't take it if I offered it.


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