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A+E Networks Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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  • Working in an environment where a portion of upper management is incompetent and upward mobility is stifled (in 17 reviews)

  • No room for growth especially if you are in the LA office (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Apathy, apathy, apathy!!"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I like working in the cable TV business and A&E has some strong potential in History (if they can ever decide what it's supposed to be) and A&E channel. The people are nice and the company is very family friendly.

    Cons

    Apathy for new ideas and new thinking runs rampant throughout the company. There is a huge amount of dead wood in the place. If you want to be a follower and retire at the same job after 20 years, then send over your resume. Upper management seems devoid of team spirit and the ability to get the most out of those that are supposed to be pitching in. Very disorganized between departments and severe lack of communication. Too many women. Try leveling things out with a male hire once in awhile.

    Advice to Management

    Try walking the halls and getting to know the little people. I think some of your marketing people have gone stale and some just don't know what they're doing. Try getting a handle on communication between departments that should be working together to really help move the network forward.


  2. "Shame"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A+E Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was a great company until the Lifetime merger and then everything changed for the worst.

    Cons

    Same as above. Totally broke.

    Advice to Management

    You had a great company until the Lifetime merger so you broke what was working well.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Unprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work hours were great
    The kitchen is always clean and fully stocked
    Vending machines
    Office layout
    Clean bathrooms
    Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Management is unprofessional
    No structure throughout the company
    Lack of communication
    Not a good employer if you are looking for a career
    Most of the staff are freelancers

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees right


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Major culture shift changed a 5-star company to 1-star"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager Level in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Manager Level in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A+E Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good health plan, extra time off in summer, close to Grand Central

    Cons

    IT department became very political with growth. New IT head secretly told favorites that his restructuring will be *bloody* and seems to thrive in a confrontational environment. Once, a challenging and rewarding team environment, now, after some of the best people were laid off in 2012, many others have left on their own. Have heard of worse situations in other depts that include age discrimination. Multiple people in senior positions have lost their title and office once they hit late 50s/early 60s.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time looking at the supporting depts and find a way to ge truthful feedback


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Editor in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learning about changes after they have taken affect.

    Cons

    Managers take no interest in makiing work flows seamless.

    Advice to Management

    Become knowledgeable about the roles you hire for


  6. Helpful (6)

    "a poorly run place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A+E Networks full-time

    Pros

    benefits for full-time workers are competitive. work does not continue past work hours and into your personal life unless you are the one responsible for that. culturally, after hours work is reserved for those being compensated at a senior exec level. anything less than VP, your personal time is normally respected. Weekends are your weekends.

    Cons

    communication is poor, no central extranet systems, too many departments with their own operating systems - no universality across the company. Many departments do exercises that come to no fruition (too often). Extremely political. senior management are often inept and outdated, dead weight. very gossip driven environment, salary info is freely discussed. C-Suite does not have a wholistic bird's eye view of their own culture and inner workings. company is top heavy with long term freelancers who get mediocre benefits and empty promises of conversion. most departments are skeleton crews. CEO's favored departments get the most resources while other divisions suffer. competitive benefits are used to argue lower than average salaries. very little upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    get up to speed with other major media companies. everything feels amateurish here, from the operations, branding, down to the building itself.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Micromanagement IT Nightmare"

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    Current Employee - Service Desk Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Service Desk Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Seems like a great place to work in other areas of the company.
    Nice offices great food areas.
    Great location close by grand central.
    Coworkers seemed very nice and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Management is absurd, Heavy Micromanagement is an understatement to how the IT Help Desk is being run.
    I was constantly afraid to even leave my chair to go to the bathroom because we would be scolded how long we were gone for. I was scared to pick up calls from my spouse or kids cause, I felt like my work mother was scolding me on a daily basis. I wouldnt talk to my kids the way I was spoken too and treated.
    Everyone here is a Consultant. A&E I guess doesn't want to invest in anyone for long term.
    People here have worked 6 years or more before being offered a salary based position with benefits. Also I feel there is a lot of reverse discrimination since IT management is run only by females and they act like all men around them are stupid. If you like being micromanaged and treated like a child to work in a place that real has no long term future for any of its IT staff, then this is the place for you. Otherwise Run!

    Advice to Management

    Let people be people. We're humans not dogs. Investing in people means offering full time positions with benefits and a future at your company, not the feeling that you can be discarded like trash and that your worthless.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Not a company for young and innovative"

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    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A+E Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a network so you can learn the basic processes and functions of departments at a network.

    Cons

    They don't promote. Not sure A+E will be around when the system of delivery changes for TV. It's a very 80s atmosphere. It's a company where older execs go work to pull a salary to pay their mortgage and kid's tuition, and hire all their irrelevant friends. It's not a company that's competing. They don't appreciate quality or new ideas. Look at their content. The LA office is run by women who spend more time gossiping about the CEO's outfits than they do actually doing their jobs. You won't get inspiration or team-building from them. They just don't care about the company. As a result, the young people are forced out for caring and, thereby, posing a threat. it's kind of shocking what goes on there, really. If you're young, it will kill your spirit to work there. Don't do it.

    Advice to Management

    Raise expectations and actually manage. Change regime in LA and give LA office a boss. C-level of the company is in NYC and come out to LA maybe three times a year for events. Can anyone be expected to best the competition when you don't even have a boss to answer to and your job and salary are secure no matter what?


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A+E Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits. Bereavement leave was generous (and unexpected).

    Cons

    Terrible and confrontational culture full of intimidation, favoritism, high-level incompetence and arrogance that is unwarranted considering everything we do is failing. Not a diverse environment, and company refuses to invest in modern infrastructure - computer situation is straight from the 1990's.

    Advice to Management

    New leadership is needed, people who actually have a long term vision and a strategic mind to execute that vision.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Incompetence carries the day."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A+E Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Still has a few substantive creative people and business advisers. There are some people who are doing their best to right the ship. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    No leadership on any level, but particularly failing at c suite level. Legal and HR are the worst of it. There are few adults on the scene and truth is a relative concept. The CEO is surrounded by people who only tell her what she wants to hear.

    Advice to Management

    Change course soon.


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