International Desk Editor (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – November 13, 2017
Easy to get stuck in a place unless you continuously take own initiative to cross train, salaries not as competitive as some other networks and considering the HQ is in Atlanta, not much else to do in this city but work for Turner/CNN. Senior management means well, but not effective
Worldwide resources and very strong brand name
No life-work balance and they don't pay well enough
Clearance Coordinator - Declassified 2 (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – November 12, 2017
I worked on a show that was a subset of CNN. But we did have regular contact with the main company. They seemed to be a bit of a rushed place. And it made it tricky to get material we needed. But the people were good and easier to communicate with.
Vice President & Managing Editor of CNN (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – October 11, 2017
It was an honor to work at CNN and reach the title of vie president and managing editor. Managed CNN’s domestic news coverage on a daily basis. Provided editorial direction to reporters, producers and assignment editors in 9 domestic bureaus including Washington. Produced live coverage of breaking news and special events including conventions and elections.
The worst tv production job I've had - Caustic Environment
Studio Camera Operator / Robo Camera / Video (Former Employee) – DC - District of Columbia, DC – August 14, 2017
Management will urge you to cross train (when it suites them) and when you show ability to do that job well, they will retract it. Because, they don't promote. It's a pigeon hole, a dead end job that is festering in incompetence, favoritism, racism and an utter disregard for co-workers. The directors are miserable and bring their misery with them to work each and ever day. It destroys morale. There are employees who are moles that possess zero talent who will do anything to ruin your day by always making life miserable for everyone around them. This one particular tech manager is the worst I've ever had the misfortune to work FOR, I never worked with him. He did not care one bit about anyone's family but his own. There was zero work life balance here. I wish I had never taken this job. It was the worst career decision of my life.
Production Assistant (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – July 25, 2017
Being an intern at CNN is the best way to cut your teeth in this industry. You are treated like any other staffer and given responsibilities that push you beyond your existing capabilities so you are constantly learning.
Talent Executive Assistant (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 10, 2017
Stay away from the Business Administration department!! The 'managers' have NO CLUE what they are doing. There is a lack of diversity in the entire company, and that department is worst. The managers has their favorites and it feels as if you are in jr. high school trying to get in with the 'popular' kids. The ones that 'run' the department pretends to listen about the problems but does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about it! You will meet the higher-ups from Atlanta (they come to NY at least once a year) - do yourself a favor, don't waste your time. They go back to the managers and end up having a target on your back.
Software Developer (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – June 1, 2017
Other than you work ethic, make sure that you take the time to work on yourself as a person that can communicate and talk to a diverse crowd of people. CNN is a place that values culture . So be cultured
News Producer (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – April 23, 2017
I started out as a freelance writer at CNN International. In 1994 I became a full time employee. My first job was with CNN domestic. From there I moved around to Headline News and eventually back to International.
Content Coordinator (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – April 6, 2017
This company will teach you good work ethic. You work hard and fast. It's exciting to always be in-the-know about world events but can be a bummer to work most weekends and holidays. You have to be committed to the cause to accept the sacrifices.
Free Food Occasionally, Free Swag often
No Lunch breaks (for newsroom), weekend and holiday work
Photojournalist/Editor (Current Employee) – Montgomery, AL – April 6, 2017
After 8 years of being employed with the TBS and CNN, it has become family to me. The work environment at the station and in the field couldn't be any better because of superior co-workers. Weather it be a 3, 5, or 7 day work week, there will always be something new or something different that you are challenged to learn from.
Floor Director (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – February 21, 2017
Having a front-row seat to news at it breaks is exhilarating, but expect to work extremely hard to keep up with that pace. Editorial tends to promote from within with a solid career structure. Operations, however, is slow to promote and, because of the demanding pace (and inadequate staffing), opportunity for career building is virtually non-existent. It's a dream job for most, but the day-today is very monotonous... except when you get to meet someone famous.
Technical Director/Director (Former Employee) – New York, NY – December 29, 2016
CNN's employees are subjected to somewhat ridiculous standards. I have been working in television for a while now and I would say without a doubt that CNN has taken the tv production model, and combined multiple roles into one, making things sometimes impossible, but yet you are still expected to perform at that level 100% of the time...no excuses. It's a harder environment than most.