Turner Broadcasting

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  1.  

    Not the same company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting

    Pros

    Turner had always been the greatest place to work. Growth opportunities, good pay/benefits, and a culture of support for each other. Then, Time Warner stepped in. No focus on employees or even the programming. All about cost cutting.

    Cons

    There's an absence of strategy at the top. Power, egos and poor management are rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better figure out what it takes to sustain the complex infrastructure and quit nickel and diming the business units.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Tale of Two Turners

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    Former Employee - Production in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Production in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked here for about 5 years prior to Turner 20/20. Its a great workplace when it comes to health care, 401k, building "some" relationships. You can learn a lot from professionals that have been doing it for a while, and there's plenty of time flexibility in the department I worked. Beyond the 20/20, it was a great experience to start my career after college.

    Cons

    Since 20/20 things have changed considerably. Not many perks, department structure in disarray. Some great people were let go, and some people with "better" relationships with management got to stay. The politics in Turner was never ideal. Very clique based place. Very very incompetent management. Management very nepotistic, sometimes sexist (concerning career elevation) and not the best to guide a career. The 20/20 initiative was very lazy, destroyed moral and the basis of the layoffs are still widely criticized. Turner is a great campus, don't get me wrong, but for longterm employment its hard to see 1.) True growth from some senior position members and 2.) If CNN or Turner plan on staying in Atlanta for the longterm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems a bit too later after seeing how little big big decisions you are in control of when dealing with share holders. I would hope this experience showed how not to deal with workers and culture transitions but speaking with former coworkers still there, it seems in just as much dissaray the end of last year. I hope you listen more to the needs of departments and give more scrutiny to who you make management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company but politics and hubris gets in the way of innovation.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good energy, competitive salary, great benefits and vacation. Big company allows room to grow and it is part of the Time Warner family.

    Cons

    Promotions given out based on "fitting-in" and not necessarily merit. Progressive and innovative thinking stymied by politics and old way of doing things. Certain areas too bloated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allocate resources toward content and growth areas and not so much on sales and sales support.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good culture, good benefits. But worried about its future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting

    Pros

    Turner takes very good care of employees. But everything, from benefits to management to work-life balance is not as good as it was three or five years ago. That's a worrisome trend.

    Cons

    Too caught up in turning a profit for shareholders - worried about a takeover. Hard to get promoted due to management stagnation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember what got you this far. take care of the workers. stay hungry, not complacent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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    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
  7.  

    Overall Turner is a good place to work

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time (more than a 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
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    How far the mighty have fallen

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits/No Growth Opportunities

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great benefits, generous PTO

    Cons

    There are few advancement opportunities. A lot of promotions are based on who you know. There can be long hours expected which impacts work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to promote from within. Train and grow your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Communication company where management is unclear of yearly focus.

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    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

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