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Turner Broadcasting Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
359 Reviews

3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, fun people to work with, it's an industry you can relate to (in 37 reviews)

  • They treat their employees well with good training programs and great benefits (in 61 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance -- they tout it all on paper, but don't actually practice it (in 13 reviews)

  • Ascending into upper management is difficult (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Abusive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Good benefits, and some interesting projects.

    Cons

    I had worked at Turner for a good many years, and then the management changed. The new management did everything they could to get rid of good employees. Four of my co-workers, all of whom had been with the company over 8 years, abruptly left the company. Then a year later, I did the same. I was given impossible assignments and set up to fail, and then given a "performance warning." Before then, I had never had problems getting satisfactory annual reviews. I also knew a guy working in a different department who had a terribly abusive boss--even worse than mine. Anyway, this place is toxic--stay far, far away. I feel sorry for my co-workers who are still working there. One of them is only working there because the company pays for insanely expensive medicine for his wife; he told me that otherwise, he would have left a long time ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop abusing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not for top talent anymore

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Vacation and 401 k are great.

    Cons

    Shrinking business. Too much management structure and not enough doers. No opportunity for advancement. Toxic politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees or all you will have left will be the sharks with more to say than they can actually do.

  3.  

    Fall of the house of Turner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Politics are bad.

    Cons

    Politics, promotion's based on politics not skills and abilities. It has been downhill since Ted left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of John Martin and those who are gutting the company for a sale. I am not a disgruntled employee who was passed over for promotion. My advice is that the culture as promoted is not what is now being executed. Moral at Turner is in a free fall as no employee feels safe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Salary is very good, but vacation is based on seniority and not tittle. Two weeks vacation to start for a senior level is not good.

    Cons

    Dealing with old blood. No new way of thinking. People have been there for years therefore they don't want change, same way of doing things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new creative thinking. Be clear and transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Atmosphere, dishonest company, corporate stock and shareholders more important than employees

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There was a time we got braves and hawks tickets but contrary to popular belief they are now gone. I guess a pro would be it is a job.

    Cons

    where should I start, worst politics in the south. really toxic place to come to work. dishonest corporation where shareholders and stock price are all that matter. a lot of unethical things happen In this company.
    you are lied to about work/life balance. turner isn't anywhere near the levels of your yahoo, google etc type companies. pay is not up to date with large corporations. Time warner just out sourced all the mail room workers just to save a buck. There is no human side to things here just the bottom line. its a shame. other departments are next they just purchased to huge data centers on the east and west coast. it wont be long before all the broadcast equipment and jobs will be gone also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting this place be on cruise control, get some real leadership in place. there are more managers and directors than workers. management is out of touch with what goes on. it is truly the blind leading the blind. everyone is comfortable and there is next to no production. I was excited years ago to go to work for cnn its all I façade. stop underpaying employees and keeping the big bonuses to only upper management. This place is a joke. you can only dream of getting promoted. This place is truly a one hand washes the other place. I pray for anyone that wants to come to work at CNN center its exciting for maybe the first year then you realize the hell you are in. but if you are fine with just running on a treadmill and getting no where its a paycheck every two weeks. but you will lose motivation once you see the lack of vision and leadership. Time Warner is taking this place under. Get out while you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wouldn't go back for twice the money

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    "IF" you're in the right department - great atmosphere, casual working dress and hours, short Summer work weeks, you are left alone to focus on your creative work, very relaxed and laid-back. You need to make friends quickly or you'll be left out of the inner circle... Turner is a lot like high school that way.

    Within the larger company, benefits and perks are very good. Pay is good for creative roles, especially for long-term employees who are well-connected and have received longevity raises over the years; below-average to poor for those in other departments.

    There is very little opportunity for advancement unless you make a lateral move to another Turner department (which requires being well-connected and well-known in the company). If you're in a creative role and are politically savvy, over time you can expect to receive better titles and pay while still performing the same work at the same level.

    If work within a purely creative department that produces on-air product and you're good at dealing with sometimes-nasty office politics you'll be fine.

    Creative departments are the darlings of the company. IT is considered an afterthought and not integral to the company's business model. It is the red-haired mangy dog that doesn't get fed and lives in a hole under the outhouse. Stay far away from any IT-related function or job or department.

    Cons

    Promotions & pay within IT are politically-based and it takes a very long time to get promoted even if you play the game. IT-related departments especially have a lot of jockeying for power and visibility among middle managers, and are very top-heavy organizationally (although that's somewhat a problem throughout Turner).

    IT departments are staffed with very low-talent long-term employees at senior technical levels, often go through massive re-orgs and politically motivated layoffs, and are micro-managed by jealous and game-playing managers and VP's.

