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WGBH Reviews

Updated January 31, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good culture, smart people, good work-life balance, national reach" (in 16 reviews)

  • "great people especially in design" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Don't pay well since its a non-profit organization" (in 11 reviews)

  • "No room for growth, slow to make decisions, not moving quickly enough into the new media landscape, work can get monotonous" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Special Projects Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Special Projects Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are so nice and always ready to help

    Cons

    very low pay for people living in Boston


  2. "Mixed Experience"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Brighton, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Brighton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WGBH full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many talented people and the mission of the organization is great.

    Cons

    Seemed to be quite disorganized, which caused lots of confusion and many last minute emergency situations.

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead and communicate better.

  3. "Senior Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    great, smart people work there

    Cons

    bureaucratic culture makes it hard to innovate


  4. "graphic design"

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

    I worked at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    cappuccino machine and lot of free time to walk around Harvard Square

    Cons

    Since Pullman left department fell apart

    Advice to Management

    raise salaries and give even more free time and sick days...401 k is so good that if people found out about it they would never give another dime to GBH....


  5. "operationally disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Brighton, MA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Brighton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    mostly considerate of employees time off

    Cons

    desire to uber control everything made change slow to impossible leaving workers with inefficient manual processes

    Advice to Management

    balance controls with updating processes. company far behind with current innovations


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues, confused management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Radio Producer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Radio Producer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WGBH full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You will do some of your best work here, with smart, talented colleagues.

    Cons

    You will be frustrated with how slowly, and sometimes arbitrarily, your managers will make choices that affect your daily work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being secretive. Trust and respect your employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great people and mission; hard for long-term career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WGBH full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved working at WGBH. I was in two different departments at different points, and both times I was fortunate to work with smart, passionate people who deeply cared about their work. It was also exciting to work for a company that continues to produce great media.

    Cons

    The salaries are on the lower side, especially for entry/mid-level positions. It can also be hard to move forward in your career, since many jobs are based on contract work, so if the funding on a project isn't continued, your role might not continue either.

  8. "Client Services Manager - Local Development"

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

    I worked at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    Laid back environment, but mostly because all employees pass the buck and get nothing done.

    Cons

    Pay is awful and there is a .04% chance you'll get a raise, people are petty, no one does their job, management doesn't genuinely care about growth. It is the equivalent of a bad group project in college that somehow at the end gets completed but only because you ended up doing the whole thing the night before since no one in your group helped.

    Advice to Management

    Make people actually do their job and be accountable for their responsibilities. Address the bad attitudes that employees have. Fix the lack of communication internally and externally.


  9. "Producer"

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

    I worked at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are good, even generous.

    Cons

    Among the more corporate atmospheres in the public media system.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

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

    I worked at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, smart people, good work-life balance, national reach.

    Cons

    Benefits are lacking. Needed to wait two years for employee match on 401K and medical was expensive. Not a ton of room for growth.