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It is what it is

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Weather Channel full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The Weather Channel has done what is necessary to transition from a "middling" company to a transformational company. They have shed the yoke of a "quality place to work" for the relentless pursuit of "what have you done for me lately" mentality. Question is, can something so commoditized as the weather be a defining, successful business model? If you think that brand supersedes the marketplace then bet on The Weather Channel.

Cons

C-Level management behaves as though they are in the untouchable caste. New hires almost certainly have to have some previous connection to C-Level management to come aboard if they hope to achieve.

Advice to Management

Don't turn your back on the "establishment" associates - they built this company. They have wisdom and insight that applies to the business. This isn't just another start-up that you can spur with superfluous, shiny ideas and flip for a dollar. Consumers value The Weather Channel for its steadfast trustworthiness and insight.

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  1. Helpful (8)

    The Weather inside is frightful

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    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are few Pros - and I mean that both as in Professionals and in positive attributes of the company. The salaries are OK for Atlanta but don't let that lure you in to this mess.

    Cons

    The lack of professionalism and experience amongst the middle and senior management ranks is truly astounding. This is due to the fact that David Kenny and most of his Sr Mgmt team have none to little media experience and background, and they continually hire their cronies who have similar backgrounds at outrageous salaries. They enjoy talking about past conquests and their connections - but in 1 yr the needle has not moved, I believe anywhere else, this would be considered a failure.

    The inexperienced and unmonitored VPs are like naughty teenagers - continuously fighting over turf and outright warring against each other. Someone else reviewed it perfectly "Loads of VPs tripping all over each other... and actually tripping each other too". Senior Management is fostering and rewarding a cut throat culture where truth and integrity are punished - and anyone who has a different point of view or opinion will be made so miserable they will wish to be laid off - I have personally witnessed that with 3 colleagues.

    I have also observed that there are no minorities in Senior Management and very few women, in fact in the last yr they have gotten rid of the only woman of color at the senior level and many others in middle management - it is becoming the "Whitewashed" weather Company - dangerous if you are a minority.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of spending an inordinate amount of money on tons of consultants, how about some true leadership David Kenny? Come down from your private jet, and really get to know what is going on in Atlanta & NY, how poorly your Senior management is performing and why you will never be able to move the company forward with the current players.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Stay far, far away!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The few 'oldtimers' who have are still there are great to work with. The pay is above average for IT in ATL (but the long hours will cancel that out). Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Where do I start? This was once a great company to work for and I just shake my head to see what it has come to. All the other reviews about senior management are right on the money. David Kenny came in and basically pushed out the old regime and brought his own guys in. Most of them came from hotels and other industries and have no idea how to run a media company. There are so many VPs that I've lost count. There are constant power struggles amongst the VPs and EVPs and it's the old blood who usually gets the short end of the stick.

    The new managers that come in are programmed to treat the employees who have been there for a long time so badly and show them so little respect, that they have no choice but to outright resign or leave the company that they have built over a long period of time. Most of them do not try or even care to try to learn the culture or get to know their people. Anybody who tries to speak up is quickly blacklisted and slowly pushed out, either through 'poor' reviews or displays of outright favoritism towards 'their guys'. Going to HR with any concerns is fruitless because they just go along with whatever the new management says (pretty much like puppets) and do not offer much support to the rank and file.

    The PTO policy is good, but it is for show. The new managers that have come in make it impossible to use your vacation. There is always a 'deadline' and it is never a convenient time to take time off. Their reaction is 'oh well, it is customary to leave unused PTO days on the table'. Internal promotions are literally non-existent and you basically have to leave to get a higher position. Most upper management has been brought in from the outside.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at what made the company great in the first place. Treat your employees as the most valuable assets, instead of just numbers in your ultimate goal to flip the company. The brand is unprecedented in the marketplace and if you do things the right away, the company will be profitable for a long time.

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