Let's start with the good: It's a nice building with some genuinely good people and plenty of exciting work to go around. That's about where it stops. The dispersion of workload and job responsibilities between teams is a long standing problem never addressed. Productive, proactive members of the team are rewarded with picking up the slack for their not as productive counterparts. Some members of the team in charge of delegating such responsibilities are able to, for example, read books, browsing multiple sites, or even play computer games, while others work right up until the deadlines getting several tasks completed for shows. There is no accountability, upper management allows this absolute unilateral and flawed system to persist no matter how many workers leave. Wide-eyed newcomers may volunteer for many tasks hoping to prove themselves and growth within the company. Instead of supporting these people who improve work culture and morale, management wears them down gradually. They subject them to sporadic and unsustainable scheduling to cover the various job tasks they volunteer for, they will not pay them a wage worthy of the work they perform for the company, they will allow less proactive team members to pawn their responsibilities off on them, and worse of all, they will be blamed slip in productivity or mistakes. No one wants to address the real problem: the unsupportive work culture. And poor work life balance.
To summarize plainly: good work ethic is punished her
Lots of expectations and lack of respect from management. If you do not have a bachelors you will not be moving up from an entry level position. I had a really hard time with this because so many individuals had so many gifts and things to contribute to the company but were not selected because of their level of education. Working in Florida its difficult to know what weather conditions will be like for the day so it's quite stressful working outside and doing your job in the rain. I feel management treats basic employees as if they are peasants. While i know the culture of Universal is not for me, it use to be before Comcast took over. I am extremely proud to have been a part of such a growing company. However, when studio apartments are now going for nearly $1400 a month in Orlando... The majority of the employees cannot afford to live appropriately on $12 an hour. Meanwhile, the company has made 5.7 Billion dollars profit and most employees can't afford to eat or feed their children. To full time employees, which is a nearly impossible position to obtain in my department the benefits are extraordinary. They gave away stock for christmas gifts a few years ago. Which i think is thoughtful. However, there are many individuals becoming leads that are very hungry for a higher position that micro manage and like to be in complete control. This makes days at work very uncomfortable. It's important when you work here to always be positive and make the most of the opportunity to me
Prosbenefits for full timers, ability to pick up shifts, guests, they employ alot of people in our community
Consmanagement is belittling, full time is impossible to get, no respect for other full time job schedules, building and lifting barricades, a lot of standing around doing nothing in the sun and inclimate weather, micro management, competition
Productive workplace that made your work schedule active!!!
A typical day at work consisted of delivering mail and packages throughout the 22 floors of NBC NY Headquarters by handing mail and packages with care and responsibility when delivering,such as certified, registered, and parcels including being time manageable when making collections of outgoing mail and packages, including letters, parcels, and inter-office pieces by receiving hand-written signatures, including date and time on printed-out manifest sheets for record-keeping when delivering packages including preparing inter-office pieces to be processed for outgoing inter-departmental pouches within the headquarters facility outside of NY where I maintained a clean, safe environment by getting mail and packages screened through an x-ray scanning system and keeping a well-preserved, organized work area. I learned how to work as a team player by being able to get along well with my co-workers. The management team was very lenient byallowing me to be able to take care of my personal byusiness matters when needed, such as leaving earlier than scheduled ending time of shift when needing to attend an appointmnet for medical matters. The workplace culture was very diverse and equal because it gave employees an opportunity to gain experience that they may have or not have had in the past before they had worked there. The hardest part of the job was having to be able to maintain good record of keeping track of deliveries that were processed manually into an arrival system that were d
ProsFree Catered Hot Food from events, Transportation re-imbursement!!!
ConsNon-paid internship, no benefits or union provided!!!
