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WGBH Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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Pros
  • great people tow ork with, great work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • There are many good and creative people who work at WGBH and they are the best reason to work there (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Slow promotional track, but this is unsurprising in the non-profit industry (in 11 reviews)

  • Lots of levels of middle management, so getting things approved can take forever (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at WGBH. Friendly people, good mission.

    Cons

    The building is nice, but at least when I was there it was a pretty industrial area without many options for lunch.


  2. "A Great Place to Work (for awhile)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WGBH (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated staff, good work/life balance, modest benefit package

    Cons

    No room for growth, slow to make decisions, not moving quickly enough into the new media landscape, work can get monotonous

    Advice to Management

    move more quickly, be more agile

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not sure what's going on."

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    During the time I worked there, major producer of content. Pioneer in captioning and descriptive video. Created shows like Masterpiece Theatre, NOVA, ZOOM, Arthur, Frontline, American Experience. All shows that defined PBS.

    Cons

    Moved from producing in house to hiring outside pricing companies. Business model focuses more on back office systems than creating new shows and content.

    Advice to Management

    In the 90s CEO made 200k. Operating budget of 90M. Staff 1,200 positions.Top Producer and well respected. Today budget is 180M, 750 workers, current CEO makes 800K and no one watches PBS anymore.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sadly.. this was disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    Very nice people, nothing wrong with the co-workers. Easy to find and park. I'm not sure what else to write here.

    Cons

    - It seems to be very clicky. If you are new they don't really welcome you in.
    - The project workflow is all over the place.
    - Nothing is organized.
    - Managers are never around when you need them.
    - Clients within the company treat you badly.
    - There is this vibe where if you have been there for a while you are better than anyone else.
    - Boring. Lots of the time you are twiddling your thumbs doing nothing.


  5. "Nonprofit is an acquired taste"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small team, my contributions mattered

    Cons

    After working here, I learned that a for-profit corporate environment is more my taste


  6. "Great employees, difficult top management"

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    Former Employee - Captionist in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Captionist in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The fellow employees are some of the nicest folks you'll ever get to work with in any office.

    Cons

    The very top Management seems determined to make work a difficult and political environment. Sad because employees really do get along.

    Advice to Management

    Get new top management.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing"

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

    I have been working at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    A large number of very talented people working on content for PBS and local NPR radio. Beautiful facility, cafeteria, and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Very isolated executive staff responsible for large divisions they rarely visit. Very much the expensive suit clan overseeing the worker bees who feel very nervous about their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Move the VPs from their isolation and force them to sit with their divisions so they have an idea of what it is their people actually do. There are many senior executive's who rose to the top because they had excellent skills and experience. Unfortunately, once they are assimilated into the private collective all their energy is focused on internal politics, self preservation, and aversion to taking a stand on anything the COO may not like, leaving a clear way to blame failures on some poor underling.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Employees fired for restructuring"

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    Current Employee - Senior Producer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Producer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WGBH full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company promises new and exciting changes in how we do our work.

    Cons

    They have fired employees to accommodate restructuring, without clearly articulating the new structure. This does not instill confidence.

    Advice to Management

    Show some loyalty and respect for your workers. Involve your staff in transitions. They might have some good ideas.


  9. "Senior Graphic Designer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WGBH full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Believe in the mission of public media and enjoy variety of work.

    Cons

    Lower pay since it is a non profit


  10. "Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WGBH (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Mission. Growing their reach.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. Little reward is given to those who work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Bottom lines ruin work environments.


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