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Updated March 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great benefits - commuter, health, etc" (in 43 reviews)

  • "Pay is good - much better than in local news" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "work-life balance could use improvement" (in 28 reviews)

  • "management ruthless work long hours" (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Writer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Writer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty opportunity for upward mobility. Crazy hours typical of journalism if you arent on the coorporate side. Really good benefits and paid time off

    Cons

    24/7 365 work requirement for many ofnthe positions.


  2. "Great company and coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Work alongside the best in the business

    Cons

    Expect long and unpredictable hours

  3. "Great company, great benefits!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For a 24/7 news network, CNN tries to make the industry more bearable with good amounts of paid time off, and great benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes theres a lack of transparency with promotions.


  4. "Great environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CNN part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    many opportunities for growth and development

    Cons

    movement in development made for interesting experience


  5. "Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    They tend to hire within the company

    Cons

    There can be a high turnover on jobs


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good and Bad"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart, dedicated coworkers.
    Excellent benefits, great PTO from day 1.
    Great office location, easily accessible from anywhere in the city.

    Cons

    Growing pains because of evolution of the traditional news business; they’ve got a smart team but are not keen to let them innovate. Many experienced and talented people have left in the past 2 years because of the clicqueyness and favoritism of middle managers. Promotions are handed out in the same manner, so some who have been with the company a long time but can’t manage themselves out of a paper bag are now people managers and it has spurred along the higher turnover rates.
    HR managers are lackadaisical and unprofessional; that’s probably what chases away the external hires, because only the lifers are sticking around at this point.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great peers, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at CNN full-time

    Pros

    You will work with people who will become like family, the company has great name recognition, and you will create news you can be proud of. CNN domestic is well-run.

    Cons

    CNN International is poorly run by people with no management experience. They promote based on favoritism and nepotism, not merit or quality. Tony Maddox is running CNN International like a mobster, creating high turnover and unmotivated employees.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in real managers, stop letting people from the field "retire" into positions at HQ in Atlanta when they have no idea how to manage a team. And investigate the top brass at CNN International for unfair hiring and promotion.

  8. "Great place to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - People are incredible, hardworking
    - Learn how to work at a fast, accurate pace
    - A lot of opportunities in various departments

    Cons

    - Can be competitive and hard to turn off from the day


  9. "Smart people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNN full-time

    Pros

    You work alongside talented and smart people.
    Great benefits - commuter, health, etc.

    Cons

    work-life balance could use improvement


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Former Senior Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful travel opportunities globally, fun workplace, pretty good pay if you stick with it after 20 years in mid-level management.

    Cons

    Tough to move up or laterally for most, lack of women leaders who have true work-life balance, jealous and petty colleagues who will sabotage and bosses afraid to correct this or protect smart people. International side needs more diverse Americans, and upper management seems too British -BBC of a culture, hiring mostly from the UK, and senior CNNUSA management too busy dealing with their issues to truly speak up and make a change, or promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture people you have there vs laying them off! Develop talent, don't be threatened by the intellectuals amongst you. Learn from people under and around you and don't only hire younger, cheaper parts-it will not advance CNN into changing times, what made CNN great was the news and coverage of global news-air more international on domestic. Address the perpetual Atlanta fear issues (will CNN stay there or will it go)?, too many people say they are laying low because of fear of being laid off, too many unhealthy rumors and people in cubicles not always working.