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Updated July 14, 2017
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  1. "GE & Comcast terrible employers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Discounts at Universal Studios; ice cream day

    Cons

    No integrity - only the "talking heads" are treated well. Screws the employees - just cancelled the "guaranteed" retirement plan. Screws the retirees - cancelled their health insurance benefits. Union busting - when an employee resigns, they are not replaced -- only "daily hires" are used; they have almost no employee positions left. All this despite record profits. The employees do not share in the good times -- only senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating people as a valuable asset, pay them accordingly, and when they give their entire career to your company, take care of them in retirement.


  2. "Lacking Direction"

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    Former Employee - Sales Counselor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Counselor in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Park Admission for yourself, with 3 additional tickets for friends/family given every 3 months, Medical Benefits for Full-time Employees

    Cons

    Terrible Pay, Thick Political Red-Tape, Price Increases, Glass Ceiling, Unhealthy Work Environment, Attendance Point System

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page with other departments, have a cohesive vision, work TOGETHER

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Like a High School for Adulta"

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    Former Employee - Food Service Manager in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Food Service Manager in Universal City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free admission when not working

    Cons

    Upper Management untrustworthy and will hold anyone with talent back as they feel threatened.
    Unnecessary Gossip just like High School

    Advice to Management

    When you say you want to develop your team, mean it. Don't hold people back for fear of losing your own position. Groom your people to help you move up.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Universal City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at NBCUniversal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good coffee machines on certain floors.

    Cons

    -Every floor was lukeroom and hot. Most offices in companies you have women with heaters under their desks but not here. Felt like I was working in a place with no AC.
    - Terrible IT structure.
    - Management takes advantage of all Contractors. I have a BS degree and they told me to go around different floors picking up empty boxes and trash. I am not a garbage collector!
    -High Turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating contractors like they are garbage collectors! Treat people with respect! Care about whether the person has a degree or not. Enterprise companies are supposed to have structure and different teams do their jobs. Don't abuse contractors and make them do things they are not supposed to do!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bizarre, Kafka-esque Management"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes the people one works with are really great. It's hit or miss, but the best people are fantastic. Also, if you get the opportunity to work with contractors (iGate, OnPrem, etc.), they are usually just fantastic and leagues better to work with than full timers.

    Cons

    Gross mismanagement of people.
    Political nightmare.
    Kafka-esque.

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within for Director level positions and above.
    Treat people like people, not like replaceable cogs.
    Employees' well-being is management's responsibility. A climate that supports intrinsic motivators is management's responsibility. Retention is management's responsibility.
    Eliminate constant VP churn. New bosses must learn about existing employees' achievements and build additional responsibilities on top of previous accomplishments, rather than dismiss those accomplishments as illegitimate just because they didn't happen on their watch.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "5 years there and wouldn't even recommend to my enemies!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a good place to have a kid or start a family since it's a very easy work environment.

    Cons

    Even high performers @ NBCU get little to no advancement. Consolidation (due to dying broadcast & cable business model) kills growth opportunity for majority of employees. Flatlines a lot of careers.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to actually incentivize and reward employees. Only water, coffee and a 1x weekly bag of bagels are provided. Comp is immaterial as well. A $20k stock grant is almost meaningless when it vests 15/15/15/15/40. That means if you're granted $20k on 1/1/17, then (after some is sold to cover taxes), an employee gets ~$1,300 per year starting in 2018. The final 40% of it comes on Jan 1, 2022!! It's a gross way to retain employees - the promise of getting a bulk of what you earned FIVE years later.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Long Gone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Universal City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's entertainment and being in the creative field was always a good challenge to oneself. If you're a creative and a professional you will thrive and do well in the industry despite it's tough challenges and NBCUinvesal certainly gave you the opportunity to succeed.

    Cons

    It's no longer this way. Ever since they were bought out by Comcast most of the decisions are now made from the New York office who have no idea what it takes to do well this side of the country. They don't take care of their people, period. This isn't apparent and certainly not in most company reviews but like cancer it's underling.

    Advice to Management

    Shape up. Value your employees at the bottom and those who are hitting the ground. They have your answers to your worries and solutions to better revenue generating ideas for the future. If you don't, you'll all be bought out by the competition.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Worst company I've ever worked for!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NBCUniversal full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good. People at the brands are smart and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Sexism is rampant in digital products group within Technology division. Senior 'leadership' is more invested in keeping their jobs than doing the right thing. Old school IT thinking still dominates.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the Digital Products group and bring in real digital leaders rather than old IT management

    NBCUniversal Response

    Oct 10, 2016 – Talent Branding Specialist

    Thank you for leaving a review! We are so happy you enjoy the benefits and like the people and brands you work with. We highly encourage you to reach out to your supervisor or your local HR... More


  9. "Valet Runner - Parking, Universal Studios Hollywood theme park"

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    Former Employee - Valet Runner in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Valet Runner in Universal City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NBCUniversal part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Can set your work schedule days, so you can combine it with another job.
    - Fun to drive good cars.
    - Nice people.
    - You get to run so it's good for exercise.

    Cons

    - $13 / hour on average including tips.
    - For some reason they take a high rate of %20 taxes from the salary for a minimum wage job.
    - They give shifts based on seniority. When I was hired I was told that it's going to be a full time job, because they were expecting a busy period. After a month of working there, they started giving 0 shifts every week to the new employees, but still keeping them as employees so they can call them for a day of work once in a while when they need to. This is not even a part time job.
    - If you want more work you need to call them every day in the morning and afternoon and ask if you can come to work today, if someone else called sick.
    - No benefits, other than free tickets to the theme park.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire / keep people if you're not giving them any shifts or work to do.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "No work/life balance, no respect!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They don't know what the core hours of business are, but then again, that not such a pro, but it does help you decide your own hours.

    Cons

    They don't take responsibility for doing the wrong thing. The IT and HR departments are very inexperienced and lack the knowledge and respect of their roles. They have no idea how to answer simple questions, you're on your own!

    Advice to Management

    Management should wake up and really see what is going on with the employees, they don't care what they are doing and only a handful of people are doing the actual work.


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