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NBCUniversal Universal City Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  • Depending on the division, the Work/Life Balance can be challenging (in 44 reviews)

  • Always are compensated for long hours (in 81 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing internship with NBC4!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Integrated Sales Marketing in Universal City, CA
    Former Intern - Integrated Sales Marketing in Universal City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NBCUniversal as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Amazing work environment with really friendly/helpful people
    - Everyone wants you to succeed and help you in any way possible
    - Everyone is open to informational interviews. Even VPs!

    Cons

    - There are none! It's a great company with a strong portfolio. They're financially sound and their employees are top notch

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing because it's working!


  2. "Theme Park HR in disarray"

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

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

    Pros

    Free park tickets, close to citywalk for lunch

    Cons

    The HR department at Universal Studios Hollywood has been turning over at an alarmingly high rate this past

    year thanks to mismanagement, being overworked and underpaid. The employee population behave like children and

    you feel like having to babysit instead of professionally develop them. It's frustrating to expend so much

    effort disciplining a minimum wage individual who can easily be replaced the next day by someone better.

    Having to work odd hours during certain seasons also does not help.

    Advice to Management

    Hire higher quality candidates at the line-level. Bring up compensation for loyal, longtime employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate vibe with little room to maneuver"

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    Former Employee - Data Coordinator in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Data Coordinator in Universal City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting salary and benefits that cover the employee and family. Annual raises based off of good performance. Friendly atmosphere within the department.

    Cons

    Corporate feel took over after managerial/operational changes were made. There is no room to maneuver between different job settings. There is no incentive to work harder to try and move up. There is a vast disconnect in treatment between inter company employees for whatever reason.

    Advice to Management

    The VPs need to vet the management/directors more closely. Management uses lesser employees to do more work and to deflect blame if things do not go well.


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  5. "Company on the move"

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    Current Contractor - Creative Consultant in Universal City, CA
    Current Contractor - Creative Consultant in Universal City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NBCUniversal as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great programs. Talented people. Pays well.

    Cons

    Too many changes. Who the decision makers are is confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you hire folks with experience managing outside resources and give them the time to manage.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Less "corporate culture" than most"

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    Current Employee - Music Executive in Universal City, CA
    Current Employee - Music Executive in Universal City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NBCUniversal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great involvement and investment between employees/company and greater community. Lots of opportunities to volunteer, participate with other internal groups and engage with executives outside of your department or scope. Worthy HR events to participate in and meet people. Investment in women in entertainment and executive leadership.

    Cons

    Difficult to gain a promotion and associated pay raise, even with stellar ratings from supervisors and consistent above-and-beyond work. I have worked here for 6+ years with only one acceptable title bump - which still does not appropriately cover the full width and breadth of what I do - and only one acceptable increase in pay. DO NOT accept a below-average figure from them in the initial - or any corporation, really - as you will find it incredibly hard to make up that lost ground.

    Advice to Management

    Employee reviews should really mean something, not just be an HR fulfillment. Consistent, highly-regarded work should be rewarded, not be told "everyone thinks they do great work." (This is truly what an HR exec said to me once.)

    NBCUniversal Response

    May 1, 2017 – Talent Branding Specialist

    Hi there, thanks for leaving this review. We're really happy to see that you're having a great experience. The people are the greatest asset we have at our company, so it's nice that you've found ... More


  7. "So Incredibly Corporate It Hurts"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was decent and benefits okay.

    Cons

    Hours, red tape, too corporate, no concern for non-executive employees.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "One bad egg can't spoil a good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Universal City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So much opportunity at NBCU, great company values, amazing talent and content and good compensation. Overall if you excel at NBCU you are talented and very dedicated to your work and the company.

    Cons

    A bad boss is like cancer, you can prolong life but you can't get rid of the cancer. The one downfall at NBCU is human resources role is to protect the company and they represent your boss. It took a year to ruin the department and 17 people lost their jobs.

    NBCUniversal Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – Talent Branding Specialist

    Hi there, thanks for leaving us a review! We really appreciate your time with NBCUniversal, and we're happy to see that your experience was a good one. We're sorry to hear about your experience ... More


  10. "The nicest people you could work with"

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    Current Employee - Junior Writer/Producer in Universal City, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Writer/Producer in Universal City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NBCUniversal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff, where everyone has your back. Work is demanding, but not insane, and one is able to be creative.

    Cons

    The ideas for each promo can change at a moments notice depending on the day and the ratings of a show.

    NBCUniversal Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – Talent Branding Specialist

    Hello! Thanks for writing this review! It really seems like you've found a cohort of supportive, kind people here at NBCUniversal. Working for such a diverse company where everything is intertwined ... More


  11. "Brand Development Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Brand Development in Universal City, CA
    Current Intern - Brand Development in Universal City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NBCUniversal as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, amazing team members, always have work to do, I am do hands-on work (no getting coffee or lunch)

    Cons

    I wish I had more projects


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