Starz Entertainment Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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Pros
  • The company offered great benefits and has a wonderfully creative atmosphere (in 8 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work with some really great people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • questionable ethics in Human Resources (in 3 reviews)

  • The campus is a little remote and although coyotes and deer are cool, a close-by Taco Bell would be preferable to the company cafeteria (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starz Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits. Family friendly corporation.

    Cons

    Salaries are below national average perhaps due to location for a media company?

  2. Former Intern: Incredible work environment

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    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Starz Entertainment

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

    Pros

    -The people are well spoken, intelligent, enterprising, and exceedingly creative.
    - Everyone is so excited about all of the new programming, as well they should be!

    Cons

    - I honestly can't think of one, I loved it there!

  3. Helpful (1)

    No Longer A No Name Cable Channel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Starz Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for the best Executive in the Original Programming department when I was at Starz. During my tenure, I saw a lot of interesting content come in and I was given a lot of creative responsibility.

    Cons

    I found that it was really hard to get promoted if you are a woman. The pay is also on the lower end for assistants and it's hard to get raises. The work/life balance is unequal and management expects its employees to put in 12+ hour days. There's no cafeteria and not too many food places are in walking distance.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally!! Give the assistants and coordinators more projects so that they can have a better chance of advancing. If they're going to put in long days, at least give them the drive to do so.

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  5. Wonderful internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Starz Entertainment

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

    Pros

    Paid internship in an industry where they rarely are paid. Because it's paid, they actually value the interns and use them by listening to what we had to say about scripts and submissions that came in. Really fun office environment, great connections.

    Cons

    It can be a bit slow when you're not staffing a writers room. There aren't always opportunities to cover phones for executives, which is a great way to get experience. It can be hard to stand out from the other interns because it's such a fast-paced company.

    Advice to Management

    Give more responsibility to the interns.

  6. Feel like I won the employment lottery.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Thoughtful employer, fun company, ample resources, lots of employee perks like the week between Xmas and New Year's off, $50 off my cable bill and a free IPhone!

    Cons

    Not a lot of food choices close, but, there's an expensive onsite cafeteria. Lots of coworkers who have been here for DECADES and don't realize the current state of employee benefits in corporate America. They're a bit spoiled.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more formalized training to employees.

  7. Helpful (1)

    How desperate are you to work in the Entertainment industry and not leave Denver?

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    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Denver, CO

    I worked at Starz Entertainment

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

    Pros

    Some good eggs on the team here.

    Cons

    Please google Chris Albrecht, President, and ask yourself if you want to work for a co. that hired him after Time Warner HBO found his actions to be a fire-able offense. Also --- I would question how strategic Starz is to Liberty. Not sure this will stay part of Liberty long term [ I have no inside info -- this is public knowledge / speculation in the trade press]

  8. Helpful (2)

    keep your expectations low...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -No real responsibilities
    -No real experience required
    -No drive for personal growth is welcomed
    -you can be a part of a company struggling and failing to keep up with the services and quality provided by HBO, Netflix and Showtime

    Cons

    -Poor and Unqualified Management
    -Because of unqualified management, the managers are threatened by any talent so they get rid of them
    -No room to grow, expect to leave the company with little to no experience
    -sketchy HR practices

    Advice to Management

    This could be a great company but managers and developers that are unwilling to adapt to the current market are holding it back. I would say fire all mid level managers and directors and get qualified experience to take over.

  9. Top 10 places to work in Denver

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Starz Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -great work/life balance
    -401k match is great (better than most companies)
    -fun staff, interesting work
    -upward mobility
    -family friendly

    Cons

    -poor performers are tolerated, sometimes for years

  10. Overall, Starz Entertainment is a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Starz Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly capable co-workers, fun working environment, full of creative challenges

    Cons

    Forward thinking strategic direction is lacking

  11. Helpful (1)

    Glory days are past

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Starz Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Few to none. I honestly can find nothing redeeming to write about this company.

    Cons

    Starz puts out a product so poor that it's embarrassing. They are trying to pass off Turner Movie Classics as fit for airing on a premium movie channel for which customers should pay extra. Health benefits used to be good, but no longer. Career opportunities are non-existent. Since HBO's Chris Albrecht took over the company in 2012, the work environment has deteriorated and become highly dysfunctional, burdened by cronyism and favoritism. The Technical and operational managers are incompetent at managing human beings to an extent that would make Scott Adams happy. Beginning being this year, they have begun to harass their older employees in an obvious effort to compel them to give up their positions so that younger, cheaper workers can be hired. What a shame, especially since Starz used to be such a great company to work for. Change is always inevitable, though not always for the better.

    Advice to Management

    Unload those useless middle managers and get the rights to some blockbuster movies.

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