WWE Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Feb 26, 2020

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  1. "Good Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WWE for less than a year

    Pros

    Very intelligent and collaborative engineers. Good work/life balance. In the process of upgrading systems, so if you like change this is a good place to be now

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  2. Helpful (8)

    "It's Great Until It Isn't"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. You will learn a ton. On the TV side, WWE is one of the leading production companies in the amount of high quality content it puts out. If you are eager to learn the basics of television production - I would say there is no better place than to start than here. Depending on the department, you are given a lot of responsibility and if motivated, you will learn a lot and craft your skills that can give the edge needed in the cutthroat industry of entertainment. Most production assistants at other companies are delegated menial tasks and while you will get some of those here - you are also given tasks expected of people in much higher positions at other companies. These tasks while somewhat difficult and stressful and way above the pay grade of a production assistant, will give you the ability to craft your skills and help advance your career. 2. The people and your co-workers are fantastic for the most part. There are some rotten eggs but they are in the minority as most of the people I worked with are some of the most talented and genuinely nice people in the industry.

    Cons

    1. Management is utterly incompetent. One review on here states that there are people in high up positions who should hold much lower titles and people in lower positions who should hold much higher titles. That is very true. Management are very afraid to think for themselves or stand up to the higher ups and instead quote on quote "drink the cool-aid". They play into the toxic work environment that doesn't benefit the lower level employees of any given department who then end up having to deal with these ridiculous work requirements/ standards. I guess management is resistant to change because at the end of the day, it doesn't really affect them as the lower level employees pick up all the slack. In all, it turns what should be a fun job with an exciting product into a frustrating slog. 2. People really don't get rewarded for hard work and it is incredibly hard to get promoted or move up in the company. It ends being quite absurd because you then have no motivation to work hard because at the end of the day, if you do a mediocre job or excel above your peers and deliver stellar work it ends up all the same - you ain't gonna get promoted or rewarded unless you suck up to your boss. 3. Work/life balance is abysmal but also kinda expected within the industry but then again the way management run things here makes it much worse than any other similar entertainment company.

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  3. Helpful (14)

    "Brutally honest review of WWE"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    First-off business is doing well. Look at the stock price history. Look at the track record. As far as I can tell, this ship is well-steered. I am fortunate enough to be working for a reasonable boss who allows us to maintain a reasonable work-life balance. My boss doesn't micromanage and seems to genuinely care about our professional well-being and satisfaction. While not the norm here at WWE (as you can see from various other reviews), it shows that good people do in fact exist in the org. Pro-wrestling is a lot of fun and there's definitely a passionate crowd in the office with great camaraderie. We never run out of banter or get tired of wrestling storyline speculation. Office location is great for folks who live in Fairfield County - especially if they have families or kids. The easy commute makes it a great lifestyle job. Prior to joining WWE, I was commuting into NYC. Now that I'm here, I feel like my family life has improved 10x times. Having more time with my kids everyday is invaluable to me. I could have taken a similar role at NBCU in the city that would pay $60-75k more per year (all inclusive) than my current comp here at WWE, but I didn't. I turned that down and never regretted it.

