A&E Networks Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Nancy Dubuc
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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. a poorly run place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A&E Networks full-time

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

    Pros

    benefits for full-time workers are competitive. work does not continue past work hours and into your personal life unless you are the one responsible for that. culturally, after hours work is reserved for those being compensated at a senior exec level. anything less than VP, your personal time is normally respected. Weekends are your weekends.

    Cons

    communication is poor, no central extranet systems, too many departments with their own operating systems - no universality across the company. Many departments do exercises that come to no fruition (too often). Extremely political. senior management are often inept and outdated, dead weight. very gossip driven environment, salary info is freely discussed. C-Suite does not have a wholistic bird's eye view of their own culture and inner workings. company is top heavy with long term freelancers who get mediocre benefits and empty promises of conversion. most departments are skeleton crews. CEO's favored departments get the most resources while other divisions suffer. competitive benefits are used to argue lower than average salaries. very little upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    get up to speed with other major media companies. everything feels amateurish here, from the operations, branding, down to the building itself.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Unprofessional Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Editor in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Editor in Stamford, CT

    I worked at A&E Networks

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

    Pros

    Learning about changes after they have taken affect.

    Cons

    Managers take no interest in makiing work flows seamless.

    Advice to Management

    Become knowledgeable about the roles you hire for

  3. Helpful (1)

    Major culture shift changed a 5-star company to 1-star

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    Former Employee - IT Manager Level in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Manager Level in New York, NY

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good health plan, extra time off in summer, close to Grand Central

    Cons

    IT department became very political with growth. New IT head secretly told favorites that his restructuring will be *bloody* and seems to thrive in a confrontational environment. Once, a challenging and rewarding team environment, now, after some of the best people were laid off in 2012, many others have left on their own. Have heard of worse situations in other depts that include age discrimination. Multiple people in senior positions have lost their title and office once they hit late 50s/early 60s.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time looking at the supporting depts and find a way to ge truthful feedback

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Unprofessional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A&E Networks

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

    Pros

    The work hours were great
    The kitchen is always clean and fully stocked
    Vending machines
    Office layout
    Clean bathrooms
    Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Management is unprofessional
    No structure throughout the company
    Lack of communication
    Not a good employer if you are looking for a career
    Most of the staff are freelancers

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees right

  6. Helpful (2)

    This Place Is A Joke..

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

    I have been working at A&E Networks as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    9-5 hours, Summer Fridays, If you ever become full time (DO NOT BELIEVE HR), then your benefits are paid for. Hence, why half the company is hired as a "freelancer," aka a bs term that has you being paid through a third party.

    Cons

    This place is a joke. If you have no ambition in life, hate challenges, and want to be slob sitting on a chair for 8 hours a day, then this place is for you. Management treats interns better than their employees and since the interns see this, many try not to stay after their 4-year program. They have a kids day, but no nursery....Brilliant idea. Bring your kids in and disrupt the entire office. I love listening to duck noises for 3 hours straight. Work flow is almost non-existent. Anytime I ask for a task they assume something as simple as two emails should take an entire day and not just 15 mins like most tasks take. If any ambitious employers are reading this, please take me away so I don't cry every time I look at my college diploma.

    Advice to Management

    Management, stop treating your interns better than your actual employees! It is disgraceful and yes we all talk about it! Your young professionals like to learn. Don't just check off your boxes and bounce out the door. Also, HR BLOWSSSSSS. They are the biggest liars in the game.

  7. Shame

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    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Was a great company until the Lifetime merger and then everything changed for the worst.

    Cons

    Same as above. Totally broke.

    Advice to Management

    You had a great company until the Lifetime merger so you broke what was working well.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Apathy, apathy, apathy!!

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

    I have been working at A&E Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I like working in the cable TV business and A&E has some strong potential in History (if they can ever decide what it's supposed to be) and A&E channel. The people are nice and the company is very family friendly.

    Cons

    Apathy for new ideas and new thinking runs rampant throughout the company. There is a huge amount of dead wood in the place. If you want to be a follower and retire at the same job after 20 years, then send over your resume. Upper management seems devoid of team spirit and the ability to get the most out of those that are supposed to be pitching in. Very disorganized between departments and severe lack of communication. Too many women. Try leveling things out with a male hire once in awhile.

    Advice to Management

    Try walking the halls and getting to know the little people. I think some of your marketing people have gone stale and some just don't know what they're doing. Try getting a handle on communication between departments that should be working together to really help move the network forward.

  9. probably great if you're one of the few staff hires

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good potential but too many archaic approaches

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Politics + Flat Out Lies = Chaos At Work

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 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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