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Updated Jul 10, 2019

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WNET CEO Neal Shapiro
Neal Shapiro
6 Ratings
Pros
  • "Mission of company and community impact, flexible work-life balance, some passionate teams/people invested in content(in 7 reviews)

  • "WNET is one of the great cultural institutions and video producers in New York City(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "You really can kiss some higher-up butts at WNET & get by even though being a crap worker(in 8 reviews)

  • "(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Things were good while they lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WNET full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A modern, calm setting company to work for. Very easy going and restorable company.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow. A lot of favoritism. People don’t get promoted on merit.

    WNET2019-03-05
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not What It Used to Be"

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    Former Employee - *** in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WNET full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Still manages to produce at least some worthwhile programming.

    Cons

    It's programming is not what it once was, with pledge playing far too prominent a role in its regular schedule, belittling the organization's supposed reach for quality. I don't believe the current CEO understands the "public" in public television. The station is also not as involved in the community as it once was.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to commercial television - it was a better fit for you.

    WNET2019-07-10
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Quite Disappointed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WNET full-time

    Pros

    For the most part, accomplished, dedicated staff Excellent programming we can be so proud of Good CEO Good perks Some really nice people. Great location Dedicated members who regularly and generously support the stations because they appreciate our programming

    Cons

    Lazy directors hire lazy/stupid people and then are too lazy/stupid/scared to fire them. Some directors/managers don't do much, but load up work only on their reliable workers; the less reliable workers don't do much except create workplace drama, but are allowed to collect their salaries and bonuses. Capable people are used rather than appreciated. Anything to get the job done, w/o directors having to do too... much. Some directors just really look out for themselves and don't give a damn about their workers. But if a mistake is made, they make sure they have someone to blame. Some salaries are quite low, compared to those of folks who are higher up and really don't do that much You really can kiss some higher-up butts at WNET & get by even though being a crap worker. It's nauseating to watch and listen to. Some really nasty directors. Some are fake and strangely overtly gossipy, too. HR is not very good. I wish there were more racial diversity in administrative management.

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    Advice to Management

    Walk around and see who's doing/not doing what. There are some people that I don't know, but walk past on a regular basis; they're usually either chatting or just sitting at their desks not doing much. How is no one else seeing this?! It's blatant!!! Why is it allowed? Their hiring and inexplicable retention are embarrassments to the organization. Get rid of the dead weight. Owlies are nice, but capable... workers should get better salaries. Look at the dullards who complain about how they're being treated but won't tolerate reprimands or critiques; examine the quality of their work. You'll likely see that these people are pathetically--and I mean PATHETICALLY--ignorant and useless to the organization. Put them on their bikes. Some folks just simply don't belong there. Real unprofessional simpletons. Who wants to work with imbeciles that are dishonest about their hours, their expertise, and their work? And wildly push back when they're critiqued? Give idle people tasks to do, If they don't do them right, put them on their bikes straight away. Working at WNET has made me a different kind of worker. Why should I exert so much energy and care more about the work than some directors/managers do? Eff that. Ask yourself why you've lost some really good employees. More will quit. The cretins will stay b/c they're allowed to. And where the hell else would they go?

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    WNET2018-12-22
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission, Lack of Growth for Young Employees"

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    I have been working at WNET

    Pros

    Mission of company and community impact, flexible work-life balance, some passionate teams/people invested in content

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities for young/newer employees, lack of more structured mentorship from more senior employees

    WNET2018-10-16
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Work Community and Mission"

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    Current Employee - Associate Producer 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WNET full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The mission of making “media with impact” is pervasive across the company, and most everyone buys into this. Staff across departments feels very supportive of each other. And since WNET is more than just a TV station, there’s a real wide range of demographics, experience levels and interests that seems to keep the company fresh.

    Cons

    Change is slow to come by in public media, and WNET is no exception. And since funding is very tied to grants, trying out new project ideas or programming can be a hard sell to higher ups if you aren’t seen as a company priority (which often seems to only be news related).

    WNET2018-08-25
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not moving forward with the times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WNET full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and there's the perk of working for a well known organization.

    Cons

    The management and a lot of red tape

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on the next generation of viewers.

    WNET2018-08-07
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Digital Media Producer"

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WNET full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good coworkers - amazing group of people, mission-driven work, and a product you can be proud of. Lots of room to wear new hats and try new things, if you're self-motivated.

    Cons

    Low pay, very little guidance and training, and little to no upward mobility.

    WNET2018-07-12
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Quit playing and cut the dead weight"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WNET full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really smart, talented people Good work/life balance Excellent time off and family leave policies

    Cons

    Holy siloed bureaucracy, Batman! Painfully hierarchical structure which stunts creativity and collaboration Uninspiring CEO who falls asleep in meetings and is completely un-open to real feedback (If he has an idea, no matter how terrible, you better believe you will be dropping whatever you are working on to execute his plan without question.)

    Advice to Management

    Weed that garden and start with Neal! You have so many incredibly creative and skilled folks on staff but the laggards and bureaucratic blowhards stop most of them from having the impact they could. Also, invest in your staff! The professional development benefit is laughable at best.

    WNET2018-06-14
  9. Helpful (3)

    "NJTV Network needs overhaul"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WNET full-time

    Pros

    Easy schedule, Mon-Fri operation. Family-like team environment.

    Cons

    Old-fashioned and stale news programming. Needs fresh content. Few opportunities interally to grow in career.

    Advice to Management

    Consider adding fresh content, and talent to roster, to spice up programming and attract new demographic of viewers.

    WNET2018-05-10
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at WNET full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn new skills.

    Cons

    You are not compensated for utilising those skills.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees fairly

    WNET2017-11-01
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