    There is no trust between organizations within IT departments, lots of backstabbing, very nasty gossip culture, everyone highly manipulative behind the scenes.

    There is also a strong culture of pushing contractors to work un-paid hours in IT departments - which is illegal even under Georgia's very weak worker protection laws - to make budgets look good.

    Different IT departments have incompatible visions for the company's technical direction, and routinely compete with each other for control of the company's infrastructure. Strategic or roadmap technology decisions are based on what is politically advantageous or "fun" to work on without completely understanding the chosen solution or fully reviewing alternatives.

    In all departments - promotions and pay raises are based almost entirely on your length of employment and quality of your political connections, rather than the quality of your work or the number/type of process or technology improvements implemented during the last review period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turner is heavily bloated at the middle-management layer across all departments. Promotions are based on length of tenure and political pull, not merit. There's an awful lot of people at this layer of the organization with no reports or strategic/financial responsibilities. Most of the people at this organizational layer would be individual performers or team leads (not line managers) at other companies. Turner has been something of a victim of its own financial success and desire to reward long-term politically connected employees at this level. Other companies without such large profit margins can't support this many dead-wood employees at this organizational level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Insanity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very relaxed. It's a wonderful place for those who aren't necessarily eager to work, create change or have a positive impact on the organization. If you want a really easy job where all you have to is pretend you are busy, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    TBS is a social club. The leaders are more concerned about the type of clothing you wear, the latest shopping trend or the latest most fabulous vacation you've taken than they are about doing what's right for the company. As an HR Professional, I was astounded to witness the blatant violations of DOL, FLSA and discriminatory practices that were tolerated and ignored. I don't know how the company has survived this long but if there is not a complete overhaul of management soon, this company will soon be no longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave now, you have collected enough checks, have some integrity and allow someone with the knowledge to do so lead this company to success,v

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    After 13 years at the company, loyalty and value is clearly not respected.

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great calling card, infrastructure for professional growth.

    Cons

    Size the inability to retain talent, and finally, a bloated bureaucracy that prevents nimble decision-making. They are still mired in an organizational structure from the analog world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff. Find ways to create rotational opportunities and foster cross-divisional collaboration. Most importantly, reward talent by empowering them and offering them opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Amazing Disorganized in Technology Areas, Clueless Management, Culture of Fear and Intimidation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Adequate benefits which you won't have time to use due to 24 by 7 culture.

    Cons

    Expected to be available at all times since that would reduce the bonus for management if they hired more staff.

    Technical management has never worked anywhere but Turner. A lack of knowledge about other methods of performing functions and goals isn't acquired.

    Bullying, harassing managers are merely moved onto exciting projects where they can continue their behavior rather than be fired. HR has no power in technical areas. In the nearly 7 years I was there, we had over 7 different HR reps.

    Lack of trained technical staff results in senior technical people having to get up in the middle of the night to deal with minor issues.

    Service delivery managers and their staff are directing technical solutions for which they are not competent to be making.

    Technology Services has no architects; but, senior engineering staff is expected to perform architecture, engineering and operations activities.

    Monitoring staff is unable to handle service requests after hours that are normally handled by the Call Center during business hours.

    50% turnover in staff in major support areas.

    New technology is implemented with no training; yet, is expected to be able to support products.

    A review of service tickets would reveal that only certain members of staff are addressing service requests.

    Some technical staff have been working on projects and not addressing daily operations work for over 5 years.

    Lack of recognition for implementing a major project with little or no assistance that directly impacted major infrastructure servers and the majority of Windows OS workstations and laptops.

    Infighting amongst and between teams encouraged by Service Director, so that no one asks what value he brings by hiding in his office all day.

    Culture of repercussions for stating there are issues that should be addressed and making recommendations to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Terminate the CIO and CTO as both of them are incompetents that were hired by an executive that was fired for sexual harassment. The CIO was informed of the issues over 7 years ago and has taken no action.

    Terminate the SVP of Technology Services. He has known of the issues for years.

    Note that I am the person that commented on the survey that Technology Services never asked our clients what they expected of us and that was determined to be one of the major goals for the entire service organization in 2009. So Turner senior management must have thought I knew the area very well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to be an employ, not a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    There are some great benefits such as free sports vouchers and ccasional swag. There are some very smart people. The work comfortable environment

    Cons

    One cannot easily leave due no-poach and non-compete agreements with high-level recruiters. The managment oversite is terrible. There seems to be a lot of time spent toward documenting who is not doing somehting rather that getting things done. Turner time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a very close look at your middle managers. Only results driven companies can pull off the technical manager and Turner is not a results driven company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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