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Updated June 28, 2017
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Gary B. Bettman
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Pros
  • It is a pleasure to come to work everyday and work in a market where I am also a fan (in 3 reviews)

  • Great coworkers and good benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The Senior Management is horrible especially in the Finance department (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management is old boys club and they are clueless (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Their health benefits and 401k match are on par or better then what most companies offer today. Family Oriented atmosphere. Great people with a very friendly and energetic work environment.

    Cons

    Takes a while to get promoted. For some reason the NHL would rather bring in outside members instead of hiring from within. Most of the times the NHL becomes to business oriented in their decisions leading to bad overall decisions.

    Advice to Management

    They need to realize how important it is to promote from within as opposed to hiring from outside. Lots of great people left because their careers were stalling.


  2. "NHL"

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

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

    Pros

    Great travel and event opportunities; excellent health benefits

    Cons

    no life outside of work; few opportunities for promotion

  3. "Pick your battles"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can work interdependently; great benefits; great time off; can be creative at times.

    Cons

    Not much credit given for work done; slow to promote women; overly bureaucratic; no management training or team building.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the incentive program and employ team building and management training. Allow for annual increases in salary based on merit and rely on your managers to make the call re: merit (hence the training).


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Have worked better places then the NHL."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NHL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The medical benefits are exceptional, basic 401k match, pension which becomes vested after 4 years of service. Are able to go to games and concerts. My fellow colleagues are great people hands down.looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    The Senior Management is horrible especially in the Finance department. You have people who supervise employees and the lack training to supervise people. Basically if you have a high title then you get a staff even if you have never had experience. The NHL should make management training yearly, my supervisor was an extremely immature person who would throw you under the bus to protect herself. Which I find horrible because I could never trust her and we clashed often. Now with Senior Management they barely speak to lower level employees so you can really establish a relationship with them they really only interact with their staff thus any conflicts you have with your direct supervisor you can only go to HR because Senior Management only supports their direct reports which leaves you in a bad place. Your image is tainted and you can never ever redeem yourself. The salary and bonuses are horrible and that is only because it's the NHL and they know people who love the game want to work there and some will settle for anything. There are no employee incentives to get any type of certifications or schooling which is really messed up considering that other departments within the NHL does offer this to their employees. No room for growth for the minions however the favorites always excel and get promoted, big bonuses and the staff get nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to your employees about their concerns and issues and really make the effort to correct these issue.


  5. "Finance Dept Needs a Revamp!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome job if you are a hockey fan. Access to terrific events and local games.

    Cons

    Ineffective senior leadership leads to stagnant career growth. Other reviews discussing "old, grumpy boys club" is fairly accurate. Legacy financial systems do not work well and there's little interest to effectively upgrade. Project managers more concerned with job security than effective implementations.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and bring in some fresh process ideas combined with more current technologies.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ok but..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Off Ice Official in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Off Ice Official in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NHL part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great experience, scheduled hours, decent people, good pay, fun environment, great for hockey fans

    Cons

    old mans club, grumpy management, low pay, arguments over tickets, no drug testing. players get drug tested, why are not off ice official?

    Advice to Management

    get new people in, trane properly, drug test, raise pay


  7. "Developer"

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

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

    Pros

    I work with great people who have a passion for hockey. It is a pleasure to come to work everyday and work in a market where I am also a fan.

    Cons

    Recent changes to the business have created some challenges. The work from home policy is non-existent, especially with the fact that hockey is primarily an evening sport.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your managers to hire the right people. Trust those people to do the job they were hired to do. Do not babysit them with a daily sign in and allow a more liberal work from home policy.

  8. "Manage partnership contacts, upsell sand renewals"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, amount of travel, fun industry, major league sport, cool perks, exposure to Club executives, opportunities to strategize with major Fortune 500 companies, exposure to senior executives within the company,

    Cons

    No career growth, lack of mentoring, teams work in silos, lack of accountability, lack of communication, salary not comparable per position

    Advice to Management

    Need a career growth path for employees


  9. "Director, Partnership Marketing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Clients - both external and internal.
    Fast paced.
    Exciting events and activities.
    Creative environment.

    Cons

    No clear promotion path.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Depending on the department, this is a good opportunity to break in the industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Depending on the department you work in, if you truly love hockey, then you will love coming to work every day.
    -Option to telecommute is clutch if you have an emergency that forbids you from coming in the office, sick or inclement weather.
    -Decent discount to the NHL Store, an allotment of tickets to NHL games, access to events at MSG/Prudential, the opportunity to travel throughout the season are all great perks to the job.
    -If you want a career in sports, this is a great networking opportunity should you decide to leave. It is a very insular industry and people in the NHL are well connected to those at networks and other leagues. Great place to learn the ins and outs.

    Cons

    -You won't get rich working at the NHL. Sports doesn't pay well. I was underpaid when comparing my job title to that in other industries.
    -Getting fired is virtually impossible. While some may view that as a good thing, that means that people who should have been gone a long time ago still have a place at the NHL. I am no advocate of people losing their jobs, but I've worked with people who would have been terminated at other sports leagues much less anywhere else for the things they did while on the clock.
    -You can feel overwhelmed by small staff size. From what I have seen in person out of other sports leagues, the NHL pales in comparison when it comes to personnel.
    -The NHL doesn't have the autonomy the other sports leagues do. Again, unlike the other leagues, everyone is in one building from the commissioner to legal, so everything is magnified to a greater extent.

    Advice to Management

    -Reward those who work hard.
    -Would be good to see more young people in mid-level and senior roles. Makes you believe you can actually get to that level within the company one day.


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