The people here are so cool. The guy next to my cube is lead guitar in a hot DC band. The guy on the other side manages a professional ultimate frisbee team. Sounds pretty laid back, right? Wrong. It's an intense, numbers-driven place where everyone is looking for the next opportunity to disrupt radio...before someone else does. As such, it feels a lot like startups where I have worked in the past -- entrepreneurial, playful, iconoclastic -- but with much more job security and work-life balance. My boss has never cared if I come in at 10 (I have morning routine with the kids), so long as I get my work done, keep coming up with new ideas and support the great ideas of people around me. I make my own schedule and set my own path.
The only major challenge here is that budget is very tight right now. As a non-profit, we are expected to constantly do more with less and "punch above our weight". In most cases, this is a good thing: part of the engine of creativity. But at times it makes for some tough decisions that have forced me to shut down non-performing business units and paths of innovation that I was really excited about to free up resources for new ideas. We get to try anything (fail fast is the mantra here), but that also means that there are no sacred cows.