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Weather Channel Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
127 Reviews
2.8
127 Reviews
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Weather Channel Chairman & CEO David Kenny
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growth pains are exactly that

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time for 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
  2.  

    Great Place to work at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology with a world class team

    Cons

    Terrible Project Management structure and lack of a PMO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate strategy across teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time for 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A roller coaster ride of hopes and disappointments; the place where I've really learned to lower my expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to do some high-quality, somewhat high-visibility television work.
    Benefits are excellent.
    Have met and worked with some really fun people.

    Cons

    Incompetence at all levels is rewarded rather than corrected.
    Persistent lack of accountability.
    Unrealistic expectations for audience/ratings, then the onus for it is placed upon the rank-and-file, rather than the people in the key positions making the key decisions that really affect the ratings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be quicker to recognize when "key" people are in over their heads. I've seen it over and over, people at the highest levels of the company taking the organization in terrible directions because they've been placed in positions that they are unqualified for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Make sure this is the career path for you

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    Former Employee - Production Technician I  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Production Technician I in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Weather Channel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Casual work environment. Friendly staff. Family like atmosphere.

    Cons

    24/7 company. Tight budgets (salaries and company social events). Limited parking spaces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more understand. A 24/7 lifestyle isn't an easy lifestyle. We see our coworkers more than we see our family and the dynamic should be a positive one but that's not possible without the influence of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Loyalty Schmoyalty

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    I couldn't say one positive thing about this company.

    Cons

    Like other reviews say, you work your butt off with very little reward. If the market is shaky the cuts come swiftly. No one is safe nor spared. Departments get to determine what they spend their money on and believe me the higher you are the better you are taken care of. You are made to feel guilty about taking time off. You come in early, work through lunch and leave late. And don't even think about asking to get paid for overtime. In short, if you want to work for no reward an be disposable, this company is for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A wise rabbit once said, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!" Thank you Thumper!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant state of flux - TWC betrayed its roots

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weather Channel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Multi-faceted organization, have a chance to interface with many different business activities. Also, say what you want, this is an ambitious company with two major acquisitions (Weather Underground and Weather Central) during my tenure.

    Cons

    The Weather Channel was supposed to be about weather; instead, it became about sensationalism and pretty faces. They let go some quintessential meteorologists in favor of the Sam Champions of the world which degraded their credibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the weather, not garbage shows that people don't watch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Weather Channel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Learn cross platform in order to improve and grow,

    Cons

    Limited leadership due to who you are assigned to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tough but good

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers. Constant change.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Weather Channel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Co-workers who genuinely care about their work and are very good at their jobs
    Benefits
    My manager demanded high performance

    Cons

    Incredibly high and sustained stress:
    The velocity of change makes it difficult to provide consistent quality work
    Work-life balance is a very real challenge (people are "always on" and the perception is that the employees are to give all to the company without question, no matter what).
    Due to the varying natures of work, an open floor plan for every department isn't necessarily the right plan for every department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is good and necessary to stay relevant. Constant change with "everything" being a top priority (or the perception that everything is a top priority) is contributing to workplace unhappiness. You'll never make everybody happy, so focus on trying to make the majority of your A & B players happy. Give them time to decompress and disconnect (and mean it), give them training, give them growth opportunities and reward them financially and through recognition, give them flexibility with their schedules (and mean it), tell them they are doing a good job (and mean it). Be present for those people - they need to think you care and hear their concerns. Even if you really don't care, pretend to (but just don't be obvious about it). Cameron Clayton and Bill Higgs are great examples of upper management that know how to be present for the employees. It makes a difference in perceptions even if it can't make a difference in actual workload. That's something at least.

    David Kenny - Explain to the employees why you are networking instead of being in Atlanta HQ. It might help if people understand why you are rarely there and why you need to be elsewhere (ie to move the business forward, etc.). Also, perhaps explain to them that they have leadership there in Atlanta that they can depend on, so they really don't need you to be there (even though they perceive you do). And once you tell them, tell them again and again. Many of your employees perceive you as completely disconnected from them. Perception is reality so there's a bit of challenge for you to connect with your top players and not just your highest paid employees. You don't have time for the hand-holding no doubt, but during all the change, your employees need to perceive that your hand is at least out-stretched.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Turnarounds are challenging, but rarely will you have a chance to learn this much

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weather Channel

    Pros

    Good momentum, lots to learn

    Cons

    Its a turnaround, its challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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