Corus Entertainment

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Corus Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Corus Entertainment full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They are fair, want to do good by their employees, are proactive with today's trends like time off for palliative care. They provide a lot of training and conferences. Moral at our location was good - but that is location specific. Senior management are 'real' and take an interest in the 'little' people, everyone is treated equal no matter what your position, they are interested in helping you progress your career if you that is your desire

    Cons

    they run really lean so unpaid overtime can be and often is required, training and conferences are usually just for management not for staff, benefits are ok but I've seen better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits could be better, consider adding staff so staff aren't quite so burnt out from running so lean. This would mean less staff turn over, less training etc

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The slide is just a decoy!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corus Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Half day fridays in the summer

    Cons

    Longer work hours than most companies
    Management is incompetent; out of the loop
    Highschool mentality - if you're a mean girl (or boy) you will prevail
    Work load of 4 people - with each layoff the number of tasks increases; and continues until the person breaks
    Lots of Ivy League students hired to make powerpoints and to be part of the EVP club
    No way to grow, move up. Most Corus U courses that are worthwhile are only reserved for upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some fresh blood that has their finger on the pulse of what is actually happening in the industry and with digital media. Whats a web series? Seriously?
    Promote and recognize talent within.
    Bring in a real HR department. Do they do anything?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corus Entertainment

    Pros

    collaborative, employee benefits, recognition for great work, provides educational training

    Cons

    long hours, silo'd departments, us vs. them mentality, not open to new approaches, low morale over constant restructuring

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Moving on up? No you stay put.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corus Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are amazing
    Beautiful building and energy
    Corus U
    Lots of work if you like work

    Cons

    Hundreds of worker bees and few upper management. Now this is normal in any corporate structure but when opportunity to move up comes along, employees with years of experience loose out to I think the "secret society". A number of Ivey League students and friends of friends, with less then two years of experience getting to jump the line. Makes you wish you didn't bother working so hard. Now this isn't all departments. Some value hard workers others value who they work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up all positions to the company, and not after you have already preselected the new candidate. At least post the positions so we know the job exists.

    I've seen a number of great people jumping ship because growth isn't possible. Sadly we all love Corus, which makes leaving hard but ultimately necessary. I think all Jr staff dreams of being at Corus for 17-20 years but I don't think they'll do it at a low salary and have to wait 10yrs to move up.

    Another advice to management: say "thank you" or "great job" when it's due. Hard work should be acknowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I am job hunter, after reading reviews I decided to not even apply for position at this company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corus Entertainment

    Pros

    Seems like upper Management is ok, according to reviews I read

    Cons

    From what I read, it looks like employees are over worked and under paid. Not the company for me

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worked there almost 10 years in TV Division, was truly "released" when let go...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Television Division in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Television Division in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Corus Entertainment full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fun Environment
    Some great employees
    Fantastic social events (when they occur)
    Corus Quay location minutes from Toronto Union Station
    Received a rice-cooker as a 5-year anniversary present (still in box)

    Cons

    Note: This would all be for television, as I never worked on the radio side of things
    - Constantly looming "are there layoffs coming?" feelings.
    - Small company, compared to big fish in Toronto (Bell, Rogers), no real feeling of secure future.
    - Great "facade" up front with state of the art technology, fun environment, etc., but generally miserable low level employees behind the scenes trying to keep it up and running.
    - Vast differences in treatment by management based on position; creative team members have rules bent regularly for them, while entry-level and coordinators are treated like production line factory workers.
    - Management unaware/unwilling to learn new systems/technologies (I personally experienced managers being told specifically by their superiors to not to attend department training sessions, because it's "not their job to know how the system works").
    - Flawed/corrupt employee evaluation system (employees fill out their goals and assessments, management re-opens files and adjusts all employees to be in-line with department goals/projections).
    - Layoffs occur regularly to "streamline departments", while targeting employees who have been there the longest/have the highest wages.
    - Promotions and hiring based more on friendship with management than actual merit.
    - Outside talent hired regularly, while internal talent overlooked.
    - Long hours with below-average compensation and minimal recognition of contributions.
    - Many shady anti-union work-arounds occur, especially to work around already existing internal department unions.
    - Mentality of "see how many tasks can be piled onto a short-staffed department until it is just about to break before considering hiring additional help".
    - Very defensive departments when it comes to adding/adjusting responsibilities.
    "Scapegoat" mentality by management; if you leave the company, then most problems that come up will be blamed on something that you did before you left.
    - Students, foreign workers, and basically anyone willing to work extreme hours with minimal are valued higher than long-time employees.
    - Stale creative environment; same contract employees brought back again and again (see point about friendship vs. merit).
    - Biggest "successes" from company come from acquired content/broadcast rights, not any actual work by the company itself (see: Game of Thrones and other HBO content coming pre-packaged and ready to air).
    - Unrealistic expectations from management (see point about lack of system/technology knowledge).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at managers who have been there for many years. Most have very poorly antiquated methods, mentalities, and treatment of their employees. The lower-level coordinators in all departments carry the business, yet are told to work weekends and stay late on the same day creative teams are taken out for drinks by management. Pay attention to employee morale; I'm sure that the highest morale employees work directly with those who have the lowest morale, simply due to the unequal treatment.

    Top-level management is fantastic, but certain lower level manager and director attitudes create a hostile, unpleasant, factory-like environment that goes against the Teamwork, Accountability, and Knowledge Corus values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Producer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corus Entertainment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are nice and senior management have long tenures in their respective roles (which is good and bad).
    Nice building with Coffee/Tea and hazardous creamer and white sugar available (for free)
    Decent salary and benefits
    Employee share programs
    If you can make a decent powerpoint you'll be promoted.
    If you have an MBA you will become a VP
    Charismatic CEO

    Cons

    Bad financial performance from year to year results in continual layoffs which creates a culture of fear and paranoia.
    Staff are exhausted from year-to-year layoffs and restructures - always feels like you are spinning your wheels.
    Think "mean girls" and "boys club" = FTW

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, challenging business.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corus Entertainment full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work culture - strong sense of Teamwork, collaboration and communication.

    Cons

    Hard to meet targets with restricted budgets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on long term growth vs quarter by quarter management,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Learned more from leaving this company than being a part of it!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Corus Entertainment full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I guess the slide and the games?

    Cons

    Way too many to list but the main one is how they treat their employees. Horrible and clueless HR department defends management rather than be fair and open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let professionals do your jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great work environment, engaging corporate culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corus Entertainment full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and standard benefits. Corus Quay is located by Toronto's harbourfront, within walking distance to St.Lawrence and Distillery area, with modern facilities (kitchen, showers, meeting rooms, a slide, onsite restaurant) and many benefits for employees (free coffee and drinks, free fruits, discount to many affiliated events or shows).

    Very engaging corporate culture with many activities, such as floor challenges, fundraisers for United Way and Corus Feeds Kids, band performances, bake sales and auctions. Encouraging creative atmosphere, with seasonal art shows, great artwork displayed around the building and talk shows from topline directors and show creators. Casual dress code. Responsive IT, Xerox printing, mailing and HR services make it a great place to work as well.

    Cons

    It's a large company so there are many levels in the approval process. It's also hard to meet new people from other departments or floors. The area is still developing, so a little walking in required for choice in food or shops.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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