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HBO Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
176 Reviews
3.8
176 Reviews
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Richard Plepler
52 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Development opportunities abound if you seek them and the work/life balance is amazing (in 27 reviews)

  • Great benefits, salary plus benefits (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Not too many opportunities for advancement (because people tend to stay and be HBO-lifers) (in 9 reviews)

  • There is not a lot of movement so upward mobility can be slow (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best company I've worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HBO full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are amazing - smart, creative, down to earth, friendly, and respectful of each other, no matter what level you are within the company or what department you work in. There is a lot of brand loyalty among employees, and the work is interesting. It's also a very family friendly culture with good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Movement and upward mobility opportunities vary by department. Some tend to have very little movement since people stick around for so long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep employees aware of upcoming programming and products. We can be the company's best ambassadors if we're looped in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, culture, and leadership!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HBO full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This company applauds and influences forward-thinking, strategic imagination, and creativity. The workforce is highly engaged and committed to helping the brand grow, which is a result of good leadership, and high-impact recruitment practices. It's an amazing culture that is collaborative and encourages networking among staff. Overall, great place to work and build a career!

    Cons

    In my experience, there are no cons to note at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Two-way communication is key!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HBO

    Pros

    Amazing people and culture throughout my 10 years at the company. Growth opportunities abound, laterally and vertically. I'd recommend working at HBO to anyone!!!

    Cons

    There have been a lot of senior level shakeups and transitions in recent years. The management of change was not always handled in the best way. Lots of time spent not knowing where you stood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up communication! Your people are your best asset!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    HBO

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HBO

    Pros

    Can be a great place to work depending on the division you're in

    Cons

    Lack of career development opportunity. Promotions can take a while, many staff stay 10-15 years w/o a promotion.

    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at HBO

    Pros

    easy job, great people, amazing vacation time

    Cons

    can be boring sometimes, slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage movement in the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    pretty bad environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant
    Former Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant

    I worked at HBO

    Pros

    no off hours, and good location in midtown NYC

    Cons

    untrusted management... they treat you like a machine...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people as human being and respectful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at HBO full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    office culture, people are friendly, lots of team work

    Cons

    There have been lay offs and it seems anyone can go next

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If more lay offs are coming please advise us

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at HBO as a contractor

    Pros

    The company has a great work/life balance and provides an opportunity to learn from top professionals in the industry. It was a rewarding experience that helped me advance in my career.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for long-term contract employees to obtain a full-time position

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Summer Internship

    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at HBO as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - One of the few paid internships in the entertainment industry
    - Winning culture
    - Opportunity for informational interviews with Executives
    - Speaker Series (Leaders from various departments gave presentations)
    - Opportunities to network with fellow interns and create new relationships
    - Good perks (Free HBO Go, Free food, Free HBO swag, Free screenings)
    - Internship experience looks great on a resume

    Cons

    - Limited opportunity for creative input
    - Some tasks were repetitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Online Group in decline past couple years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Some great people still around. Work-life balance is OK, but depends entirely on your manager - so if you get a workaholic, you're screwed. Time off is generous, usually 4 weeks plus extra one at Christmas though rumors abound that extra week will soon be cut. Training and tuition reimbursement offered is very generous, but problem is there is little time to avail of this great benefit.

    Cons

    The once great group, now called Digital Products, has been in decline since about 2012. Change had been desperately needed, but change we got is toxic and lacking unity, direction and clarity. Culture is now unfriendly and full of back stabbing done with a smile. Plepler traded dynamic executives who knew everyone's name and gave great respect regardless of level, with new Microsoft executive who don't even ask your name -- even if you're sitting next to them in multiple meetings! (so rude). No one wants to take responsibility for specific job functions anymore, resulting in major paralysis and blame games. Seems executive mgmt using this to their advantage by choosing which areas get their attention along with their preferred buddies in new office in Seattle. HBO benefits terrible compared to several years ago. Since bennies come from Time Warner and parent company has been doing major cutbacks over past couple years, the health insurance is getting skimpier and more anemic. Many employees switching their insurance over to spouse's company. This never used to be the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management in Digital Products is very insincere and divisive. They tout feel good initiatives like transparency, upward mobility based on performance, and "happy and healthy" teams. But there's no genuine attention to any of this lip service. Richard Plepler (great CEO), please wake up and bring back our old awesome mojo. It's sorely lacking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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