I've worked here 11 years and the culture has gotten progressively worse. In my department I feel that bad behavior is rewarded and good employees are not recognized. I stay here because of my benefits and seniority but the management has gotten less inclusive of those who are not executives. Coordinators/assistants in my department are treated like servants and ignored until they want you to do something. I am happy with one of my bosses but the other person I work for gives continually gives me busy work. She is not very busy but she attempts to push me when I've already taken on a great share of the work for the department. I have taken on more and more and this has been recognized by giving me more to do and giving the other assistants less to do. I am a rule follower and the other coordinators seem to take advantage of those rules and are busier finding ways not to do their jobs. In the meantime I have taken on re-writing the entire training manual for the coordinators/assistants and record every deal that comes in and out of this department. I also take work home when needed and don't ask to be paid when I work at home. One of my bosses recognizes the work I do and the other boss tries to pressure me to do more when I am already going above and beyond and doing work beyond my paygrade. The boss who has pressured me is pushing me right out the door. I don't sleep well at night and my stomach is in knots most days at work and in anticipation of what she will ask me to do
As an associate producer for a daytime TV show, your main job is to find stories or "bookings" for the television show you work for. That means connecting with various guests and people all over the world to bring them on your show. Fun, right? Yes and no. I enjoyed working in a creative environment where you produce one of the most beloved forms of media in the world: television. Ding. If you enjoy conceptualizing, pitching, and telling stories to fit a specific audience or brand (and yes, some part of you will have to at least like the brand or type of show you're working for to be successful at your job), then working as an AP (or typically booker), especially in daytime TV, may just be the career for you. In terms of skillset, this is great work for a resourceful person (i.e. reporter/journalist) who can find anyone and anything for a potential television segment. You also have to be good at getting people to confide in you and trust you as much of your work entails delving into the lives of others to broadcast them as characters on TV. Sound a lil shady? You betcha, it is. That's the secret but also the magic of how talk shows are produced.
As for things I hated about my job: The shady work environment/management; relentless competition between co-workers; insanely long and unstable hours -- producing is not a job where you are ever really "off" the clock. This is work that can easily follow you home; questionable ethics in the workplace.
Proscreative work, story-telling, building relationships with interesting show guest from all over the world
Consshady/toxic work environment, "hollywood" type A personalities, relentless competition between co workers, 24-7 hours -- this work will follow you home and invade your weekends
Mixed bag. Great place if you don't mind suffering.
All things said in this review pertain to this specific position.
This job, at its best, is just okay.
Work-life balance is non-existent. I work six days a week when my job description said "some weekends". I wouldn't mind the six day weeks if my position actually required it. My boss told us that we work on the weekend to "save face"; to look good for our executive producer who has no idea how our department runs or what we actually do.
Compensation is perfect if this was the 1980's. Compensation is not based off of performance, but job title. Production assistant=very poor pay. Sorry Navient, but I don't make enough to pay those loans. Benefits are average. Vision, Dental, and health insurance (all things I have to pay for).
Job security and Advancement seem to be average. Spend 1-2 years in a position and then you advance. However, there is so much turnover that people may not get the chance to advance.
Management is my single biggest gripe about this job and I guarantee that I'm not the only person who thinks so. My direct boss is incompetent when it comes to working with others. He expects you to be a mind reader and he changes the way the department operates (almost) daily. He never believes anything we (the PA's) say, but what's worse is that our suggestions are never heard until it blows back in his face. By that time though, its too late and all the PA's fault. To be honest, he doesn't even know how his own department works.
Besides some cliques,
Varied freelance assignments allow me to tap into sources of interest/knowledge: health, science, business, parenting, entertainment and politics.
As a freelance writer, I have been able to explore subjects in depth and work with different type of editors (health, business/money and parenting.) It is fascinating to meet and work with so many well-informed, thoughtful and successful editors and writers.
NBC news (and other major news organizations, such as Thompson Reuters and MSN) has provided a visible platform for my work. My stories have been reprinted in other major media outlets, including Huffington Post and WPIX nightly news.
I have a proven ability to find and write a compelling story, a critical component to being a productive freelance writer. I have been fortunate that this has afforded me the opportunity direct my energy toward interesting and fulfilling assignments.
Because of the temporary nature of freelancing, however, I consider it a satisfying but short-term means to my end goal, which is to be a staff writer at a creative/editorial organization.
Proslearning about so many subjects, meeting so many interesting people, the convenience of flexible scheduling, becoming proficient at time management skills, rising to the intellectual challenge of fitting my ideas to the news cycle, learning how to answer an editor's needs in a mutually satisfying way.
Conslow freelance pay, balancing commitments to avoid accepting too many or too few assignments, balancing the schedules of interview subjects in order to meet my deadlines, lack of physical connection with editors/co-workers can be isolating, miscommunications can occur when complex ideas are shared via email.
