BBC World Service Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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BBC World Service Sucks. The BBC World Service is an international broadcaster owned and operated by the BBC. It is the world's largest of any kind. It broadcasts radio news, speech, and discussions in more than 40 languages to many parts of the world on analog and digital shortwave platforms, internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, DAB, FM, and MW relays. In 2015, The World Service reached an average of 210 million people a week (via TV, radio, and online). In November 2016, the BBC announced that it would start broadcasting in additional languages including Amharic and Igbo, in its biggest expansion since the 1940s.

A Former Employee, software Engineer in Manchester, England listed some cons about working for BBC World Service in a review written for GLASSDOOR UK: - Management old fashioned - Prejudice against working from home - Rampant Micro Managing - Absolute refusal to move from established processes, regardless if new ideas are more efficient - We've always done it like this' mentality - FAR too many managers At the same time, he/she advise: - Stop hiring old fashioned managers - If you don't allow freedom, eg freedom of working environment, freedom of ideas, then you will lose creatives. - You already pay less than competitors, but you can easily make up for that with things than don't cost anything, such as remote working, not everyone is a 1950's extrovert.


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IT Specialist (Former Employee) says

"Have worked for the BBC on 4 occasions in past 20 years mostly contracting. Last role for BBC news where there is poor management, too much stress and low pay. Cons: Low pay, poor line management. Too many managers."

Chauffeur livreur (Former Employee) says

"Clientelisme au sein meme du dispatch. En bref, les nantis recoivent les meilleures courses, les autres doivent se contenter de courses minables. Cons: Trop longue la liste"

Customer Agent (Former Employee) says

"All smiles when you start, but and some of the people are great, but you are never allowed to forget you are plugged into a machine. The most enjoyable part of the job was going home. The systems were fit for purpose and to increase revenue you had to deal with people who were encouraged to be trolls."

Freelance Broadcast Journalist (Current Employee) says

"A terrible place to work populated by incompetent middle class people from the South East of England being paid to do very little. I've found it to be sexist, racist, classist and utterly dull. Cons: Plenty"

Cleaner (Current Employee) says

"not good mangers are a jobs worth not enough work to last through out the day line managers are not great to get on with not the best of money either for what you have to do"

Senior Producer (Former Employee) says

"Working for this company is not worth the negative impact to your quality of life. There is an abusive culture that is embraced as if it is a badge of honor rather than an illegal and unfit workplace. Avoid unless you have no other options. Cons: Everything else"

Account Manager (Door-To-Door Sales) says

"-Glorified Door-to-Door Sales job."

Confidential (Former Employee) says

"Some great people and work undertaken dispersed sufficiently thinly throughout the organisation to prevent it sinking but progress is hampered by a toxic, self serving, ‘political’ culture that replicates in its own image, aided and abetted by HR not representative of the society served The latest EDI measures will fail as they are merely ‘set dressing’ - radical change is required at SLT level . Cons: Structure, culture, policies, nepotism, sexism, racism, class prejudice"

Project Manager (Current Employee) says

"This place is full of bullies. I worked in BBC Learning, CBBC, Sports and Cbeebies. The staff are bullies and management know about this but let you get bullied and when you speak up they will target you and make you seem like the one causing trouble. They lie and twist things. The management in Learning all stick together and will try their best to bring you down. Unless your face fits in with their team. Childrens department were very hard to please, I worked on several projects as a grade 4 and found the management not helpful, friendly or supportive. They have the worst PMs. I have been in situations where I've worked 2 weeks with no breaks, been told to drive to locations tired, been told to carry heavy equipment breaking health and safety policies. But if you speak up they will target you. Its the same culture across all BBC sites. I seen people with no experience whose face fits in get promoted and others who have been there for years not be promoted. They claim to understand diversity but the BBC doesn't. They do not understand or respect diversity."

Producer (Former Employee) says

"A thoroughly unpleasant place to work, with micro managers at every turn. Employees often don't realise how awful it is until they leave. The rest of the BBC is a wonderful place to work, which only throws Learning into darker shade."

