A&E Networks Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
64 Reviews

3.1
64 Reviews
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Nancy Dubuc
13 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is good but it depends on what department you work in (in 12 reviews)

  • Great benefits package and perks (of course, even better perks when we're not in the middle of a recession) (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management was nasty and their nastiness was rewarded (in 7 reviews)

  • It's all upper management and coordinators, and the rift is apparent (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Politics + Flat Out Lies = Chaos At Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    High Work Pressure

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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

    Pros

    Trying to bring new technologies

    Cons

    Not ready to increase the resource strength

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok Place to Work, Better Growth Elsewhere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A consulting farm with little regard or concern for career ddevelopment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Some very nice and considerate people who take pride in their industry and the company.

    Cons

    The company utilizes more than 50% consultants as its workforce, thus eliminating the need for management to have or attain any really people management or career development skills. Consultants are treated as second-class citizens compared to full-time staff. Not very cutting edge in its technological approach. Too many "dinosaurs" who prefer to hold on to "how things have always been." Afraid of and insulted by challenge or constructive criticism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more full-time staff and empower them to contribute critically and constructively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Second-Class Citizenship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A&E Networks as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Working for a worldwide recognized brand is always a nice feather in the cap. Some nice people here.

    Cons

    Way too many necessary people stuck in "temporary" positions. They tend to treat consultants as second-rate citizens. On one hand, they say that there's a freeze on headcount but then they go ahead and hire a whole new slew of managers and directors. Too many middle and senior-level managers and not enough people to do the actual work - thus leading to overcommitment and micromanaging. And the people placed in positions of management and decision-making are not well-qualified to have those positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers how to be good managers and treat consultants better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire more employees and vendors

    Neutral Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only good for Staff Employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at A&E Networks

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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