Turner Broadcasting
3.7 of 5 326 reviews
www.turner.com Atlanta, GA 5000+ Employees

Turner Broadcasting Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.7 326 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

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John Martin

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82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance, fun people to work with, it's an industry you can relate to"
    in 32 reviews
  • "They treat their employees well with good training programs and great benefits"
    in 59 reviews
Cons:
  • "No work life balance -- they tout it all on paper, but don't actually practice it"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Silo work with upper management politics"
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    It's a job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsTurner Broadcasting is a stable company.

    Conslow salary, no opportunity for advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The Good With The Bad

    Ad Sales (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat benefits, awesome resources, industry leader,

    ConsVery political, cliquey, either you're in or you're out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome down to Earth once in a while

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good

    Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosthey take good care of their employees and promote an enjoyable work environment

    ConsLots of red tape and rules.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best 3.5 years of employment since I graduated college more than a decade ago. Absolutely loved the atmosphere and perks

    Marketing Specialist (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsSenior Management, Employee perks, Campus energy and atmosphere, Summer Fridays, Central location, Young, hip colleagues, Great resume-builder

    ConsMiddle of the road base salary, Corporate environment that doesn't lend to quickly moving up the ladder.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company!

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsVery courteous employees. Great collaboration between departments. Fun yet professional atmosphere.

    ConsVery competitive in terms of advancement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, great benefits, good structure, not for me.

    Digital Service Representative (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat benefits package, paid time off, medical leave, solid HR department.

    ConsDemanding position, long hours. Management knows you're swamped and expects you to figure it out with not much help.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp your employees figure out how they should go about managing their time when you bombard them with work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people in a fun, creative environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsCreative, collaborative work environment. Not afraid to let employees try things and fail, as long as you learn something from it.

    ConsSomewhat bloated compared to other media companies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wouldn't go back for twice the money

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    Pros"IF" you're in the right department - great atmosphere, casual working dress and hours, short Summer work weeks, you are left alone to focus on your creative work, very relaxed and laid-back. You need to make friends quickly or you'll be left out of the inner circle... Turner is a lot like high school that way.

    Within the larger company, benefits and perks are very good. Pay is good for creative roles, especially for long-term employees who are well-connected and have received longevity raises over the years; below-average to poor for those in other departments.

    There is very little opportunity for advancement unless you make a lateral move to another Turner department (which requires being well-connected and well-known in the company). If you're in a creative role and are politically savvy, over time you can expect to receive better titles and pay while still performing the same work at the same level.

    If work within a purely creative department that produces on-air product and you're good at dealing with sometimes-nasty office politics you'll be fine.

    Creative departments are the darlings of the company. IT is considered an afterthought and not integral to the company's business model. It is the red-haired mangy dog that doesn't get fed and lives in a hole under the outhouse. Stay far away from any IT-related function or job or department.

    ConsPromotions & pay within IT are politically-based and it takes a very long time to get promoted even if you play the game. IT-related departments especially have a lot of jockeying for power and visibility among middle managers, and are very top-heavy organizationally (although that's somewhat a problem throughout Turner).

    IT departments are staffed with very low-talent long-term employees at senior technical levels, often go through massive re-orgs and politically motivated layoffs, and are micro-managed by jealous and game-playing managers and VP's.

    There is no trust between organizations within IT departments, lots of backstabbing, very nasty gossip culture, everyone highly manipulative behind the scenes.

    There is also a strong culture of pushing contractors to work un-paid hours in IT departments - which is illegal even under Georgia's very weak worker protection laws - to make budgets look good.

    Different IT departments have incompatible visions for the company's technical direction, and routinely compete with each other for control of the company's infrastructure. Strategic or roadmap technology decisions are based on what is politically advantageous or "fun" to work on without completely understanding the chosen solution or fully reviewing alternatives.

    In all departments - promotions and pay raises are based almost entirely on your length of employment and quality of your political connections, rather than the quality of your work or the number/type of process or technology improvements implemented during the last review period.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTurner is heavily bloated at the middle-management layer across all departments. Promotions are based on length of tenure and political pull, not merit. There's an awful lot of people at this layer of the organization with no reports or strategic/financial responsibilities. Most of the people at this organizational layer would be individual performers or team leads (not line managers) at other companies. Turner has been something of a victim of its own financial success and desire to reward long-term politically connected employees at this level. Other companies without such large profit margins can't support this many dead-wood employees at this organizational level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Insanity

    Human Resources Professional (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe atmosphere is very relaxed. It's a wonderful place for those who aren't necessarily eager to work, create change or have a positive impact on the organization. If you want a really easy job where all you have to is pretend you are busy, this is the place for you.

    ConsTBS is a social club. The leaders are more concerned about the type of clothing you wear, the latest shopping trend or the latest most fabulous vacation you've taken than they are about doing what's right for the company. As an HR Professional, I was astounded to witness the blatant violations of DOL, FLSA and discriminatory practices that were tolerated and ignored. I don't know how the company has survived this long but if there is not a complete overhaul of management soon, this company will soon be no longer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave now, you have collected enough checks, have some integrity and allow someone with the knowledge to do so lead this company to success,v

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lots of job security, very little career opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat benefits (huge 401k match, 28 days PTO for 8+ year tenure, sports tickets, etc.) stable environment, good people.

    ConsHR and Legal make it impossible to clear out dead weight, and no one leaves due to the great benefits. Heavy concentration of longterm employees throughout management create a logjam for those with aspirations. Parent company (Time Warner) squeezing Turner to cut costs, so budgets are shrinking. Company outlook is not good, as the Cable TV industry is facing a major disruption - almost no one under age 30 subscribes/consumes Cable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe overall culture does not attract or retain the dynamic, creative, upwardly mobile employees you need to survive. You are heading into a major storm with a workforce that is on cruise control. Shed the dead weight, invest in being more nimble. Grow or die.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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