NBCUniversal Reviews

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NBCUniversal CEO Stephen B. Burke
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Pros
  • Flexibility on work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Some great people that really care (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • General work ethic is an expectation of long hours or off hours support for primetime or weekends and special events occasionally (in 28 reviews)

  • Work/life balance can be tricky (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    It all depends on where you work in NBC Universal...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Entertainment Department At NBC Universal Studios Theme Park in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Entertainment Department At NBC Universal Studios Theme Park in Universal City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Being able to work with people who are genuinely interested in their jobs, and also being a staple part in allowing audiences or guests become fully engrossed in your work.

    Cons

    There wasn't any kind of solidarity or confidence in keeping a job without having shady corporate things go on under the table. The people in managerial roles at this company don't work with conscience... They work with their own preferences in mind. I can guarantee that the more Corporate side of NBC is MUCH different, but coming from the Themed Park side of the company, it is a completely different Universe... No pun intended. :)

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management needs to take a good hard look at their underlying management teams. The supervisors and Managers of specific areas of the company all use their own preferences in hiring; nothing is about qualifications in that area. It's very similar to teachers picking favorites in class, and it's not fair for the people who really work hard. I was on both sides of this battle (the favorite, and the not so favorite) and you can tell the major impact this type of thing has on a person. I just think that lower-level management needs to be trained correctly. To know what is acceptable and what is not.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Fumbling media giant tries hard to fulfill GE's tall orders to evolve beyond the dark ages and join the future.

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The name. It carries clout and can open doors. It also gives an unusual opportunity to see behind the scenes at the actual 30 Rock. A peek at how they make the magic happen. If you're lucky, some of the management staff may also take an active interest in mentoring you. IF you're lucky.

    Cons

    It's as formal as an old school law firm. And the thinking is often as outdated as that, as well. I've never seen such politicking, in-fighting and backbiting. There's no job security. If you want this kind of uncertainty, you might as well go join a start-up.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your VP-level staff, and please bother to look behind the curtain. There's no wizard there. It's just some insecure climber doing as much backpedaling as he can to justify the salary and position. He's hoping you won't notice.


  3. Poor Leadership

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    Former Employee - Sourcing Manager in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Sourcing Manager in Universal City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Media company is a plus - exciting "products" that you can be proud of seeing in the real world. Overall work-life balance is better than other companies.

    Cons

    Specifically in the organization that I left - there is immense turn over. It's actually pretty crazy, about 70%. Large part is poor leadership of the organization that is too focused on cost reductions and not bringing value to the internal customers.

    Advice to Management

    Time for some new blood.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    One of the most dreadful media companies in America. Arbitrary, incompetent and short-sighted management.

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    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large powerful with fair resources company.

    Cons

    Absolutely the worst company in the business.

    Advice to Management

    Sell and replace all management and all existing structures.


  6. Poor treatment of employees at NBC Universal

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    Current Employee - I T in New York, NY
    Current Employee - I T in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    access to learning is available

    Cons

    Employees treated disrespectfully. Consultants are treated worse. Management can be rude, presumptuous and take advantage. Work life balance can be very bad.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that employees and consultants are people and need to be treated as such to stay motivated and loyal.


  7. Diminishing returns

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    Former Employee - Animator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Animator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    NBC does routinely tend to pay higher than its competitors, and its name recognition attracts fairly high quality talent. They also keep their equipment up to date and the facilities are generally OK as well as the location.

    Cons

    The corporate/management culture is incredibly dysfunctional. The tendency within the division I worked in was towards nepotism and ability to curry favor rather than competence. There was absolutely no room for promotion or growth unless you were already brought in by the current management or incredibly adept at sycophancy.

    Advice to Management

    Review division leaders and senior management and query current employees with guarantees of anonymity and without fear or repercussion. That said, you should probably just fire senior and mid-level directors and start over with a juried selection process rather than appointees through networking.


  8. Too political. Not focused on entertainment.

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    Former Employee - Category Manager in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Universal City, CA

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Too corporate. Too many politics. More talk less action. Not focused on entertainment. Don't care about career development or their people. HR is a joke. Without a doubt the worst place I've ever worked. I do not recommend this place to anyone in entertainment. No in senior management had entertainment experience. Unbelieveable.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making better content. Seems like too much focus is on ruining employees lives. Hire more people with entertainment knowledge.


  9. It Was Good Once

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    Former Employee - Manager in Universal Cty, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Universal Cty, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As studios go, Universal is a nice studio. Beyond that, I really can't add a whole lot more.

    Cons

    Serious lack of competent management and much of it at the very senior levels.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the employees at the non-management level and find out what's really going on with some of the senior management. There are good ideas to be found there. This has to be above the SVP or EVP level though as that is where a great deal of the problems are.


  10. top heavy management

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    Current Employee - Empolyee in Studio City, CA
    Current Employee - Empolyee in Studio City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    one of the few companies in town that still have Union employees. They are really hard Some of the best workers around.

    Cons

    Managers do not know the the jobs of their direct reports and are bullies. Very little raises only what is in the union contract and they are always very fast to throw it in your face that you are union and they don't have to do anymore then the minimum in the contract no matter how hard you work. There is also a very large wage gap within the same jobs. Also there is no communication from management they get go from meeting to meeting and give you no direction or response to question you may have on a project.. Please note this may note be this way in all departments.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. This is your chance to make Universal great again. don't keep the Old GE types around ask the low man on the totem pole what is really going on.


  11. Exciting then disappointing when you figure out how things really operate

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large reputable name recognition. Promote a family like atmosphere and encourage teamwork

    Cons

    Very political. Like-minded thinking is expected, new ideas are rarely encouraged. Lack of trust and integrity at all levels. Eye opening considering the possibilities. Too many "fiefdoms" being protected at the expense of the company. Penny wise, pound foolish.

    Advice to Management

    Balance hiring and promotions with internal vs external. Company tends to reward like-minded thinking and dismiss change rather quickly. Needs to be more proactive approaches to best in class management and operations - everything is running on reactions. Very difficult to fix as its thoroughly engrained at all levels of the organization.



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