Finding a job is more than just finding a company that may want to actually hire you, it’s about finding the perfect fit. The average American work week currently stands at 47 hours. That’s a lot of time investment for any employee, and spending that time working for a company that doesn’t deliver what you want out of that investment will bring a lot of dissatisfaction. To help you avoid that situation, we’ve gathered together some of the entertainment industry’s companies with the highest employee satisfaction.
Journalism and Big Media
Declining readership has curbed the abilities of a lot of journalism companies to offer the same perks and benefits they were able to give in years past. Here’s a few still offering some of the best benefits in the business.
As podcast popularity continues to grow, NPR is seeing a renewed interest in its programming. Although pay isn’t spectacular and there’s some internal disagreement concerning how the company is approaching digital releases, many employees find the challenges and work/life balance to be major positives.
Started when digital media first saw decent steam, Slate’s edgy tone and great digital design has kept it popular. Its employees tend to like the company, too, despite the long hours and low pay. Employee positives include an inclusive work environment and freedom to pursue interesting stories.
Out of the big five media companies, the Walt Disney Company tends to take the cake for employee satisfaction. Coming in at a 3.8 out of 5 for employee satisfaction on glassdoor.com, the kingdom that Mickey Mouse built tends to be a very demanding workplace for its employees, and although many felt the magic, some reviewers rated their experiences as mostly mediocre.
In the entertainment industry, plenty of studios offer long hours and low pay, but few do so while keeping employees engaged and comfortable at the same time.
Started by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay back in 2007 as a website featuring comedy shorts, this studio gives a lot of creative freedom to its employees and allows them to collaborate on new initiatives. This freeform environment, however, has some problems as people naturally form in-groups around new projects, according to some glassdoor.com reviews.
Known as the studio behind Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Legendary consistently releases some of the biggest blockbusters in the business. Employees enjoy the atmosphere and the number of interesting projects consistently going on. And like most studios, the cons include long hours and demanding schedules.
This animation studio has found success by consistently releasing animated films with budgets much cheaper than industry standards, such as the “Despicable Me” franchise. Employees enjoy the office environment that encourages employee development.
Video Game Development Studios
As with many tech companies, video game studios consistently score as workplaces with some of the highest employee satisfaction ratings on glassdoor.com due to great benefits packages, cool office environments and engaging collaborative work.
The video game studio responsible for the video game phenomenon, League of Legends, ranks as one of the best companies to work for on glassdoor.com. Employee development tends to be a very important aspect of the studio, but individuals looking for a good work/life balance might want to find a different company to work for.
Founded in 1979 as one of the first video game studios, Activision Blizzard is well known for the quality of its games and its campus full of gaming relics. Employees get access to great learning resources and engaging work, but low work/life balance and high stress tends to dominate the corporate environment especially when release dates get closer.
A darling of the video game industry, Valve is a unique company with a very unique corporate structure. Created to be almost democratic in nature, the strength of the company lies in allowing the best projects to naturally rise to the top before heading to market. While self-starters and highly intelligent employees may flourish, those who need more structure may have a harder time finding room to grow.
These companies may have high employee satisfaction, but that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for your personal needs. Before applying to any company, be sure to do your research and understand how that potential job might affect your goals and daily needs. To find jobs by these companies and more, check out 4entertainmentjobs.com.