Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
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3.7 219 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry M. Meyer

Barry M. Meyer

(127 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Huge amount of projects/events going on all the time, smart and driven people, great work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and people are nice to work with (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Some departments do not offer a good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, no chance for internal promotion, (in 6 reviews)

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    Senior Management in the Finance Department is not Capable

    IT Finance Manager - FP&A (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsWarner Bros. has great reputation and provides top-notch benefits to its employees. The 401K plan is one of the best compared to other entertainment companies. I would have stayed for the duration of my career if I had faith in the leadership of the team.

    ConsVery poor management, poor communication, too much micro-managing, management has very little respect for employees, hostile work environment created by the leadership of the team, the company seems to be too focused on cutting costs and does not seem to value employee loyalty.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou cannot disregard the opinions of your employees and turn the corner by hiring leadership who is not fit and capable for the role. The lack of respect and leadership provided by your mid to senior level management is very concerning and creates a very unhealthy and dysfunctional organization. At some point, you should realize that hiring a coach to coach your mid-level management team is not cost effective. By that point, you may already be past the point of no return.

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

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    Great opportunities - ran into a difficult area of the business.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people, again - was able to partake in some endeavors one wouldn't usually have the chance to be involved in.

    ConsManagement issues and career growth challenges - in the servicing sector especially.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice would be to be tuned into the general career growth needs of employees. In addition, there were team members who made the day-to-day even more challenging - when I brought concerns to management - these were largely ignored.

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

     

    Not enough upper management support

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Benefits and people are nice to work with

    ConsManagement not experienced enough and not enough training in management

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure managers have been trained on how to work with their employees

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    Ok, but not that great.

    Finance (Current Employee)

    ProsNice experience working in a studio

    ConsVery incompetent management. Management is not held accountable and instead blame subordinates. This creates a very toxic environment, where people do not know what to expect and when they will be the next on the chopping block. No work-life balance at all. 10-12 hr days are routine and expected and you never get rewarded for that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet competent management and reduce some load at the top-management is extremely top and middle heavy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked for the executive from hell at this company

    Senior Secretary (Former Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsThe best thing about this job was being on the lot.

    ConsI was very excited when I first got hired on at Warner Bros, working for one of the executives. I soon discovered, however, just how horrible of a person I worked for. HR did nothing, I think everyone was afraid of him. My dream job was the job from hell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be A great Place to Work but they pull out the "Layoff" weapon too often

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsGood benefits, great studio lot, some smart people

    ConsMy department leadership was awful. I can't say that about every department though. The culture is very harsh. Because of outsourcing and abundance of layoffs, people are afraid to lose their job and act accordingly...paranoid, backstabbing. Highly paid consultants from supposedly prestigious firms have too much control over employees. Also abusive management and HR does not help. HR has no backbone and just implements what department executives want including frequent layoffs to get rid of people they don't like. They have no workforce plan so layoffs are used as a convenient tool.

    Too bad...I really wanted to like Warner Bros. I have fond memories and would say that find the right department to get into.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    not as good as it sounds like

    Operations Analyst (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    Prosbig company, looks good on resume

    Conspoor management, long decision process, management lack of education

    Advice to Senior Managementmore communication with employees, listen to more advices, have an open mind

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of people failing up here...

    Marketing and Public Relations (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsLet's face it, it's fun to work for a movie studio, many outstanding perks. WB also offers competitive pay, benefits, and generous paid time off.

    ConsLeadership, or lack thereof. Management here is some of the worst I have ever seen. They don't develop their staff, HR is a joke, there's no focus on employee relations, managers yell/curse at employees, you're expected to work ridiculous hours and on your vacation, very unprofessional, tons of favoritism, I have had zero performance reviews during my tenure, there are way too many VPs and above, and too many people getting promoted when they should not. You can be a terrible manager and still get promoted, we see it all the time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThin out your VP levels, especially the old timers, they are so lazy and ineffective. Put a formal career development process in place. Hold managers accountable for developing their staff. Actually enforce annual performance appraisals (just because a score is submitted doesn't mean a conversation ever happened).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ... started great but the management style of the studio is degenerating

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsIt's Warner Bros. Better than average pay. Flexible schedule. Great benefits.

    ConsLately they hire completely unqualified people from totally different industries and make kids right out of college senior manager or VP. Upper management literally has no idea what their division does, or what the day to day operations are. Extremely low employee satisfaction /morale. Positions are always filled by outside hire, zero promotion from below Director level. Tendency to implement every new management fad, regardless if it fits the business model, decreases efficiency and productivity and negatively impacts clients/revenue. Several rounds of layoffs have left divisions too lean, everyone does the work of four people. Up to ten hours of overtime a week. Red state / blue state management vs hourly dynamic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPizza Hut used to make new franchise owners spend two weeks doing every job in the business before they could run one. Upper management needs to have a real understanding of the day to day of their division. Hire the person who can do the job (experience/background), not the guy right out of college or the guy who used to grow flowers for florists. Stop using recruiters and consultants. Recruiters don't know what a qualified applicant is and consultants aren't there to solve your problem they are there to sell you their services in perpetuity. If it isn't broken, don't fix it - stop implementing every new fad from every other business, and if you do, listen to your employees when they tell you the changes aren't working.

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

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    Ok place to work. It's not a sweatshop...yet.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Kirkland, WA

    ProsLots of smart creative people.
    Flexible schedule
    Interesting projects.

    The atmosphere is laid back, and simple. Most of the people I work with are great to interact with.

    ConsPoor management communication.
    Lack of direction.
    Lack of growth opportunities.

    To be honest the place is becoming a bit of a sweatshop. People don't feel valued because they are switching projects so often.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to provide better feedback to your employees and provide a clearer roadmap to what your ideas and plans are. We feel lost.

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