Weather Channel Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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Weather Channel Chairman & CEO David Kenny
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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. 5 people found this helpful

    A Scathing Opinion of a Culture of Backstabbing, Self-Aggrandizement and Duplicity

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    Former Employee - Digital Editor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Digital Editor in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    There are many incredible people that work at The Weather Channel. Most are extraordinarily passionate journalists and meteorologists; they made the days much more tolerable.

    The Weather Channel has many journalistic and meteorological resources in its "war chest." These resources allow to people within the company to be better storytellers and meteorologists. Forecasts are often dead-on and have better lead-times than competitors.

    Cons

    Where to begin?

    Let me preface the following with this: It's been nearly a year since I parted ways with The Weather Channel and despite the murky circumstances surrounding my dismissal in 2014, I remained silent.

    That said, recently a member of The Weather Channel staff – a manager no less – actively engaged in slandering me to a potential employer, just this last week.

    Given this latest revelation, I figured I would opine a piece regarding my time at The Weather Channel.

    Here's the gist of it:

    Based on my experiences and in my opinion, employees are treated like a cog in a corporate mega-machine. Don't expect to have the boundaries of a work-life balance respected if you choose to accept employment at the company.

    It's my opinion that favoritism and underhanded politics are pervasive in the digital department at The Weather Channel. Based on my experiences and in my opinion, middle managers in my former department often collude with one another to discredit direct reports they don't like and, many times, to undermine upper management.

    These middle managers see themselves as an omnipotent presence lurking over the shoulders of many of their employees. They lack empathy, leadership prowess and any appreciable managerial skills. They see themselves as infallible and since there are no consequences for their Machiavellian style of management, they continue to push good employees out.

    This is exactly what happened to me and unfortunately I'm not alone. During my nine months at The Weather Channel, I observed at least three of my – experienced, well-educated and hard-working – co-workers unceremoniously kicked to the curb.

    In the time since my questionable termination, additional people have been terminated, marginalized or "repositioned."

    It's my opinion, based on my experiences and the experiences of other former co-workers, that the culture of my former department is rooted in the principles of duplicity, nefariousness and corporate anarchy.

    It's my sincere hope that things will change. But, with Comcast/NBC, Bain Capital and the Blackstone Group as their corporate overlords, I doubt an appreciable change will happen at The Weather Channel anytime soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's my opinion that TWC top brass should fire all of the rotten middle management that keeps tossing aside good talent because they "don't like them."

    They're putting the reputation of the entire multi-billion-dollar organization at risk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.

  10. 12 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
  11. 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

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