It's tough to know where to start with Auntie. Certainly on the positive side, i feel liked i've worked with some of the best people in Britain, for perhaps the best known broadcaster in the world. The BBC is no lumbering beast either - the newsroom is fast paced, dynamic and loads of fun.
Staff who aren't deemed utterly indispensible by senior management bods are quickly fed to the dogs. It is incredibly difficult to succeed and climb the ladder in such a multilayered organisation. Still, i guess that's what you should expect from a monster like the Beeb!
It's a bit like Shawshank Prison. "These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them."
From 1975 - 1993 fun, thrusting vibrant programmes, great people, great management. Now - it's hard to find anything positive to say about the BBC.
"Sustaining the dinosaur" - appalling money wasting, out-dated working practices, appalling technical standards, a "fill up the schedules as cheaply as possible" approach. Appalling dumbing down of programme content. Biased, deceitful and misleading documentary programme content has superceded their once famous impartiality. Terrible cut throat management who axe anyone they can INCLUDING the skilled staff who make the programmes in order to protect their own jobs.
Finding anyone technical who actually makes programmes these days beyond news and the like. All the studios are going fast, there is no OB fleet now, and very few technicians.
Enjoyment level depended heavily on the shift i was working. Quieter shifts tended to be better and Managers afforded staff more autonomy on the night shift. Colleagues we generally very co-operative and ready to help instantly. Oh, and you can't beat the good ol' BBC canteen!
The hardest part of the job was the warning time / notice we were given before going on air. High pressure definitely!
The new London office
Bloated, often incompetent senior management layers, hell bent on getting thier mitts on final salary pensions schemes most of us could only dream of.
It's civil service, with telly!
It comes with some benefits, don't get me wrong, but generally the people who work on the same level of you are great!
To get anywhere you have to either make a monumental cockup or just annoy people. And pointless acronyms.
There's a vast amount of incompetent people in higher paid jobs... which astound you.
Making friends. Superb colleagues. Lack of interference. Making programmes was huge *fun*. I met people/interviewees who were absolutely fascinating. From Jean Monnet, Saddam Hussein, to Sheffield slum dwellers. Learnt from them all.
What wasn't to like?
Strange perks; after 25 years, you got £400 to buy yourself a present. I bought a light. Smashing; still using it. A lovely Reithian relic.
Constant and aggressive penny pinching.
The high volume of bully
The professionalism and team work of the wonderful collegues
The middle management. Jobsworths who have been promoted as they are useless at actually doing the job. Goof programmes happen despite them rather than because of them.
Being at the centre of things
I've been with the BBC (working as a documentary researcher for the last 4 years) and i can definitely recommend working here. During my time i've been based in Manchester and Glasgow and both offices are cracking places to work. Being a researcher, the best bit about the jobs is the travel! (I've been to the US, Middle East, Bulgaria and Austria to date with plenty more trips planned)
Pay isn't earth shattering (and never will be i expect). If you want to make money at the BBC, join the IT department
All the weird and wonderful places you get to see around the world (if you're a researcher or filmaker that is!)
The best thing I've found about the BBC is the colleagues I am working with, the people are fantastic. I feel like I am moving with the times, getting the training I need to back up changes in technology. I enjoy working with people with a wide range of experience, from new starters to upper management as it means I can be involved both in learning and teaching at the same time.
Sometimes long hours are involved, but for this industry, it is not too bad. This may be partially due to my role at the moment, I have seen people higher up such as producers who have had to take work home with them. The pay isn't fantastic, but compared to other places it isn't too bad.
Surprisingly for the media industry, the work/life balance is pretty good.
Variety of activity and fantastic cross-section of people to meet and work with.
Complete mixture of background, age, attitude and opinions of colleagues - everyone of them worth listening to!