A&E Networks
3.4 of 5 58 reviews
www.aenetworks.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

A&E Networks Reviews

Updated Jun 21, 2014
A&E Networks – New York – “A&E Networks Lobby Entrance”

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Nancy Dubuc

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    Great opportunity to learn and to work with talented inividuals.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work Life balance
    many company holidays and summer days off
    the Channels and programming are very good

    ConsIm very happy where I am and dont find my cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI love the company and the benefits, please keep doing what you're doing!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Vice President (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThey respect work/life balance.
    Smart talented people you can learn from.

    ConsSometimes there are too many people involved in decision making on certain projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember to think outside the box in making promotions. If someone is actively and successfully performing at a higher level, they should receive serious promotion consideration even if they lack the standard academic credentials associated with the position. A degree only evidences potential for advancement. Actual performance evidences that advancement consideration has been earned.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company to work for, depending on your dept.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking in programming & development is a great place to be. However I don't think I would enjoy the company as much if I weren't in a creative department.

    ConsSo many freelance employees. 99% of employees director level or below are not staff employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A+E Networks is an innovative leader in the TV industry with the most talented people at the helm

    Manager, International Content Sales and Administration (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe legal team members, particularly those in support of the International business lines, are wonderful and super intelligent, and also willing and able to mentor their direct reports. The company has been a successful leader in the TV industry for many years and continues to grow at record speed. Unlike many of its copycat competitors, its programming is highly original and pioneering on many levels.

    ConsThe compensation in consideration of the amount of work and effort involved doesn't compete on the same level with other industries, although the fascinating entertainment aspect of the business does serve as a sexy tradeoff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting work, good work-life balance, great benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- good benefits package
    - interesting work depending on the team / department
    - good work-life balance

    Cons- takes a long time to climb the food chain. High attrition due to this
    - senior management.....
    - hard to figure out if they don't have the money or don't want to spend it on critical projects

    Advice to Senior Managementtalk to the trenches sometime

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyable place to work at, but don't get stuck in limbo!

    Coordinator (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat people, laid back attitudes. Getting work done is valued, but the environment is low stress. Sacrificing home life for the sake of work is not encouraged like at some other companies. They try to encourage a fun work culture- give out fun little corporate/new show related gifts, summer fridays. Great and fun brands, content is interesting and constantly changing. Brand new office space, discount at amish market.

    ConsI saw a lot of people that were stagnant in their positions- and they were all fine with it. Most of lower/ middle mgmt stay the same, with not much movement, if any, for years- and they all seem fine with it because benefits are great and pay is good- but I rarely saw any ambition other than in upper upper management. All lowest level employees are a revolving set of "freelancers" (full time hours, 5 days a week, every week, just no benefits). Theres not much in terms talent cultivation or retention for those starting out in the industry. The setup ensures that the salaried employees right above them feel no need to stay competitive for their jobs as theres no risk of the people below them being promoted. "Freelancers" have a limit to how many hours they can work at A+E (comes out to approx 1.5-2 years working full time hours), and then by law they are not allowed to work there for the next two years. Basically, they train someone to do the job, give them just enough time to get to know everything about the ins and outs of the department, company and learn how to work well with people who run them....and then they find someone else to start the entire process again. This would be acceptable if it were one or two people per department, but this department alone at one time had up to 18 of these permalancers out of the department total of about 50. The department had 9 "expiring" people in a 3 month span, that meant 9 new people sprinkled in over just a couple months, some trained properly and some not. It was said that they do this excessive freelancer business partly because freelancers do not factor in to the head count when calculating profit- basically, on paper, it looks like they are getting a hell of a lot of work done, with not many people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I enjoyed my time there.

    Marketing Intern (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat company, great people, awesome that they pay interns.

    ConsDon't give fulltime offers to interns at the completion of the program.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee above.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsI was able to grow and learn a lot.

    ConsUnder staffed so they use a lot of temps and freelancers. Lack of communication.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess is not always more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot depends on your manager

    Senior Producer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros-Great support network
    -Smart dedicated and collaborative colleagues
    -The company really works hard at being innovative

    Cons-When I was there compensation was pretty low
    -There are some horrible managers. Thankfully I never had to work much with them but some of them are pretty legendary. Not sure if senior management thinks they're ok as long as they're meeting some numbers even though their people skills are pretty much non-existent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great benefits, great hours, but severely lacking in culture and innovation

    Senior Producer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe health benefits are the best I've had, and managers understand work/life balance. The company is growing, so there are many opportunities to move up.

    ConsDepartments do not work together well. There is no "middle class" here. It's all upper management and coordinators, and the rift is apparent. Upper management does not inspire innovation or encourage working across departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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