CNN Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
147 Reviews

3.5
147 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is great as an intern, especially if you work for a unit and not a show (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits - extensive time off (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Little work life balance; Poor management (in 5 reviews)

  • long hours expected even if you've done your work (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    I loved working at CNN.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CNN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I had excellent managers and worked on several really cool projects. I was able to have a healthy balance of work and a personal life. And the benefits were good.

    Cons

    They didn't do a good job of hiring dead weight. It's such a big company that there are cracks in the system and people who do nothing can just stay in their same position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what your people are working on and if you need to let some of those people go or maybe re-organize a department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Producer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Producer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CNN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Best benefits, work atmosphere keeps entails you to learn A LOT. You will learn something new everyday. The people you work with are helpful, especially within your team/dept..and the good thing is that even if things are departmentalized, you work with very department.

    Cons

    24 hour news network means you are not guaranteed holidays, but you do get over 30 days of off-days

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, learned a lot.

    Cons

    The communication between departments isn't the greatest

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work, great people.

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CNN full-time

    Pros

    Well organized, active and innovative.

    Cons

    Not too many Cons. I did enjoy working there very much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good people all around. A tight knit, professional atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Media Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Media Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at CNN part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team environment. Fun people.

    Cons

    Fast paced. Have to be a quick learner for many things.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Insane hours for little to no money.

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    Former Employee - News Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - News Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at CNN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you have no useful skills but are a people person, you'll do well here.

    Cons

    You'll make no money, have no social life due to breaking news, and are always on call.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Still a great place if you love the news

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Still a great place to work if you love the news--good benefits, 401K match, generous vacation.

    Cons

    Certainly going through a time of transition and I'd say the upper level management that I worked for was closed off and not effective at keeping employees informed. A lot of favoritism and management promoted solely for being in the right place at the right time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to lay people off make sure that the managers/directors,etc do it in person as opposed to over conference calls--that's insensitive and at that level they should know better

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great benefits...no life

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    Current Employee - Producer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Producer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CNN full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    CNN/Turner offer exceptional benefits including paid time off and medical/dental, life insurance, and a great 401k match.

    Cons

    CNN does not respect it's employees and sees them as $$$ and not as people. The work/life balance they promote only exists for upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company if you are on a supportive team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great name to have on your resume, awesome benefits, excellent training courses. Most of leadership seems to care about and look out for their employees.

    Cons

    Nepotism and Favoritism. Also the insane pace of workload can be a nightmare. Turner is a southern company, built on the good ol boy system and promotes their friends. If you hang out with leadership on your team, you will be promoted. If you do not, you will not. Work performance does not factor into your promotion. Friendship weighs heavier and clouds judgement of managers. They like to have their ego stroked and butts kissed. Working hard at your desk will get you no where. You have to be super energetic and enthusiastic about your work and broadcast that. This is seen as passionate. Even if you are not that type of personality you must become it to thrive here. Bad ideas will be considered if there is "passion" around them over great ideas. There is no work, life, balance and the pace is insanely fast. Work. life, balance only exists for management or the kiss ups. Subject matter experts are only promoted if they build a relationship with management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to make decisions based on feelings and evaluate the facts. I'm sure it feels great to have someone suck up to you, but if you promote that person over the person that is actually the most productive and hard working, you will lose the hard working member on your team to another job that appreciates their effort. Also try to maintain professional relationships with your team and if someone does not want to share personal experiences, don't penalize them for it. Also look at the work being produced by the favorites on the team and really think about how they are moving the business forward and what value and energy they bring to the team. Bad seeds should not be supported no matter how valuable you find them as they can destroy the entire crop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a very challenging and rewarding job

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    Former Employee - Middle Management  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Middle Management in New York, NY

    I worked at CNN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It used to be a respected name. At the time I had very fair bosses and a really rewarding experience. Unfortunately those people are no longer there.

    Cons

    It is no longer a respected news source and has been become the laughing stock of the news industry. It is unfortunate because they used to set the bar of what the news should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop covering nonsense non-news.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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