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Overall, a great place to work!

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Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Turner Broadcasting full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Great benefits, work-life balance philosophy

Cons

Difficult to move around the company.

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    great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time

    Pros

    great sales experience and excellent place to develop professional skills

    Cons

    tough to move up, politics in office are extreme

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    Great Place if you enjoy negative office politics and lack of structure or accountability

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time

    Pros

    Flexible start times. This is also a Con since many Directors and above do not arrive in the office before 10:00 or stay past 4:30... there seems to be a small core of people who work an actual 40 hours each week. This can be wonderful if you're on the right team, terrible fi you are one of the people who have to take up the slack.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance - a lot of last-minute frantic late-night work due to a combination of shifting deadlines or priorities and lackadaisical work ethic until up against a deadline.

    Nastiest office politics I've ever seen. Senior management is very disconnected from daily culture and perpetuates negative politics by their own example. People who participate in the gossip mill are rewarded. You pretty much have to become play the office politics to become part of the group - expect to be forced out if you don't play the game or if you speak up about the culture. Be very careful about what you say and to whom, Turner is a giant echo chamber.

    Educational offerings are sorely lacking,.. for example, tuition repayment is officially at your manager's discretion but in reality has happened only once in the past 7 years that I'm aware of, and only for one person who was a favorite of their manager.

    The work flow process is so un-structured to the point that it can be crippling; projects move forward extremely slowly and succeed based solely personal relationships or luck rather than on a consistent management model. None of the teams trust each other and work hand-0off between teams is inconsistent at best. Project routinely go over time and budget. At least one manager has a habit of pulling all resources into their projects no matter how small, claiming credit for any successes (no matter who actually did the work), and blaming others for any failure.

    Lots of women in line-worker roles, several in management roles, almost no women in executive leadership roles (outside of the usual HR and back-office accountant positions) and no women in senior leadership or executive roles.

    Though lateral moves are possible, it's difficult to move up. The company is extremely top-heavy - Most middle managers obtained their positions through networking and long tenure, and there literally are more Director-and-above positions than managers and line workers.

    Turnover is extremely high for the first year - but drops of sharply after about two years. Average length of employment is twelve years but there is a huge turnover in the first two years. If a person makes it past their first year they likely are part of the old-boy network and will stay. The key is to keep your head down, not rock the boat, not make any changes or speak out against those who are in power, and participate fully in office politics.

    Even though many of the long-term employees do not have a highly-developed skill sets compared against people in similar roles at other companies, opportunities for promotion or advancement are extremely limited. This is because there are so many long-term employees and such a comparatively large number of people with senior-level titles,

    Low-to-average salary with minimal promotions and annual increases; negotiate for a decent salary up front because it will change very slowly. Bonuses can run as much 10-15% but again this is entirely at your manager's discretion. With a bonus on the higher end of the scale, your salary will likely come up to just below average for the same job title in the local market.

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    Senior management says they want to change the culture of the company to be more innovative and open, and fully co-operate in a more efficient manner. People will observe and model on your behavior - if the goal truly is to change the company culture to one that's more trusting and cooperative, you must change your behavior to match that ideal. This means better and more transparent communication; no shouting or screaming; no negative talk about one employee in front of another; restructuring the organization so that there are actually fewer Vice-Presidents, Directors, Senior Directors than managers and employees; and no more favoritism based on the good old boy network that is so famously entrenched at Turner. Today the leadership teams foster a climate of fear, un-willingness to take risks, negative political behavior, and mistrust between teams.

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