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A&E Networks Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
77 Reviews
3.4
77 Reviews
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Nancy Dubuc
22 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unprofessional Atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Editor in Stamford, CT

    I worked at A&E Networks

    Pros

    Learning about changes after they have taken affect.

    Cons

    Managers take no interest in makiing work flows seamless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become knowledgeable about the roles you hire for

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unprofessional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A&E Networks

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This Place Is A Joke..

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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 as a contractor (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Shame

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Same as above. Totally broke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good potential but too many archaic approaches

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics + Flat Out Lies = Chaos At Work

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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)

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok Place to Work, Better Growth Elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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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