A&E Networks Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
71 Reviews
3.3
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Nancy Dubuc
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is good but it depends on what department you work in (in 13 reviews)

  • Benefits package, paycheck, free coffee and hot chocolate (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Some upper management does not keep up with developments in their field of expertise (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Nightmare

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Systems Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Systems Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits package, paycheck, free coffee and hot chocolate

    Cons

    If you like liars, sexual harassment, homophobia, backstabbing slime balls then this is the place you want to be. A+E is a cesspool of toxic people and losers. Anyone with a soul would not stay here. Words of advice. If you need to go to HR don't waste your time. Go to a job interview for another company instead. Should you decide to stay and want to climb the corporate ladder don't do any work and they will promote you to Director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try praying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company culture, with great diversity.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distribution Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Distribution Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at A&E Networks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is a great, fun culture overall and within most departments. The female senior leadership provides balance. The internship program has a lot of benefits. You have the opportunity to learn about all of the departments and interact with senior management from those departments. Given all of the benefits of the internship program, the compensation is good.

    Cons

    There weren't many cons.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing Company that still feels small

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture, Work life balance, open door policies with management. Very creative company that is growing and makes employees feel like they are part of the growth.

    Cons

    just like any big company there are always pros and cons. Its hard to make everyone happy. More inclusive things for the company as a whole so everyone feels included in the excitement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunity to learn and to work with talented inividuals.

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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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love the company and the benefits, please keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at A&E Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for, depending on your dept.

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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 as a contractor

    Pros

    Working 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, International Content Sales and Administration in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager, International Content Sales and Administration in New York, NY

    I worked at A&E Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, good work-life balance, great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    talk to the trenches sometime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I enjoyed my time there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at A&E Networks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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