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Updated September 18, 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
  • "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
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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. "Great people / rewarding mission"

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

    I worked at NPR full-time (More than 10 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 retrospect, there are many situations I could have handled better, but I had to figure that out on my own.

  3. "Communications Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion 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


  4. "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."


  5. "NPR Digital Services in Boston"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. 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.


  9. 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


  10. "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...


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