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Updated June 19, 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 11 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. "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.


  2. "Best Days Behind It"

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

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

    Pros

    If you are looking for a good work-life balance, it would be hard to do better. PBS KIDS provides tremendous service to families.

    Cons

    Management is too focused on not rocking the boat with its member stations, and not focused on the audience.

    Advice to Management

    When you try to focus on too many things, you cannot do a good job of doing them all. Focus on fewer things that matter to making a difference (however you decide to define that).

  3. "Director/Editor/Music Director"

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    Former Employee - Owner Operator in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Owner Operator in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at PBS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Self employed with a partner. 2 National shows Start up and A crafts mans legacy on pbs.

    Cons

    The agony of raising money every year and working to many hours.

    Advice to Management

    Non


  4. "Development Associate"

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    Former Employee - Development Associate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Development Associate in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at PBS part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Light work load and very friendly staff

    Cons

    Pretty boring work and low pay


  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Roslindale, MA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Roslindale, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent follow up with Staff

    Cons

    none that I can think of for now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Vine Talk, MCB Media: Horrible Contract/Freelance Experience."

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    Former Employee - Vice President Digital Sales and Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President Digital Sales and Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    1. Fun show on PBS related to Wine

    Cons

    1. The show does not have funding/inverstors and are seeking advertising dollars to help make the show more attractive. But without the show being live since 2011, when the executive producer didn't pay his talent or production crew on time or not at all (google it), there have been problems with signing on advertisers. Also, it's very difficult for to sign on adversities without a guaranteed program or timing. In other words, the show won't air if there aren't any investors.

    2. I've freelanced for 6 months (advertising sales AND digital marketing advising and strategy), they have paid me on time once, have written me checks that have bounced, and after my contract has ended (11/30/16), they are still to pay me up till this point (12/15/16) for November. They have breached contract five times and are 100% reliant on off shore investment money (potential investors) to be able to pay me via wire. I've also had my bank shut my account down because a wire transfer company has hacked my account and stole $10K+ out of my account. This employer is the only one that has bank account information and uses wire transfer companies to pay me.

    3. The executive producer lies every pay day and tells me that my pay is coming and it never does. It's been anywhere from 3 weeks - a month and half late.

    Advice to Management

    1. Adhere to contract terms
    2. Pay your people on time
    3. Have a more solid show to sell
    4. Adhere to ethical business practices


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Really look at who does the work..."

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    Current Employee - PBS Creative in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - PBS Creative in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture, truly nice and welcoming people... Coming from a harsher media atmosphere, I have to say, PBS is a great place to learn without fear. People are supportive, and open to new ideas. Small teams/non-profit status means you wear a lot of hats, and if you want to and are motivated, there's opportunities to take on projects well over your pay grade.

    Cons

    The discrepancies of work loads between departments, and even team members within the same department, is staggering. Some average people in certain departments get promoted seemingly every year, while some truly shining stars in other fast-paced departments, like Marketing and Programming, stay in the same overworked spot for years. Perks and access to travel/professional development opportunities between departments vary widely as well. HR should really take a look at this - It's at the whim of department VPs, and should be standardized.

    Much of mid-level management could honestly be trimmed... Managing up is a real problem across the whole company.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management really needs to incentivize those talented mid-to-early career employees who do most of the work, and who we underpay and continually lose to other companies who realize their value.

  8. "Janitor"

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    Current Employee - Caregiver in Rock Island, IL
    Current Employee - Caregiver in Rock Island, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cleaning and no management over your shoulder

    Cons

    Bad Co workers some times


  9. "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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful culture of people committed to their work.
    Being a part of the PBS mission.

    Cons

    Slowness of innovation and getting projects done collaboratively.
    Salary


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great work environment, little room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Dedicated and talented colleagues, fun place to work

    Cons

    senior management team members work in silos. Little room for growth


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