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Updated December 15, 2017
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  1. "Great place to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Regional News Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    RNN is great if you are just starting in news/TV. over the past few years, the culture has changed where you can get your feet wet in any aspect of TV you want. If you are hired as an audio op but want to try reporting/anchoring they are happy to give you the platform to do so. If you are working as a producer or assignment desk editor and you want to try master control or directing, you can do that as well. A lot of great tools to grow your career for those who want to take advantage

    Cons

    There is a mind set within the company that when something goes wrong, the first (and often only) question that's asked is "who's fault was this?"because of this, very few issues are addressed for the long term.
    There is a huge weight put on the shoulders of the engineers. They basically run the company. Whenever there is an issues with ANYTHING the engineers are called upon which pulls them away from actual engineering issues. Because of this, short term solutions are put in place for long term problems and what you have is a facility held together by band-aids. Example: there was an engineer working on an on air issue in master control one day when he was pulled away by an EP to contact a reporter and coordinate a live shot. The reason for this was the assignment desk editor on duty had walked away without telling anyone and the producer did not know what to do or who to talk to so he contacted an engineer. Did the EP care that there was an on air issue? No. his only concern was that if this live shot did not air on time he would have to answer for that. Unfortunately, this type of scenario is rather common. Because of this, you need to constantly watch your back because you can get thrown under the bus for anything.
    Often times there is little to no communication between the news/production teams. This is in part due to incompetence and in part due to some people trying to screw over someone else. Since this is a news organization the effects are felt throughout the entire facility. Example: there was a breaking news event one day. The production crew was recording stories for the next hour's show. All of a sudden the producer walks in and yells "have master control count us in to go live!" whats's happening here is the producer asking to go live on air in 5-10 seconds. The director, audio op, ANCHOR and master control operators had been given no word that there was going to be a live shot and as a result, the whole thing became a disaster. When management goes to look into this, the first question they ask is "who's fault was this?" master control ops, control room ops and anchor all say its the producers fault. Producer says its everyone else's fault. Company calls on the engineers to find out who's really at fault. Not a very productive atmosphere. Yes, it is a live news environment but this type of thing creates a toxic environment for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    RNN is what you make of it, its a great place to learn and to grow. Use this aspect to bring in younger, hungrier employees. If you want to pay the bare minimum then don't expect industry leading candidates. If competent management is what you want, you have to pay for it.
    There is no such thing as too much communication.


  2. "newsroom"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Regional News Network full-time

    Pros

    there is not much i can say but i can't wait to leave

    Cons

    management is not ideal. just check the number of people who have left

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unpredictable"

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    Current Employee - Videographer in Rye Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Videographer in Rye Brook, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Regional News Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small community environment
    Welcoming co-workers
    Good parking
    Nice selection of tea

    Cons

    Negative attitude among co-workers, due to managerial inefficiencies
    Changes in company policy can diminish net income

    Advice to Management

    Competitive compensation will reduce high turnover rate


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible Place to Work - RUN"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rye, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rye, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Regional News Network full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely none that I can think of during my time of employment

    Cons

    Get rid of management and it would be better because to them, the business (which is supposed to be ethical) is a playground to have fun.

    Advice to Management

    Worked there for two months, The worst place EVER.. An extremely negative company culture that stems from management. I was harassed and ended up resigning within two months after being warned not to do so. Afterwards, I mysteriously found myself with an unfavorable reputation (out of the blue), and at the end of smear campaign that was so bad I have not work since. It has now been over year and after living in working in New York State with a great career, w/o a problem prior, not one single problem, & then suddenly I couldn't get hired anywhere, and I still can’t. It's a play ground for the owners and if you get on their bad side you will be punished and it becomes an obsession for them. They have a way of using their wealth and resources (connections) to find any information on you to distort and/or embellish to recreate your history to paint you in a negative light where your entire career (or identity for that matter) suddenly never existed, and unfortunately no one will believe you. They will contact whomever they need to contact including existing contacts within your network to prevent you from defending yourself and/or getting anywhere, and you will NOT be able to do anything about it. You will be seen the way they want you to be seen. In fact, no one will bother to ask you questions, research and/or verify the validity of anything. Strategically, they are that good. I’ve never experience anything like this in my entire work history that now, out of the blue, seems questionable. Google Narcissism/manipulation/smear campaign (consider their unlimited resources),and RUN for your life. Now I am not saying this happens to everyone only to those that get on their bad side, and as I said no one will believe you and ironically, you will be looked at as though you were the problem. Nevertheless, if you really want to work in media without any potential hassle look into other opportunities at NY1 or News 12 to spare your career, reputation, and relationships.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Regional News Network full-time

    Pros

    Some really great people who are fun to work with. Sometimes work is very interesting

    Cons

    Sometimes work is dull, and some people came be extremely difficult to work with and sometimes clear direction is not given by management. Salary is on the lower end of the scale

    Advice to Management

    Pay a more substantial wage, and have more clear guidelines for how supervisors should supervise.


  6. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Senior Local and National Account Manager in Rye Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Local and National Account Manager in Rye Brook, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Regional News Network (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people who are dedicated and smart

    Cons

    None really if you work hard it is noticed but family run so there is that

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking to grow the business


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Meh"

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

    I have been working at Regional News Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's OK if you're just out of college and looking to get your feet wet in the TV industry. Most of the staffers are also very good.

    Cons

    The pay is awful. I am not an entry level employee but they pay me like one. Staff turnover is very, very high. Owners do not care.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff a livable wage and treat your staff with respect. It's really not that hard. A little goes a long way.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Multimedia Journalist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Literally none except for the fact that you're covering stories that major media outlets are covering.

    Cons

    Everything.

    Extremely mean/selfish management that will disrespect you at the drop of a hat. You will never be treated with respect or given what you've worked hard for no matter how long you stay for. You drive your own car and completely ruin its value, sometimes driving up to two hours just to get to one story. Not to mention they expect you to do work, set up stories and make phone calls WHILE driving (resulting in multiple accidents). You rarely get a photographer, and you get impossible deadlines (as in 40 mins to do one story). You are required to do two stories a day even when there's no news. All the news is taken from other newspaper sources. You get screamed at and belittled. There is absolutely no communication or comradery in the newsroom, and you end up being the one paying for the lack of communication.

    Run away from this company as fast as you can

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the fact that there must be a reason someone is quitting every two weeks. Get rid of the newsroom management that overwork and disrespect their employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Yesterdays news today"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in Rye Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in Rye Brook, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Regional News Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    you pretty much know what story you can be covering based on Lohud, NJ. com, northjersey. com, the patch, or any other news agencies even news 12. Whatever they report today fios will cover tomorrow. "first on fios , last on a story".

    Cons

    everything about this company from the ceo to the desk.

    Advice to Management

    pay more and maybe people will care more and do more for you when you need it. theres a reason the owners name is Richard.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good hours - but you end up paying for that with your self respect by working for this company. They are so mean spirited

    Cons

    worst people I've ever worked for. If you like being belittled and yelled at in meetings, this is the place for you. I've never had an experience like that in my life.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat people.


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