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A&E Networks Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
64 Reviews
3.3
64 Reviews
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Nancy Dubuc
14 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

    A good training experience

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    Current Employee - Traffic Coordinator
    Current Employee - Traffic Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, little to none overtime, decent training experience.

    Cons

    Too much politics. People talk behind your back. Everything is a favoritism kind of deal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote who deserves to be promoted, not who you just get along with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok Place to Work, Better Growth Elsewhere

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for, depending on your dept.

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    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
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  5.  

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

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    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 for 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
  6.  

    Ok Place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Lot's of resources to sell. Good benefits. Energetic staff. The company maintains a commitment to train their employees. Very politically Progressive culture.

    Cons

    Lots of esprit d'corp within departments, but lots of animus towards other departments. At times its an us vs. them attitude, despite the fact that they all work for the same team. Lots of politics and protecting one's turf.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management should convey consideration toward subordinates

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, good work-life balance, great benefits

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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 for more than a 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at A&E Networks full-time for more than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A consulting farm with little regard or concern for career ddevelopment

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great internship experience, I feel so lucky to have gotten to work here!

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at A&E Networks as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Weekly luncheons exposed interns to other departments in the company. Management truly cares about interns and treated them with respect. I was able to work on several fun projects for my department and felt like I truly made a difference.

    Cons

    Some departments seem distant and there does not seem to be that much inter-office unity, in part due to the layout of the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand your internship program!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A fantastic experience and overall great organization to be a part of.

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    Current Employee - Accounting  in  West Monroe, LA
    Current Employee - Accounting in West Monroe, LA

    I have been working at A&E Networks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great attitude and a quality product to represent.

    Cons

    I have zero complaints about any aspect of the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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