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WGBH Reviews

Updated November 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good culture, smart people, good work-life balance, national reach" (in 16 reviews)

  • "great people especially in design" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Despite being a non-profit, they are focused on growth and profit above all else" (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. Helpful (1)

    "WGBH a great place to work"

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

    I worked at WGBH full-time

    Pros

    Stable working place environment. Family feeling people

    Cons

    not a lot of spaces to grow


  2. "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....

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. 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.

  8. "Production Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work on socially responsible and fulfilling programming.

    Cons

    Low wages.
    Limited opportunity for advancement.
    Understaffing in both Senior and Junior positions leading to poor project organization and a high stress environment.
    Often asked to take on responsibilities outside of job description.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Gender Wage Gap"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart employees who are passionate about public media

    Cons

    huge corporate behemoth that was aware of the gender wage gap (confirmed during exit interview) and did nothing about it

    Advice to Management

    Jon Abbott approving every single hire is a ridiculous organizational management technique.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people. The foundation does good things.

    Cons

    Low pay, leadership is lacking.


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