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Warner Bros. Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
247 Reviews
3.5
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Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry M. Meyer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance great in my dept, but not necessarily the norm at the studios (in 18 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and people are nice to work with (in 15 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and company, but too slow in addressing the changing market.

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Leader in theatrical and TV distribution. Great and supportive culture. Realistic vision and a path to remain growing.

    Cons

    Slow decision making. Seems like there are those on the inside (very small group) and those on the outside, hard to make it on the inside even with great ideas. Finance organization is in the dark ages, needs new blood ASAP. IT support is outsourced, little to no investment on infrastructure and employee hardware/support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in IT, hire a new CFO and controller.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The Golden Age of Hollywood is Over - Get Over It

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing products - who doesn't love blockbuster movies and hit TV shows?

    Cons

    Excessively political and consensus oriented (a polite term for sheep mentality). WB likes to think of itself as innovative, but the reality is that it doesn't like anything that will change the way it does business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's really hard to know what's going on unless you happen to be plugged in to the "right" people. For example, there's no way of knowing who does what when you're a new employee because there aren't any organizational charts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall a Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Additional days off, holidays, vacation, fun culture, benefits

    Cons

    Compensation, structured positions, didn't encourage 'thinking outside the box', competitive culture.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Aspiring professionals should avoid this grim and dishonest hamster wheel

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    Former Employee - Studio Facilities Clerk in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Studio Facilities Clerk in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Exciting and historic work setting; friendly and happy film crews; strong community of health and wellness fans; great cafeteria; great parking; successful implementation of new business practices that stunt individual employee growth to create financial gains for the company in innovative and technically legal ways

    Cons

    -- Zero (0) opportunities for advancement for Studio Facilities staff;
    -- Egregiously dishonest recruitment and orientation process - company attracts young, talented professionals seeking employment with an exciting, vanguard company and treats them like a volunteer army of naive summer job hopefuls while simultaneously disseminating its Myth of Opportunity;
    -- Hours are distributed among an over-large employee pool (which is constantly expanding) so that 1) no base-level employee can even approach full-time, and barely and infrequently earns even part-time hours, 2) so no base-level employee can even dream of qualifying for benefits, and 3) so base-level employees are left with impractical recourse to unemployment benefits when they are inevitably (and passive-aggressively) removed from the employee pool after failing to win the undeclared popularity contest;
    -- Very, very few managerial positions available, and those already occupied are often held by people who are so immature and unequipped for their roles it's insulting;
    -- Promotions don't exist, unless you consider *temporary* horizontal movements that don't include pay or hour increases a 'promotion' (Studio Facilities uses this tactic to produce its Myth of Opportunity);
    -- Very 'Hollywood' atmosphere, so for example, an employee should be wary of what they eat and whom they eat in the presence of, because petty preferences like those applied to an employee's size and diet have weight in this setting (This can, in turn, impact your fragile popularity contest standing, so just a note of caution here);
    -- Exceedingly low morale on a very grand scale due to unconcerned and often patronizing management/supervisors who seem barely qualified for their positions;
    -- You try to believe that it will be worth all the turmoil - it never will be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is(/was) a culture of punishment for speaking out on any issue (unless you were maliciously ratting on someone else, which was encouraged) - all suggestions were consistently and systematically ignored. No point offering any here. This division of this company is very set in its ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Near impossible to change depts. or move up.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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