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Turner Broadcasting Reviews

Updated January 21, 2018
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  • Slim chances of moving up the career ladder and difficult work/life balance (in 35 reviews)

  • It's hard to move around to different departments (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Could be good, could be bad depending on who you are, what you are and what you can live with."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Management in Atlanta, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For a long time there was creative freedom and the ability to "make your own way". People were never told what they could not do and were always encouraged and supported in developing and implementing new ideas. Then things began to change.

    Cons

    Since the Time-Warner merger and the second, disastrous melding with AOL, the company is no longer a "Turner" entity and does not project the freedom and maverick culture that was the hallmark of the Ted Turner days. It has become clinical, corporate and its news product homogeneous. It's tough to move "up" these days and many if not all promotions are typically "spoken for" and not as competitive. There is also a prevalent disregard expressed by many managers towards rank and file, unless they are "chosen ones".

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you hire and let them do their jobs. Don't micromanage and dictate to the point where their job functions are soul-less. Develop everyone's talent equally and let people compete for promotions fairly. In the case of the news product, return to the days when the company was the REAL news leader due to their access to global news from their bureau and correspondent network. Now the news leader tag comes only from the history of the company and not necessarily from what they are doing today. They've inherited it but are not necessarily earning it daily. Blow the lid off something and don't be so protective of lawsuits that you become afraid of breaking some real news ... damn the lawyers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Turner Broadcasting Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice working environment, and it can be fun if you are in the right group. Lots of places to move around within the company. Phil Kent is a smart, informed leader. There are several affinity groups which encourage networking and professional development to help with career advancement.

    Cons

    Disjointed corporation with limited understanding of the future of media. It's very risk averse and rewards status quo. Turner is often pitched as a place to start if you want to work with Time Warner, but there is not much opportunity to interact with other aspects of the Time Warner corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace innovation.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Turner Broadcasting the good ole boys of media"

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    Former Employee - Strategist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Strategist in Atlanta, GA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Turner is the only large media company in Atlanta and it knows this. According to local lore it is notoriously hard to get in the door at Turner. It had great benefits as far as I could tell and wasnt as stiff and self-important as Viacom or any of the NYC media companies.

    Cons

    The HR people at Turner are completely incompetent. From recruiting to career management the HR people at Turner have to be the worst in the industry. I think thats the real reason for the "hard to get in the door" reputation.

    It has a horrible southern/old boys network feel and much of advancement is based on how well you play that game. People tend to get jobs and stay there for years, which I find weird (but that might be a personal issue).

    Advice to Management

    Alas senior management is without a clue. The closeted CEO cant make a decision without a cabal of 7 senior VPs fighting it out to the death. Therefore decisions tend to be made by who shouts the longest and loudest. It's 2008 and they still have no digital strategy. Some Joost videos, a Second Life building and I-reports (which is kinda cool) does not a digital strategy make.


  4. "Excellent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Interactive Media Planner/Buyer
    Current Employee - Interactive Media Planner/Buyer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, Great benefits package, pleasant, lively work environment. There is always opportunity to grow and new opportunities to be had for those people who are proactive in seeking out those opportunities.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility in schedule (no working from home, no flex hours, etc...). This may vary by department, but my department did not allow for these things. With gas prices on the rise and commute times in Atlanta through the roof, this would be a benefit that would go a long way in keeping employees happy.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed working at Turner and would recommend working there. However, I think telecommuting options (at least 1-2 times per week) would really fill the one hole where there is room for improvement.


  5. "Great Company with Good Leadership, Just a Little Cheap"

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    Current Employee - Credit Analyst
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Company for work-life balance, exciting work environment.

    Cons

    Salary is under-market, and a lot of work is expected. The pay is just not where it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management is doing a great job at communication. They host roundtable discussions, events like Good-to-Grow where they discuss the Company's direction, and they have panel discussions frequently.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Salary at the + No more than 15% = what follows you........."

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    Current Employee - EA in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - EA in Atlanta, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can use the experience, knowledge and prestige of working here as a tool to go somewhere with better pay.

    Cons

    This is a good ole boy networking company and extremely prejudice.

    Advice to Management

    Stop low balling your employees. The knowledge and experiece gained here will be used with competitors when employees move on.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a good company to work for."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits that go beyond traditional insurance and 401k (which is incidentally 1.6% of the first 4% you contribute -- effectively 6.4%), good compensation, and supportive corporate culture. Bonuses can differ significantly from job grades. For example, I move from project manager to senior project manager and saw my annual bonus change from about $2,000 to $9,000. Both primary locations at headquarters in Atlanta have fitness centers, cafeteria, banks, dry cleaning services and free parking -- a good perk especially since offices are downtown where parking is often not free.

    Cons

    Management appears aloof and removed. There seems to be an "us" vs. "them" mentality among employees with respect to executive management. Although many at the executive level are well liked and respected for their talent and demeanor, a few present images and actions that promote a disjointed organization with aires of condescension.

    Advice to Management

    Mingle with employees who don't work on the executive floor to better understand the employee.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Life at Turner"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The technologies are great. It's like christmas everyday with all the neat new technology. I must say this place is always on the bleeding edge of new ideas. The vacation package is great and the working conditions are good.

    Cons

    Since the corporate world has finally taken hold of this company its not as fun as the days of Ted Turner. In my opinion when Ted was kicked out thats when our stock fell and our vision was lost. I have never seen a company with sooo many chiefs and so few indians.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend spending time with the rank and file to find out how the low level management treats the staff. Some departments treat their people great and other like modern day slaves.
    I would like to see better benifits for tenured employees, Unfortunately after 10 years of service an employee has every benifit the company has to offer. After 10 years the only thing to look forward to is the annual merit pay review. Simple suggestions that really would'nt cost the company much would be to offer health care at group rates for life after 25 years of service. A very few employees would ever receive this benifit.

    A non contributory pension would be a nice suggestion to tenured employees as well. Something to help with retirement considering the 401k may not be enough to live on at retirement age. Even if you contibute the max amount every year.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "If you're in it for the benefits...you're good. If you're in it to grow...forget it."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, pkg...401k is awesome. Perks and benes are great...free tickets, discounts to big places...all good stuff. CNN looks great on a resume...but there's a logjam of "talent" in mangement roles, so there's nowhere to grow. Get a few years experience there and get out. Your skills will translate in the real world. Trust me.

    Cons

    No control over your schedule--if you're not "in"...you get bad schedules and no opportunities, good and talented people who aren't popular are hosed. Totally incompetent management...no leadership or direction. Management not interested in newsroom morale...I've never worked in a worse environment, and that includes retail. Total disregard for employees and their needs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites, really assess talent, be involved in the newsroom. Management is all about salary control. The product has suffered because of this. They just want it on the air...despite the lip services they pay to really caring.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the time it doesn't feel like you're actually at work. The people are great and the environment is fun. Turner has a awesome benefits package including a great 401k program. Turner also tries to provide fun events for employees to participate in, many of which also benefit the community.

    Cons

    There can be communication issues between departments that need to work together. Sometimes these issues lead to errors or force one department to work a little harder than the others to pick up the slack. A lot of people are unaware of how other departments function and I believe this is a big part of the communication breakdown.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to improve communication between departments whose collaboration is essential to the success of the company.


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