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Updated January 28, 2018
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PBS President, CEO, and Director Paula A. Kerger
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Pros
  • Also, the work life balance is great (in 14 reviews)

  • Great salary - great people to work with (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Because it's a non-profit the pay is not high - but that is to be expected (in 11 reviews)

  • low pay and few chances to advance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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

    I worked at PBS full-time

    Pros

    Great company with a great mission!

    Cons

    As a not-for-profit you may find your salary slightly lower than some commercial alternatives

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the improvements to the review process


  2. "Depends on which region you work at."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PBS part-time

    Pros

    Getting freelance work on different projects from the main offices is always good.

    Cons

    Working at a local station can sometimes be more trouble than it's worth, the execs will always give you a run around on budgets but in reality they will funnel most of the budget to the shows that perform the best and leave the other community based shows to suffer.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your producers and your camera men, if they have a professional opinion on gear don't just spend all the money on what you think is the right thing, spend it on what they know they need to get the job done right.

  3. "Overall Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and great mission

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy but is to be expected


  4. "Great NPO"

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

    I have been working at PBS full-time

    Pros

    The mission to is clear and apparent in daily work. There's plenty of opportunity to take good ideas and run with them.

    Cons

    There's a continuous gap between what we want to do and what we have resources for. This is the first NPO I've worked at, but I've heard that this is a common problem.

    Advice to Management

    With limited resources as a given, narrow your focus to do fewer things better.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, Smart and nice people committed to mission of public broadcasting.

    Cons

    Very little autonomy in most roles due to many decisions filtering through the very limited number of people at the top and this creates bottlenecks and lack of ingenuity and creativity. Long hours for some workers while others coast and make plenty of noise. Managers play favorites and promotions are not based on merit or actual work accomplishment but favoritism. There is a 'cool kids' culture here and if you're not part of it you don't get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to who is really carrying the biggest load. Recognize people for their accomplishments not how vocal they are. Become a flatter organization and allow your people to do their job with autonomy. Make the path to promotions transparent.Improve communication from the top down. Stop approving programs based on relationships in the building.


  6. "Wonderful place to work"

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

    I have been working at PBS full-time

    Pros

    people are mission driven, and pretty fairly compensated for it. good work/life balance. good benefits.

    Cons

    not enough cross-departmental collaboration.


  7. "Senior Vice President"

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

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

    Pros

    Great organization with a mission worthy of the dedicated people across the country who work in its service. It is one America's best ideas.

    Cons

    It is frustrating because the budget is always in question. It is not a business. It's a cause. This is not unclear, it just tends to de-energize. As a result, innovation is cyclic.

    Advice to Management

    Ignore K12 education at your peril! The country deserves everything PBS does. Learners deserve even more and better. If PBS acts like a TV Network it will be de-commissioned during the very next budget crisis.

  8. "Marketing Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creative team, benefits, mission is awesome

    Cons

    strong silos, cube farm, continual funding issues


  9. "Content"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PBS full-time

    Pros

    automatic retirement contribution
    work/life balance
    mission driven

    Cons

    no upward mobility
    laughable bonus
    bad diversity


  10. "Great Place to Work. Difficult to Advance"

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

    I have been working at PBS full-time

    Pros

    Passionate and mission driven co-workers. Work + Life Balance.

    Cons

    Few opportunities to advance your career/ grow.


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