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Scripps Networks Interactive Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
91 Reviews
3.9
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Scripps Networks Interactive Chairman, President, and CEO Ken Lowe
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance is not just a talking point, they take it seriously (in 21 reviews)

  • Work-life balance, Good benefits, Work from home option (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management tends to stay at the company for long periods, but downside is that there is little opportunity for growth (in 5 reviews)

  • Very difficult to move between departments (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Really great company with amazing people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Digital Ad Sales Marketing in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Digital Ad Sales Marketing in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Scripps Networks Interactive as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the people I worked with. I was given responsibilities and I wasn't afraid to ask questions. They are open to your suggestions when working on a project. As an intern, I could only work up to 20 hours a week and most weeks I couldn't even work that much. They were very flexible with my school schedule.

    Cons

    As an intern, I really didn't have many cons. I didn't receive benefits so I cannot comment on that and I was only there for a year so I can't really comment on too much else.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company - Middle management bloated

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Scripps Networks Interactive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall a good company to work for. Nice perks, amicable coworkers. Really good health benefits in this day and age.

    Cons

    Tough to get promoted. Way to many chiefs and not enough workers. HR department has more influence than they should in negotiations for salary. When promoted company will not pay you what they would have paid a new person coming on.
    Overly concerned about 'company image'. Allows minority staff members more leeway than other groups in order to maintain 'diversity' numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay, hire and fire based on ability, not if we need to maintain a certain percentage of minority group xxx against existing staff population.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    This place is a Dilbert Cartoon!

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

    I worked at Scripps Networks Interactive full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of cushy management and upper level positions here...
    Free parking is nice.
    Men can also join the corporate programs created and named specifically for women.
    The corporate meetings are reminiscent of a Broadway play, they are awesome.
    Two vintage pinball machines.

    Cons

    For most employees, there is no clear or communicated career path.
    No advance planning can be done, work is almost all reactionary.
    In-house opinions and experience don't count for much, but expensive consultants are genius.
    Competitive nature is created between departments because management cannot seem to communicate a clear way forward, people then respond by building their own little empires.
    Billion dollar company with no real policies.
    Top-down communications are not occurring.
    Us and Them mentality is not only allowed, it is encouraged.
    Because no one in management here will make a decision and stick to it, change is either not-happening or happening below the radar.
    The idea of finances being relative..seems to be traded for corporate talking points and brainwashing as to what is expensive and what is not. Questions relating to rationale for decisions, criteria for projects, and related budget are met with blank stares and angry eyebrows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your business leaders are pushing projects that do not have project plans, clear requirements, and deliverables. You will always get garbage out as long as you continue to put garbage in. Some great ideas were made in the company...many years ago. Ride that train as long as you can...I guess we all will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Editor in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Scripps Networks Interactive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Regular work hours, great benefits, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. work life balance is not just a talking point, they take it seriously

    Cons

    very middle management heavy, many positions have no clear career path, difficult to make upward or lateral moves, annual raises are minimal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize that all departments do not fit into the same mold, provide better opportunities for growth and new skills acquisition

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interactive Sales and Marketing in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Interactive Sales and Marketing in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Scripps Networks Interactive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I can't say enough good things about working at SNI. Great company culture with room to grow, nice people and challenging work.

    Cons

    There is no clearly defined pathway to advancement for many positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create and share an org chart.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I love this company but it's hard to advance my career

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

    I have been working at Scripps Networks Interactive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Culture, Benefits, work-life balance, good community

    Cons

    Compensation, hard to move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A fast-paced and open/collaborative environment you would expect from a corporation focused on digital innovation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Administrator in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Digital Administrator in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Scripps Networks Interactive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits! Collaborative "Open Space" environment. Excellent executive leadership. Product and process development is World Class.

    Cons

    Heavily weighted in middle management. Some positions are expected to excel-- to push the envelope. Other positions are heavily scrutinized when overachieving (a don't rock the boat, don't fix what's not broken attitude). I've experienced both. To some managers-- to say something may be improved upon insinuates that the current process is broken. This mentality can lead to animosity between manager and the employee whom may feel stifled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and reward excellence across the board! Embrace a truly objective merit-based reward system. I have witnessed written reviews to those in the past that may be quoted, "relax your standards" and "perform to meet the minimum requirements".
    Provide mobility for advancement at every opportunity to do so. Allow employees to move as they wish, even if that person is willing to accept a cut in pay in trade for a position that can offer more mobility and room for advancement, should your employee "top out" in their current position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    An Awesome Learning Experience

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

    I worked at Scripps Networks Interactive full-time

    Pros

    -Intelligent coworkers and management
    -Great experience working with big name accounts
    -Industry perks
    -Ample vacation time
    -Management does a good job keeping employee morale up

    Cons

    Satellite office spaces could be nicer/larger and growth opportunities in outer offices are limited, but that it to be expected in smaller staff settings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Has it shortcomings but overall a great company!

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

    I worked at Scripps Networks Interactive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Scripps has the best lifestyle brands in the business. I was fortunate to work here for several years and loved the people I worked with. The company pays well and has great benefits. There is a good work life balance.

    Cons

    The company is not particularly progressive when it comes to innovation and is slow to market with new ideas that often have already been implemented by a competitor. Internally we often said Scripps is a follower not a leader. They could be a leader if they reacted to the market faster. They've brought several executive managers in from the outside rather than promoting from within which has really changed the dynamic of the company and not for the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has had an excellent family feel and there are very talented people within the organization that should be recognized. I would give greater consideration to internal people before going outside the company. Some of the recent outside hires aren't Scripps and don't even come close the the caliber of people who raised through the ranks and are currently at the executive management level running the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Learned a Lot

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

    I worked at Scripps Networks Interactive part-time

    Pros

    Was my first job at a TV Network and I certainly learned many different things needed to further my career. A lot of nice people who were very helpful.

    Cons

    Not to progressive in their programming and it seemed like it was more encouraged to stick with old formulas rather than push boundaries, which may be what the company needs.

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