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Updated September 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Don't be Fooled"

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    Former Employee - Clerk Floater in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Clerk Floater in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The perks are having access to the studio lot and being able to see the sound stages. The other coworkers are also generally cool and can end up becoming good friends if you last in this position long enough.

    Cons

    They do not pay the poor tour guides and clerk floaters enough for what they have to endure on a daily basis.Guests are always rude, and most of the management will throw their employees under the bus any chance they get. The compensation is incredibly poor and much below other studios standard, and the union is also no help when it comes to management who will leave you in horrible situations with guests. This position is marketed as a foot in the door into the entertainment industry but it is far from that.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your employees fairly and manage the guests expectations, instead of making your employees deal with incredibly difficult situations day in and day out.


  2. "Over expected underpaid "high school" job"

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    Former Employee - Clerk Floater in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Clerk Floater in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working on a movie studio
    Nice coworkers
    Not much more, but I had to write at least 20 words. Seriously this job was pretty awful. It looks nice on the outside, but you will be told even by management that you will get stuck.

    Cons

    Forced to be union with no benefits
    Terrible pay
    No guarantee of job past seasonal hire
    No room for growth
    Extremely strict policies

    Advice to Management

    Create an actual program that allows workers to work their way around the lot.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not for the weak"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    No one micromanages your time at work
    Can come and go as you please

    Cons

    It's a kill or be killed environment (lots of backstabbing and throwing people under the bus mentality)
    No support of superiors
    Rude coworkers who try to assert their power
    Awful executive team that use their position to get their way
    No checks and balances
    No accountability
    Disorganized
    Use of intimidation is ridiculous
    Awful benefits package (was denied my accrued vacation pay)

    Advice to Management

    Lose the attitude and take care of your employees. Don't play favorites with teams. Executives/supervisors need to stop interfering with tasks that don't involve them (they don't need to approve what soap is used in the restrooms)


  4. "Executive Assistant to VP of Labor Relations"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Fun to people watch, but that does get old real quick.

    Cons

    Morale is extremely low. Lots of discrimination, bullying and threatening of jobs, with "executives" threatening the livelihoods of those hard working and humble workers performing the many thankless jobs at Warner Bros. It was truly sickening to witness. Boss was/is ineffective who was threatened by EVERYONE and achieved absolutely NOTHING throughout the work day. She actually had to be PUSHED in order to perform the bare minimum, which was frustrating. Boss's superiors should absolutely audit her work to determine what she is actually accomplishing. But all you really have to do is look at her record.

    Advice to Management

    Work should be audited to determine the effectiveness of people running certain departments.


  5. "Black and White"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    At the studio level - things are great. Benefits are fantastic. Everything else is terrible

    Cons

    At the corporate level things are a mess. I worked at a studio but reported in Burbank. The Warner Bros is not a progressive company and look at every situation as black and white. There is no gray area - which lends itself more to protect the companies interest over the employees. Contractors are treated as second class citizens and the company is afraid to change.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible - look at each situation as unique and use WB standards as a guide - not a bible.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Work culture downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. full-time

    Pros

    There are still some good people left who work at WB. The lot is nice and some execs are great leaders.

    Cons

    The work culture has deteriorated along with the performance of the studio. Along with the downturn in healthy culture, the leadership infamously does not promote people from within but happily promotes only in the top ranks or brings in inexperienced people and give them big titles without direction, making for a very top heavy structure and unhappy people who work under them. The ones below are left working with multiple bosses with multiple directives without much direction or reward. It often feels like you are spinning your wheels to serve executive needs instead of the needs of the films and sometimes to the detriment of the campaigns. The studio leadership is also embarrassingly behind in digital to the point of not being relevant with new business models and competitors. The communication because of this unbalanced structure could use a lot of help. Many talented staff have left to go on to do great things for other businesses which is a loss and sadly, many are looking to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganization is desperately needed to shave down the top heavy structure and improve moral and communication. Promote and reward from within and regularly to keep talented staff happy so they remain at the company. Encourage new ideas and initiatives. More emphasis on Digital instead of doing what has always been done, it is needed to stay current and relevant with competitors and new business models.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible Management- Sales Dept"

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    Former Employee - Sales Department
    Former Employee - Sales Department
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to have on a resume, should you need to build a career for future opportunities at big Fortune 500 companies to notice you. Benefits are good, decent pay (industry standard) and on-the-lot perks

    Cons

    Looking at the Sales Department only, this was by far the BEST learning experience for me as to all the things that you should absolutely NOT do in order to run a successful digital sales department. From mis-management of teams due to miscommunication and daily changing objectives with very little follow through to project completion, to favortism and sexism (yes, sadly this was absolutely an old boys club and it kills me to admit it) to management being poorly skilled with little to no previous management experience; ie: complete lack of contacts in order to negotiate deals, lack of creativity in terms of sales strategy and tactics. Kicker to all of this is that most all management worked AT MAXIMUM 25-30 hour work weeks, and were completely checked out during their work day (often times I was put on hold for an important strategy meetings when I could clearly see my boss' computer had both Facebook and personal email accounts open--NOTHING work related!) Back end, none of the technology worked as promised, most all campaigns went to the wayside with finger pointing and blame almost always falling on sales staff to pick up the pieces (read: take the hit both internally as well as damage control with clients to maintain business) Internal teams do not work in tandem with each other, but rather against with the sales staff being enemy #1 (and management never taking charge to amend these relations and/or problem solve to find solutions.) Sales tactics are a slimy, burn-and-turn approach, without a single care for long term relationship growth with its clients.

    Such a shame as their is such a gravitas associated with working for one of the top entertainment companies in LA. Stuck this out as long as I could (a terrible 2 years) and quit leaving the building running. If you are looking at a sales opportunity here, RUN!!! (Note: in the time I was employed there, a few of us sat down and recorded a shocking 12 person turn over in one year (that's the entire department of people) with a few of them leaving without another job lined up due to the poor working conditions)

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worst experience of my life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I received a paycheck.

    Cons

    I was lied to by the recruiter that placed me and the hiring managers at WB.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your managers know how to read


  9. "Cliquey"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool environment, great learning experience.

    Cons

    The people are egomanical, entitled d-bags. i get it, you work in entertainment. Congrats.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your assistants better.


  10. "Be Careful About The Department You Choose"

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Administrator in Burbank, CA

    Pros

    Cafeteria onsite and employee discounts

    Cons

    Departments spread across large area...networking difficult if you are not in the right area. Hr is not a collective group. Different Hr for different departments so if you are in am area you don't want to grow in good luck interfacing with thst groups Hr team.

    Takes 7-10 mins to walk to and from the far lots no shuttles for meetings.

    HR can be unprofessional by advertising a job and when you start work your job changes. Opportunity for growth depends on your department.

    Cell phone does not work in parking garage or elevator . Long hours. A 9-6 or 7 job. I agree with a previous review. It's a mixed bag depending on the area you work in.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure jobs are advertised correctly to avoid turnover. If you need a receptionist to answer phones and order lunches but advertise an Administrator correct that asap.

    Also work on internal growth initiaved so people can transfer departments easily.


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