A&E Networks Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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  1. probably great if you're one of the few staff hires

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A&E Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fun atmosphere, nice new offices

    Cons

    most employees are permalancers, are not paid well and do not have health benefits. they went to a new system, where they hire you through a temp agency and say that you can get healthcare through them. however the cost is the same as buying it on the open market and the quality is not great. they treat everyone as a temp even at the director level - it's how they save money rather than treating you like a real employee/person.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat your employees like people and not just a means to an end.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good potential but too many archaic approaches

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    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at A&E Networks as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part the people are nice and sociable and most are willing to be helpful and informative.

    Cons

    First of all, when more than half of your IT department are consultants (the only permanent employees are all management..go figure) and you treat the consultants like disposable resources when in fact the consultants own the most knowledge about the environment - you don't have a great situation.

    Advice to Management

    This place needs a performance audit from outside. Most of the dead & stagnant weight comes from long-time staffers within.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Politics + Flat Out Lies = Chaos At Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A&E Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn new technologies, in the right department growth is available, most people below Manager are friendly and willing to help.

    Cons

    Too much focus on politics, lying, throwing people under the bus to cover mistakes instead of getting the job done. Strong push for new technology, but very difficult to get funding for resources when needed. HR is helpful to listen, but not much comes out of it. Little regard to life outside of the office. Overtime is very hard to get, but those who are staff are expected to work the extra hours because it's "free".

    Advice to Management

    If you're looking to expand, prepare to spend money on resources necessary. Put an end to internal fighting/bickering/political game immediately and get back to the tasks at hand whether thats, new equipment, additional hires or overtime when needed. Have a better sense of hours your employees (staff specifically) are working to avoid burn-out and turnover. Several people who have left for other equal level or higher level companies have stated it's night and day, and have little to no interest to ever return.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    High Work Pressure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A&E Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Trying to bring new technologies

    Cons

    Not ready to increase the resource strength

  6. Helpful (2)

    Ok Place to Work, Better Growth Elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at A&E Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Benefits were great
    - Depending on your department, you can be really immersed in the entertainment industry, with access to a lot of information, materials, people and events.
    - Work-life balance good
    - The people that end up working there are great

    Cons

    - Working with HR for any reason, big or small (why so much resistance- aren't you there to help?)
    - Few growth opportunities - old guard is firmly in place and they get the growth opportunities
    - For all of the great people working there, the vibe was off, the environment didn't feel fun or open
    - Pay is significantly below industry standard. When interviewing elsewhere, making a lateral move, the pay for the same position was more than double- *at three different, very well-known companies*

    Advice to Management

    Management needed an infusion of new energy- not necessarily that they need to get rid of anyone but somehow get people excited.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Not too pleasant....Sr managements don't care about the employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at A&E Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, good shows, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    No room for growth,too many unqualified managers. The pay is very low. They don't value their employees

    Advice to Management

    Managers should be trained to learn how to be leader. A department cannot be productive unless manager knows what they are doing

  8. Horrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A&E Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Small company, nice people and able to learn about media business. May be a good work environment depending on department.

    Cons

    No salary growth, understaffed, 90% of employees are contractors, no resources, disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees and vendors

  9. Helpful (3)

    Would Have Been A Great Place If Senior Management and HR Weren't So Nasty and Political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at A&E Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Found some of hardest working folks who gave everything they had to getting the job done. Company is small enough to offer an inside view of how a media company works. Fun to work for a brand that is easily recognized.

    Cons

    My title says it all. Morale and fairness are cultivated from the top - down. This was not the case when I was there. Senior Management was nasty and their nastiness was rewarded. HR was equally as nasty and unqualified to deal with situations.

    Advice to Management

    You already cleaned house with senior management starting in 2013. Kudos for having the courage to bring in new folks. Hopefully, the cultural climate will shift in the other (better) direction.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Ok Place to Work Depending on Your Department - Pay is Extremely Low and No Growth Potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at A&E Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is good but it depends on what department you work in.

    Cons

    The pay is extremely low.. A&E does not pay market value. There is no growth potential at this company and HR and upper management really do not care if they loose good hard working employees.

    Advice to Management

    Re-vamp your compensation policy or you will never be able to recruit and maintain high level talent.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Only good for Staff Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at A&E Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative environment with some fun and friendly people. Hours aren't terrible.

    Cons

    No room for growth. No contact with senior management. contract employees and freelancers are treated like second class citizens. High school atmosphere. HR is very difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your freelancer policies - does not encourage non-employees to feel like a part of the team.

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