ITN Networks Reviews | Glassdoor

Find your next job here

ITN Networks Reviews

24 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

2.6
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Timothy J Connors Jr
10 Ratings

24 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "great place to start"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Buyer
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Buyer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ITN Networks full-time

    Pros

    great people, easy to learn the ropes. almost everyone working there is in their 20s which makes it feel like youre going back to college (i liked that, others may not). if you have a positive impact and enjoy media buying, you can move up quickly. Overall had a positive experience, great place to start after college if you arent sure what you want

    Cons

    like everyone says, VERY gossipy and lots of social conversations throughout the day. There is a double standard when it comes to upper mgmt. IT dept is AWFUL, the system will break down once a week which means youll either fall behind or have to stay late. Also very high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    work on deminishing sorority atmosphere, often makes others feel left out. gossip is rampant


  2. Helpful (1)

    "DO NOT WORK HERE"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    they will hire basically anyone, so if you are grossly incompetent or unqualified you are in luck.

    Cons

    This is one of the most unprofessional working environments I have ever seen. The people who used to go to the boss's summer camp are treated entirely differently than those who did not. There are people who went to the camp who show up high, drunk, don't do the work, or flagrantly late, and nothing happens to them. Sometimes they are even promoted! If you aren't one of the special few who they like, you will just languish indefinitely while doing the most boring and soul sucking work of all time. There is no positive reinforcement, you can stay late and work hard and no one will say anything encouraging. The only feedback you get is if you do something wrong.
    I cannot stress what a gossipy sorority this place is. If you make one offhanded comment, it will surely reach the desk of an EVP, and there will be hell to pay. They may be nice to your face, but they will stab you in the back the next second.
    The compensation is absolutely pathetic. This may be OK to the various morons they hire who still live at home in Long Island, but to people who actually have bills to pay, it is problematic. You will often have to stay late, or sit around and do nothing, with no guidance on how long you have to stay. If you ask to leave since you have nothing to do you are made to feel guilty.
    The work is the most boring, tedious, mindless work I can imagine. Please, I beg of you, find somewhere else to work.

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves with people who actually know what they are doing. Your complete inability to manage people effectively is embarrassing.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Media Buyer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good starting point for a career in media

    Cons

    At times there are long hours.


  4. "First job out of school"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ITN Networks full-time

    Pros

    a good career stating point

    Cons

    unless you are in the clique, it can affect you


  5. Helpful (1)

    "No Clue What They're Doing"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Various in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ITN Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Some of the people; though this is dependent on the department in which you are working. The good people are great; the bad are gossipy and will talk about you negatively if you aren't careful.
    -Good place to sort of learn about the industry and get some experience working in the city.
    -Decent vacation time; though the policy is often abused particularly during busy times of the year.
    -If you actually take the time to learn what and why you are doing it you don't have to spend a lot of overtime as an assistant. You can easily accomplish what you need to staying late (around 7) at most 2 days in a week. This is with a full desk load; though if you decide to do their training program you will have to work later - but you'll make "decent" money in doing so.
    -Most of the people in the Sales/IT/Planning Departments are wonderful - of course we all have bad days, but they truly make ITN shine.

    Cons

    -As aforementioned; many of the people can be gossipy and behave as though they are in a high school clique. It is a VERY YOUNG atmosphere.
    -Salary is not commensurate due to experience whatsoever. If you have worked in a professional environment and work WELL you should not be making the same as the lackadaisical college grad who doesn't know how to send a professional e-mail to a business associate.
    -The pay is a joke as most employees are friends/family/fraternity/sorority/"camp" recent college grads who still live at home. All is fun and well until you're an actual adult trying to make enough money to feed yourself and keep the lights on.
    -They will hire almost anyone and keep them hired long after they should have been terminated. I have seen people job surf, internet surf, watch television and abuse overtime by staying late to hang out with other employees.
    -Management skills are poor in most departments. It seems as though no one actually knows what the employees they are supervising are doing.
    -Non-professionalism. As many of the employees are recent college graduates, many of them need to be taught how to behave professionally. This includes how to write a professional e-mail, speak on the phone and manage your workflow properly. Many managers do not send professional e-mails and also do not behave as such.
    -There is a clear lack of direction in many departments. If you are told you are being promoted to a new role; you should be promoted and given your job duties as well as your new salary. ITN clearly does not have an idea as to what they are doing most of the time regarding this and it is extremely frustrating when one wants to get work done and move ahead. Being given a new title yet having to do your old work for months and repeating the cycle is no way to treat an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Give professionalism and management training to all employees and managers. Decide who should truly manage whom based upon daily interactions as it is the only way to actually rate an employee's performance.
    Under no circumstances should one employee the benefit of the doubt, a slap on the wrist and "probation" while any other would be let go. I have seen many instances of this.
    Stop letting people complain in other departments and let them know WHY they have to stay late to do something last minute. This is media and it runs at a different pace depending on the client in particular.
    Do not lead employees on with promises of growth within. Only keep employees who are adept at what they do - if someone keeps making the same mistakes and are continually unprofessional and perform tasks slower than average they should not be kept on.
    Stop gossiping - it looks bad. I have watched supervisors take part or idly look on as individuals are looked down upon solely because they aren't part of the "clique." High school ended a long time ago.
    Please get organized! I have sat in meetings during which we watched Facebook photos of a manager for an hour! There are more important things to do than rehash old stories of the past - I understand the work can be boring, but let us please just get things done - and please maintain "designated roles" as some of the "manager types" will give your work to someone else if they don't personally like you.
    -If you have gotten on well with everyone else in the company, do not let those who do not know you do any of your reviews. Your entire work history should be looked at.
    -Pay your better employees more. Make them sign papers that they will not discuss their salary. One employee who can accurately and efficiently do the work of 2-3 others should be making far more than what is "standard" at ITN.
    -Match 401(k) benefits and make healthcare more affordable. At larger companies, this is standard procedure and quite frankly the lower employees do not make enough and are usually too young to understand that the benefits are truly not great compared to most companies that are not related to ITN.


