Turner Broadcasting Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    A lot of politics, low knowledge & training levels and below-average pay in IT (above average pay in other departments)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to stay here a long time without working very hard if your manager likes you and you're good at office politics. Work-life balance good in some departments, not good at all in others. Turner is a good place to punch your ticket when first starting your career, especially if you want to stay in media industries... There is a lot of turnover for the first 1-3 years, and remarkably little turnover the three-year mark. If you do a good job and play politics well and your manager likes you, it's easy to get a manager-level title without any actual career growth or management responsibilities after you've been here a relatively short while. Turner is very heavy with middle-management so advancement from upward from line manager is extremely slow. Many VP-level positions at Turner would be directors, and many senior directors would be first-level mangers. The positive side of this is that you quickly learn not to be scared of titles here; the down side of having so many middle managers is office politics and no acceptance of innovation. Try to make friends and fit into the culture very quickly or you will be on the outside. Most people who want to introduce new ideas or advance their careers leave after 1-2 years with a boost in title and a well-known company name on their resume.

    Cons

    A lot of very long-term employees who are comfortable in their jobs leads to a corporate standard of low expectations and complacency, which makes it difficult to introduce new ideas or advance in your career. HR department not doing the company any favors by allowing titles to be awarded for length of service or being friends with your manager, and allowing poor performers to stagnate in middle management layers. Title inflation is common in creative industries but worse here at Turner than most other media companies. Turner has way too many middle and senior managers - there are a lot of "managers" and "senior managers" with no reports and no tactical or strategic input, and a lot of "senior directors" with only four or five total team members (some of whom may also be "directors"). Because the company is so top-heavy most managers in reality have very little of what companies in other industries would call management-level responsibilities and constantly try to undercut each other for visibility or control while spending a lot of time micro-managing their subordinates. The management-level competition means the company as a whole is risk-averse and not open to new ideas that involve collaboration between teams. IT salaries below industry average; non-technical salaries at or above industry average. Healthcare benefits more expensive than opting out and buying your own.

    Advice to Management

    Review industry average salaries and adjust accordingly. Re-evaluate benefits providers. Eliminate middle management layers. Offer top-heavy senior management and executives early retirement or other incentives to leave so the company can be more flexible and open to innovation.

  2. Helpful (1)

    It used tone a good company to work for, but the new leaders are changing that.

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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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a good company with good reputation. The management team is open and friendly. The benefits offered to employees are very good. There is some flexibility with your schedule, depending on the department you work for.

    Cons

    Since 2014 the company has changed due to a shift in upper management. The new leaders of the company are cutting of some of the benefits we used to have. There is not much space to grow and it takes a long time for that to happen.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Used to be better

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

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation. Good benefits. Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Poor management focusing on cutting costs. Low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being penny-smart and pound-foolish. Invest in your people.

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  5. Broadcast Engineering Management and Financ

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits. Top notch employees. Was able to flex time and, at times, telecommute

    Cons

    socialization of all decisions tends to slow progress

  6. Helpful (6)

    Stay away from IT group who has antiquated management styles

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

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    worker bees are smart people and can make magic when allowed

    Cons

    People who are Directors and above in IT destroy creativity, can't change themselves and have no problem overloading their direct reports with work.. as long as they get their fat bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    instead of laying off non manager developers, project managers, and BA's; starting looking at their management in IT who don't produce anything but politic and waste time.

  7. I like it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are great to work with.

    Cons

    Politics can be a bit of a turn off.

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at your sales teams.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Great company losing its way and winning culture

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

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great. Friendly, passionate and hardworking

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch. The environment has become political and toxic. Leadership is focused only on the bottom line. Cut many important programs and benefits.

  9. Coordinator Considering Office Morale

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

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Majority of staff is an absolute pleasure to work with. Talented and helpful.

    Cons

    Difficult to gain raise or promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities and support for upward movement.

  10. Great benefits, no social life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Service Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Service Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, enjoyed the people in my department, lots of perks.

    Cons

    The job completely consumed my personal life and I was constantly expected to stay well after the 8 hour mark. You are compensated for overtime but is it worth completely losing touch with the rest of your life? My personal vote is, no.

  11. I have had a very positive experience at Turner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I have been able to learn a lot of things and been given a lot of responsibilty

    Cons

    I feel I am ready to move to the next level but there is no open position so I can't get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    At lower levels (like the move from Analyst to Manager) it shouldn't be necessary to have an open position. If someone is qualified they should be able to move up.

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