NHL Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
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  1. If working in sports is your passion, the NHL won't disappoint.

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

    I worked at NHL full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. I've worked in the sports/entertainment industry for almost 7 years. Hockey people (employees & players) seem to be the most down to earth, easy to work with across the board. Fun environment and great events. Plenty of good benefits, perks, and employee moral building events. Pay is decent when compared to similar jobs in sports (not to be confused or compared with similar jobs in the non-sports world). Plenty of opportunity for advancement. both within the league office or to one of the member clubs.

    Cons

    If living and working in NYC isn't your thing, this would be a con. League office positions require much more travel compared to similar jobs at the team level (but this could also be a positive depending on your preference). All in all, nothing to major in the way of cons.

    Advice to Management

    none

  2. Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NHL part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -The name looks great on a resume.
    -Given the chance to be extremely hands on with your position.
    -Opportunities to learn from industry veterans are endless. If anything, this is a great chance to learn the ins and outs of your position plus network.

    Cons

    -Pay is below what similar positions in other industries will pay. You will not get rich working in sports.
    -Wasn't a problem for me, but for those who are used to a 9-5 they won't last long as sports is a 24/7 field especially in the media departments.
    -Extremely difficult to get terminated. Once you're in, you're in. That may be a pro to some, but there were people working here that should have been gone a long time ago based on their performance and work ethic.
    -Certain departments are understaffed. The impact of this is huge as it effects everyone who has to make up for less teammates (working more hours, being asked to work an unscheduled day)

  3. Great place to start

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

    I have been working at NHL as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great place to start your career. Not only is the NHL a brand name that sticks out on a resume, the office has a very friendly environment.

    Cons

    Really no cons, but sometimes administration would make random changes seemingly without notice, even to senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key, listen to your cohort.

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  5. you will HATE going to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Seasonal Temp in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Seasonal Temp in New York, NY

    I have been working at NHL as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Looks good on a resume
    -Pay isn't great but a livable wage

    Cons

    -Lack of corporate culture
    -Employees don't socialize with one another
    -Politics within the league are so absurd I'm surprised it's still operating
    -Very little room for growth within the organization
    -Unaccepting of new advice/ideas --> Senior management wants to do things the way they see fit illogically

    Everyone walks around like zombies, like they would rather be anywhere else! Employees don't even interact with each other to say hello - Bizarre! You can tell how miserable everyone is!

    Advice to Management

    -More needs to be done to create a sense of community/culture within the organization
    -Employees need to be respected and appreciated
    -Benefits for employees need to be upgraded

  6. Marketing Director

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

    I worked at NHL full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For a fan of the sport, it doesn't get much better than to be in an environment where you can contribute to the growth of the game. The League is now technically progressive and well staffed in areas to support future growth.

    Cons

    Depending on your role, there is not much room for growth. It's a testament that many staffers have been there a long time - but it can lead to stagnancy and an inability to evolve. While more progressive than previously, there are still practices make it a stodgy environment (rigid HR policies, static salary, and nominal bonus).

  7. Broadcast Relations Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Broadcast Relations in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Broadcast Relations in New York, NY

    I worked at NHL as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty much everything. I had no complaints at all. Everyone was welcoming and genuinely nice.

    Cons

    Commuting. Train costs killed me.

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  8. Fun internship that will take 90% of your time

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

    I worked at NHL as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and engaging work, never a dull moment, great way to really understand what the sports landscape is like and what it will take out of you. Some managers are really great about helping and mentoring.

    Cons

    Like most sports, it's certainly a boy's club, and most people feel 'locked in'. There feels like there's little opportunity for advancement, and it will absolutely take up 90% of your time.

    Advice to Management

    Please encourage thinking outside the box, creativity, and new strategies in your workers. I saw a lot of burnout while I was there. Appreciate your people's time and make them feel wanted, it's the only way you'll keep people.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrible Senior Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NHL full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People go in wanting to bring new ideas and work hard. Somewhat fun environment, depending on what department you are in.

    Cons

    People eave having not changed anything, or learned anything new. Senior management will say they want change but they want job security so the slowest hardest longest mundane ways of doing things grants them their job security. HR department allows management to have power trips over lower level employees without intervening or finding them liable. Finance department is the worst I have ever seen in any company and that's due to primarily to the senior management. Also no room for promotions again due to senior management. I have heard many stories in my time there from other departments on how downhill the Finance department has gone in the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    Senior managers and above should be reevaluated and bring in new management. Allow lower level employees to voice their concerns and ideas especially those who have been there some time.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great experience - no advancement

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

    I have been working at NHL

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Organization is very under-staffed so there are many opportunities for interesting work and for taking on new responsibilities. If you like hockey then it's hard to find anything more relevant than the League itself.

    Cons

    Morale is generally pretty low, which stems mainly from low salaries, lack of advancement opportunities, and a general disregard for the well-being of employees below the senior management level.

  11. There is no rush to think outside the box

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

    I have been working at NHL full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance and getting to work in an NHL office.

    Cons

    No real upward mobility opportunity

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