Computer Engineer (Former Employee) says

"The varied and extensive experience during my training in reputable companies has helped me develop strong working ethics and exposed me to tough working conditions which enabled me to adapt, improve and excel in daily strategic administrative operations and setting long term engineering projects. I have extensive knowledge in the field of project management and planning, as well as strong telecommunication skills, especially the usage of theory and research techniques. My present training experience has enhanced my knowledge in networking/communication strategies and up-link technician, creative thinking and team work. I have excellent communication skills in English and Arabic and a high proficiency in most of the programming and micro controllers’ languages, and networking plans, trouble shooting, and addressing."

Supporting Artist (Current Employee) says

"A typical day's work would begin around 06:30 and sometimes would go on as late as 11pm. There would be lots of downtime awaiting between shoots but this would be filled with conversations with other extras and sometimes leading characters. Cons: No job security and infrequent acting opportunities"

Researcher, interpreter, translator (Former Employee) says

"Working for the BBC has definitely gotten my that 'wow' reaction when others found out who I am working for. Unfortunately, while it sounded good, my skills were taken advantage of and the pay was well below what I should have been getting."

HR Administrator (Current Employee) says

"An okay place if you fancy coasting indefinitely. Management are questionable as are the office politics. Incredibly difficult to gain any form of salary increase unless if you lie before your interview, leave and come back or jump jobs every five seconds. Cons: You leave everyday"

operador de carga e descarga. (Former Employee) says

"comprometimento.responsabilidade regular. boa em vigilância privada. Cons: atraso."

Executive (Former Employee) says

"The benefits are pretty good but there have been no raises in years and poor salaries to begin with (despite the fact that they send out tons of memos about how profitable the company has been). SO many good people have left in the past few years and yet nobody seems to care. There is little to no value placed on work/life balance and with the workload constantly increasing it doesn't look like that will get better. Job security is non-existent for most and the morale is very low. The new management is smart but mostly hire people they already have worked with rather than giving a chance to the people there who are working hard. In general there are some great people who work there, but I wouldn't recommend this company with all the other cable nets out there who pay more competitively and place a higher value on their hard-working employees. Cons: no work/life balance, poor pay, no raises in years"

PMA (Former Employee) says

"I worked here for 3 years on contracts, and noticed a culture pattern across all the BBC sites from London to Salford to Birmingham. Its very clicky and if you dont fit in you will struggle here. I worked in CBBC and the level of bullying is high, the unit management team knew I was being bullied but didn't support me. I went for an interview in Radio 4 and was told i was too young to fit in. Discrimination but as they stick together like a pack of wolves, they get away with it. A manager also shouted in the office area about a personal issue of mine. This place can be a great place but there is a lot of issues stopping it, people see BBC then get blinded by the unethical issues as they want that brand. There are great projects to work on and you can be flexible with your work but overall i wouldn't recommended it. It is also very competitive, you have to really prove yourself if you want to achieve here. I was told that i could come back anytime i wanted but i neverreturned. Cons: No diversity, Long hours, low pay"

Freelance Contracts Team (Former Employee) says

"The BBC has a culture of "job for life" despite the deep cuts to staff while too many incompetent management sit with cushy jobs and high salaries. This culture has led to inefficiency and laziness among some staff. Cons: Working with lazy colleagues and bad managers who feed off your hard work."

Learning Team Project Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"okay hours, nice office, not inclusive, contract job and got cut off before contract was up due to poor management, two senior bosses were never in the office"

Production (Former Employee) says

"It's a very odd place to work. I freelanced in Children's for a while and was a bit taken aback by the place. The project was enjoyable, however there was a strange sense of apathy / fear that I sensed from colleagues who worked there who were staff members."

Current Employee - Senior Broadcast Journalist says

"I have been working at BBC full-time for more than 5 years Cons: You need to be a friend of management or a fighter. otherwise, you will not get any opportunity."

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