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WFAA Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Still about journalism and the big story"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Photographer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Chief Photographer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open to trying anything new

    Cons

    Parent company TEGNA just about the bottom line

    Advice to Management

    Don't change the culture to fit the new ownership, keep doing things the WFAA way


  2. "Great. I would recommend working here. Great colleagues, good working conditions in central location."

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    Current Employee - Editor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Editor in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WFAA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company benefits, great colleagues, good central location in downtown Dallas. Parking outside the TV station. Good working atmosphere. Early buyouts are available.

    Cons

    Working on weekends and evenings and sometimes on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Drive into downtown Dallas can be long at times.

  3. "Inside News 8/WFAA"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Producer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WFAA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Legacy of high journalistic standards; a newsroom of people who want to perform at the highest standards of TV and Digital news; staff members hold each other accountable; good comraderie among staff; some truly outstanding journalism done daily; excellent long-form reporting

    Cons

    Big turnover in staff---seems to have a revolving door, with few long-timers any more; Lack of vision; poor morale, overall, due to relentless poor treatment of staff by upper management (people in tears in the building and sitting in their cars before they leave work (from time to time); very heavy on criticism; positive reinforcement is almost non-existent; a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately management style; condescending treatment by some work group leaders who are just trying to hang on for the long haul or who are buidling their resumes to get a bigger job in TV news; a general feeling that corporate is clueless to the general operation and equipment needs; very little happiness in this building

    Advice to Management

    Open your ears and eyes. Listen to your employees. This could be a fantastic place to work, but as a 30-something who went in with a very positive attitude and high hopes---about three months in, I'd had enough of the treatment of others I witnessed and personally experienced. My hopes of being there long-term, being a part of a once-special place and moving up through the ranks were crushed...and I got out.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great adventure and experience on the media world."

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    Former Employee - Camera Operator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Camera Operator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WFAA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting job ,great people ,never the same each day. Learned how the media is extremely manipulative towards the public. It's a crazy world after 10pm.

    Cons

    CYA never meant more to me untill my time working fo WFAA . Management Tells me a daily rate during sweeps and when accounting/upstairs suits come down on you for paying me what you said. Then you lied and can me for charging to high of a daily rate. Blame myself for trusting someone instead of getting it writing.

    Advice to Management

    Canned me to cover her own butt. CYA in writing.


  5. "Great people are leaving here all the time,"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WFAA full-time

    Pros

    Nothing looks better on a resume and employees are smart enough to know it.

    Cons

    This is unfortunately following the trends of TV stations everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Offer reasonable health insurance.


  6. "Newsroom"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WFAA full-time

    Pros

    It's one of the best stations in the country with a lot of really good people. High quality is expected.

    Cons

    Harsh management styles are adding to the stress of already over-stressed workers. Trying to do too much with too little personal or technical support.


  7. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Producer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart, hard-working people, many of whom are at the top of their game

    Cons

    Risk of burnout if you're not careful

  8. "One of the best local television stations in the country"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Producer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WFAA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People at WFAA-TV are focused on putting out a great product each and everyday. So if doing your best drives you, it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    The IT department was often slow to respond to requests and sometimes had to be called multiple times about issues.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it takes more than 40 hours a week to get the job done. The pressure to cut overtime created at times sloppiness in the reporting.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Management Sucks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at WFAA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a career in what used to be the best TV station in the metroplex. For whatever that's worth.

    Cons

    Management is ignorant. They probably break rules making folks take comp time as opposed to overtime. And when employees request OT instead, they get threatened to be release in the next company "downsizing"

    Advice to Management

    It's too late.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ups and Downs"

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    Former Employee - Graphics in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Graphics in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WFAA part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked with

    Cons

    Feel they had little loyalty to employees

    Advice to Management

    I did not get benefits although working 30 plus hours a week


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