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Sinclair Broadcast Group Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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Pros
  • There's a lot of room for growth, great people (in 19 reviews)

  • Lots of good people at the company (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay plus minimal 2 weeks vacation and 5 sick days is a recipe for disaster in this overworked environment (in 14 reviews)

  • The upper management donates a ton of money to the Republican party on a national level (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Love my company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time

    Pros

    It is a massive organization with tons of people, energy and moving parts. For the past five years, the company has been in aggressive expansion and growth mode, both through mergers and acquisitions and also through intensive internal development of personnel and departments. The company always goes above and beyond to make sure each station has the various tools and technology needed to win against the competition.

    Cons

    The size of the organization is both a pro and a con. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to keep up with all of the moving parts. But with diligence comes rewards and those who are willing to put the work in will see those rewards.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your administrators and coordinators. They are extremely important to our operation. Don't lose sight of how much they contribute to the success of the company overall.


  2. "Honored to be part of the Sinclair family!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting growth opportunities within the organization! Work/life balance is fantastic and wonderful people to work with. We take our work seriously but have a lot of fun doing it! Plus the benefits are top of the line! They really have their employees best interest in mind.

    Cons

    Honestly I have nothing negative to say.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for, if you're not in a small market."

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    Current Employee - Technical Director in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free tickets to local sports games. Good benefits package. SBG takes care of their employees and offers great incentives. Working for the biggest digital media company in the country.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs this past year. Not listening to the little guy or "little station"


  4. "Production Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sinclair Broadcast Group part-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn many positions.

    Cons

    Not easy to advance to a different position.

    Advice to Management

    Train everyone on the day or evening side. They'll have the opportunity to learn more.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting place to work, Great pay, Killer view, Ample parking"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sinclair Digital is doing some exciting, cutting-edge things with news, video, and advertising. Their office is in KOMO Plaza, right next to the Space Needle and has killer views of Seattle Center, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic mountains. It's also pretty neat to bump into KOMO TV news anchors so frequently. The ample underground parking is pretty nice too.

    Cons

    Some projects could be managed better.


  6. "Good, Solid Company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company with several opportunities for job growth not only locally but in other markets nationwide. Being a big company has its benefits.

    Cons

    Having several opportunities for growth, in the area of job salaries could be better at some positions in the respective markets.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more competitive with better salaries or salary matching in some markets


  7. "Marketing Coordinator"

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

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time

    Pros

    Lots of support with training and mentoring. Expensive art programs and nice printing materials. Helpful management team.

    Cons

    Not an inspiring working environment. Had to pay for parking. Was not open to promotions internally, Hired from outside.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. More communication among multiple offices and at the corporate level. Less mixed messages

  8. ""Creative Services""

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

    I have been working at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time

    Pros

    Solid gear, good benefits, and great people.

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments, high turnover, and arguably low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Create positions that bridge the gap between departments to improve communication. Meetings don't cut it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "General Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - GENERAL SALES MANAGER
    Former Employee - GENERAL SALES MANAGER
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Executive management thought they knew better the health of the local market than the sales and management on the front lines. Hey - it's one thing to have unrealistic expectations at annual budget meetings but it's another to pretend that it's justified.

    Cons

    Amongst the lowest pay of any broadcaster on the sales side.

    Advice to Management

    Ego Issues and Pounding the Chest put a barrier between HQ and the field. Too much posturing and fluff.


  10. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sinclair Broadcast Group full-time

    Pros

    I truly can't think of one Pro. Miserable company.

    Cons

    This company does not care about its people. They care about numbers, $$$, and they don't like to be challenged. There is no opportunity to communicate issues to management- it's all shut down and swept under the rug. You wouldn't believe the BS that went on there that no one ever fixed or did anything about. Morale was horrendous and people could barely live off their salaries. The best thing I ever did was leave. Do yourself a favor and get out of TV before the whole industry dies.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people a decent salary and hold your employees, including management, accountable.


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