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Warner Bros. Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
247 Reviews
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Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry M. Meyer
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Pros
  • Work life balance great in my dept, but not necessarily the norm at the studios (in 18 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and people are nice to work with (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • no work life balance - 60 hour weeks and getting worse (in 11 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, no chance for internal promotion, (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Aspiring professionals should avoid this grim and dishonest hamster wheel

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    Former Employee - Studio Facilities Clerk in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Studio Facilities Clerk in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Exciting and historic work setting; friendly and happy film crews; strong community of health and wellness fans; great cafeteria; great parking; successful implementation of new business practices that stunt individual employee growth to create financial gains for the company in innovative and technically legal ways

    Cons

    -- Zero (0) opportunities for advancement for Studio Facilities staff;
    -- Egregiously dishonest recruitment and orientation process - company attracts young, talented professionals seeking employment with an exciting, vanguard company and treats them like a volunteer army of naive summer job hopefuls while simultaneously disseminating its Myth of Opportunity;
    -- Hours are distributed among an over-large employee pool (which is constantly expanding) so that 1) no base-level employee can even approach full-time, and barely and infrequently earns even part-time hours, 2) so no base-level employee can even dream of qualifying for benefits, and 3) so base-level employees are left with impractical recourse to unemployment benefits when they are inevitably (and passive-aggressively) removed from the employee pool after failing to win the undeclared popularity contest;
    -- Very, very few managerial positions available, and those already occupied are often held by people who are so immature and unequipped for their roles it's insulting;
    -- Promotions don't exist, unless you consider *temporary* horizontal movements that don't include pay or hour increases a 'promotion' (Studio Facilities uses this tactic to produce its Myth of Opportunity);
    -- Very 'Hollywood' atmosphere, so for example, an employee should be wary of what they eat and whom they eat in the presence of, because petty preferences like those applied to an employee's size and diet have weight in this setting (This can, in turn, impact your fragile popularity contest standing, so just a note of caution here);
    -- Exceedingly low morale on a very grand scale due to unconcerned and often patronizing management/supervisors who seem barely qualified for their positions;
    -- You try to believe that it will be worth all the turmoil - it never will be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is(/was) a culture of punishment for speaking out on any issue (unless you were maliciously ratting on someone else, which was encouraged) - all suggestions were consistently and systematically ignored. No point offering any here. This division of this company is very set in its ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Expected, but disappointed.

    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent corporate values to work for.

    Cons

    Poor work environment, non-qualified project managing person. Lack of respect to team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shrinking Staff

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    Current Employee - Director Finance in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Director Finance in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good corporate benefits - really good people

    Cons

    no work life balance - 60 hour weeks and getting worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    build better products to increase the bottom line instead of squeezing accounting / finance staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointing experience

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    Former Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Characters in the WB Library are great! Classic Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo and H&B line up, Tom and Jerry, All the DC line up. So much to do with them.

    Cons

    They have been investing the low funds they do have into failing CG projects and not capitalizing on the actual money makers for the studio. Those they ignore. Plus they treat the artists there like garbage and there is no hope of a raise for doing a good job. It's a cheap studio that is getting worse. No long term vision of where they are going and what is important to the WB name and how to make it great again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and let someone else take over who has more than short sighted vision for projects past season 2.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Avoid working for Studio Facilities! Beware!

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    Former Employee - Tour Guide in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Tour Guide in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Bring on tour with your guests away from management, human resources, and all of the corrupt folks at Warner Bros.

    Cons

    Cattle call, they have a system where they bring you in temporary so you can be a tour guide for peak seasons then they let you drift away. 3-4 tours a day for $11.74 an hour plus you have to pay ridiculously expensive union fees. My suggestion: get the job and take advantage of being able to speak in front of people and really hone your "people skills" then leave it the first chance you get. Because, I guarantee they will screw you over at some point, and if you stay there for a long time you will get sucked in their being a tour guide for decades and become really cynical and hate all of the new/young guides.

