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Updated December 20, 2016
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  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.


  2. "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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. 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


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Opportunities few and far between"

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

    Pros

    The people at WNET are the greatest. They are very smart, nice, hardworking and have a great attitude. The office is located in a great neighborhood. You will also get a lot of days off - 20 PTO days to start, the week between Christmas and New Years off, and half days before every three day weekend.

    Cons

    Everything else. The senior managers are awful and lack a coherent vision for the future. The CEO is obsessed with news programming and is pretty much only focused on that. His first creation WorldFocus left the company in a bad state (and with lots of layoffs) and his newer creation, MetroFocus, is another subpar programming that is a top priority for the station. There is also very little accountability for the senior staff, as the board of trustee just goes along with everything and doesn't question what they are being told.

    WNET is also very top heavy and believes in paying employees well if you are at a particular level. if you are starting out, then look out for low salaries with maybe a yearly merit increase of 3%.

    Since most managers don't manage, there is very little oversight of the staff. It is easy to get stuck and comfortable there and just stagnate.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves. Hire a COO to help build a coherent vision for the future and invest in your staff.


  9. "HR Lead"

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    Former Employee - Benefits Lead in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Benefits Lead in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at WNET (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work if one show initiative and has the ability to work without direct supervision and is definitely a team player you will find that there are opportunities to advance. HR division always encourages career development. They are constantly updating their technology to meet market standards.

    Cons

    I dont' have any negative comments. It was a comfortable place of employment for me.


  10. "Public television is good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WNET full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, low-stress environment, quality content (it produces much of the content in the PBS network), good benefits, possibilities for job growth or switching departments.

    Cons

    Nonprofit can't compete with for-profit networks to pursue the latest broadcast or technology trends and developments.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "You can do better."

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

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

    Pros

    Good external reputation. Early arrival rare.

    Cons

    Terrible morale. Lazy standards. Unprofessional HR. Salaries far below industry standards. No real advancement opportunity.



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