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WJLA-TV Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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  1. "If you dont mind the hours and a little hard work, its cool"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at WJLA-TV part-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Fun work environment

    Cons

    Required to work either late nights or early mornings.
    Required to work weekends.


  2. "Video Editor"

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    Current Employee - Video Editor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Video Editor in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Improving technology.
    Nice general work day environment.
    Management does some nice things to make work place pleasant.

    Cons

    No company loyalty to employees. More interested in saving money than hiring quality employees.Small market management mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider spending money on quality people as well as technology. Recognize how important good employees are to company success.

  3. "Decent place, few problems"

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

    Pros

    Great newsroom environment. Coworkers are great.
    Personable executive producers.
    Flexible with holidays.
    Opportunity for growth within the company.

    Cons

    Low pay.
    Low moral due to recent firings.
    Managers can sometimes undervalue your skill set.
    At times there is favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Now with lower number of employees, increase wages.
    Holiday party was good for morale.
    You should consider bringing it back all things considered.


  4. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The bosses' were extremely nice to me and worked with my schedule. HR was also very approachable and worked with my school to help get me credit. Pleasant environment, and if you work hard enough people will notice and assign you more responsibility. If your vocal you can shape the expectations. I had a chance to shadow reporters, edit, and produce. This internship helped me solidify my career interest, and I still talk to some employees.

    Cons

    I wish I would have gotten feedback on my broadcast writing sooner.

    Advice to Management

    Add some type of classes, seminars, or enrichment to allow professional development and increase skills.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    A tight-knit station that is friendly and more than willing to help you get experience.

    Cons

    The egos of some employees can be hard to work with at times.


  6. "Local Sales Assistant"

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

    Pros

    Looks good on resume, name brand recognition
    Good location, Rosslyn has lots of great restaurants and food trucks

    Cons

    Hostile work environment
    Lots of turnover
    Underpaid positions
    Lack of resources
    Ill-equipped managers
    Low company more
    No path of advancement
    Watch out for political season

    Advice to Management

    Ever since Sinclair acquired the station, workers and managers either left or got laid off. The company does not hire any more workers to replace those who left so you are out-working your paycheck. Managers play favorites and there are many cases of workplace bullying going on. If you're a sales assistant, you have no path of advancing unless you want to sell advertising. Watch out for when the fall season hits because political season will keep you working late for no overtime pay. The only plus side to working here is the name brand recognition, that is all.


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    "DONT ACCEPT A POSITION HERE"

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

    I worked at WJLA-TV full-time

    Pros

    you get a check every other week

    Cons

    Extremely high turn over for a reason. Do yourself a favor and dont even apply here. You will think things will turn around but they dont. 99% of employees are unhappy across all departments. Company makes you sign 6 month non compete in many departments. Even news anchors are depressed to work here. HR and Corporate do nothing about the disatisfaction. Ever since Sinclair Broadcasting has taken over the company people have been trying to get off this sinking ship. I AM NOT EXAGGERATING DONT ACCEPT A JOB HERE it is LITERALLY THE WORST PLACE IN THE MARKET. Instead of hiring new employees managers just dump a bunch of work on current employees. No room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Get new managers who know what they are doing and know the market and have been managers before.

  8. "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people are awesome. Meeting new people on a regular basis and working alongside some wonderful personalities

    Cons

    Not even worth sharing. Upper management could be better. Employee moral needs to be worked on also

    Advice to Management

    Give more learning opportunities. Take better care of your employees they make your company. 5 sick days isn't enough.


  9. "First job out of college"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work!
    Learned so many new things!

    Cons

    The pay is awful and the breaks are very short

    Advice to Management

    Pay the employees more and give them longer breaks


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer
    Former Employee - Senior Designer
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tremendous opportunities to learn new skills. Must be able to handle intense, pressured work periods and then down times throughout the day. Often exciting and action-packed.

    Cons

    Working in television is very stressful by nature, so you have to be pretty tough to endure a trial-by-fire atmosphere. Working with different departments can be difficult depending on the people. For example, some people are union and some not. Some people are very aggressive, some are more calm and polite. Mostly though, people don't speak in a very civilized way because they are so pressured to produce a live news broadcast in a short amount of time. This stress makes you bond with your coworkers, like you went through a war together and will always be friends.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to insult your employees.


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