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Updated August 1, 2017
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  1. "Production Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WHDH part-time

    Pros

    Your office is the news room, which provides great insight on how important it is to work as a team in order for the broadcast to be a success

    Cons

    The people aren't as friendly as you would think. The industry is very cut throat, so people tend to keep themselves


  2. "A place for small thinkers and yes-men"

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    Former Employee - Writer/Producer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Writer/Producer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlike many TV stations, talent and producers are pleasant and easy to work with. Graphics department is top-notch, especially for a non-NYC/LA/Chicago/SF market. It's a small, privately owned company (parent is Sunbeam), so lots of people are lifers, and you can build solid work relationships and outside-of-work relationships.

    Cons

    This is a company that cares nothing about quality, just its branding. If you buy into its brand at the expense of, say, deeply reported news, you're in for a great ride. But this is an outfit that consistently is beat by other stations in breaking news, so they then pound a story into the ground for the rest of the news cycle so they may take ownership of it later (to make it seem as if they didn't miss the boat in the first place). Management absolutely will not change the way it operates, which explains why people who think differently or try to alter the formula or speak out loudly about its lack of quality are fired or forced out. You will NEVER see negative stories about companies that advertise with WHDH (one of the cardinal sins of journalism). That's what happens when the sales department is in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people who challenge your deeply entrenched ideas. Just because you're the loudest doesn't mean you're the best. You'd be stunned by how much daily absenteeism there is company-wide. It's harder to get away with in the news dept. itself, but I've never worked somewhere with so much lollygagging. But as long as the money comes in, right?

  3. "Great place to work if you fit in and believe in the 7News way"

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    Current Employee - Senior Promotions Producer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Promotions Producer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small company, Sunbeam only owns 2 stations, so there isn't a super corporate feel. It can feel like a family, a lot of the employees stick around for their entire careers.

    Cons

    You make it far if you're a "yes-man." Some of my favorite managers have been shown the door because they speak up too much and have too many opinions. If you know how to go with the flow and make the upper management happy then you're golden, but I don't know if I like that kind of environment.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micro-manage. Sometimes your opinions aren't necessarily the gold standard of news. Let your employees have a voice.


  4. "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    All in All much to offer

    Cons

    None to speak of now


  5. "Great place!"

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

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, really excellent at their craft, hires from within

    Cons

    Can probably increase pay per employee


  6. "Avoid!"

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

    I worked at WHDH part-time

    Pros

    Some of the coworkers were great! There was a little cafe where you could get inexpensive food and the guy that runs it is amazing. Sometimes they'd order pizza or bagels to reward us. But it was inconsistent and, often times, entire departments or shifts were ignored while others were treated to a meal or snack.

    Cons

    Overall, from top to bottom, this place is toxic. Management doesn't know what is really needed and they kept throwing money at graphics and glitz but let important thinks like integrity and journalism slip away. Don't be fooled, all WHDH cares about are the ratings.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like garbage. Revisit what it means to be a LOCAL News Station, who cares about non-stories out of California or Oklahoma? Just because it got a lot of "likes" on Facebook, doesn't mean it's News-worthy.


  7. "Writer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WHDH full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers and great atmosphere

    Cons

    They never hire full time

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better

  8. "Do not expect to get hired full time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WHDH part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Your boss is not down your back.

    Cons

    The pay rate is too low for medium market.

    Advice to Management

    Good for entry level then you leave.


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    "Creative Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    great people and great staff. Always tend to promote from within

    Cons

    Better raises. Less time focusing on not so important stories

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote from within. Better raises to retain talent


  10. "Sports Intern"

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    Former Employee - Sports Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sports Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at WHDH (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly group of people, great hands on experience for those interested in sports and news world.

    Cons

    Lack of pay, not enough days a week.


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