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Helpful (1)

A Love and Hate Relationship

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Media Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Media Coordinator in Atlanta, GA

I have been working at CNN

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great 401k matching.
Tons of paid time off.
Intelligent co-workers
Free parking.

Cons

Total lack of support for employees.
Continual punitive actions for not providing 110% accuracy. If you make a mistake caused by another, you get nailed.
Atmosphere of fear is the norm.
Insane scheduling.
A toxic, corporate work environment.

Advice to Management

Learn to appreciate the people who work for you.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Managers persist in the sad error of trying to emulate the very worst examples of broadcast journalism

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

    I worked at CNN

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

    Pros

    High profile news organisation with an ever-dwindling population of talented employees who are dedicated to excellence.There are still a handful of visionary managers - notably at CNN. Com - who lead with firm editorial and personal integrity and a devotion to fair treatment of their workforce.

    Cons

    Good journalists at CNN are routinely undermined by misguided, ratings-obsessed managers who change their ideology as often as their underwear. Unable to provide true leadership, they are startlingly successful in at least one endeavour: casting off or driving away their best people as they sacrifice journalism in the pursuit of popularity.

    Lacking any real grasp of what once made CNN great - they persist in the sad error of trying to emulate the very worst examples of broadcast journalism .. in some cases firing their own and hiring an abject alternative from the competition. They then watch in bewilderment as staff morale swirls down the toilet, and a new manager, hot from Fox, steers staff morale into a tailspin and singlehandedly sets the quality of programming back twenty years. This kind of blind desperation explains why CNN is casting about like a lost man in a storm. Once CNN didn't even acknowledge the competition. It didn't have to because it didn't exist. The network was once in a league of its own. Sadly, no more.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, invest in and trust the people who helped made the network great. Show some leadership and self respect by putting journalistic integrity back at the core of your principles. Star power and the cult of personality are not what CNN should be about - someone else does that better. You won't beat them at that game and do you REALLY want the crowd they attract hanging out at your party?
    Finally, by being beggars to ratings, you are showing your backside on air - and trust me, noone wants to see it.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Middle Managment must go before this company is ruined

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

    I have been working at CNN

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

    Pros

    Benefits and all the amazing stories we are exposed to daily.

    Cons

    Middle Managment, promotion of extrememly inexperienced young kids simply to save money, poor treatment of employees in general.

    Advice to Management

    GET RID OF MIDDLE MANAGMENT IMMEDIATELY. THEY ARE RUINING THIS COMPANY. Don't be surprised if there is a walk out or a lawsuit in the future.

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