Cartoon Network Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. Intern at Cartoon Network!

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    Former Intern - Intern in Burbank, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Cartoon Network as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic employees who are very open and friendly, lots of free junk-food, slightly older target audience for content, comfortable with pushing the envelope a bit. Everyone is super supportive and encouraging too. Very positive environment.

    Cons

    No hand-holding for people who are shy. Show departments are very segregated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more cross-pollination of the shows.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Creative Environment - Freelance work is underpaid

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    Former Contractor - Freelance Storyboard Artist in Burbank, CA
    Former Contractor - Freelance Storyboard Artist in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Cartoon Network as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The artists at Cartoon Network are great! They are a unique mix of talented people that make the best shows.

    Cons

    My freelance storyboard work felt grossly underpaid. I've worked for Cartoon Network, Disney, and Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network feels the most willing to try and underpay its Freelance workers under Union minimum. You are doing the same work as a staff storyboard artist but getting payed far less. You really have to haggle and fight for extra money over their initial pay offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat freelance workers pay equal to staff storyboard artists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Great internship!

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    Former Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cartoon Network as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture of Cartoon Network was fantastic. Working there really exposed me to a lot of different departments. I felt very useful. The staff treated me like one of the team.

    Cons

    This is both a pro and a con. My boss gave me a lot of freedom and little responsibility, so I sometimes had to create work for myself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Producer

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

    I have been working at Cartoon Network full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -The people are the best. Many teams operate like a tight-knit family and support system.
    -Working for a network that encourages creativity and not going with the mainstream.

    Cons

    -Little growth
    -Poor pay
    -Not much transparency in decision making. Do not take into consideration opinions and learnings from middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Listen to employees more
    -Understand what each employee brings to the table and how they can make the company better.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Good Animation company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Prop Designer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Prop Designer in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Cartoon Network full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good facilities, comfortable work schedule, good pay.

    Cons

    Union rules makes it difficult to make deadlines sometimes. No other cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. I learned how to be a kid again while working here - you can't beat the audience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cartoon Network full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, audience, projects, continuing education (training, conferences), work-life balance, relaxed environment

    Cons

    office culture, lack of room & money for promotions, too many cooks for the kitchen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very top heavy - creating more mid-level management could create a more balanced culture. Also, some team members who'd been there 8+ years became lazy and developed stagnant way of thinking - remove the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Smart, Creative Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cartoon Network

    Pros

    Strong, fun culture. Interesting projects involving content and tech.

    Cons

    Too many meetings, under resourced.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    PR Intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cartoon Network as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    GREAT Professional Development available to interns!
    Bragging rights to all your friends that you are in the entertainment industry.
    Recruiters were really involved and followed up on our progress
    Fun events and perks!
    Good visibility with senior mgmt.
    Lots of history and you pretty much worship Ted Turner and Connan O'Brien.
    Treated as an employee

    Cons

    Lots of busy clerical work, I guess you could call it "hands on experience".
    Really hard to become a hire-on unless you network and email everyone to the max.
    Good "Ole boy" company (They say Ted Turner's apartment still exist at the CNN Center)
    Pay was meh...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in the youth! And maybe more jobs for entry level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Model Designer

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    Current Employee - Model Designer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Model Designer in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Cartoon Network full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Great Pay
    -Free Food (fruit on mondays, bagels on friday), Cereal/Chip/Candy/Icecream bar (while supplies last) Sometimes they give us cookies and snacks just in the kitchen
    -Excellent workspace (provide whatever you need to do your job)
    -Awesome co-workers, friendly and interesting
    -Soda machine
    -Cool interiors
    -Positive outlook, lot of great stuff coming up
    -Safe environment
    -Arcade and game areas
    -Cool rooftop area, great for dining and the semi-monthly barbecues during the summer
    -Free swag, cool christmas gift

    Cons

    -Minimal politics (varies between teams)
    -Houses teams in two separate buildings which can hinder things (not a major gripe, more of an observation)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Screen/treat your interns better. There have been plenty of interns who do so-so work and/or who talk to the point of being ineffective at their job. I know that they're excited to be at CN, but that doesn't excuse their lazy work ethic (IF THEY HAVE ONE). When an intern isn't doing their job correctly or becoming distracted in the workplace, please inform them of that; it does you no good when you complain about interns not doing what they're supposed to do, yet you're not doing anything to make the situation better. It does a disservice to everybody.

    -Be a little more transparent when shows will be canceled and/or not renewed. It gives us a little bump of time to transfer to different teams or other studios.

    -Also in addition to point one above, if ANYONE isn't doing their job, let them know and help them to become better. Griping about certain people is only making your job harder.

    P.S. please bring back donut wednesdays! :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Fun and comfortable place to work, but lacking in long-term vision and career growth.

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cartoon Network full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, creative brand, convenient city

    Cons

    Lack of strong leadership, removed from main media hubs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to establish ways to develop long-term employees for leadership positions or career movement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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