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HBO Employee Reviews about "upward mobility"

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232 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. "Amazing Culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is smart, dedicated, passionate and motivate you. Amazing culture that feels like a family

    Cons

    Upward mobility is difficult, lack of management training

    HBO2019-08-27
  2. "Fantastic first corporate job"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HBO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I made great friends while there, enjoyed many perks, loved the in-house series premieres and Oscar movie showings, great brand

    Cons

    No or very difficult upward mobility, depending on department the management is very old school

    Advice to Management

    Practice more progressive management style, empowering employees who are looking to grow

    HBO2019-08-10
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Chernobyl Levels of Toxicity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at HBO full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers that became lifelong friends Great programming Was always fun to tell people I worked at HBO (that is, until they asked me how I liked it)

    Cons

    Diversity means nothing but checking off boxes to this place. The DSM team is burnt out and constantly voicing it to leadership, but they are too involved in making themselves look good to care. Leadership refuses to give role clarity to anyone, which creates confusion when people are trying to understand what to do when it comes to upward mobility (of which there is none unless you are an affluent white person, or, in the words of the “values” distributed: “in the right place at the right time”). If you’re not fully obsessed with being near/knowing celebrities or building your own personal brand, don’t count on getting any recognition or opportunities. It sounds crazy (because it’s so childish), but there is truly an “in” crowd that consistently gets the public affirmations, the tentpole content, the cool opportunities, promotions, etc. (and yes, they are all white). If you’re an introvert or just someone who is not willing to give up your morals to play the game, you will not find growth here. There is no formal process for feedback and because there’s no role clarity, it’s impossible to know what you need to ask for feedback on, so you get stuck in this awful cycle of trying to anticipate things you don’t even know. Leadership will literally never admit their mistakes - whether it’s their fast tracking of specific people to promotions, the way they wrongfully split up teams, or the fact that they don’t act on valid complaints. It makes employees feel like they don’t matter. The way that members of leadership are enabled to break a person down with little to no regard for mental health is astounding - it’s even more patronizing when they claim to care in a team meeting (or a panel at a conference) and then disregard in private. HR may as well be obsolete for how much they actually help the employees. And lastly, it is truly WILD how behind this company is compared to others in processes, internal tools, operations, on-boarding, genuine kindness, etc. etc. etc.

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    Advice to Management

    All feedback is actionable, do not take any complaints or concerns from employees (current or former) lightly. When there’s an open head, take the time to find the right person for the job instead of promoting someone just because they’re there. Cultivate management skills and require emotional intelligence training for leaders across the board, up and down pillars. Treat people like they’re humans that actually matter, then maybe you won’t continue to lose so many at such a rapid pace.

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    HBO2019-07-25
  4. Helpful (6)

    "disappointed after 5 years"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HBO full-time

    Pros

    Great People. Lots of vacation (if you are able to take it)

    Cons

    * Attrition across the engineering org, partly due to lower pay, lack of upward mobility. * Lack of direction from senior leadership * Tech stack has been bastardized. (example: leadership will not support ongoing efforts in developing services in modern languages such as Golang, even though a good portion of production systems use GO) . * They pretend to have the IC responsibility matrix, but certainly do not follow it during promotions and reviews. You will never be rewarded/promoted for the work/creativity. * Work/Life balance will diminish as you try to move up the IC ladder, soon to realize you will never be promoted no matter what. * Reorg due to recent acquisition. * Constant asinine business decisions affect the engineering work. * New office location in Hudson Yards is not convenient. * No office perks. Barely palatable coffee in the empty kitchen. Essentially Game of Thrones at a work place.

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    Advice to Management

    Promote/reward the existing talent.

    HBO2019-06-20
  5. "Amazing place to work"

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    Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HBO for less than a year

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility Small intern pool Executive access Amazing culture

    Cons

    Some downtime Limited room for upward mobility

    HBO2019-01-29
  6. "Intern Experience"

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    Former Intern - Finance Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HBO for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company and amazing networking opportunities

    Cons

    No one wants to leave so can be tough for upward mobility

    HBO2018-10-21
  7. "Assistant at HBO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at HBO full-time

    Pros

    Respectful colleagues and stimulating work environment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for upward mobility

    HBO2017-08-16
  8. Helpful (1)

    "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

    Good salary, great content, good perks.

    Cons

    Highly political atmosphere, huge approval process, no upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Need to grow internal talent better.

    HBO2017-06-16
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at HBO full-time

    Pros

    The name of HBO carries lots of weight

    Cons

    No upward mobility, not millenial friendly

    HBO2016-03-11
  10. "GREAT PLACE OVERALLL"

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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HBO

    Pros

    It's a great company. NO one ever leaves so hard to move up but hrs are great and the company benefits are great too

    Cons

    No one ever leaves so upward mobility is hard but overall its a great company to work for.

    HBO2015-08-13
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