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Turner Broadcasting Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  • Work/life balance was much better than average, with the understanding that working late is a requirement in order to meet project due dates (in 101 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great people and very innovative (in 131 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Counsel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Counsel in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Counsel in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and cool industry

    Cons

    Very clubby culture and management was terrible


  2. "Graphic Artist at Turner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere! The work environment is nice. Your work will get amazing exposure.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to get a raise, or new opportunities within the department.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Here's The Real Deal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Standards & Practices in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Standards & Practices in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time

    Pros

    Pleasant people at first, nice campus, free movie screenings, dept games and functions, events outside of the office; adding TBS to your resume, great location, severance package

    Cons

    It's a secret cult and you have to be invited into their cliques. They are pleasant at first to feel you out and see if you make the cut. If you don't, no more good mornings from people, you'll be blocked from advancing and they don't like new ideas or processes because it rocks their boat and they like being complacent. Most people there that have been there any length of time are bored and unhappy but too unmotivated to look for other employment so the atmosphere is filled with resentment and unhappiness.

    Management is the worse because they undercut people and hold a gripe against employees for no real reason and HR will do nothing to back it's employees, only management. Management is also clueless, unqualified, lazy and get upset if you ask them for anything which also leads to a very delayed response from them about anything. There's an unspoken language there that "culture" is the only thing that matters and you are automatically outcasted if you have ambition to advance, learn other jobs, or present more efficient processes. Everyone is required to do their job only and nothing more.

    During the massive layoff, they laid off 1500 people only to hire new people to replace them with smaller salaries or contractors.Working at TBS too long will stifle your skills and make you unqualified for other jobs. Work there for a while, make connections and move on.

    Advice to Management

    Become more involved, helpful, understanding and happy to help your entire team and be fair to all employees and not show favoritism. Encourage growth for people who want to advance even if that means leaves your department. A simple thank you and nice remarks for a job well done goes a long way to your team and encourages them to better at their job.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Producer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, great co-workers

    Cons

    Old boys club, women and minorities almost always overlooked for hire or advancement and always the first let go. constant layoffs with no rationale for abolishing any particular job. Bureaucratic management structure.

    Advice to Management

    It's probably too late for this, but don't abandon Atlanta as a base of operations. It's a nice, inexpensive city and none of those jobs will be done better or for less in New York.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Change is good...if done correctly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Turner Broadcasting (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good.
    1) Medical benefits are okay...even with all the changes. Many other friends and peers say that their medical benefits still don't match up to what we get at Turner.
    2) If you're in a position where you can telecommute they are very flexible and open to shifting schedules and making the adjustment.
    3) Work-Home life balance is very good in many areas of the company.
    4) Company holiday days off are great also

    Cons

    1) They are many constant changes within the organization and people doing the day-to-day still don't know where they stand and feel they will eventually be eliminated. So, in other words, there's no job security, and the morale is extremely low within the organization.
    Upper management is trying to communicate high level strategies but employees still don't know how the changes will impact them directly, so they still feel disconnected.


  7. "Media Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Media Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best company I've ever worked for! The pay has always been at or above the market. Although not as generous as in previous years, Turner still has a great benefits package. Great 401K program. Excellent paid time off benefits.

    Cons

    Everyday politics tend to still rule your opportunity to grow within the company. If your not part of the in crowd, you could get left out.


  8. "Sr. Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get a chance to work with and network with a lot of great people. Great medical benefits and a decent work life balance.

    Cons

    Dead end job with little to opportunity for advancement. Management works in a strict top down way of doing things.


  9. "Sr Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Dedicated, smart, fun team and department.
    - Great mid-level leadership.
    - Acted as PO with autonomy
    - great collaboration

    Cons

    - Big company BS with 20/20, making sweeping layoffs to satisfy stock holders only to turn around and rehire a year later.
    - product roadmap was delivered top down, little innovation during holding pattern after 20/20.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Was a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Turner Broadcasting full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    New technologies, interesting environment, always on the move, great people.

    Cons

    Lots of downsizing recently and rumors of still more. Threats of moving offices. Parent company came in and stripped-down everything and things are in a state of flux with little to no money for on-going departments, Morale is low. Used to be a great place to work, but a lot of the talent has either been laid-off or they've left on their own.

    Advice to Management

    Realize employees don't fall for the cute slogans the company has come up with since all the downsizing started. In fact, most employees have made a joke out of those slogans. Be honest with the employee base. Actually care about the people who manage to keeps things running there.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Build Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Build Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Build Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wonderful group of technicians with a great diversity of knowledge makes it easy to get training in all areas of technology. Yearly pay increases and bonuses are a plus.

    Cons

    Pay scale has a tendency to start out on the low end. You will need to make sure you take charge of you career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the team of technicians below you and make sure to include them on the direction you wish to take the company in the future. You hired them for their knowledge and expertise, so make sure you are using them.


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