    Cons

    Problems are numerous. (1) Promotion & Retention of Great People: Having gone through the review cycles, I can say with certainty now that WWE doesn't like to promote people. It is extremely difficult to move up, and attain a higher role/compensation even if one is outperforming the rest of the herd. And promotion is based very little on any objective performance evaluation - but a lot on tenure and on subjective opinion of your group's SVP who is given a rough impression of your work by your immediate boss at whatever level of clarity he or she is able articulate or conjure (you don't even get the chance to present your own case or articulate your own work). The annual merit raise at WWE is pathetic (compared to other companies in my experience). Whatever comp you start with is pretty much where you will stay going forward. The best people tend not to stay very long. (2) People Leveling Issues: In my time at WWE, I've found that there is a pervasive people-leveling issue. I've worked with brilliant Directors who should be Senior Directors. And I've worked with moronic Senior Directors who definitely should hold a lower title. I've also come across amazing Senior Directors who should be VPs, while bumping against lazy VPs who really should just leave. (3) Old-school Hierarchical Corporate Culture of 'Cater-to-the-Top' Here VPs and above get window offices. Everyone else gets the internal cubicles with no day light. This type of office floor planning/arrangement hasn't been seen since the 1980's. If you go to Google, Yahoo, and Facebook offices, you will see the huge difference (the exact opposite). They're all open floor plans and everyone has access to daylights and external views. Individual offices at those modern tech firms are setup in a way that do not block and monopolize the views/daylight. They all have glass walls (so everyone can see each other and feel connected). Modern companies cater to everyone as opposed to only those at the top of the pyramid. They go out of their way to make sure that everyone feels included and valued. It is the exact opposite here at WWE. WWE have separate lounges and hangout areas for execs/management and for employees. The rooftop hangout is even sectioned off in one corner for execs only (the mere idea of segregation of this nature would have been laughed down so hard at Facebook and Google, where they value organizational flatness and inclusivity). WWE execs really goes out of their way to avoid interacting with the everyone else. Here's another example - at the most recent company X'mas holiday party, we had a huge buffet banquet for the entire corporate HQ at the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich. The execs had a separate room at the event for themselves, where everyone else wasn't allowed to go in! No joke! In summary, WWE in general really goes out of their way to make everything feel very hierarchical and silo'd - from office floor plans to event planning, to HR policies, to actual day-to-day operations, etc.

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  4. "Freelance motion designer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Freelancer - Motion Graphics Designer 

    I worked at WWE

    Pros

    Great creative environment Ideas are heard

    Cons

    very demanding schedule, tough work/life balance

  5. Helpful (18)

    "Toxic Work Enviornment- Opperated Through Fear"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - WWE 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WWE full-time

    Pros

    As a lifelong fan of the product, it was always really cool to be writing professional wrestling (even if that was a taboo phrase in the office). Also, some genuinely interesting and talented writers on staff which often were the highlights of the long days.

    Cons

    An environment of Fear: The main issue comes from the very top, Vince is losing his grip in his old age. He operates and attempts to "motivate" staff through fear. Thus everyone is constantly on edge afraid of being terminated and thus treat those under them the same way quick to throw anyone under the bus in an attempt to save their own jobs. During my time there I had seen people of varying levels fired for comma misplacements, making a mistake on a task they were still being trained on how to do and for not actively telling on other employees. Vince also micromanages the team, often making huge last minutes changes making previous hours of work complete wastes of time and causing hours more of late night work to meet deadlines. Although other team members express their frustrations with the process writers keep opinions for the most parts to themselves for fear of termination. No Work-Life Balance: On average I worked about 75 hours a week, including during paid company holidays. Although during the interview process they say they want everyone on the team to have lives it became very clear that this indeed was not the case as team members were admonished for being away from their work phone or computers for literally more than 30 minutes on weekends or even during commutes home (mine which was almost 90 minutes each way). You are expected to at all times be checking your email to see if there is a task for you to complete. High Turnover: People are let go for the slightest infractions. During the first month of my employment, I witnessed someone be fired every single Friday. People are fired even during their training period for making mistakes on tasks they have yet to be taught without warning. Low-Pay and poor benefits: Writers are paid low wages despite to keep final pay down since you are asked to work very long hours. Also you work without benefits for the first 3-6 months while on "probation". Unclear and inefficient System of Task Assignments: Task are generally assigned to the team as a whole and thus it was very common for members to be working on the same tasks at the same time or to waste countless hours checking and rechecking their emails in order to ensure that there wasn't a task hidden in the body of a lengthy email chain.

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  6. Helpful (37)

    "Toxic, Stressful, High Turnover, Poor Management - Avoid this place!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WWE full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    -Good health benefits - Exciting brand

