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Weather Channel Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
89 Reviews
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Pros
  • Very flexible in terms of work life balance (depending on your department) (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people who know their stuff, open minded managers who actually listen to ideas (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is awful, and there is zero respect or value towards sales (in 8 reviews)

  • The lack of people of color in upper management is disheartening (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, passionate about the weather, and second to none in the industry.

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    Former Employee - Client Solutions in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Client Solutions in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Weather Channel

    Pros

    As an intern, you will love the employees here. They're very helpful and understanding while you're in the critical learning phases.

    Cons

    Organization could use some work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful company

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    Former Contractor - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Contractor - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Weather Channel as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    This company has really smart and forward thinking people working on it. They are experts in their field.

    Cons

    They are going through change management but they are progressive about getting feedback from their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused and ensure the teams understand the Digital space.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good and the Bad

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    Former Employee - Video Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Video Producer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Weather Channel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great environment, competitive yet professional and very team oriented

    Cons

    unstable job security, disconnect from top management, very corporate environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very competitive, revolving door

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of Change Makes People Uncomfortable ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel

    Pros

    Casual work environment with great co-workers. Mets and scientists everywhere who all have a passion for what they do and want to do great work and help people save lives and property. Not very political. Plenty of PhD's and smart people.

    Cons

    The industry is changing rapidly and so is this company. Not everyone is the best and brightest. Digital seems to be in a better place than television, but that is true across the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the leaders are just not strong. Replace them. Have more fun. Reward and celebrate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive Spirit, Changing Priorities but Trying to Evolve with the times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people who work hard and deal with the many changes that seem consistent every several of months.

    Cons

    Difficult to understand each area's mission. By the time you do, it changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    State clear goals and stick to them in a simple and clear fashion. Commit yourself to the teams that work hard and right there in line with what you determine is the course.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people to work with, but being there was a boulevard of broken dreams and promises

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Weather Channel full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice, friendly coworkers who are generally easy to deal with. Everyone seems to step up during severe weather coverage to deliver a top-notch product.

    Cons

    Company seemed to nickel-and-dime workers out of opportunities for shift differential and bonuses. "Keystone Kops" mentality regarding staffing and executives. Philosophy seems to be that if something doesn't work, reorganize and reshuffle/cut the rank and file. "Turf wars" among departments can be common, even for the most innocuous. Department chiefs seem unwilling to speak with people directly -- they always go through your supervisor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Many Pros and Cons

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time

    Pros

    Exciting industry to work in/with. working on changing the way in which everyone works. Improving facilities. You can make a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    Not a great clear direction on what they want. Far too much concern over departmental P&L instead of overall company success/failure in that space and others. Loss of sight of the human aspect of the employees.

  9. 11 people found this helpful  

    More Cons than Pros

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exciting place to work. Lots of innovation.

    Cons

    After the sale, we had layoffs almost every year. We never had bonuses (even though the company makes a ton of money). People work 12 hour days. Offices changed into a chaotic open-floor plan. It seems they have done everything to kill productivity and morale. The things we work on is exciting, it's just not a good place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring more VPs while the workers need more headcount. Stop over promising and under-delivering to our ownership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, innovative people. Interesting work. High impact. Great brand recognition.

    Cons

    Work duplication due to turf wars. Departments must compete for limited promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The turf wars are very harmful to the organization, as they cause confusion for people who are just trying to get the job done. There's a mentality that if my team creates it first, I have to own it. In the end, we have three of everything, which hurts the bottom line and makes people feel as if their work isn't important. Empire builders have no place in a high performance company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Growth pains are exactly that

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    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are pretty much universally awesome to work with. Dedicated, intelligent, professional and collegial, for the most part.

    There are definite growth opportunities for the company in mobile. Weather is a killer app in mobile and the company is positioning itself to take advantage. Business development is pursuing the right partnerships with the right companies to lock out competitors and to grow the brand.

    There is a great deal of money going into improving the product offerings and improving the quality of the forecast. The company is getting smart about data analytics and is committed to providing the most accurate forecast in the industry.

    I think the overall strategy for growth is pretty sound but there are real challenges as well. There is commitment to grow and the leadership realizes you have to sometimes spend money to do it. The previous administration was much more cost focused and that led to slow but predictable growth. The downside was that the company was mired at the back of the publishing industry. The most recent leadership has made a great deal of investment in changing that.

    Cons

    The pace is relentless and you are never disconnected from work. There's no time to recharge. You feel guilty taking any time away and will have to work overtime to catch up after any vacation. Since the company is partly owned by a few investment firms, there is real pressure to grow at all costs. This means any dip or stagnancy in the financials is met with quick cuts at the middle to lower tier of leadership but the decision makers continue to get the benefit of the doubt even when the strategy isn't panning out.

    While I believe in the commitment of the leadership, the results have been iffy. Growth has mainly come in mobile. Weather is a killer application for mobile and therefore the growth is a no-brainer. It is not necessarily the result of a strong leadership but was probably going to happen anyway. Overall digital growth is slowing or stagnating.

    Cable is flat and dying and the main strategy to move to move long-form content has proven sketchy. The shows are "me too" type copycats rather than anything original. The cable providers and distributors have a lot more power as people move to the web for weather info, as proven by this year's spat with DirectTV. Weather Company had to cave to get back on DirecTV because going without the money wasn't an option. The CEO picked a very dirty fight and really believed DirecTV had to negotiate. He miscalculated badly and ended up looking very foolish in the media when he made a very public apology.

    The HR strategy is a disaster. Recruiting is improving but identifying and retaining top contributors is poorly done. There is no real retention strategy other than making a last minute counter-offer when people decide to leave. There is no career development other than what you make yourself. Compensation for new hires is based on market but those who have been there a while are left behind. It's like pulling teeth to get the company to acknowledge that.

    IT has made a lot of strides in terms of the latest technologies but, as a cost center, it is not scaling to support the org as the org grows. This slows down the org in some respects, especially in terms of sales.

    Politics have typically been pretty low level but the sense of political competition is growing of late. It used to be much more of a place where everyone was pulling in the same direction. That has changed in recent years and there's much more of a CYA atmosphere in place.

    Lastly, there seems to be only one tool in the toolbox for leadership. If nothing else is working to grow revenue, reorganize the teams to find "strategic alignment". It may not fix the problems in the org but it makes the board look like the execs are doing something to right the ship. Maybe change for change sake is okay and necessary sometimes but reorganizing the company only carries you so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on a retention strategy. Make it a focus and listen to your employees about it. Give people a path and make them believe you want them to reach their goals. And if your budgets aren't looking so good, trim a few of the decision makers that made the decisions that got you there, not just the middle level managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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