Pros: great colleagues, collaborative environment
Cons: salaries on the low side, no job security
A&E is a very large cable TV network conglomeration. The job I had there could be fun or stressful based on the amount of work to be done and the people you worked for. For the most part it was creative and collaborative, other times it was territorial and crazy.
A typical day for me was supporting the legal team that brokered multi-million dollar deals with cable providers and created the contracts for those deals. I managed the physical and electronic housing of those contracts, and helped make the work lives of my team run smoothly by processing expenses, making travel arrangements, setting meetings, drafting correspondence, and getting invoices paid. My team worked with the companies that provided cable programming to their viewers. This area of the business brought in half the revenue for the network. It was a very important part of the television delivery system.
I had great co-workers! Many of them became my close friends and we had a tight-knit, supportive workplace because of the relationships built within the company. The hardest part of the job was managing the different personalities and management styles that can be found when working in a creative team environment. The most enjoyable part of the job was the close working relationships I had with my team and other people in the company. I learned a tremendous amount about the cable industry as a whole, in addition to the specific legal, sales and marketing aspects of the business and how the business side of television works.
All in all it was a great work experience and I learned a lot. I will always be grateful to A&E Networks for the opportunitites and knowledge that I gained there.