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Updated January 15, 2018
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  1. "Freelance Associate 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 part-time

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits if you're full time

    Cons

    Long, stressful work hours which sometime conflict with personal life


  2. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great group of people to work with. Great middle management. Great employee programs.

    Cons

    Sr/Executive Management not on the same page. Sr/Executuve Management two-faced - but very clever about it - beware. HR not on your side - beware.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and stop being passive agressive. Walk your talk.

  3. "Assignment Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on multiple platforms for a leader in world news

    Cons

    Trump administration dominating our news cycle

    Advice to Management

    Use testing as part of the hiring process, accept employees rating management in review, hire more diverse staff


  4. "Growing Pains"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Warehouse Architect in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Warehouse Architect in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work, when you find it

    Cons

    Good work depends on having a good manager


  5. "Production Assitant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learning possibilities
    Great location and building

    Cons

    No contract positions
    Only Freelance positions available in this term


  6. Helpful (1)

    "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNN full-time

    Pros

    great benefits and pay, sense of purpose

    Cons

    long hours, constant communication with email


  7. "Exciting work. Great benefits. Hard to move up."

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

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

    Pros

    It's an exciting place to work. News is always changing and CNN has resources around the world to help tell stories.
    Pay is good - much better than in local news.
    Benefits are great - healthcare, time off and 401k matching are excellent.

    Cons

    High stress and very demanding.
    Editorial staff puts in a lot of hours outside of work via email.
    Management seems to like to hire from outside instead of promoting from within. There are some internal promotions, but most come from outside CNN or from other departments within CNN.
    Career management is up to the employee. Not much mentoring and few managers will be looking out for your future. There are some supervisors/managers who try to help, but most just take care of themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Create mentoring and career management programs for younger and mid-career employees. You hired them because you believed in them. Help them develop and groom them to be the next generation of managers.

  8. "Producer"

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    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits and a good corporate culture overall. The people who work at CNN are diverse compared to other media companies and most of the employees are smart and professional.

    Cons

    Middle managers are TERRIBLE and HR and upper management does nothing about it. If you get stuck with the wrong boss, it can make your life a living hell.

    Advice to Management

    Require 360 degree reviews. Listen to your employees.


  9. "Decent Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CNN full-time

    Pros

    Decent health benefits, Competitive salaries once you move up.

    Cons

    Management isn't always strong to lead


  10. Helpful (2)

    "CNN: exciting & dynamic work enviroment, but less job security-"

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    Former Employee - Senior Futures Editor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Futures Editor in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CNN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. CNN has a dynamic, frenetic pace, with the core activity being chasing breaking news, which is fascinating if you like fast-paced work that forces you to learn about something new with each unique news story. It is a requirement that you enjoy thinking outside the box, because every news story has its own nuances and themes, which require that you improvise a new set of tools to get accurate information from sources. There is no repetitive daily grind in this line of work.
    2. Great people to work with: very smart and talented people, who love the frenetic pace of news gathering as much as you should. No dull people looking for a quiet day need apply, and very few survive there for long.
    3. Great benefits and usually good salaries.
    4. A great place to build a career in journalism; CNN ( still!) has great brand recognition and so it is a good springboard to other media companies.

    Cons

    CNN, like almost all news media organizations, is in a long-term struggle for survival to keep subscribers and advertisers as the Internet pulls more and more eyes away from traditional news outlets. This translates into radical changes as management tries new ways to increase viewership, resulting in periodic seismic shifts in staffing... so stay for the exciting work, but make sure you keep your resume polished and have a back-door exit plan. It used to be the case that talented employees could count on their job being permanent (barring acts of misconduct); but that is no longer the case. Expect periodic downsizings and elimination of special departments (i.e. CNN's science and technology unit).
    As one of my former managers helpfully suggested as my unit was being reformed and I was left without a job, "embrace change".


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