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Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • There is a great deal of flexibility as far as "work life balance" goes, and most people feel valued and appreciated (in 6 reviews)

  • Nice people, not overly serious like a lot of places (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No room to move up in the company, and they need to hire more workers to lessen the strain (in 3 reviews)

  • To be fair, a lot of the managers are very non-profit-y and may have trouble functioning in the for-profit world (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at WNET (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, lots of room for growth, plenty of opportunities to jump on, great people at the company who want to teach and help you growth.

    Cons

    Unpaid, but really not many cons. A bit unstructured but its up to you to take all opportunities that are available so you grow as much as possible.


  2. "Good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WNET full-time

    Pros

    Great Colleagues and atmosphere.
    Good place to start your career.

    Cons

    Need systems that run company wide. Have to rely on other departments to get basic information.
    No room to grow.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "The good, the bad, the ugly"

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

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

    Pros

    If you went to tufts and you're a young, Jewish woman you will be put on the fast track to stardom.

    Cons

    If you don't belong in above category, there are no opportunities for you unless;
    1) you were an NBC employee
    2) worked at Pfizer and have no media company skills
    3) friend of the CEO or senior management

    Advice to Management

    Take some management and leadership classes. Unfortunately the majority of you don't have leadership or management skills.

    WNET Response

    Apr 10, 2017 – Director, Institutional Marketing

    There are many, varied entry points for WNET employees. Our talented staff come from a wide variety of schools, backgrounds and former employers. And we provide opportunity to those with the... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Upper management is a Pfizer Reject club"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at WNET (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They're so clueless even the least knowledgeable appears to upper management as the most skilled

    Cons

    Pfizer rejects gets hired here. From HR to facilities.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves


  5. Helpful (1)

    "WNET NYC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    WNET is one of the great cultural institutions and video producers in New York City. I really enjoyed the very smart people who work there as well as the great projects and TV programs that the station produces year after year.

    Cons

    The flat open environment is not all its cracked up to be. In theory, it makes for a flat organization that functions more efficiently...in reality, it's really a pretty noisy environment (physically and psychologically) and tends to makes work more difficult than it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people and keep producing great programs. Find a way to strike a balance between being flat and being more effective. It's time to admit that the flat working environment isn't all its cracked up. Not sure what the balance is but you're smart leaders so I'm confident you can figure it out.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A Non-Profit is Only As Good As Its Staff"

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

    I have been working at WNET full-time

    Pros

    Some very knowledable and helpful people work there. Also, some very NICE people.
    A lot of people understand and are committed to the legacy and potential of WNET & public television.
    Some departments work very well together, creating a mutually-supportive environment.

    Cons

    I have to depend on specific departments for information, and that information is not always clear or complete. When they do ever bother to try to clarify, things often become almost laughably worse. Too often, there's crabbiness (poor pitiful creatures!). And that just seems to be OK for some reason.
    Some of the managers delegate tasks, while they themselves don't seem to do much at all. They never bother to thank you, but are always ready to pile more crap on your plate while they...just sit. To hear them tell it, they're swamped, and that's why they haven't answered your email or been available to assist you or taken care of OBVIOUS ongoing problems. Some have been there a very long time, probably pulling large salaries and know they don't have to do much (unless someone higher up complains about something. Then it's time to deflect and blame and cover backside).

    Advice to Management

    Being a manager is an opportunity to do MORE, not less.
    Don't be so lazy when it comes to hiring/promoting. Take responsibility for hiring people who are skilled--not merely available.
    Pay attention to what's happening in your own department. IT'S YOUR DEPARTMENT, AND YOU'RE RESPONSIBLE! YOU! Not someone else. You just can't be as clueless as you might claim to be.
    Some of your staff have a very strong work ethic. That's not something that you should take advantage of; rather, you should be encouraging the slackers to pull up their socks. But, pull your own up first.
    If you sense that you're not liked--or even worse--not trusted by your staff or colleagues, it's because your true nature is so obvious. It's horrible to have to work under/with people (even if it's a handful) that you simply can't trust. In ANY way at all.


  7. "Great company mission"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at WNET (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As a non profit PBS station, works tirelessly to produce quality content. Nice people to work with. Work/life balance is solid.

    Cons

    Open office can be loud and distracting. Can be difficult to be promoted, since many senior managers. Compensation can also lag below the market rate.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the mission; i.e. Media with Impact. Consider better compensation.

  8. "WNET is a comfortable, supportive, and positive workplace"

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    WNET really values each employee as a real person, emphasizing their strengths and skills, and allowing room to grow. There is a great deal of flexibility as far as "work life balance" goes, and most people feel valued and appreciated. The quality of the work is high, and serves a higher purpose, which most employees feel proud of.

    Cons

    Some of the more junior staff find it difficult to advance. This is partly becasue WNET is such a nice place to work, that many senior staff stay in their positions for many years... that is, there is not a lot of exiting at the top.

    There is also an issue with the various part of the company not always being coordinated and aligned. However, in my time there, that was improving.

    I left WNET because I had an opportunity that was difficult to resist. If that opportunity had not arisen, I would still be working there.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the younger staff members. Create opportunities for experimentation. Try to apply business discipline to your non-profit outlook.


  9. "Photography Intern"

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    Former Employee - Photography Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Photography Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at WNET (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company really values their employees and what they can bring to the table. Everyone is very nice and a pleasure to work with. This was very important as an Intern in a corporate setting. I would recommend working here to anyone.

    Cons

    There was no room for a permanent position as another photographer.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    WNET is packed with creative people. The work (if you're on the creative side) is interesting (less so on the admin/management side), the benefits are generous.

    Cons

    As part of the non-profit public television/PBS world, there is an Institutional mentality that results in a sometimes slow-moving, bureaucratic culture. Many of the "lifers" like it that way, so as an outsider or someone coming from the for-profit sector it can be hard to define what success means, either for yourself or for the enterprise.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to behave more competitively in the media market and how to reward entrepreneurial employees


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