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Updated November 2, 2017
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  1. "International Finance"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice studio lot with all the amenities (including gym and restaurants)

    Cons

    Too many layoffs. Lots of red tape to get promoted.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It's a job"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get a paycheck. Most of the employees are great people.

    Cons

    WB puts up with a lot from some of the more difficult Execs. Instead of placating and pacifying difficult people they should be addressing common courtesy and treating others with mutual respect.

    Advice to Management

    Spend a little more time learning about your employees.

  3. "Worst of the studios for contractors/temps"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Financial Analyst in Burbank, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Financial Analyst in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great if you like a true and VERY busy studio atmosphere. Constant movement on the lot especially with the WB Tour trams constantly moving around, watching you while you're trying to eat or walk to the cafeteria.

    Cons

    Absolutely no perks offered to any contractors or temps unless you are lucky enough to get a coveted badge. Employee movie screening (of which there are few) require an employee to give you a guest pass for admission. Discounts at the store (on merchandise and select food) are only for badgeholders (thus, employees). Unfriendly work enviornment----even had one manager tell me not to utilize his department's resources as it was his cost center. So much for the team spirit here.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your...... If you're employees are acting this way it must be coming from the top.


  4. "Be more open to change"

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

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

    Pros

    The perks are nice. Not as great as the other entertainment company next door, but we have free movie screenings on the lot. Walking around the studio was always fun, driving the golf carts, passing by productions being filmed and bumping into the occasional celebrity.

    Cons

    Very Corporate. Not open to change. We had an employee survey and the results were pretty abysmal. Half of my team left the year I was there because there wasn't much work .

    Advice to Management

    Take the survey to heart. When employees say they are unsatisfied and the company isn't open to change, listen and make changes to improve.


  5. "NA"

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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

    Pros

    Great Big Company, with huge infrastructure. Learned a lot, but not an overall a lot of room for growth.

    Cons

    Were Laying off a lot of people. Learned a lot, but not an overall a lot of room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are actually worth. Merit should be larger than what it currently is HR focused on information technology does not know how to hold on to the younger generation


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Tour Department is a trap - The rest of the Studio is great"

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    Former Employee - General Clerk in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - General Clerk in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -You can see and experience many things that happen around the WB lot
    -You get to know a historic studio like the back of your hand
    -Many of your co-workers will become your very close friends
    -Occasionally you can see free screenings of their movies

    Cons

    -HR lies to you in the interview saying it is a great starter job for people wanting to get in the entertainment industry (in any capacity), but in reality as soon as you put on the uniform a large percentage of the people who work on the studio treat you like a second class citizen and often run in the other direction
    -Management almost never listens to your suggestions, no matter how logical they may be, they pretend to listen and be nice, but then ignore the large populous of the complains from employees
    -The current executives and managers have often tried to implement knew ideas that would make WB Tours on more of a scale of Disney or Universal, but don't realize they don't fit the size or culture of the studio. The people who think up and implement these ideas don't spend any time in their own department to know how it would effect everyone.
    -The uniform is not comfortable or fashionable for any season
    -The union you are forced to join does not do anything to help and has even admitted our department has out grown their specialty
    -Tour guides are often treated as if they were expendable and not a truly valued employee
    -There is a lot of favoritism in the department (though never admitted) and horrible explanations for why certain people get better "assignments" or "taken off assignments"
    -Often training is rushed and or not completed fully before you are expected to do certain tasks, it adds confusion to employees and guests

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to your employees concerns and act of them.
    -Don't' play favorites
    -Have a better training system for both new and old employees (especially if you implement new aspects of the job)


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    "Could have great"

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

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

    Pros

    Original WBCP design team were nice.

    Cons

    New management in WBCP. Advancement is lacking. Nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge talent. Better direction.

  8. "A good job to leave"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working hands-on with feature film post production and distribution.

    Cons

    Lazy, arrogant, arrive late / leave early type employees.


  9. "Consultant"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. as a contractor

    Pros

    An Icon of the studio system, Warners has a long history that reaches back to the golden age of cinema.

    Cons

    Currently, the studio is so committed to the tentpole business model, it's lost sight of what it means to make great films. Fewer features are being produced in the interest of funding massive films with limited appeal.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what Warners does so well. Make great films about the American experience, and create space for the next generation of film makers like Clint Eastwood.


  10. "many unhappy employees"

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

    I worked at Warner Bros. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    interesting work with great facilities in an industry undergoing tremendous transitions at the moment. Depending on your role in the company can be creatively and financially rewarding.

    Cons

    politics, back-biting, lack of communication, very hierarchical, too many chiefs, not enough lower level workers, poorly managed, short term thinking, slow and unwieldy management structure

    Advice to Management

    listen to the people doing the work, create viable teams and incentivise them to work together, rework structures to eliminate useless middle-managers, get rid of culture of fear.


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