    Human resources is a complete joke here! They don't value their employees and treat you like a piece of meat. They could care less whether or not you need a stable job. The system is designed to let go of mass amounts of employees at a time to make room for new employees, because their theory is that after a few months they got the best out of the tour guide and they have nothing left.

    It's really a sad and depressing place at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They "think" they're really positive people working the entertainment industry when in reality they're passive aggressive drones that haven't a clue what they are doing. They don't give a damn about their employees whats so ever. Ask anyone who has worked their and they'll say the same. Yes, their are a select few "regular" employees that they rely on and are treated well. But, that's only because they serve as managements puppets and "narks" for them. Very flawed and corrupt organization at Warner Bros. That's All Folks!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A slow lumbering beast that remains a cash cow despite itself

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    Current Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a big name in the industry, so it sounds impressive. Hours are great and workflow is rather easy. Also, movie screenings.

    Cons

    Different departments feels like separate companies. There is very little inter-departmental communication, and often it's unclear whether anyone really knows who is doing what. Virtually no mobility outside of personal connections. Outdated technology and heavy bloat of middle management. Other than that the company is basically run by temps and interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying on temp labor as it is inefficient and destroys culture. Consider re-organizing the operations. It's incredibly bloated and people spend more time worrying about appearances, politics, and shifting costs to others' budgets, rather than productivity. Who you know matters more than what you do, and this is an illness for the company. Perhaps implementing better visibility from top management to ground level would make this self-evident. At present, executives have no idea what anyone in their respective department does or how they do it. So different departments operate completely differently from one another for no apparent reason. Company loyalty is a thing of the past. Only thing you hear from people who have been here 10+ is how much they lament what the company has become. That's depressing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you can handle abuse then by all means go for it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time

    Pros

    Movie screenings, TV/Movie taping, and development courses.

    Cons

    No flex time at all. Strictly 9am-6pm. Don't bother coming in early to leave early. Make sure you give them at least one month of notice if you want to leave 3 minutes early. HR doesn't care if your manager is hostile to you. They will see that person is a superior and will take their side. If you can deal with mental abuse then this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flex time and get rid of those hostile leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disappointing

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I heard of the perks and sense of teamwork but did not experience it.

    Cons

    Verbally abusive managers that HR is aware of, does nothing to remedy thereby sanctioning this type of harassing behavior towards subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should make the WB work experience outlined in orientation available to employees in ALL departments. If not possible, you should definitely warn employees going into departments with known management abuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Was good, would stay away from now

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    Former Employee - Senior Clerk in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clerk in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great, wonderful gym, good places to eat, not the same work experience every day, discounts are good as are special events/programs.

    Cons

    The management seems to make changes to personnel on whims. Fiercely anti-union if they can get away with it. Instruction on duties almost non-existent. Chances for advancement are nearly impossible. Everyone who is not management worked to the bone. If you are looking for some positive feedback (or any feedback) you can forget it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would a little praise kill you? It might make up for the lousy pay (I say might). Also, stop lying about raises and advancement, after five years and no changes it gets a little old.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great name, poor company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time

    Pros

    Working for an organization with a name that is known world-wide looks impressive on a resume.

    Cons

    Managers / leaders speak to subordinates in a condescending tone, and it is obvious that they don't care for them as people, just work horses. Because "everyone" wants to work for the company, they take advantage of those that already work there as they can easily replace them. Workers are not given an positive feedback and/or encouragement which causes low morale. Managers are put into roles when they have no management experience, let alone, any skills that would make them a good manager. Some departments do not offer a good work/life balance. You are expected to be there early and leave late, and don't offer any alternative work schedules or telecommuting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put competent people in manager/leader roles. Treat people as what they are ---- people with feelings and a life outside of WB. Offer more opportunities for telecommuting or alternative work schedules. Your employees are your best asset - treat them with respect and you will get more out of them than if you treat them as a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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