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31 Reviews

3.6
31 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, fun people to work with, it's an industry you can relate to (in 37 reviews)

  • They treat their employees well with good training programs and great benefits (in 61 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance -- they tout it all on paper, but don't actually practice it (in 13 reviews)

  • Ascending into upper management is difficult (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    MIddle managers create a climate where compliant mediocrity is valued above everything else.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer
    Current Employee - Producer

    Pros

    More job security than at other companies. They try to take care of people. Good benefits. Matchng 401K

    Cons

    They are stingy with compensation and praise. They are cliquish. Some people at the middle level have been doing the same job for years and are resistant to the change necessary to stay competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove a layer of middle management.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Work ethic/talent means nothing--it's ONLY about who you know.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Coordinator  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Media Coordinator in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    We have a great benefits package, working for CNN looks good on the resume and it's always interesting to see what happens from day to day. We have some really great talent and the people can make it fun--we bring each other up with positive encouragment.

    Cons

    The 'good ole boys network' runs CNN, sexism, racism, a thick glass ceiling for women, managers play favorites, pre-decided reviews and management's attempts to keep morale low so we constantly feel we have to prove ourselves. My manager is passive-aggressive and is almost impossible to talk too on any level. I've never had a job with lower morale and so many unhappy people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of our useless middle management, bring in fresh blood and use the good talented people we have on staff. Nothing will ever be better until you drop the 'manage by fear' tactics. I've never been so disappointed at a greedy group of people in my life. It's amazing that we work at the worlds news leader and our managers act like a bunch of jealous children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just my 2 cents.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Great benefits such as 401K, Paid Time Off and other perks.

    Cons

    Too much politics and siliness about your cultural, group and ethnic identity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value more about the content of character of the individual than where s/he is from or what cultural identity that individual given by the society.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, but they're not going to hand everything you want to you on a silver platter.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Genuine respect for employees is part of the culture of Turner. Even if your specific job isn't terribly interesting, there are opportunities to involve yourself and collaborate across functional areas in order to make it so.

    Cons

    Some of the management is nothing short of BAD. At the staff level, pay is standard, at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be much more attention paid to the people-skills of mid-level managers. There needs to be more effort put into fostering and fully developing such skillsets and abilities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Culture rocks! Everyone loves it here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Great culture - thanks to Atlanta, the work-life balance is definitely there. Be in the media industry witout the egos. wonderful benefits - summer Fridays, loads of holidays, great 401K, etc. Leader in the industry - well-respected thanks to the success of Turner's many networks

    Cons

    Lower salary compared to competition. The caveat of this is that I don't work as hard as I would if I were making more at a competitor. (Thus the work-life balance). Career growth opportunities are slow due to a very decentralized approach. Senior leaders focus on success (projects, etc), but not on retaining an developing talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees be more competitive - pay us more and expect us to succeed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, not much else

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Great 401k and good benefits. Braves, Hawks and Thrashers tickets are a nice perk.

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership - no management capabilities. Everything is dealt with in fire fighting/crisis mode. CNN believes they run the entire company and will steamroll projects and initiatives that they don't support. However, most of the CNN related projects are very tactical in nature and die on the vive within 3 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan something, take some management courses. Learn what motivates people - and get your head out of the data.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Turner Broadcasting Entry Level

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Atmosphere is great and people get along with eachother.

    Cons

    Pay is not so great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay and compensation for entry level workers.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is what you make it...!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    The benefits and the family related events.

    Cons

    The good ole boy network. The size makes it hard to navigate or expose yourself to potential opportunities for growth. Develop a program in which employees may gain insight into other business units. Currently it is hard to figure out what opportunities are available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a mechanism to better communicate to lower level staff. Foster a business resource group geared towards just communication or a way for employees to voice their true concerns without any fear of lose of job.

    Approves of CEO

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