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Updated April 14, 2019
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  • "Hard to move forward, lack of opportunities" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Not a lot of room for upward mobility" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great opportunity and inside look"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HBO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Connections
    Work environment
    Opportunities
    People are great
    Access to content

    Cons

    Competitive
    Intense
    Can be very stressful
    Hard to move up
    Not great work life balance


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but the social team is toxic and cliquey"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Creative and talented coworkers
    Quality programming
    Great company to have on your resume
    Company gym
    Massages and acupuncture on site

    Cons

    There is little to no work life balance for social media professionals at HBO. We are expected to work around the clock including nights and weekends. Burn out is a big concern, but not much is done to combat it.

    The social media team can be toxic and cliquey. There is an “in” group that gets the top tier shows to work on, the recognition and promotions. If you are not one of those people it can be nearly impossible to climb the ladder and advance on this team. People are also moved around under different managers a lot, with little regard to if you will work well with that person or team.

    Diversity is a buzz word, but not much is done to allow diverse team members to feel welcomed or to thrive on the team. Emotional harassment is not uncommon. However, retaliation is a major concern among team members who are brave enough to voice their concerns to upper management or HR.

    There is no formal review process at HBO and instead of giving proactive feedback to each other, tensions mount and passive aggressiveness reigns supreme.

    Advice to Management

    Institute a formal review process
    Set up diverse hires for success or risk losing them
    Encourage a culture of respect and positivity
    Listen to the concerns of your employees who are reporting emotional harassment instead of using their concerns against them
    Take your employees’ career growth seriously
    Allow more than two or three people to work on the top tier shows

  3. Helpful (1)

    "HBO Marketing: Where creativity and innovation go to die"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good tv shows
    Some good coworkers
    Free HBO
    Easy 9-5 job

    Cons

    Drama, coworkers that act like high school students
    Culture of competition and backstabbing
    Everything creative is outsourced to agencies
    Huge egos of management
    Low pay compared to Netflix and Amazon
    No stock options
    No office perks
    No room for movement

    Advice to Management

    Check your egos at the door and stop setting a culture that makes people hate on each other. This is why everyone's leaving for better companies.


  4. "WAS a great place to work..."

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary. Learned a lot from one of the biggest and best brands in the world.

    Cons

    ATT now owning the company is going to account for some drastic changes.


  5. "Quality people & work. Sometimes stuck in its way but mostly always looking to improve."

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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 HBO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quality, supportive people through and through. The work is inspiring and feels impactful. Lots of room to explore and make something that people will pay attention to.

    Cons

    Communication in between departments can sometimes miss the mark and cause problems. Also, hard to get to know people you don't see in meetings regularly.


  6. "HBO"

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    Current Employee - Broadcast Technician in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Broadcast Technician in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and time off, comp time

    Cons

    Closing NY office, AT&T making big changes


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Times are changing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brand and culture. Top in the industry.

    Cons

    Many top level executives are leaving due to the merger; loss of great talent

  8. "Entertainment driven film production"

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    Former Employee - Senior Line Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Line Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pleasant work environment and great benefits

    Cons

    corporate bureaucracy and limited growth potential

    Advice to Management

    need more focus on younger audiences


  9. "Amazing place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HBO (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility
    Small intern pool
    Executive access
    Amazing culture

    Cons

    Some downtime
    Limited room for upward mobility


  10. Helpful (2)

    "HBO is a Great Place to be!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Theres a great culture at HBO, from the work, down to the people. HBO keeps their coworkers engaged in not only the work but corporate and work events. Content is top notch to work on, and its generally a fun and engaging place to work

    Cons

    Its hard to move up and advance because nobody leaves their positions. I also feel that their pay compensation is below average for a major media company like HBO.

    Advice to Management

    Think of expanding roles more, or switching roles around so workers can get more skills and experience under their belt instead of feeling like they are in a niche position.