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Updated November 16, 2017
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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 5 reviews)

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

  • Upper management expects too much of their teams (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PBS full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people but passive aggressive

    Cons

    Everyone is a Director at PBS.
    Once you're hired the company sees you as "tainted" making career progression challenging.

  8. "Director"

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

    I worked at PBS full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven. Good people. Good work life balance. You feel like you're working for the greater good

    Cons

    Many reorgs. Large senior management team but not enough to actually get the job done

    Advice to Management

    show employees more recogntion


  9. "Great working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great working environment. very diverse and friendly

    Cons

    not paid too well. NYC is very expensive


  10. "Shoot and edit video, create motion graphics."

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    Current Employee - Video Editor in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Video Editor in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's educational and liberal. Great job satisfaction and benefits. Flexible hours and vacation time. Very nice facility and campus. Creativity is encouraged.

    Cons

    I would like to make more money. Some assignments are unclear. I work in a cubicle. Management structure is very confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Our structure is confusing.


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