Turner Broadcasting

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Turner Broadcasting Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
430 Reviews
3.5
430 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is good if you have the right manager (Ability to work from home, etc) (in 58 reviews)

  • They treat their employees well with good training programs and great benefits (in 79 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance -- they tout it all on paper, but don't actually practice it (in 20 reviews)

  • No one ever left the company so it was difficult to move up (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting

    Pros

    Culture, brands, people, products, travel

    Cons

    Work life balance, changing marketplace that threatens cable landscape. Executives based in NY vs Atlanta

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall Turner is a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting

    Pros

    A lot of areas to grow knowledge in multiple areas.
    great benefits

    Cons

    Don't always look at solutions for the long term. Unfortunately part of the Turner cuts, not a good time to be a part of the company. Cut the employee discounts store, Insiders Advantage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unclear direction as far as if the employee cuts are done. Hard to focus with this type of uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance depending on your department; Benefits were great! Many opportunities to network. Pays well

    Cons

    How badly of communication for the company's recent layoffs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting as a contractor

    Pros

    Great team concept. Perks were great and upward mobility was available. Love the interaction with other TBS and Warner divisions.

    Cons

    Some areas not had not fully grasped the team concept. Love it with Ted was still around, but as the company grew some of the early ideas phased out. Some good some bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Communication company where management is unclear of yearly focus.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Layoffs galore this year and upper management does not communicate with lower management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must all be on the same page and be honest with employees at all times. This year with all the layoffs, all workers felt unsure of their positions since layoffs scattered throughout months. The air was heavy and when upper level were asked questions, they did not share the plan. Since severance is very good, no one would leave prior to collecting, so being upfront would just prevent people from worrying, talking and not focusing on their day to day projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    How far the mighty have fallen

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical
    Former Employee - Technical

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting

    Pros

    CNN has good benefits. There are lots of great, great people in the technical and editorial world at CNN. They are incredibly talented and many of them are wonderful people from a personal level as well.

    Cons

    Sadly, about five years of awful upper and middle management have begun to destroy what was once a beautiful thing with their nepotistic, abusive, retaliatory behavior. From the outside you can almost see the place falling apart brick by brick as they continue to allow the bad apples to ruin the whole bunch. When I first started at CNN- it was such and energetic place with so much opportunity. Each year I was there it seemed to become less and less like that place that I had started in the early 00's. The managers think that they all belong to a special club and that b/c of that they can get away with anything. Many of them will not hesitate for a moment to threaten, cajole, intimidate, or bully you into doing what they want you to do. If you try to make changes or suggestions which will improve the bottlenecks and root causes- they will feel threatened and attempt to write you up. HR reps are assigned to each department and the one for our department was in the back pocket of all the managers. If you went to her with a problem- she would basically shrug you off and then go report back to the management. They also have allowed people back in other divisions of the company even if they were fired for sexual harassment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they tell you that management is doing unprofessional things or bullying. You end up getting rid of these managers in the long run anyway after they have done more damage - why not trust your employees when they tell you something is a problem?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people on the front line.

    Cons

    Management has gone downhill. No substance and no heart. Turner Broadcasting is now lost. Time Warner and the upper management changes have destroyed what was once a good company. Now it is all about the corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for what you truly believe. The heart of the company is gone. Good luck with what you have left. Hope you can look yourself in the mirror and sleep at night.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Horrible Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Turner had a good run but the end is near.

    Cons

    After massive layoffs, no more perks. Bad decision making and favoritism displayed regularly by management.
    People are now forced to do the work of 4 people literally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One bad manager can ruin an entire department.
    Promote based on ability rather than who you like.
    Know how to do your job that way you are respected by your peers and subordinates.
    Treat your people like gold, especially when you have been taking credit for their work for the past 5 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Entertaining

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lively environment, large employee population, dedicated employees. Location is central to downtown and parking is free.

    Cons

    Charges are abound and cuts are deep. This seems relatively recent but until things are settled this could be problematic for employees and create uncertainty/distrust for management which has been an issue historically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency! Inclusion and openness will go along way.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lab engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great management, exciting projects to work on. Great for technical growth.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to advance a career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create clear pathways to assist employees in career advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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