    Cons

    -Management does not care about the progression of its employees. They look down at people not at their level. During review time you will be told "it's a privilege for you to be working at WWE" “and "hard work doesn’t get you promoted” This is exactly word for word what was told to someone in my department by upper management. Sends a great message to the employees doesn’t it? What motivation is there to work in a place that doesn’t notice or admittedly care about hard work? - Underpaid and overworked – Because top management does not have a life outside of WWE, it is expected for everyone under them to be on their same schedule. Not answering your cell phone if it rings at 9PM or not answering an email at 10PM would cause major problems the next day. It’s fine if executives choose to live by that lifestyle but expecting it of all their employees is a different thing entirely. Work life balance does not exist. Don’t get caught leaving before 6PM or you will get some serious looks if anyone sees you, don’t think about not taking your work phone on vacation with you, and if you’re an assistant, be prepared to bring your cordless phone into the bathroom with you. Yes, all assistants are required to bring their phones into the bathroom with them because God forbid the phone rings more than 3x. - High turnover – The turnover rate is unbelievably high. Employees are constantly being let go and every 3 years or so there are major layoffs. There is no job security at all and everyone at the company operates in fear knowing that 1 mistake (large or small) will be judged heavily and it can and will cost you your job. It creates a very stressful environment from top to bottom. Everyone has a fear of making a mistake that no one wants to make a decision. - Very political – It’s all who you know. There are so many little cliques. It’s like a high school environment where you have to be with the popular group in order to have success. People have literally been let go within their department but because they are friendly with someone high up they are placed within another department even though they are not qualified at all. Most of the time it works the other way where if you are not with the “in” group, you will be very much scrutinized and judged in every single possible way. If you want to get noticed, run up and down the halls while stomping your feet screaming and shouting. It seems to work for some people. -Disorganization – There is a very high level of disorganization. No one communicates within the company. Departments do not talk to each other and it makes for a very stressful environment since things always need to be done at the very last minute. If something goes wrong, upper management will never take the fall but instead will blame it on whoever they can to make themselves look better. When things go right, obviously they take full credit. HR- The HR group is not there to support the employees but instead is there to serve as a political piece for the executives. They are a useless group and do not take any employee concerns seriously and will look the other way if a situation is brought up. Everything you say whether its big or small will immediately be reported back to your boss and you will be punished for it. It’s just a big game and you are their pawn. And lastly, please do not believe any of these fake positive reviews clearly planted by the HR department. All the negative reviews say the same basic things about the company. Believe those and choose a better place to work. One that actually will treat you with respect and value you.

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great place with a few flaws"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Publishing in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WWE full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging work environment; Good compensation and benefits;

    Cons

    Negative and occasionally abusive culture; Employees often afraid for their jobs, which hinders productivity; Work/life balance poor

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  8. "Deceptive Practices in a Cut Throat Industry"

    1.0
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    Former Contractor - International Production Assistant in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WWE for more than a year

    Pros

    There is plenty of room for growth....but that is also a con

    Cons

    Because there is the possibility to grow from an intern to a manager, employees are willing to stab you in the back to get there. When someone feels threatened they will completely lie. Not stretch the truth...lie. They also go on hiring sprees, promising full time work after a 90 day contract only to let everyone go around the 3 month mark. Pay is well below industry standard and work-life balance is non-existent.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Overall good company to work for but not without some cultural issues in upper management."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    WWE offers great benefits and opportunities to its employees. There's space for vertical as well as horizontal movement for those not set on a career or possibly looking at different options. The company offers its employees a lot ranging from 401K, company parties, great health plan options, and stock options. It also benefits from being on the cutting edge of certain technologies such as a top of the line graphics department, video streaming services, in-house production team, and social media teams, etc. Plenty of opportunity to work overtime if needed.

    Cons

    Depending on your department, your experience may vary. Certain departments are valued more as is natural in some companies, however this is sometimes used as leverage to do what is in their best interest instead of the companies. Reaching out to upper management in more valued departments to get a task done is like pulling teeth. Aware of this departmental favoritism, department heads will simply ignore or defer you to a later time because there is no one you can go to that will help you, despite it being in the best interest of the company. Depending on your department, your work life balance may vary. If you're the type of person who can put their head down, do their work, and not be bothered by the occasional rude attitude by an overly valued employee, you can get far.

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  10. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WWE full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great corporate structure, this company is well run from top to bottom -Excellent benefits and employee perks -Management is great at providing frequent feedback and offering opportunities for growth and development -Very good work/life balance

    Cons

    -Fair compensation, but on the lower side of a competitive wage (to start, at least)

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