Warner Bros. Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry M. Meyer
Barry M. Meyer
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Pros
  • great work-life balance, company perks (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 in finance department (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Better be a bully

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    Current Employee - Lead Painter in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Painter in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work at home. Creatively good.

    Cons

    Male orientated who are spoiled, miserable men. TV deadlines are harsh for the amount of work you have to do. You better get it right. No time for learning how or making mistakes. Nice people get thrown to the dogs in the animation industry at every studio. I'm looking for a great place where I can excel and be really prosperous in life. Most likely it will never be with another Californian. They are dishonest and selfish using flowery words.


  2. Helpful (1)

    More VPs than regular employees

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    Former Contractor - Senior Interactive Designer in Burbank, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Interactive Designer in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some great people. Fun going on lot.

    Cons

    Seemed like there were more VPs and SVPs, than regular workers. HR was a joke. There was no room for advancement or raises. I did an excellent job, but never received any positive feedback for managers.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves, do some work, recognize those who do great work.


  3. Good company, now stumbling

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    Former Employee - Post-production in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Post-production in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and the salary was initially very competitive (although recent cost-cutting and layoffs have impacted salaries.) Some great projects and challenging, interesting work.

    Cons

    The company is flailing, as is much of the film industry. They seem unsure about their direction and are underutilizing some of their core assets. The management style has gotten paranoid and there is much less loyalty to employees. Long hours. Current job uncertainty, as layoffs and cost-cutting continue.

    Advice to Management

    (This is a note about the info here on glassdoor.com; Barry Meyer has retired. Kevin Tsujihara is now the CEO.)


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  5. Typical hollywood

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    Former Employee - Web Producer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Web Producer in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work at a historic studio and see movie stars.

    Cons

    At times it can be Hollywood at its worst. Management has a lot of big egos and pampered talent. Lower level employees are not treated well.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the hard working lower level people that move the business along. Think about innovation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Work/Life Balance and workload

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good health benefits. Some good people working very hard and great at what they do.

    Cons

    The workload is often overwhelming without proper compensation. Work/life balance is off. Not a lot of opportunities for advancement, many people hired into top spots from outside the company and a general downturn in morale.


  7. Ok, but egos reign

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. as a contractor

    Pros

    Exciting, get to see filmmaking

    Cons

    Egotistical people, whiny union members

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate how hard the crew works


  8. The Golden Age of Hollywood is Over - Get Over It

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing products - who doesn't love blockbuster movies and hit TV shows?

    Cons

    Excessively political and consensus oriented (a polite term for sheep mentality). WB likes to think of itself as innovative, but the reality is that it doesn't like anything that will change the way it does business.

    Advice to Management

    It's really hard to know what's going on unless you happen to be plugged in to the "right" people. For example, there's no way of knowing who does what when you're a new employee because there aren't any organizational charts.


  9. Good for students and doormat personalities.

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    Former Contractor - Clerk Floater in Burbank, CA
    Former Contractor - Clerk Floater in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location, creative people, you feel like you're living the dream.

    Cons

    Low salaries; inconsistent hours; deceptive orientation/training; incompetent and childish managers. Your skills don't matter when it comes to extend your 3-month contract, because it's a popularity contest and if the managers like you, they will ignore your tardiness and any other issue you think will affect your review. Never talk freely, keep your head down and smile if you want to make it in the VIP Tours department.

    Advice to Management

    Promote and extend the seasonal contract of those who really deserve it. Leave favoritism to other companies with less prestige than WB. Nurture the people you hire, some of them are really good and deserve more than 24 hrs a week on a 3-month contract. Encourage employees to stay, not to leave for a job that pays better with more hours.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Near impossible to change depts. or move up.

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    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Burbank, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A large percent of senior management (VP & above) don't have a clue what they are doing. WB operates like a bunch of separate silos, rather than a team. Warner Bros is a large company & take forever to make a decision.

    Cons

    Too may SVP's and above who are just hanging around waiting to retire. WB is at least 10 years behind other studios when it comes to IT.


  11. Director, Planning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time

    Pros

    No PORs. to specifically speak of

    Cons

    Supervisory management was, and remains, confused and directionless



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