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Red Bee Media Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Drives you sort of mental, but there's free coffee"

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    Former Employee - Subtitler
    Former Employee - Subtitler
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Bee Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The staff are a wonderful collection of varied human beings, each of whom will impress you in some way or another, mostly because everyone has a conspicuous level of education behind them. They are cool cats.
     - The management have your back when it matters most. I've never been treated with more respect than at RBM. Sure, they won't drop everything to accommodate every leave request, but they're there when you need them and good at what they do.
     - You can legit spend your breaks watching Game of Thrones in a small booth by yourself, where nobody can see what you're doing, if you feel like it.
     - The amount of your life you will waste on watching Deal or No Deal will ensure that you find a way to escape television subtitling, whether or not that seems like something you'd want at the start.
     - If you're a subtitler, you'll work in an enclosed space by yourself, with a computer, a TV, and headphones. This means chair-dancing while you work.
     - There are no blocked websites, because research necessitates access to all sorts of content. This means you are free to peruse your favoured social media, news outlets, and forums at leisure. Everyone in there is doing this at least 70% of the time, so don't worry about it.

    Cons

    - Absolute, complete, far and away, seriously the actual worst capacity for tech I have ever seen.
     - Seriously, the internet didn't work half the time.
     - You will have to watch hours and hours of Deal or No Deal in slow motion.
     - Norwich has its own BBC news slots, and my oh my, you'll have to subtitle them. I can't explain why that's a con without getting into technical details, but trust me, it's bad.
     - There are various promotion opportunities, but they all lead to jobs that look horrendous.
     - It's difficult to go into the kitchen without encountering people who seem to possess a pathological hatred for the company and everything it does, but if you just remember that their hate is the product of years and years of Deal or No Deal, you'll be fine.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  2. "Large Broadcaster"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Red Bee Media full-time

    Pros

    Large size and great teams

    Cons

    Not much really. Not many global opertunities.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible place"

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    Current Employee - Subtitler in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Subtitler in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Bee Media (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. Free fruit...free water.

    Cons

    Absolutely horrific place. Management and Team Leaders allowed to work hours that suit them, but other staff forced to work inhuman hours for very meagre pay. This job will not allow you to have a relationship outside of work, working 50 hours a week and finishing at midnight every night of the week is part of the rota and never to be questioned...of course, the management finish at 5pm and go home to their families/partners. You do not get paid more for working unsociable hours and simply get told, "it's part of the rota."
    Managment are aloof, bloated and inept. If the company wants to save money, how about removing them instead of lowering and freezing pay for the subtitlers who actually produce the subtitles.
    There is now a very toxic air in the office. More and more experienced subtitlers looking to leave, the inept and uninspiring management are still around and taking their large salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Treat subtitlers with some respect. If you want to improve targets then get in the trenches and help. Start working on files like everyone elese.


  4. "Great company with global opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Bee Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great management, fantastic company culture, positive environment to work in, plenty of opportunities for career progression and diversification. Good vacation allowance and benefits.

    Cons

    None I can think of right now. It can be difficult to get a foot in the door but when you're in there are plenty of opportunities. Quite high turnover of management staff, although they are all of a good quality.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "You'll struggle to find a less diverse place to work."

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    Former Employee - Subtitler in Ealing, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Subtitler in Ealing, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Red Bee Media (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Few, if any. Free fruit.

    Cons

    Stagnant career progression. Brutal targets. Dreadful work/life balance. Awful management. Dismal work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Try to identify where the company's real value resides.


  6. "Production Coordinator"

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

    I have been working at Red Bee Media full-time

    Pros

    Great company ethos, friendly approach and very supportive to the employee's growth and well being.

    Cons

    Being located in West London, you feel slightly disconnected to the rest of the creative industry which is closer to centre


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Webmaster"

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    Former Employee - Webmaster in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Webmaster in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Bee Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good workplace, modern technology, location

    Cons

    Lack of awareness for people with disability

    Advice to Management

    Need more empathy and gives support, find alternatives rather than giving warnings / threats.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Bee Media full-time

    Pros

    None I can think of

    Cons

    Culture is negative and draining.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the culture is liberal and trust people


  9. "-"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place go work for

    Cons

    Nothing particularly bad to say about


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Same old... But excellent Opportunities when you leave."

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    Former Employee - I Forget in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - I Forget in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It is a very interesting and challenging technical environment, with massive opportunities for learning, which can be applied somewhere it may be appreciated.

    Cons

    Because of continuing financial issues far more is demanded of employees than it is reasonable to expect in terms of operational deadlines. Which is why some of the best have left. If one expects more then the extra effort must be rewarded, and currently, it isn't.

    As others have indicated, management couldn't organise the proverbial in a brewery.

    And, cut down on the bureaucracy. I mean you unequivocally lie about the necessity of time sheets. Makes one wonder what else management misrepresents...

    Advice to Management

    Please, Get a clue, please, because currently you don't. RB was Great, and might be again, but not a chance under Ericsson, judging by what I've seen so far.


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