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  1. "Loved working here!"

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

    Pros

    Everyone was kind, understanding, and insightful.
    Being in a real time journalistic environment.
    They challenged me to do my best.

    Cons

    lull in-between assignments.
    assignments became repetitious.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Glamour, Brilliance, Pay is Very Low"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Producer in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You feel like you are helping the world change for the better, helping educate the masses about culture and politics. There are countless brilliant and hilarious people working there. It's a family atmosphere. Also the station is well regarded nationally.

    Cons

    There's never any money. Nonprofit. Always begging listeners for a buck. Plus upper management makes all the money while the people who create the programming get paid the absolute minimum. It's obvious when a companywide email goes out that there are some leftover scraps from a board meeting and the staff descends like buzzards.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for work satisfaction, but not timely pay raises."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    WHYY does great work, well respected work that cannot be bought by advertisers. You will have great pride and satisfaction in your work.

    Cons

    Politics. Google the president and "his" board, and give yourself 30 minutes.. no, an hour to read why you find. this is an old story.

    Advice to Management

    this is a joke question right? if you want timely advancement, do not apply to WHYY. Great place if you want to be a lifer, or you have a wealthy spouse.


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  5. "Excellent Experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WHYY full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    WHYY encourages creativity and experimentation among its production staff. It values new and innovative ideas for projects that will bring new sources of enlightenment to the Philadelphia region.

    Cons

    As with any non-profit, funding projects will always be an issue. This goes hand-in-hand with lower than market-rate salaries for various positions.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to continue to encourage this creativity by adopting a Google-like policy of requiring that all employees devote 10% of their work time to ideas and projects of their own. This should extend to all parts of the company since anyone could have that next great idea for a show, web project, community engagement activity, etc.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Know what you're getting into..."

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

    Pros

    People across the Delaware Valley will know where you work.
    Cool content pieces
    Good platform to work with other organizations throughout the area.

    Cons

    Upper management does not value or respect the employees. Many people come to this company excited and vibrant and thrilled to be working there. This quickly disappears once they see the way that they are treated. Extremely low company morale. Constantly watched by upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Trust and respect your employees and treat them better. There are a lot of great people that work at this company who have been disengaged and don't care about the company's mission anymore which is a direct result of how you are treating them. This company should be the place where everyone wants to work, but people are leaving - really great and talent people - because they are sick of being treated so poorly.


  7. "Very comfortable, pleasant place to work with people passionate about news."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is very polite and down-to-earth. It's a laid-back atmosphere, as opposed to a tense office.

    Cons

    Career advancement here is far too slow. Some people are in the same position for years without a promotion.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "I won't work for another non-profit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was fun to work in an environment with so much going on all the time. There were lots of special events, and exciting programs that come out of the station. Great co-workers, great location in Philadelphia. Depending on your department, you can be involved with a lot of interesting projects.

    Cons

    I was one of many employees whose programs were cut when we lost funding, and I was laid off. I understand that this happens - it happened to a lot of us - but it especially stung when the president of the company was still being paid 3x that of any other public radio station leader in the WORLD, and he openly admitted to us that he did not consider taken a pay cut (he makes more than 700K a year).


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Potential for good, unfortunately mismanaged and low morale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    fair amount of independence in everyday tasks

    Cons

    very low pay, lack of respect, way too corporate for an arts and media company, lack of back up by management, no praise for jobs well done, work overtime with no pay or recognition, overwhelming depressed feeling amongst all employees

    Advice to Management

    treat employees as human beings, trust your employees to do their jobs, give employees some freedoms and let them manage their own time.


  10. "Great place to work. Every interview after will know where you worked."

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    Former Employee - Media Instructor in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Media Instructor in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Community, Culture, Creativity, Social Impact, Educational and insightful day to day work

    Cons

    Non profit. No pay. Bad leadership. Not enough creativity. Not enough people willing to take chances.

    Advice to Management

    Stop what you are doing and let the young and brave create a lot of new original content.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Not innovative or interesting, culture of dread and fear, underpaid and overworked"

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

    Pros

    Everyone is nice for the most part and it's a nice building

    Cons

    Nothing really changes. Being a non-profit that has to thrive of small budgets, you'd think that there would be ingenuity and innovation, but no, for the most part, everything is done the same way it always has been.

    Everyone is so concerned with keeping their job and not taking a risk and being the one that gets the credit for a success (it does happen sometimes) that no one is really thinking about what is best for the company. Simply put, everyone is just trying to cover their ass and keep getting a paycheck. I really think this culture comes all the way from the top of holding people "accountable," which in this case is another way of putting people on notice to not screw up. But if you want to make changes and try something different, sometimes it's not going to work. Failure and risk-taking is healthy. When you don't take risks, you get programming with names like "Friday Arts." Yeah, good luck on getting anyone to watch that. It's like they're purposely being as bland as possible.

    Technologically they are way behind and it will bite them someday in a field where you have to be ahead of the curve of trends if you want to survive. Most of the staff doesn't understand current technology and it shows in what they do.

    I think the folks that work in "Fresh Air" enjoy themselves (rightfully so, it's a great show) and it's pretty much a joke with everyone else how crappy and draining a place it is.



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