  6. "No Room for Growth"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Buyer
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Buyer

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

    Pros

    - Fast paced environment allows for good experience
    - Great place to network if opportunity applies
    - Perks include holiday party, car service and free dinner past 7PM

    Cons

    - Gossip
    - Management
    - Lack of growth
    - Lack of leadership skills among upper management
    - Low pay considering work load

    Advice to Management

    A lot of these supervisors would not fare well in other companies because their leadership skills are sub par. This is not directed towards every supervisor but certain ones. It is very inappropriate to gossip as openly as some of the managers do. There is no reason an employee should know which employee is on certain medications, or which employee is voting for whom in an upcoming election. There is a lot of disorganization and that is a direct reflection of management. I think all of upper management should be required courses in what is or is not appropriate to discuss in the workplace.

    Furthermore, if an employee is ill and needs to go home, it is completely unacceptable to require them to go home and come back to work when other employees of the same position are allowed to leave work early due to a baseball game.

    Advice to buyers as well - do not share everything with the managers because I guarantee that all of your information and personal life details have been discussed around the conference room table.


  7. "Assistant Media Buyer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good for recent college grads... Don't need any knowledge or education in the field before starting so no need for first day nerves. Young office which is a perk if you're new to Manhattan.

    Cons

    Really a struggle for assistants. Tons of mind-numbing busy work to accomplish that requires no intellect. Most buyers expect work to be done within 24 hours which is an unrealistic and stressful expectation... Technically work 9-5, often work 8-8 or 9 to keep up with everything. Supervisors only really care about the latest gossip- not really sure who genuinely enjoys working at the place.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to everyone, even those who don't suck up. Keep things professional- offer constructive criticism instead of scaring assistants, and give positive feedback from time to time..

  8. Helpful (1)

    "No Thinking Outside The Box Allowed"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    95% women employed here so if you're female prepare to dress comfortably everyday (leggings, flannel, and dark sneakers are fine). for those 5% of guys, sorry but you'll have to wear a dress shirt and slacks daily. casual fridays for everyone though! so for one day we can all be dressed similarly.

    rigorous training program which is good, but doesn't encourage free thought.

    amazing vacation /sick leave/personal days/floating days/transit packages/health care

    stay late and they pay for your cab home (even if you live in long island or new jersey)

    frequent lunches, dinners, and surprise snacks

    summer fridays

    Cons

    this is a media company who does not understand the natural progression the media industry is moving in. follows a dying TV model. everything done on paper. no desire for growth, expansion, inclusions of new technology. way too conservative a business model.

    20 different ways to do the things we do in our (poorly designed proprietary) software, but you're only allowed to do it the way your manager wants you to. after your first manager, be prepared to learn how to do everything differently.

    literally a sorority.

    the blandest office in the world, cubicles for days. be prepared for everyone to eavesdrop on your every conversation.

    remember all those annoying long island girls you went to college with and see yelling on the streets at 4am? if you're one of them, good luck, this is the company for you! if not, be prepared to be over-managed by these overly neurotic youngsters who aren't even at their desk half the day.

    get in with the supervisors (older women who LOVE to gossip on their couches all day) and you're golden. prefer to be professional and keep to yourself? be prepared to be labeled as weird and outcast. clique clique clique clique.

    seniority rules. if anyone makes a mistake, poop flows downstream.

    highly unprofessional workplace environment. women screaming all day, talking about highly inappropriate (and very personal subject matters) far too audibly. not unusual to hear 20 minute facetimes coming from buyers offices, but get up for your desk for 5 minutes to unwind and risk being labeled as unfocused and a distraction.

    Advice to Management

    get to know your employees! we get that you're humans too, but that doesn't give you a right to give preferrential treatment to those who have not earned it. you cannot manage your employees without knowing who they are and what they are capable of. this means conversations! team building! anything more than cliquey happy hours, which not everyone is invited to anyway.

    this goes from the highest director of media operations to the senior media director to senior buyers to junior buyers.


  9. "great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Service Associate in Altamonte Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Client Service Associate in Altamonte Springs, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ITN Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    opportunity to make 6+figures. Great teamwork from everyone

    Cons

    hard work gotta be relentless and dominate at the sales game

    Advice to Management

    do more for the clients that we sign up and bring abord


  10. "Ehh, good first job"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great job to start off at after graduating. I met a lot of friends here that I still keep in touch with after leaving.

    Cons

    Can tend to get clique-y and sometimes feel like a sorority. If you're not in with your supervisor, good-luck getting promoted.


Showing 24 of 25 reviews
Reset Filters