Turner Broadcasting Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Research

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting

    Pros

    benefits, location, employee programs, community involvement

    Cons

    low pay, lack of innovation


  2. Experience varies based on division

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

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits like generous 401k matching, summer Fridays off after 3pm Above average PTO Higher salary ranges than I found in other companies Work/life balance - some random work hours are needed but its not in addition to a regular work week in my case

    Cons

    Big company bureaucracy Potential for layoffs (new to the company after big changes in 2014) Unclear direction from middle to upper mgmt

    Advice to Management

    Do more tops down declarations over tools to use, direction for products, services to use. Accept that there will be time to retool to do this, but that life will be much simpler for employees after done.


  3. Great company, even when you get laid off

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

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits at Turner are top notch, though compensation can be lower than other companies in similar industries (to my understanding). People are fantastic, both co-workers and management (most of the time). There are tons of super smart people to learn from all around you. Work/life balance is great. Was very proud to work there for many years (started there when I was still in college). And, if you are unlucky enough to be laid off like I was (see the CON section) the severance package was fantastic (if you'd had a long tenure).

    Cons

    The "Turner 2020" layoffs in fall 2014 were definitely a "CON," considering I was one of the almost 1,500 staffers impacted. While employed, it was also extremely difficult to move between departments, unless you already knew someone who wanted to bring you over. Although HR recruiter names for open positions are viewable internally (supposedly to give you a leg up on outside candidates) it was usually very rare for some of them to return your email if you wrote to let them know you'd applied for something or had a question. They can also take many MONTHS to fill positions.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to post HR recruiter names internally for current employees to see (when applying for open positions) please tell those recruiters to do a better job of returning candidate emails. Also, if you are going to list the salary code for open positions, allow employees to look up the code to see the salary range, instead of having to write to the recruiter who may or may not respond.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Account Executive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting (More than 8 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great People, lots of opportunities for lateral movement

    Cons

    Management is constantly watching their own tail and looking out for themselves

    Advice to Management

    Look down, not up


  6. who knows what the future will bring

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

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, decent salaries. If you are on the right team, your life will be great. if not, well, good luck ;)

    Cons

    Future is uncertain. Culture is in transition, which could be good, even great, or not. We won't know until we know.

    Advice to Management

    First of all, I think the senior management is very competent. The deal is that the entertainment/licensing world is going through major changes. So my advice would be, 'Go ahead and gamble, the old culture of Turner has already been killed off, so now there is less to lose, but much to gain :)


  7. Helpful (2)

    Wonderful Organization That Has Changed Dramatically

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

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time (More than 10 years)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Turner Broadcasting was an absolutely wonderful organization with a rich history of innovation and creativity. The company was built on strong internal and external relationships and employees stayed for decades because of the rich culture. The roll-up your sleeves attitude allowed employees to truly make a difference and help build the wonderful company.

    Cons

    After parent company Time Warner spun off Time Warner Cable and Time, Inc., it began to focus on Turner Broadcasting as the key money-maker in the family. Time Warner is working to morph the rich Turner culture into the Time Warner culture. The focus is now solely on the stock price. The traditionally Atlanta-based, rich culture is now turning into a NY culture that seems to focus only on the numbers and not the employees who've built the company. The company also laid off thousands of employees and lost some extremely talented people for the sake of the stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose the rich, Turner culture in the pursuit to raise the stock price. The company was profitable and had an extremely talented workforce. It's going to be hard to make up the brain power that was lost in the Turner 2020 layoffs.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Senior Editor for Program Edit Department

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

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a nice atmosphere and the management is supportive. The benefits are average or above average for the industry,

    Cons

    Since the Time Warner merging the company has become more and more profit centered instead of putting the employees first.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to values you had when Ted Turner was in charge. Put more value on employee morale and less emphasis on the bottom line.


  9. Corporate America

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

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Health Benefits. Competitive Salary

    Cons

    Corporate Outlook, not very forward thinking, Poor Work Life Balance at times


  10. Post-Layoffs, still a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting

    Pros

    Layoffs in the fall were disheartening, but ultimately led to greater opportunities for those still employed. Love all the research tools we have available.

    Cons

    Some of the networks we support don't seem to have a clear identity, which makes it difficult for Sales and ultimately difficult for Ad Sales Research.

    Advice to Management

    The layoffs in Fall 2014 dug deeper than was necessary, and we're dealing with the aftermath of that now. Would also be great to have more cross-network learning sessions.


  11. Technology Program Manager

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

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work-life balance, collaborative work environment

    Cons

    at times long hours and short deadlines, but it balances out throughout the year



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