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Updated February 6, 2017
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Pros
  • interesting environment, good benefits, good opportunities (in 3 reviews)

  • If you are unsure on what you would like to do in the media field, or if you want to enhance your skills hands-on, this is a great place to intern (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Contractors are paid poorly and treated badly, compared to the full-time civil servants that they work alongside (in 3 reviews)

  • Promotion depends on your relationship with boss, unfair treatment for promotion, bullying, impolite workers and bosses, unhappy work environment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Management Problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Multicultural. Challenging but rewarding work environment. Good benefits. The new management is trying to bring about positive changes but the jury is out.

    Cons

    Slow to change. Bureaucratic. Outdated infrastructure. Large language services get all the resources while smaller ones suffer. Some mid-level managers are clueless and incompetent, going out of their way to keep their superiors happy at the expense of employees. Promotion within language services is almost impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop introducing new programs, fix the ones we already have. Dispose of illiterate managers who cannot even write in English. Let's stop doing too much with too little.


  2. "Broadcaster"

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    Current Employee - Broadcaster in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Broadcaster in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Voice of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people who worked within the services cared for their native countries and the mission.

    Cons

    People - especially the contractors got paid so low. Contractors would work even 12 hour days - myself included. I was in one of the services. There were no promotions, health care or pension benefits. Management didn't care so much for contractors as long as their pockets were getting filled.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the people that you are serving and why VOA is great - because of the immigrants and the service contributions. The services are multilingual - translating, producing, reporting and editing. Doing so much, yet they did not get the compensation they deserve. Sometimes I wonder, is it because they're immigrants that management doesn't give them the necessary money they need?


  3. "editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Voice of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Does pay better than most media companies

    Cons

    Worse place to work. Nasty. Incompetence. No direction.

    Advice to Management

    Quit


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  5. "Managing Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Voice of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Multicultural, security, pension, mission driven

    Cons

    worst place to work, will end your career, everything is based on whom you know, NO ONE CARES about quality of work, no one should work here, waste of tax payer money

    Advice to Management

    fire all the division directors, create an environment where quality work is valued dont give awards to the favorites of the management


  6. "Newscaster"

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    Former Employee - Journalist/Broadcaster/Producer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Journalist/Broadcaster/Producer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Voice of America (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Federal job, fixed payment, fixed leave.

    Cons

    Promotion depends on your relationship with boss, unfair treatment for promotion, bullying, impolite workers and bosses, unhappy work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair, provide better work environment for everybody, pay attention and take measures for those workers who act bossy, impolite, inconsiderate, and bothersome.


  7. "slavery"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Voice of America (More than a year)

    Pros

    they are paying 60 000 yearly

    Cons

    staff can abuse you (calling animal or idiot), force to work on Sunday or Saturday, force you do not write your working hours for payment.

    Advice to Management

    there is no americans among the middle and low level management, please .... more americans


  8. "Production Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Production and Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Production and Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Voice of America (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gave me understanding about how media channels work --especially political media

    Cons

    The working environment was very poor and the people who work at VOA do not seem/behave happy. Thus, it was a challenge for me to want to go work.


  9. "Good for fresh graduates."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    It's a good place to start after graduation. Plus they sponsor your visa.

    Cons

    Depends on your position, most of them are pretty boring.


  10. "OK, Not Great"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Producer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Producer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Voice of America (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits for full time employees

    Cons

    Salary is not on par with private sector news organizations; federal bureaucracy prevents it from being a nimble news organization.

    Advice to Management

    Improve working conditions


  11. "Line Producer / Video editor"

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    Current Employee - Television Line Producer/Coordinator/Video Editor in Centreville, VA
    Current Employee - Television Line Producer/Coordinator/Video Editor in Centreville, VA

    I have been working at Voice of America (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Professional and friendly place.Help to grow.

    Cons

    not updating their equipment .


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