Regional News Network Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. For a changing industry where condensation of multiple diciplines is occuring id say they are on par.

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

    I have been working at Regional News Network full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with (basically anyone with no "head of" or person in charge are all very noce. Respectful. Also they make the day go by with ease. Its not where a career should be focused but definately an amazing place to start.

    Cons

    Those not in the field seem to not understand what goes on. They may ask for things beyond the capability of the equipment provided ans expect you to just figure it out.

    Advice to Management

    -Better communication between departments

    -Better understanding of what goes on in the field from a station view.

  2. It was a learning experience.

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

    I have been working at Regional News Network

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

    Pros

    Made some great new friends and connections along the way.

    Cons

    Quick turnover, work environment was very stressful, family owned company.

  3. Privately Owned Company offers LOW Wages entry level Positions

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

    I worked at Regional News Network full-time

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

    Pros

    AS AN ENTRY LEVEL IN, you will learn about the broadcast business inside a small hyper local news operation. Free Pizza every two weeks is the best perk of the company

    Cons

    The problem with being entry level is that no one stays put, after several months on the job, people polish up their resumes and send it out to gain better wages and working conditions. To those people who stay and get comfortable; they are stuck as once you learn your role, there is no way to get promoted as most people are hired from the outside to get in. Senior managers keep workers in the trenches and morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Since this is entry level, many people get promoted into manager roles, or senior roles but they dont really know what they are doing. If there is a constant turnover of staff, the level of competency stays at a bottom run on the level.

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  5. HORRIBLE. If I could pick no stars, I would.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - News Production in Rye Brook, NY
    Former Employee - News Production in Rye Brook, NY

    I worked at Regional News Network full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck. The job is easy. Nothing too complicated when you have a news station run by people who don't understand the business.

    Cons

    I don't even know where to start. Let me just begin by saying that morale is so low, people don't do a good job because of it. There are such incompetent people who work here and somehow get promoted, meanwhile if you work hard and try to do a good job you're stuck in the same position for years, which let me add that being here longer than 6 months makes you a veteran employee. People leave immediately after starting after seeing how horrible it is.

    Producers are basically behind the camera reporters, while the reporters are put on some twisted pedestal and treated like celebrities. Editors restore video all day long and manage media ... you know, like a media manager should.

    RNN also has editors rip youtube videos on a daily basis without giving courtesy, then has them archive it as if it were their own media... and reuse it. Call me crazy, but that just seems slightly not okay. or legal.

    SPEAKING OF THE EDITORS. They are people who can't handle stress, talk back to Producers, and generally sit around talking about one another or extremely inappropriate subjects for a workplace. Don't get me wrong, there are couple golden eggs, and trust me, those guys are way too talented to be at RNN.... but they are far outnumbered by the rotten, incompetent ones which unfortunately waste their time complaining all day.

    Then you have the low pay. I get it. It's a local station. Salaries are never high in local news... but other local networks at least have their S%#T together. Just about everyone is salary, but works 6-7 days a week with no over time. RNN doesn't even pay time and a half for those who ARE hourly on holidays. HR literally laughs at the idea of getting holiday pay or time and a half on national holidays.

    Did I mention every time I check who the HR manager is, it's a new person? Just look at the vacancies. RNN is always hiring because people realize how horrible it is here and leave immediately. See any vacancies open for months at a time? It's not a mistake, they can never just fully fill positions which is why they stay up.

    The amount of gossip and tension between people is so unhealthy, its exhausting. People are constantly upset because of having to deal with such incompetent coworkers who constantly blame others for their mistakes. People are fixing one another's mistakes on a daily basis.

    Not only that, but the equipment this company still uses is sub par and we are all expected to produce quality graphics and content with computers still running Photoshop CS4 and an edit program called dps velocity from 15 years ago.

    Management doesn't CARE to fix any issues and is perfectly content with continuing this dysfunctional cycle of turnover because honestly, there's no changing this place. When/if this company ever went public, you'll see real changes... until then.... it will continue to be a nightmare.

    Did you know that RNN is an ABC affiliate? NO? They're not? Someone should let them know because they keep bragging about it. The only affiliation they have to ABC is that they pay for a subscription video service (Pathfire) that ABC sells. THATS IT. They have no other ties. So if you interview and they tell you that, know they're full of CRAP. I know this because I was told this.

    All in all, this feels like a college TV station because people are figuring things out as they go. I can't even recommend this as a good place to start because rookies will learn terrible habits that won't apply at any reputable news station.

    Advice to Management

    Theres nothing I can say.

  6. Okay starter company

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

    I worked at Regional News Network full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employees had a regular schedule, time off wasn't difficult to arrange, and mid-level staff and regular employees were generally friendly. Upper management and on-air personnel were well respected by senior management. Compensation and benefits were reasonable for the area. It's a decent place to start your career.

    Cons

    There wasn't much room for advancement. Some departments were more highly valued by upper management than others and turnover was high.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Unpleasant place to work for

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

    I worked at Regional News Network

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice building with amenities second to none (if you get time to use them). The station also has a lot of new technology.

    Cons

    Management from the top down treats people poorly and they don't value hard work. It used to be a fairly good station to work for that did the right things until new management came in. They hire inexperienced people for low amounts of money who don't know what they're doing and don't properly train them. They also micromanage. Unless you're really in need of a job I'd avoid RNN/FiOS1 at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with decency.

  8. unreliable company

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

    I have been working at Regional News Network part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good for very part-time work

    Cons

    payment can take a very long time

  9. Company on the Rise

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporter in Rye Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Reporter in Rye Brook, NY

    I have been working at Regional News Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Exciting changes taking place. It's great to work for a company that embraces change. Everyone works great together.

    Cons

    Sometimes very long hours. Communication could be better.

    Advice to Management

    More training and development for field staff.

  10. Helpful (1)

    It's not a real company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Rye Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Rye Brook, NY

    I worked at Regional News Network full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits were good. Pizza Fridays 2x month.

    Cons

    High turnover rate, thankless work, unengaged employees.

    Advice to Management

    The employees that aren't part of 'executive row' are important too.

  11. Management could communicate better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Traffic Director in Rye, NY
    Current Employee - Traffic Director in Rye, NY

    I have been working at Regional News Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Learning new things and managing young people

    Cons

    Cheapness of companies regarding compensation

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to dept heads

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