Warner Bros. Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
232 Reviews
3.5
232 Reviews
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Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry M. Meyer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Huge amount of projects/events going on all the time, smart and driven people, great work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and people are nice to work with (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • no work life balance - 60 hour weeks and getting worse (in 11 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, no chance for internal promotion, (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working for WB

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great family unit. Everyone that actually does the work (anyone below a VP title) are worth working with. Feels like a college campus.

    Cons

    The office Politics ruin the whole environment of working here.

    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Loved every sec.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warner Bros. (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked with. We were family and I love that.

    Cons

    Room to grow. The way WB is growing, my hope is that they keep to the values they were built on. Cheaper , faster, better is not always the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some mentoring would be a great value to everyone.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good benefits at Warner Bros, but need more opportunities to promote within.

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Analyst in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Analyst in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good HR benefits - You get a good number of observed holidays, studio has consistently in the last few years given you paid time off from Christmas to the first day after New Years Day. Sometimes you get a couple extra days if New Year's falls on a Friday. 401K matching is pretty good here. They also have a nice day-care facility that's certified through Bright Horizons. They take infants at a few months all the way up to Pre-K. It's pretty expensive though and there's waiting list.
    Good overall benefits - Movie screenings, company softball team

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get promoted, but it probably depends on how quickly your division is expanding. WB IT was outsourced to a 3rd party IT Consulting company and internal WB teams are very small (1-to-1 for Manager and Functional BA) compared to how many offshore technical resources are supporting the team depending on how business critical the application is that you're supporting for the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    VP should be more active in providing direct mentoring for their direct reports and providing more opportunity to get promoted within their team so employees don't feel like they're stuck in the same position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good for students and doormat personalities.

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    Former Employee - Clerk Floater in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Clerk Floater in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great location, creative people, you feel like you're living the dream.

    Cons

    Low salaries; inconsistent hours; deceptive orientation/training; incompetent and childish managers. Your skills don't matter when it comes to extend your 3-month contract, because it's a popularity contest and if the managers like you, they will ignore your tardiness and any other issue you think will affect your review. Never talk freely, keep your head down and smile if you want to make it in the VIP Tours department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote and extend the seasonal contract of those who really deserve it. Leave favoritism to other companies with less prestige than WB. Nurture the people you hire, some of them are really good and deserve more than 24 hrs a week on a 3-month contract. Encourage employees to stay, not to leave for a job that pays better with more hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I gained a large variety of experience and developed numerous skills while working at Warner Bros.

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    Former Employee - Senior Client Service Representative in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Client Service Representative in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent across the board and time-off policies are generous. Depending on the particular management group, there can be a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    The attitude is very Hollywood, and if that's not your mindset, working at WB can be very challenging. Promotional opportunities can be difficult to come by.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Near impossible to change depts. or move up.

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    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A large percent of senior management (VP & above) don't have a clue what they are doing. WB operates like a bunch of separate silos, rather than a team. Warner Bros is a large company & take forever to make a decision.

    Cons

    Too may SVP's and above who are just hanging around waiting to retire. WB is at least 10 years behind other studios when it comes to IT.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Director, Planning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time

    Pros

    No PORs. to specifically speak of

    Cons

    Supervisory management was, and remains, confused and directionless

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    "Working at the Studio"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, matching 401K, generous vacation/personal time, extra time off during summer months, screenings, fun activities.

    Cons

    Assistants keep the business running but are overworked and underpaid. Executives can be abusive and know that once you've had enough, someone else will be there to replace you, so they don't care if you quit. You are just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate and listen to your support staff!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Expected, but disappointed.

    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent corporate values to work for.

    Cons

    Poor work environment, non-qualified project managing person. Lack of respect to team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Lots of Summer Layoffs

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    Former Employee - Studio Services
    Former Employee - Studio Services

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Interesting Work, lots of celebrities

    Cons

    Cyclical nature of the movie business means lots of layoffs in the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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