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Updated March 23, 2019
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PBS President, CEO, and Director Paula A. Kerger
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  • "As with many non-profit jobs, pay scale tend to be lower than other companies" (in 12 reviews)

  • "low pay and few chances to advance" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director of Corporate Support
    Former Employee - Director of Corporate Support
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best places I've ever worked. People who work at PBS really believe in the mission.

    Cons

    PBS is a nonprofit so you were alot of hates for not alot of pau.


  2. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Counsel in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Counsel in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    wonderful mission, amazing digital department

    Cons

    need better office space (which is being remedied)

  3. "Best Culture Great Mission"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PBS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - supportive, respectful culture;
    - phenomenal, inspiring leadership (unlike many media organizations);
    - wonderful mission that drives employees;
    - excellent work-life balance and benefits; (GREAT HR team that partners with staff)
    - valiant efforts made to effectively communicate across organization; and
    - work product & content are always well-researched, relevant and current, but never pandering to least common denominator

    Cons

    - so many presentation, meetings and reports internally/externally can sometimes get in way of core work

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  4. "Supportive and Warm Organizations"

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff really can feel like family. Not a lot of issues with office politics.

    Cons

    Growth within the organization can be slow.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PBS full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people, great energy, good mission

    Cons

    Long hours, fewer resources vs private media


  6. "Great Family Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    great place to work for a while, especially when you have a family. The company offers great programs and family friendly events!

    Cons

    The company structure is very dated. Has a hard time looking to the future.

    Advice to Management

    If the company wants to change its appearance and appeal to the younger demographic, hire more millennials and fresh people. New people bring in new perspective which keeps company fresh and up to date.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic environment with management that doesn’t live up to the mission."

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    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PBS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and you can feel proud about the quality content the org produces

    Cons

    Many things others have said are true - low pay, difficult to advance, lack of innovation, passive aggressive employees, etc.

    But even worse than that, the culture is extremely toxic. Many managers are rude and disrespectful to staff, yet are still supported and even promoted by management. For people of color, the situation is particularly bad. I repeatedly heard other employees making racist and insensitive comments without any concern about professionalism or what is appropriate in the workplace. This may have been specific to the digital/marketing department, but the fact that this behavior was allowed to persist for so long speaks to the values of the larger organization.

    Advice to Management

    Create a culture of respect and let go of poor managers. Establish a more welcome environment for people of color.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at PBS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Great place to work overall, especially if you have a family. Company hold events for children.

    Cons

    Difficult parking, however great access to metro!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Love the mission."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are celebrated for every year that you are there. Free lunch and learning sessions.

    Cons

    The departments work in silos. There is no opportunity for growth. Very few employees have a television/media background so they never leave. The company lacks cultural diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a more diverse staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Creative, meaningful place to work"

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

    I worked at PBS full-time

    Pros

    Smart interesting people. Great programming.

    Cons

    Modest pay. Limited advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to retain best people.