I worked for two departments while at NBC, Commercial Operations which is now Sales Operations and aster Control. When I worked in Commercial Operations I loved everything about my job and my co-workers. I went on maternity leave (which is 16 weeks by the way) The two top women in our dept (the vp and regional manager) who happened to be Hispanic and black were fired after 17 and 21 years due to departmental changes. They brought in some new managers who were inexperienced and much cheaper who did not know our department. Needless to say, a few months later the fired another female manager of 46 years and replaced her with a male who had been with the company for 9 years. Morale got very low so I left and went across the bridge to the Master Control department. This department was going through new management protocols and had a history of previous managers leaving because they were being passed up for vp positions from newcomers. The master Control operators were newer on the sports side and management did not really help with sops. Mistakes or errors were blamed on whoever the manager was not favorable with. The technical managers/Supervisors were pretty nice but played favorites with people they were cool with or their roommates. The entertainment master control operators seemed miserable because they hated their shifts. Overall as a sports operator I was pretty happy as long as I was live. The training process is terrible and can leave your career stagnant. Welp, that’s
ProsLots of free food, great maternity leave, park passes to universal
ConsTraining takes too long, too many moving managers
Fun Job, but Terrible Compensation and Shrinking Job Security
Day-to-day work is great. I get to work in sports television, co-workers are friendly, and the atmosphere is laid-back, but professional. There's a good sense of teamwork within my department to get our work done and to help each other out when necessary. Direct supervisor is understanding and tries to schedule fairly. Most other folks at work are approachable and good at collaborating on ideas.
However, the compensation for those working in production is severely lacking. On top of low hourly pay, Union dues are required as well as Philly Wage Tax, making a second job or income a necessity if wanting to live on your own. Raises are non-negotiable with management and are not performance-based. For editors, there's no ladder of progression and you're essentially stuck.
Union representation seems to favor the long-time employees who already make a decent pay, and thus, pay more in union dues. Striking is not allowed and Layoffs can come at any time within any department in a reverse-seniority order, regardless of how good the employee is at their job. The company also seems to favor those who work in Digital/Social Media with much higher pay, even though the same job roles are performed by other union-represented employees making less.
Widespread changes the last several years have led to fears about the future of the network and the employment of those in production. Due to the instability of the workload and the pay in certain departments, I would be caut
ProsExcellent Comcast Cable/Internet Discount, 401K, Stock Plan, Fun Sports Environment
I think NBC is a first rate top notch News and Entertainment Organization. Extremely professional, allowing for both technical and creative input and operations. For well over 10 + years, I have operated various broadcast production positions ranging from technical, artistic and journalistic positions from capturing audio and video content, and broadcast thru Live remote and Studio transmissions. The work place environment is friendly, professional, helpful and collaborative.
On Any given day, I would set up and stage Live News production vehicles, recording, editing, cabling, setting up multiple communication lines, problem solve, as well as direct talent and crew. My duties would be to connect Live transmission streams either by fiber, microwave, satellite or cellular linked audio and video feeds to and from either local and or International points of ingest and processing areas of studio and in the field locations. My responsibilities extended beyond to crew and public safety, identifying and resolving various technical issues in the presentation and achievement of desired broadcasts including, but not limited to, color correction, audio, video and communication clarity, while understanding and adhering to the needs and protocols of management, crew, talent, production, and even law enforcement, in regard to public safety and concerns.
ProsExcitng and creative...always learning, growing, achieving and never the same day twice
ConsMostly freelance and per diem held positions, very difficult to achieve a Full Time Staff positon
Questions And Answers about NBCUniversal
If you were in charge, what would you do to make NBCUniversal a better place to work?
Asked Nov 6, 2016
A workplace should be a place which consists of an environment to inspire a person to deliver their skills and abilities for the overall development of the company and their professional growth. So if I am an in charge, I will -
01. present a clear vision and mission.
02. create effective communication
03. be able to provide “flexible” employee growth
04. promotes meritocracy.
05. create collaborative culture
06. create easily accessible leadership advice
07. avoid politics.
08. seek honest feedback from employees.
09. create fun atmosphere
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How are the working hours at NBCUniversal?
Asked Apr 7, 2017
absolutely wild. we operated on tokyo time!
Answered Sep 27, 2021
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How often do raises occur at NBCUniversal?
Asked Nov 6, 2016
Every employee will get 3% regardless of performance.
Answered Aug 28, 2021
Raises do not occur very often
Answered Mar 4, 2020
What is the interview process like at NBCUniversal?
Asked Jul 9, 2016
Long and tedious. Lots of call backs and reschedules.
Answered Nov 5, 2020
Keep doing good job
Answered Oct 8, 2020
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at NBCUniversal?
Asked Aug 2, 2017
be honest, show your interest in the games, sports, or production