Warner Bros. Reviews

Updated June 11, 2014
Updated June 11, 2014
221 Reviews

3.8
221 Reviews
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Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry M. Meyer
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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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  1.  

    Senior Management in the Finance Department is not Capable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Finance Manager - FP&A  in  Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - IT Finance Manager - FP&A in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Warner 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

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

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

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

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not enough upper management support

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warner Bros.

    Pros

    Great Benefits and people are nice to work with

    Cons

    Management not experienced enough and not enough training in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure managers have been trained on how to work with their employees

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  5.  

    Ok, but not that great.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice experience working in a studio

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get competent management and reduce some load at the top-management is extremely top and middle heavy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked for the executive from hell at this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Secretary  in  Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Secretary in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, great studio lot, some smart people

    Cons

    My 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.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    not as good as it sounds like

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Warner Bros. as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    big company, looks good on resume

    Cons

    poor management, long decision process, management lack of education

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of people failing up here...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing and Public Relations  in  Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing and Public Relations in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Let'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.

    Cons

    Leadership, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Thin 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).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lately 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pizza 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Warner Bros.

    Pros

    Lots 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.

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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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