PBS Employee Reviews about "non profit"

Updated Jun 26, 2020

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  • "Great people, couldn't ask for better work-life balance(in 20 reviews)

  • "highly creative work environment with room to grow as a creator(in 15 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "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. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great, but Problematic at times

      Jun 26, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
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      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.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Solid Benefits - Mediocre Overall

      Nov 18, 2019 - Senior Manager in Crystal City, VA, Optional[VA]
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      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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      4 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Place to Work

      Sep 21, 2019 - Assistant Director in Washington, DC
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      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.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Sales Manager

      Nov 5, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      They created a great work environment

      Cons

      There are better opportunities for income due to PBS being a non-profit

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Associate Director

      Oct 18, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Benefits are great for a non-profit

      Cons

      A bit slow to change

      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Really look at who does the work...

      Oct 21, 2016 - PBS Creative in Arlington, VA
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      Pros

      Great culture, truly nice and welcoming people... Coming from a harsher media atmosphere, I have to say, PBS is a great place to learn without fear. People are supportive, and open to new ideas. Small teams/non-profit status means you wear a lot of hats, and if you want to and are motivated, there's opportunities to take on projects well over your pay grade.

      Cons

      The discrepancies of work loads between departments, and even team members within the same department, is staggering. Some average people in certain departments get promoted seemingly every year, while some truly shining stars in other fast-paced departments, like Marketing and Programming, stay in the same overworked spot for years. Perks and access to travel/professional development opportunities between departments vary widely as well. HR should really take a look at this - It's at the whim of department VPs, and should be standardized. Much of mid-level management could honestly be trimmed... Managing up is a real problem across the whole company.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A place where you'll want to retire from

      Jun 8, 2016 - Producer in Arlington, VA
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      Pros

      The atmosphere is wonderful. Good gentle people with a positive working environment. People work here for many years, and a lot retire from here. It's also very rewarding - it feels good to do work that benefits people in mind and spirit. Also, the work life balance is great! If I were still living in that area of the country, I would have remained working there.

      Cons

      Because it's a non-profit the pay is not high - but that is to be expected.

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Loved the mission, hated the incompetence/waste...

      Sep 8, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      I truly loved the overall mission/message of PBS, I also loved the work I got a chance to do while working there. The deadlines were very flexible, and there was very little "fire drill" work and all that implies. Generally everyone there is "good people."

      Cons

      They seem to promote from within with regularity, which is great when the people are qualified, but too often at PBS, they simply are not. Nearly every manager/director I worked with had no business doing the job they were getting paid to do. Little to no previous relevant experience, bad judgment, bad time management/organization and the degree of waste I saw first-hand was appalling for a non-profit. Too many people there were celebrity stalkers trying to brush up against talent, go on pricey "business trips" for no reason etc. Upper management can NOT be trusted.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Only work here if you have no other options, and then only for 6 months.

      Feb 24, 2009 -  
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      Pros

      Because it's a small operation, there are lots of opportunities to learn about all aspects of TV and radio production and distribution. Plus, it'sa good place to learn what non-profit statues entail in a media environment - if you're coming from a for-profit organization.

      Cons

      The environment is very cliquish. People do not speak to people outside of their small circle of friends and because it's a small operation this is very noticeable. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is just entering the media business because the envrionment and co-workers alone will cause them to become jaded with the industry and non-profits.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Personally fulfilling workplace

      Feb 2, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      PBS does great work for the community and that feels good knowing you contributed to something worthwhile. It also has a great inclusive working environment and great employees who really care about making a difference in the world. The benefit package is pretty good for a non profit.

      Cons

      Salaries are low for the cost of living in this area

      1 person found this review helpful
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