Turner Broadcasting
3.7 of 5 325 reviews
www.turner.com Atlanta, GA 5000+ Employees

Turner Broadcasting Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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3.7 325 reviews

                             

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John Martin

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Life after Turner

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTurner has been a good place to start a career. Many new services and networks have launched over the years. The people have always been fun and easy to work with.

    ConsThe times have changed and Turner has as well, but not necessarily for the better. Yes the company has become bigger and makes a great deal of money, but the heart has slowly slipped away.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember to think about why Turner became successful. Heart and grit. CNN's ratings and respect have dropped because the direction has changed. The focus now is on the ratings and not on doing the job. Maybe Turner has gotten to big for its own good. The company was better when it was just Turner and not part of the Time Warner empire.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place if you enjoy negative office politics and lack of structure or accountability

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsFlexible start times. This is also a Con since many Directors and above do not arrive in the office before 10:00 or stay past 4:30... there seems to be a small core of people who work an actual 40 hours each week. This can be wonderful if you're on the right team, terrible fi you are one of the people who have to take up the slack.

    ConsPoor work-life balance - a lot of last-minute frantic late-night work due to a combination of shifting deadlines or priorities and lackadaisical work ethic until up against a deadline.

    Nastiest office politics I've ever seen. Senior management is very disconnected from daily culture and perpetuates negative politics by their own example. People who participate in the gossip mill are rewarded. You pretty much have to become play the office politics to become part of the group - expect to be forced out if you don't play the game or if you speak up about the culture. Be very careful about what you say and to whom, Turner is a giant echo chamber.

    Educational offerings are sorely lacking,.. for example, tuition repayment is officially at your manager's discretion but in reality has happened only once in the past 7 years that I'm aware of, and only for one person who was a favorite of their manager.

    The work flow process is so un-structured to the point that it can be crippling; projects move forward extremely slowly and succeed based solely personal relationships or luck rather than on a consistent management model. None of the teams trust each other and work hand-0off between teams is inconsistent at best. Project routinely go over time and budget. At least one manager has a habit of pulling all resources into their projects no matter how small, claiming credit for any successes (no matter who actually did the work), and blaming others for any failure.

    Lots of women in line-worker roles, several in management roles, almost no women in executive leadership roles (outside of the usual HR and back-office accountant positions) and no women in senior leadership or executive roles.

    Though lateral moves are possible, it's difficult to move up. The company is extremely top-heavy - Most middle managers obtained their positions through networking and long tenure, and there literally are more Director-and-above positions than managers and line workers.

    Turnover is extremely high for the first year - but drops of sharply after about two years. Average length of employment is twelve years but there is a huge turnover in the first two years. If a person makes it past their first year they likely are part of the old-boy network and will stay. The key is to keep your head down, not rock the boat, not make any changes or speak out against those who are in power, and participate fully in office politics.

    Even though many of the long-term employees do not have a highly-developed skill sets compared against people in similar roles at other companies, opportunities for promotion or advancement are extremely limited. This is because there are so many long-term employees and such a comparatively large number of people with senior-level titles,

    Low-to-average salary with minimal promotions and annual increases; negotiate for a decent salary up front because it will change very slowly. Bonuses can run as much 10-15% but again this is entirely at your manager's discretion. With a bonus on the higher end of the scale, your salary will likely come up to just below average for the same job title in the local market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management says they want to change the culture of the company to be more innovative and open, and fully co-operate in a more efficient manner. People will observe and model on your behavior - if the goal truly is to change the company culture to one that's more trusting and cooperative, you must change your behavior to match that ideal. This means better and more transparent communication; no shouting or screaming; no negative talk about one employee in front of another; restructuring the organization so that there are actually fewer Vice-Presidents, Directors, Senior Directors than managers and employees; and no more favoritism based on the good old boy network that is so famously entrenched at Turner. Today the leadership teams foster a climate of fear, un-willingness to take risks, negative political behavior, and mistrust between teams.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of talk and little action, it's nothing more than a popularity contest.

    Technical Manager (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat benefits and good pay, and there are a lot of top notch people there.

    ConsThe management in the department I worked for completely ignored performance and promoted purely on the people who would say "yes sir" or "yes ma'am", even if it was blatantly detrimental to the company. They were only interested in their personal agendas, and had no interest in employees who focused on the customer. If you want to keep your job let alone get promoted then you have to suck up...

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've started cleaning house in this horrible department, but you need to go much deeper. The problems are still very much there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not As Great As You Would Think

    Human Resources Assistant (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsStill trying to figure out the pros for working here

    ConsTed Turner's way of treating his people are long gone. LOW Salary and Horrible Management

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop living in the past successes of the company, it is okay to adapt to the changing seasons while maintaining the integrity of the company. Your brand is nothing without the people behind the scene yet you treat them as if they're worthless and insignificant to the company. Your salary is not competitive, your benefits are not beneficial when the employee has to pay most of it out of pocket and your perks are not that great. This is why people leave the company.

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    ProsThis was a very hands-on experience. I feel that I really got to see how the company functions. I would definitely recommend this program to others.

    ConsI feel that they gave a lot of busy work. I feel that I got in the way a lot, and that others were annoyed that an intern was following them around.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good if you want to park yourself and never get promoted.

    Legal (Former Employee)

    ProsPleasant co-workers (for the most part).

    ConsOver time you're expected to take on additional responsibilities (characterized as growth opportunities) yet doing so becomes frustrating when there's no recognition in terms of promotions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust because a manager has a history with the company doesn't make him/her a good manager. Provide opportunities for individuals to get promoted. It creates low morale to have some groups provide for promotions while others do not.

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    Small fish in a Big Sea

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGet to see the new shows happening. Feels like a college campus. Sometimes you see famous people walking around.

    ConsIf you want to get in with the company it is very very difficult. I was freelancing as a contractor for almost two years and could not get a full time job there, even though I was sort of working there already.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a better look at inside job applicants!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The Hard Truthes

    Senior Web Developer (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsWell-funded, attractive, secure facilities. Strong emphasis on life/work balance. Reasonable benefits and compensation

    ConsYou will get very comfortable here regardless of your area of expertise, but if you are technical be prepared to for some serious stagnation of skills, absence of desire to innovate and negotiate well for your initial placement, because without serious connections it will be your long-term/permanent placement withing the company. Turner "talks the talk" about advancing with trends, socially, strategically and technical, but at the end of the day there is neither the will or support to actually implement any substantial change. Sadly, Turner, like most past-looking entertainment and media companies is watching the future race out of their grasp at an ever-accelerating pace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA lot of the decision-makers and even some folks in the trenches feel like they are just "running down the clock" on their careers. I get it, you're a few years from "cashing out" and don't want to rock the boat, but do you really want to be the marginalization of a potentially great company to be your legacy?

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

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    Wrong Place to work if you are a technologist or a developer

    Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsNice benefits, nice discounts can get by without doing anything

    ConsManagement has no clue about technology nor is interested in learning. They are at least a decade behind. TBS is not the same as CNN. Connections matter. Everything is swept under the rug.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive power to technologists if you want to take the company to 21st century. College degree matter. Get outside consultants to get an impartial picture.

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

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    Stay Away From the DC Bureau

    Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsLots of opportunities to add a great name to your resume

    ConsThe managers are idiots. Cronyism is rampant. After elections it's a sinking ship. Lots of layoffs this year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe better at career pathing your employees. Stop promoting problems into management positions (those that can't do manage). Respect people for their work.

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

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