A good first job, but nothing more
Digital Producer (Former Employee) – United States – May 18, 2018
In short, this was a solid first job out of college. However, I do not see how anyone in the midst of their career or with a family to support could realistically work here.
Days, though quick-paced due to breaking news, were lengthy in terms of hours worked. If you didn't come in early before your shift to help with work, there was little chance of being able to leave right when your shift ended due to the amount of things to cover. Most of the time, I felt like a doctor on-call with my manager saying I needed to be able to come in if someone called out sick. It's my right to have two days off each week, but I felt like if I denied the mandatory OT, then my job security would be in jeopardy.
Coworkers were fun and friendly, but we were understaffed and underpaid. A 16 cent raise after a year of hard work is a slap in the face. You'd make more going back to your old high school summer job.
Finally, there was no room for advancement whatsoever, which was why I left.
Despite the flaws, this is a good job coming out of school. You learn a lot in many aspects of media production and you can say you worked at an ABC, NBC, etc.-affiliated station.
So, get in, learn for a year or two, then move on.
Interesting work environment, friendly coworkers
Mandatory OT, low pay, no advancement