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Richard Plepler
231 Ratings
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  • "No one wants to leave so can be tough for upward mobility(in 21 reviews)

  • "However, retaliation is a major concern among team members who are brave enough to voice their concerns to upper management or HR(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - QA Lead 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HBO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people and good benefits

    Cons

    Upper management can work on transparency

    HBO2017-12-19
  2. Helpful (4)

    "HBO - Corporate Limbo"

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

    I have been working at HBO full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Prior to the hostile takeover from AT&T, HBO was a great company to work for. Sure it had flaws but it had some sense of camaraderie among its employees. The old HBO had one of the best vacation, healthcare packages and more perks. It was exclusive, autonomous and had a legacy of story-telling and vast creativity.

    Cons

    Currently, HBO employees have job uncertainty or are in an incessant hamster wheel chase trying to find it's voice and identity under John Stankey's corporate hammer. The move to Hudson Yards was the nail on the coffin. It's a sad place with so many jobs being eliminated and upper management not being forthcoming with their teams about what's next. No matter how many white women they keep appointing, diversity is continuously a major issue at HBO. Promotions are not even a topic of conversation as this company has a legion of executives that have been with the company for decades.

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    Advice to Management

    Consider more diversity and make it a point to provide a more job movement. Fight the corporate power's that be and improve the unstable morale. Employees deserve better.

    HBO2019-08-25
  3. Helpful (5)

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

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    I worked at HBO

    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.

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    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

    HBO2019-04-15
  4. "The End Of HBO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HBO full-time

    Pros

    Everything before AT&T and their hostile takeover

    Cons

    Upper management talks about transparency but does not know the meaning of the word. AT&T’s leadership is lacking and pretty much non existent. They do not know what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Look up the word transparency and abide by what you preach.

    HBO2019-04-11
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great benefits but toxic management atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HBO full-time

    Pros

    HBO looks out for its employees when it comes to healthcare coverage, maternity and paternity leave, generous vacation and very understanding regarding sick days.

    Cons

    Work-life balance isn't a concern of upper management, and generally toxic atmosphere of corporate infighting akin to high school goes on regularly. .

    Advice to Management

    HBO needs to remove the toxic upper management that perpetuates a negative environment for employees.

    HBO2017-12-07
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it once was"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HBO full-time

    Pros

    Stable, lucrative company. Well known brand, lots of industry recognition/awards

    Cons

    Little to no room for career growth. Risk adversed upper management. Not a lot of opportunity to see your ideas come to fruition. Some depts are toxic, many don't work well together, which slows down productivity.

    Advice to Management

    There is so much talent in the market and so many great employee ideas, but we are missing out, all due to company politics, insecurities and cliques. So much competition, we need to get back in the game.

    HBO2017-05-15
  7. Helpful (1)

    "IT Department is no longer a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HBO full-time

    Pros

    35 hour work week flexible schedules good benefits

    Cons

    middle and upper management are horrible very little innovation or emphasis on doing things the right way no advancement opportunity

    HBO2016-09-22
  8. "Good, but could be much better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hauppauge, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HBO full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary is better than comparable positions at other companies (from my experience). Job is by no means back-breaking or brain surgery, and management is generally friendly. It's a comfortable job.

    Cons

    Not much room or opportunity to move upward. Overall employee ambition and effort is low, mainly due to lack of movement and motivation from upper management. Lots of political chess that hinders progress and transparency. The hierarchy is also very old; seems like there are a lot of departments and positions with questionable definitions. Often feels like nobody is "at the wheel".

    Advice to Management

    Promote transparency and teamwork. Resist opportunities to step on competing departments and communicate openly and honestly with them instead. Promote the need to evolve and improve in order to stay relevant by demonstrating it yourself and rewarding those that go above and beyond.

    HBO2015-08-05
  9. Helpful (3)

    "HBO used to be the best in the business"

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     in Hauppauge, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HBO

    Pros

    Good benefits for non-union employees.

    Cons

    Moral is low and all (with the exception of upper management) are fearful of more job cuts. No need for the multi-million dollar Seattle facility or the high paid developers now that you have gone with MLB streaming. That should have been the first cut before your "family" and loyal employees that have made you what you are. Richard Plepler - you should be ashamed of your annual bonus!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting your loyal long-term older employees - they are the ones who have gotten HBO to the place they are. It's not ALL about the profit and your golden parachutes!!

    HBO2015-05-28
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, but very little growth and it is now becoming too corporate and political."

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HBO full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    * Great benefits * Great company stature in the industry -- in content and in historical treatment of employees * Friendly work environment, culture * Great social / community programs and very good educational benefits (outside of the company -- tuition reimbursement).

    Cons

    * Almost no movement / promotions in any area of the company. Upper management, executive levels are so focused on themselves and their positions that there is very little or no staff development in many areas. Stagnant. * Company is slowly (quietly) eliminating whole support departments and "outsourcing" by hiring companies paying cheaper wages to their workers. Employees wishing to stay at HBO must take huge pay cuts to work with new company that has taken over their job group. * Environment is becoming more corporate and top heavy and not as diverse as it has been in the past. * For a company known for such strong creative content and for programs seeking fresh talent, there are no programs to tap into talent base within the company. You have a better chance of working on an HBO project (creatively) if you don't work for the company. * Too many "cooks in the kitchen" in the decision making process, therefore it is difficult to try different approaches to some things. This is sometimes causing more political maneuvering than was needed in the past. This really started after Chris Albrecht left and has only gotten worse. * As part of the larger corporation, Time Warner, even though HBO is quite profitable, it doesn't trickle down to the workers because so much money goes to executives and the corporate office.

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    Advice to Management

    * Pay more attention to staff development (or lack thereof) within departments. * Try creating a program that develops creative talent within the company (not just outside programs for non-HBO folks on the west coast). * Create more synergy between the east and west coasts. The West coast group controls so much of the decision-making, yet has only select connections to the east coast. * Create ways to get more input from all employees, not just upper/executive management. * Keep up the programs that encourage cultural and co-worker interactions as well as healthy living programs. * Keep up the support of educational growth. I would recommend this company to a friend with a caution about the lack of movement within the company and the slowly encroaching corporate mindset.

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    HBO2014-06-08
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