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Updated June 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Some people have complained about the work life balance, but that never bothered me (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people, the best and smartest journalists in the industry (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to find a work life balance as you are expected to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (in 9 reviews)

  • long hours but worth it, as expected with field (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Associate Producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on big stories and interesting projects

    Cons

    Difficult to move up or around


  2. "Big company, great experience... at times very hectic"

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    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at ABC News (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked at ABC News in New York, in a production role for the news shows.

    Very prestigious network that can be wonderful or terrible to work for. If you work here a long time you will probably say the experience was a mix of both. Some people I worked with here were terrific, and if you're young and just starting out it can be a very exciting experience.

    If you can land a FT role, most positions will pay fairly generously with great benefits and perks. Their set uptown where GMA and World News are recorded is quite sleek, though the work cubicle areas and offices tend to be small. The building at their Times Square location where GMA is taped isn't that nice itself but is in a great, convenient location.

    Other perks include free concerts and free access to Times Square on NYE.

    Cons

    I've known people who worked here and worked insane hours every week and had to deal with very nerve-wracking work days almost every day because that was the nature of the job or they feared being replaced.

    The promotion process seemed to me a bit sketchy, and often depends how cozy you can get with those in power, i.e. program managers, etc. Often people not involved directly with your specific department decide who gets promoted.

    If you're involved directly with the shows you're often on call almost 24/7 when breaking news happens.

    Sometimes people like the senior producers or executive producers can be very hard-driving and demanding, which makes for an unpleasant work environment.

    After working here or anywhere in the TV business for a long time, you'll find that the glamour and excitement of it all may be great in the beginning but fades over time and you may be wanting an early retirement.

    Advice to Management

    There's no advice to give because mgmt will always do what they want anyway and you just accept it for how it is.


  3. "Old School Media"

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABC News full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Endless resources present as part of the Disney corporation.

    Cons

    Encumbered by longstanding "best practices" that make it all the more difficult to deliver news in a fast-paced media environment.


  4. "Regional vice president"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABC News full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pleasant co-workers and good work environment

    Cons

    Too big with too many employees

    Advice to Management

    Have focus groups to listen to employees


  5. "Senior Producer"

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

    I worked at ABC News full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, compensation and experience

    Cons

    Men at the top on almost all shows even though majority of staff and viewers are women...can be a frat boy atmosphere with little respect and a fair amount of inappropriate jokes

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard honest look at some of the managers that have been there a long time and have old school management styles and get special treatment


  6. "Environment could be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at ABC News full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn the basics of newsgathering and video production.

    Cons

    Typical stressful news environment - constant rundown changes, quick turnarounds, tight deadlines.


  7. "Yes and No"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ABC News full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -fast paced/high-energy
    -great company parites
    -good benefits, good 401k, healthcare is cheap
    -cool perks, discount portal with tons of offers, free disney tickets
    -some of the greatest and smartest people you'll ever meet

    Cons

    -no work/life balance if you work in news
    -no boundaries
    -top heavy/old school management


  8. "Videographer, Film Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD

    I have been working at ABC News full-time

    Pros

    Great Experience, great exposure to professional equipment

    Cons

    lack of resources at times


  9. "editor"

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

    Pros

    some coworkers are helpful and friendly. opportunity and freedom to do stories. news operation is fairly robust.

    Cons

    lack of leadership. regressive attitude toward employees long work hours little paid time off. weak editorial structure leads to lots of mistakes. lack if awareness cooperation and understanding pervasive across departaments

    Advice to Management

    invest in your human capital instead of cresting adversarial employee management relationship. put people in management who are willing to lead. institute policies that foster cooperation.


  10. "Producer"

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    Current Employee - Digital Producer in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Digital Producer in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to learn a lot if you put in the time and effort. Working closely with talent and senior producers who are all helpful in moving you forward. Benefits are AWESOME

    Cons

    Hours are relentless, overnights are where you learn the most but then you are promoted to regular working hours and have a lot less stress and a lot less responsibility. If you're good at your job, you generally get stuck doing that job for a while


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