Turner Broadcasting

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Turner Broadcasting Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
369 Reviews
3.7
369 Reviews
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John Martin
37 Ratings

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.  

    Great Place to Start, Great Place to Rot

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

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance, laid back culture, cool products. A great company to launch a career in many different areas. Ability to move between divisions is available if you're motivated enough. Decent perks and benefits. Generally young and diverse workforce. Family-friendly. Valuable networking opportunities in/around Atlanta and the business world at large. Fairly competitive salaries due to the difficulty of getting top talent to relocate from NY, LA, etc. Nice campus conveniently located in Midtown.

    Cons

    Mid-level employees languish at Turner. Executive leadership is weak and overall vision for the company is sorely lacking. Poor communication from the top and little attention is paid to professional growth at an individual level. No clear paths to advancement, and as a result, employees are often doing more than one job but receiving only one salary. Promotions rarely given, and those that are tend to reward mediocrity. Managers are inexperienced and linger for far too long in the same positions. Too many meetings and too much planning by committee. Lip service paid to "innovation" but company is profoundly risk-averse. Internal contributions are undervalued, external contributions are overvalued. Relaxed atmosphere sometimes borders on unprofessional. Company strategies often seem reactive and long-term planning feels non-existent. All of the above contributes to low morale and to a company at a crossroads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turner executive leadership needs to seriously think about why they are shedding their top talent. Perhaps it is because the company is guilty of so many of the reasons that good people quit: tolerating mediocrity, corporate read tape, poor communication, lack of vision, no employee retention strategies or clear paths to advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, department mismanaged

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have good benefits, programs available for employees, the office culture is realley good.

    Cons

    There's no room for improvement, very limited career opportunities, management is not aware and don't want to deal wiith the potential issues that show up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider internal policies, get involved with the employees and leave room for improvement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good and bad

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

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some groups are tightly knit, well oiled machines. If you are in one of those groups you will love your time at the company. Benefits are amazing, location and parking in Atlanta are simple whether at Techwood or CNN Center, company has many well known brands so it will look great on your resume. Diverse work environment with people from all over the world. Great place to learn the media business.

    Cons

    Lots of detrimental politics. Leadership positions have been given to outsiders who have brought in their own teams, disrupting long standing policies and turning the place into a cutthroat environment. Lots of senior executives focused on these things instead of running their parts of the business. HR is definitely more interested in not being sued than in ensuring a good working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create incentive plans that ensure collaboration. Turn HR around - ensure that employees are first. Remove power from those who are creating the them vs us attitude among teams.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting

    Pros

    * Name brand recognition
    * Easy to sell
    * Get own office, TV, corporate card
    * Mostly great personalities

    Cons

    * Thrust into unethical situations more than once
    * Top planners are expected to carry the rest of the team
    * Bad experience with traffickers
    * Lack of accountability for work quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management all in all I was pretty satisfied with. My only advice is stop letting bad employees hide behind these brands and make them accountable for costly mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    principal

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting

    Pros

    good work place and fun place

    Cons

    lot of work during releases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep work life balance

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent work environment, flexible work/life balance, little opportunity for growth due to stagnant staff/management.

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

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very flexible when it comes to work life balance, as long as you get your work done management doesn't check the time clock punches.

    Cons

    One major concern/issue that I have, at least I see it as an major issue, is it is nearly impossible to be fired for performance reasons alone. Fading skill sets with little to no motivation to learn and stay current = very stagnant and dull work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid-level management has been in the same roles for my entire tenure and have grown complacent and content with how things are and are unwilling to take any risks or jump out on a limb for something they believe in, motivate them to change and with it the cultural change you desire will follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales Planner

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

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive and smart professionals. Be prepared to work hard. Various divisions to work for.

    Cons

    College like environment. Hard to get hired and be promoted. Little work-life balance.

  9.  

    Sales assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time

    Pros

    Great people and a good learning beginning learning experience

    Cons

    Difficult to move up and get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within the company

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of Change right now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting for more than 5 years

    Pros

    wonderful development program for employees

    Cons

    people are stuck on titles. LOTS of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of the collaboration (or lack thereof) on your team. You will loose great talent because of petty office politics rather than the overall brand and work itself. People never leave companies. People leave people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overworked underpaid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Network of colleagues made experience invaluable. Office itself is amazing and state of the art. Everyone wants to come visit. Everyone wears a lot of hats here and is expected to do work well beyond their job description. That said - the experience and knowledge you take away was a great asset when looking for the next career move elsewhere.

    Cons

    No work life balance -- they tout it all on paper, but don't actually practice it. No relief from the blackberry ball and chain. Pay was decent if you actually work 40 hours, but when you work 60-90hrs/wk the pay scale doesn't feel as good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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