PBS Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Best Culture Great Mission

      Mar 14, 2019 - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
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      Pros

      - supportive, respectful culture; - phenomenal, inspiring leadership (unlike many media organizations); - wonderful mission that drives employees; - excellent work-life balance and benefits; (GREAT HR team that partners with staff) - valiant efforts made to effectively communicate across organization; and - work product & content are always well-researched, relevant and current, but never pandering to least common denominator

      Cons

      - so many presentation, meetings and reports internally/externally can sometimes get in way of core work

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Toxic environment with management that doesn’t live up to the mission.

      Mar 3, 2019 - Director in Arlington, VA
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      Pros

      Great work/life balance and you can feel proud about the quality content the org produces

      Cons

      Many things others have said are true - low pay, difficult to advance, lack of innovation, passive aggressive employees, etc. But even worse than that, the culture is extremely toxic. Many managers are rude and disrespectful to staff, yet are still supported and even promoted by management. For people of color, the situation is particularly bad. I repeatedly heard other employees making racist and insensitive comments without any concern about professionalism or what is appropriate in the workplace. This may have been specific to the digital/marketing department, but the fact that this behavior was allowed to persist for so long speaks to the values of the larger organization.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Love PBS!

      Jun 4, 2019 - Intern 
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      Pros

      Great people, couldn't ask for better work-life balance. Supportive teams.

      Cons

      As a bigger company, sometimes things take time (many moving parts).

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Okay job

      Sep 22, 2019 - Legal Coordinator in Arlington, VA
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      Pros

      Good work life balance. Good CEO

      Cons

      Poor management. Loads of drama

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Jan 24, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
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      Pros

      Great work life balance Great place to work overall, especially if you have a family. Company hold events for children.

      Cons

      Difficult parking, however great access to metro!

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Pros

      Amazing mission to work for Talented colleagues Work/life balance Good benefits Exciting volunteer opportunities in DC such as the White House Easter Egg Roll Overall a fun place to work

      Cons

      Politics sometimes gets in the way of what is best for the brand/organization Recession and reduced funding resulted in several rounds of layoffs but work output expectations increased - some employees felt as if they were doing the work of 2 or 3 people. Morale isn't always high Very top heavy organization - lots of lower level staff have been let go while senior management seems to grow Salary information is public knowledge, there's a huge disconnect between the senior staff and everyone When there is a problem with a staff member, process, vendor or anything really, it takes a very long time for anything to change - sometimes years.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      PBS is a wonderful place to work.

      Oct 19, 2011 -  in Arlington, VA
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      Pros

      PBS is a wonderful brand that people all around the country love and it's fun to be part of delivering something that stands apart in the media world. The senior team invites and encourages employees to share new ideas, and when you have a good one, there is room and support to run with it. This is great for professional growth. It's a tremendously friendly and thoughtful team, with some whip-smart people mixed in. And, the environment respects and accommodates work-life balance.

      Cons

      In the last 3 years, there have been as many rounds of reorganization, resulting in lost jobs, decreased budgets, and increased workloads for staff who remain. Like any other nonprofit, there is always a battle for funding to support the work. An increasingly competitive media world makes it increasingly challenging to keep up, so join the team if you want to be a catalyst for innovation and change, and don't mind a big, fat, enduring funding challenge!

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    9. 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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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Excellent place to get a career going

      Aug 3, 2015 -  
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      Pros

      Wonderful access to resources to get the job done. Everyone is intelligent, and the work tended to come in manageable and predictable spurts so that it was easy to maintain work-life balance (and to work remotely when necessary). Overall wonderful place to work!

      Cons

      Some co-workers were known as 'over thinkers,' and while this is sometimes a good quality to have, it sometimes made it tricky to move projects along, and required that extra prep work be put in to presentations and meetings.

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