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Former WWE employee on their time working for the company: “Great Brand, lousy place to work!”

Bryan Alvarez talked about the reviews being posted on Glassdoor.com from former and current WWE employees. Many of the cons of working there have a similar theme. It’s no secret that working for WWE requires many to work crazy hours. There have been stories from people on the creative team about how they’re basically on call 24 hours a day. According to Glassdoor, based on the people that submitted a review, 63% of employees recommend this company to a friend, Vince McMahon (CEO) got an 83% approval rating, and they got a 3.5 out of 5 rating based on 45 reviews.

Here are some of the reviews:

Director (Former Employee)
Stamford, CT

Pros – The good part of working at WWE is the brand! Even if you’re not a Wrestling fan, you can’t help but be enthusiastic about the engine that sells wrestling. The Community group does a great job humanizing the organization with their efforts with the American Cancer Society and Special Olympics. Most of the wrestlers are great people and treat everyone respectfully and appreciative of the teams that support them!

Cons – The corporate culture is horrible! The culture is one of blame and CYA. It is an organization that claims that they want process and innovation when in reality it is one that is driven by live TV/Network and can’t sustain a process driven model of anything-whether it’s creative, development or financial. The digital team doesn’t have enough experience and depth to bring any product to life successfully -at least one that isn’t fraught with defects and significant failures. The leadership team didn’t care about the individuals, only that they produced and made them look good-certainly not about the team. I may have learned a lot technologically but it wasn’t worth the 60 hour work weeks and lack of support and appreciation for those efforts.

Advice to Senior Management – Hire people that are open minded, not chauvinists. Hire leaders not bosses and people that are interested in getting the job done and not blaming others for mistakes-encourage some failures. If the Digital organization was run the same way that Live Events were then the teams would be much happier and productive.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I’m not optimistic about the outlook for this company

 

Motion Designer (Former Employee)
Stamford, CT

Pros – The company is large, so you get a lot of desk space. It is located in CT, so they have private parking lot, which is amazing. The people are very nice.

Cons – There are strange insider gossips and something felt very wrong. People would speak behind each other’s backs. I felt like there was something much more underneath that’s going on than meets the eye of the beholder.

Advice to Senior Management – Be more truthful with your employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I’m optimistic about the outlook for this company

 

Manager (Current Employee)

Pros – Fun company with lots of opportunity. Ability to work across different areas and experience different aspects to your job is a plus. Not too much hierarchy where jobs are completely siloed. Hours are long but if you like what you do it just means the day goes by faster and that’s a plus. It’s definitely never boring!

Cons – Still a young company in many ways related to organization and structure, very messy and random day to day. Often need to make the impossible happen. Work hours are very long and it is expected that you are on call at all times. Not the right company for you if you want a 9-5 and don’t want to take work home with you. But I ‘d say if you have the right boss, they will be understanding of this fact and allow some flexibility to make up for it.

Advice to Senior Management – You are only as good as your team – remember that, and spend time getting to know and listening to your teams, you’ll be a better overall executive as a result and your teams will be happier. Be transparent, it’s never good to feel uneasy or on shaky ground as an employee – it makes you want to look elsewhere for employment. Focus on communicating to your teams and you’ll find the good ones will stick around longer.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend


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