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WNYC Radio Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "opportunity & an awesome workplace"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WNYC Radio (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities across the entire workplace, a really healthy and productive environment. Excellent networking opportunities and a chance to feel like part of a historic NYC brand. Interns can thoroughly get involved in whatever projects their team is working on - no fetching coffee here!

    Cons

    Interns work three days a week, if you're in school currently it can be tough. Interns are only allowed a $12 stipend a day. WNYC loves saying they love diversity, but $12 a day can't attract a diverse crowd.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the interns a measly $8/hr, or at least make the internship program more realistic for a larger group of applicants.


  2. "Great work environment, but don't recognize talent"

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

    I have been working at WNYC Radio full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful and healthy work environment with lots of light, co-workers who have the widest possible range of interests and education, everyone is completely jazzed by the amazing work of colleagues and the shows we produce, all topped by lots of fun celebrity visitors to the office.

    Cons

    There's a perplexing lack of investment and encouragement in top-performing employees, especially on the administrative/development/corporate side. Lots of turnover. There's also a top-heavy management structure with intense micromanaging from Laura Walker's office. This does not foster a climate of risk-taking, investment in mid-level staff or openness to new perspectives.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "The Grass is Always Greener"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WNYC Radio full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of people are doing really incredible work here, including the newsroom. For a lot of the team, working at a non-profit media org like WNYC is their dream come true.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, WNYC doesn't feel like a non-profit. It's incredibly corporate in the worst ways, which becomes apparent after a few months working here. There's a lot of machiavellian scheming and posturing among various teams and leaders.

    The bureaucracy is crippling, and seems completely driven by fear and insecurity. Leadership constantly underestimates staff and overestimates the competition, trusting (and spending on) outside consultants to bring WNYC up to speed....but the resulting report often merely illustrates that the consultant never understood the landscape in the first place, and recommendations are rarely implemented.

    Lately WNYC has also been overcome with paranoia that talented staff are being poached, but this says a lot more about WNYC than it does the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a major culture shift - this needs to start at the top. Understand that happy/fulfilled employees don't leave.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Amateur Night"

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    Former Employee - Special Projects Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Special Projects Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Much of the production staff is very creative and a pleasure to work with. Many of the producers are extremely dedicated to their work. The new facilities are top notch and far better than the previous work space this company occupied at the Municipal Building.

    Cons

    There is no vision for this radio station. I place this failure squarely on the shoulders of the CEO and Executive Director Laura Walker, who seems to be an overzealous dilettante, frequently underwriting with discretionary funds that comes solely from donations shows produced by her friends that do not fit the mission of a public radio station and border on the effete. Ms. Walker has trouble taking responsibility for her own decisions and tries to handle everything through consensus, which means endless non-productive staff meetings in which everyone is brow-beaten until they agree to sign-off on Ms. Walker's proposals, which she had every intention of enacting, regardless of the opinion of her production staff.

    Advice to Management

    Dispense with the consensus building and take responsibility for management decisions. Attempt to be more active with the Board of Directors and attempt to move the stations into another direction.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Great job for a couple years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible, dedicated, passionate, smart people - who are kind. Superior work. Prestige. Very family friendly and flexible; excellent workplace for women. Collaborative place, not competitive.

    Cons

    Everyone is in their own silos; hard to meet other employees, even though the place isn't very big; no development of talent, very hard to get training or go to conferences or have career advancement be supported. Hard work is rarely recognized - you have to win an award from outside the company if you want any recognition. In fact, people from outside are always taken more seriously. To advance, you need to leave first. Which means there's a lot of turnover.

     I remember when a staff member got hired to a prestigious job elsewhere - and the manager said, Who knew we had someone here who was that talented? Well - we have a LOT of people here who are that talented. They're just not recognized or given new challenges. There's a lot of burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Please get management training for your staff at all levels.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work, hard to advance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WNYC Radio full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, wonderful spirit adds to the enthusiasm at working for this mission-based organization

    Cons

    It's very hard to advance above a certain point. Very few promotions or management hires are hired internally. Also, in order to get a full-time permanent job, most producers or reporters have to work on a temporary basis for months, if not years.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the producers you have. Promote internally. Don't rely on the fact that there's currently a podcasting bubble as a reason to not reevaluate the way you treat longtime personnel.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Intern review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool visitors come into office

    Cons

    Little concern for employees. Prestige focused.

  8. "Internship at The Brian Lehrer Show"

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

    I worked at WNYC Radio part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working in the control room was exciting, got some exposure to radio production.

    Cons

    While the work that the producers around me were doing was fascinating, my tasks were fairly repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Vary intern tasks more, let them do more production.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Podcasts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WNYC Radio (More than a year)

    Pros

    The station has money and ambition to produce new work different from what they've usually excelled at.

    Cons

    Management can move very slowly when there isn't a deadline.


  10. "wnyc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    talent, creativity, prestige, resources, interesting

    Cons

    low wages compared to city average, unwilling to take chances with new ideas


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