PBS Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2020

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PBS President, CEO, and Director Paula A. Kerger (no image)
Paula A. Kerger
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  • "It's a non profit so they do what they can but salary won't be huge(in 15 reviews)

  • "Upper management are completely out of touch(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Work culture"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at PBS full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful people, and a sense that the work you do really matters

    Cons

    Lack of upward movement and mobility

  2. "Great, but Problematic at times"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at PBS was a good experience. I loved my co-workers and the other employees that worked there. There are a lot of lifers there who have been there 8+ years. Super-friendly staff and supportive coworkers. One of the best work environments that I have ever worked in when it comes to the people there. The work/life balance is flexible and they are understanding of when things pop-up. We're all humans who have kids, houses, spouses and families, and they treat you like it.

    Cons

    The major downside of PBS is that 90% of the upper management are white. There is hardly any diversity when it comes to 'positions in power.' Their audience is underserved communities (whom are a majority of BIPOC), and most of the PBS staff are white and can't really relate to living in an underserved community. It rubbed me as an almost 'White Savior' mentality. They do great work there, but at times I felt that the white voices drowned out the minorities that worked there. It would have been great to see more people of color in higher positions and more upward mobility. One of my co-workers had to work under a boss who was problematic; Would use micro-aggressions and belittle them in front of contractors, and also would gaslight them whenever they brought up these issues. This issue was pushed to the side by upper management and never dealt with. The same boss would do it to other minorities on other teams in meetings and it was also pushed under the rug. For being a non-profit that serves underserved communities, it's my hope that they do better when it comes to diversity & inclusion trainings for their staff, deal with prejudices amongst their staff and hire more people of color in management positions.

  3. "Flexibility for part time schedule"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Behavior Technician in Loganville, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PBS part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy to update data Prompt response from staff support

    Cons

    Not paid if client is a no show

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  4. "Good place to work but unstable for contractors"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worked In Digital 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PBS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent work environment Lots of little events

    Cons

    Have a little more consideration for contractors. I didn't know if my contract would be renewed just a few weeks from its end date.

  5. Helpful (4)

    "Solid Benefits - Mediocre Overall"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Crystal City, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PBS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice people, very dedicated to their jobs. Good location -- able to commute via public transit.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, employees are placed into boxes very easily and once you're attached to one discipline it's impossible to break out. The silos are real. Communication between departments is non-existent and communication from Executive Management to their support teams is minimal at best. Collaboration is a dirty word here. Schizophrenic insitution that can't decide what it wants to be when it grows up -- media company? distribution company? non-profit fundraising organization? educational organization? membership organization? Tip: all of the above! The bottom line isn't eyeballs on screens and number of awards won, it's dollars raised.

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  6. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Associate 
    Recommends

    I worked at PBS full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great co-workers great brand doing good things strong corporate culture and sense of pride

    Cons

    I can't think of any at the moment

  7. "Okay job"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PBS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good CEO

    Cons

    Poor management. Loads of drama

  8. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PBS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Casual Dress, committed passionate coworkers who really care about the mission, HR really cares and tries to make it a flexible and positive place to work, lots of employee engagement opportunities

    Cons

    A lot of silos, different experiences depending on the team and what management you are under because it's almost like a lot of different little companies. It's a non profit so they do what they can but salary won't be huge.

  9. "Analyst"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at PBS full-time

    Pros

    good company overall and i enjoyed working there

    Cons

    bad managment however its good to be there

  10. "Great"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Program Analyst in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities within company

    Cons

    Long Hours need to hire more staff

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