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Updated January 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great people, great benefits if you're full time" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Pay is good if you stay for long enough" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "No work life balance for journalists" (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good position to grow"

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    Current Employee - Associate BIT Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate BIT Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good vertical movement and great engineers to learn from

    Cons

    work in a 24/7 shift shop


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. "Producer"

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

    I have been working at CNN full-time

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, and company as a whole

    Cons

    Not a lot of work/life balance


  4. Helpful (3)

    "BEWARE - Your experience may vary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was very good, the PTO & benes amazing, facilities excellent, security on par with most police departments

    Cons

    I've been a newsroom manager for many years, but wasn't in my position at CNN. There are some AMAZING colleagues, and some managers I wouldn't hire to be an intern.

    Managers are OFTEN promoted from very limited career experiences (sometimes solely at CNN), and it shows. These managers who've never worked at another news organization, are often petty, weak leaders, sometimes even after being sent to Poynter's Leadership Academy or other leadership training.

    Rather than look at each employee's strengths and weaknesses, management behavior largely depends on current mood, and whether the direct report is in a particular clique. I've seen MANY quality people pushed out because of a personality conflict between themselves and a direct report, when a good manager would work to resolve the issue and regain the quality work from that employee.

    I saw colleagues who were treated horribly for the most ridiculous reasons, often outside their control. I also saw managers give direction to all direct reports, then give opposing direction to someone whose life they simply want to make more difficult, or even to push a particular person to resign.

    I walked out that door with a promise...to NEVER subject myself to such an unhealthy environment again. You may end up with a good manager, but they are few in that newsroom.

    Don't make the mistake of thinking you can leave stressors at the door of the CNN newsroom . Work life at CNN will ABSOLUTELY bleed over into your personal life. That's an unfortunate promise I'm now qualified to make.

    Advice to Management

    HOLD YOUR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS ACCOUNTABLE! Require them to demonstrate they are CAPABLE of resolving personnel issues, or replace them with someone who can. You simply can NOT have healthy working environment, if you allow managers free reign to do what they wish based on whims, or worse. Anything less, will see quality work continue to decline, the attitudes of employees continue to turn sour, and the environment turn more and more caustic.


  5. "Great place to work, you have options"

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

    I have been working at CNN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and PTO, competitive salaries for those who play it right. The President of the company is great and has changed the company drastically for the better. You feel like you could stay with the company for a long time if you work hard.

    Cons

    Impending AT&T deal has employees wondering if drastic changes are on the horizon. The 24/7 schedule is grueling and life-draining after a couple of years. You get a little more PTO than other companies for the grueling schedule, but you'll be frustrated trying to get it approved when it comes time to ask. If you're asked to move to Atlanta for work, it's a love it or hate it sort of city. You're generally expected to do your job and the job of at least 3 other people often.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and don't let the CNN name recognition go to your head. Be humble and respectful.


  6. "11 Years at CNN/Turner"

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    Current Employee - Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - a large number of PTO days
    - great benefits
    - pride in the work you produce

    Cons

    - the work grind can get frustrating over time
    - depending on your department, promotions can take a long time


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No. Don't."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CNN full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good if you stay for long enough. Benefits are good. The amount of PTO is insane...though, it has to be to make up for the unpredictable work life.

    Cons

    A thank you instead of obsessing over the clock would be appreciated.
    You're paid for being present, not your expertise or skill.
    Work-life balance can be difficult. Schedules change frequently. While there are some truly great managers, far too many are inept, incompetent, or just petty micromanagers.
    Certain technical areas are managed by people with no understanding of the job. As such, expectations are weird or just absurd.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way and let people do their jobs

  8. "Inconsistent opportunities for advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CNN full-time

    Pros

    great brand; amazing journalism training

    Cons

    extremely limited opps for career advancement at mid to senior level.


  9. "Good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Respected organization.

    Cons

    Industry in inherently in the midst of change. Lay offs seem to to occur often.


  10. "Good if you love the business"

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

    I worked at CNN full-time

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, friendly company culture, lots of perks, easy to network

    Cons

    24/7, hard to take off, not much work-life balance