HBO Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
152 Reviews
3.9
152 Reviews
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Richard Plepler
35 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Having such a strong product is great and emphasis on work life balance is great for morale (in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits, wonderful programming, good people (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Not too many opportunities for advancement (because people tend to stay and be HBO-lifers) (in 6 reviews)

  • Lack of upward mobility and opportunity to move laterally (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Senior Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HBO full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    20+ vacations and company holiday from Christmas to new year.
    friendly environment. work life balance.

    Cons

    people are lifer here. some of them prevent young and talented people to grow into senior positions. technology and processes need a major overall to bring it to industry level. people don't take risk to change things or rethink things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spent money and time on development and on modernazing development processes and technologies. Make it a fast paced company based on agile processes and through this change make employees either excel or leave company voluntarily.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at HBO part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, the best professionals in the business.

    There used to be an artificial ceiling on internal promotions, but that trend has reversed.

    Most stable company in entire entertainment industry - many employees have been there for decades.

    #1 every for year for countless reasons... Yet the slate of shows is actually improving at a fast clip. Fewer misses, and the hits are even more extraordinary. The top talent in the business comes through the front door every day - Scorsese, Chris Nolan, Chris Rock, The Rock, everyone and anyone.

    Cons

    Can be strict on budgets, salaries.

    HR can be a bit fussy, though they are good folks in general.

    Sometimes the hours are very long, and it can be tough to keep up with every show on the air along with every project in development (note: not a complaint, just a fact of life).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great internship

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Welcoming environment, brilliant execs, good level of responsibility and exposure to business for an internship.

    Cons

    Little upward mobility, disgruntled executives because of lack of upward mobility, can be resistant to change and transformation (even though that seems quite opposite to what the brand projects and promotes). I guess why rock the boat when it's clearly working (case in point, look at all those pretty emmys)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internship program is great, no complains.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at HBO as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people. collaborative culture, great benefits

    Cons

    lot of reorganizations, no defined process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work experience, strange detached culture

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

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

    Pros

    This is a very efficient company with sound processes and procedures. All pertinent info needed to do one;s job to the best of their ability is always provided in a timely fashion

    Cons

    There are some high powered SVP, EVP's who have the charm of a iron maidan torture rack. Scumbags actually....
    No one ever moves up here. Only once in a blue moon. If you want to climb the ladder, go to a playground. You will get better results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loose your damned attitudes. you did not invent planet earth, you just make filthy programming that looks good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good if you are a lifer, not good if you still need to maintain your skills for another 30 years

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Good salary, casual attire, flexible hours, not too demanding, good location.

    Cons

    No training. No ability to change groups. Little chance of using new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to change groups. The company needs to try to keep up their employee's skills or they will leave to build their resume somewhere else.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Casual atmosphere, friendly people, nice place to work!

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at HBO full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great location, on site fitness center, on site health center, on site cafeteria

    Cons

    You have to be liked or know someone for promotions. I feel they look to promoting the people whom they know personally.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Art Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at HBO as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good working environment and work & life balance

    Cons

    Not much mobility, hard to make the transition from contract to full time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Casual atmosphere, friendly people, interesting projects daily.

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    Former Employee - Series Development  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Series Development in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    HBO is one of the few places that seems to have integrity. They really pride themselves on making the best work and it is reflected in the atmosphere. Everybody is friendly and respectful and open - its great experience and great on a resume.

    Cons

    In the grand scheme of things, the only con that I would say is it is easy to get stuck in one position because bringing in other talent for higher up positions inevitably does that- but that happens at other companies as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The times have changed

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on your manager you are able to work from home. You get to leave early on fridays during the summer break.

    Cons

    No growth. Stagnant. Upper and Middle management stay too long. Not fun. More Corporate. Too many people doing nothing and management getting rid of hard working people as oppose to those that hardly work. Benefits aren't that great. And not and/or perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management: Talk to the people on the lower end of the spectrum. They know much more of what is going on rather than your managers who assume and make up things just to keep a head count. You're losing money this way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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