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  1. "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


  2. "Management Changed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WJLA-TV full-time

    Pros

    Washington, D.C. is a great market to work and live in.

    Cons

    I was working at the station when management changed and was laid off, I can't speak to the environment under the new leadership.

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    "Sales Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paycheck every two weeks
    Decent Dental Plan

    Cons

    Hostile Work Environment
    Low company morale
    Under-paid positions
    De-humanized workers
    Ill-equipped managers
    Little to no training
    No path for advancing career
    Watch out for political season

    Advice to Management

    When Sinclair bought WJLA from Allbritton, everything took a 180. The enviornment is extremely hostile with cases of workplace bullying (and discrimination) going on. Managers will avoid speaking to you, let alone ride in the same elevator with you. Sinclair pinches every penny and has laid off all the competent managers and anchors for young and ill-equipped personnel. No one trusts WJLA news like they did before and they are no longer in the same ballpark with News 4 or WUSA 9. And even when people leave, they do not replace them (check out their job openings) so you are clearly outworking your paycheck and can rarely schedule PTO (which is extremely limited btw). If you're a sales assistant, watch out for the political season because if you get a last minute order- it is your job to stay late an MANUALLY write the order on the commercial logs. The only thing that helped me out of that place was the fact that people know and recognize WJLA when its on the resume. But once they read the reviews, they know that it definitely is not what it used to be.


  4. "Don’t work here if you don’t want to Be depressed"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get paid every two weeks

    Cons

    Expectations were too high for a #3 station. Managers were clueless because they were all new. Lack of training, guidance and leadership. Pay is significantly lower than other stations in the area

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage properly, pay your workers to decrease high turnover. Create opportunities for people to develop and grow.


  5. "It was good while it lasted..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WJLA-TV full-time

    Pros

    It used to be an amazing place to work while it was under Allbritton Communications.

    Cons

    All went downhill after Sinclair broadcasting acquired the company.


  6. "N/A"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are none at this time.

    Cons

    I hated everything about this place.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of everyone!


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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.