As a leading entertainment company, Warner Bros. helps tell the world’s stories to global audiences. Cultivating diversity in our content, products and people is a business imperative. To maintain our leading position across the various businesses in which we operate, we look to our global employee base to bring creativity, leadership, integrity and diversity to the workplace. The company embraces and nurtures a culture that encourages and rewards employees in a variety of ways beyond competitive compensation and benefits packages. These include transparent plans for professional growth and development, flexibility to move throughout the company and its sister divisions, work/life balance awareness and a commitment to a workplace reflecting a wide range of perspectives.
Diversity & Inclusion:
Attracting and retaining a diverse workforce is vital to our success. It is Warner Bros. policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all our employees and applicants for employment. We hire, train, promote and compensate employees based on their ability to do the job without regard to factors such as race, national or ethnic origin, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex, pregnancy or gender, sexual orientation, age, or any other ground prohibited by applicable human rights legislation.
Warner Bros.’ commitment to a broad and inclusive workforce also includes hiring people from diverse backgrounds with different viewpoints, and then seeking opportunities to promote them from within. We take an active approach to equal opportunity. Warner Bros. trains newly hired employees and on-Lot productions on workplace fairness issues, including the avoidance of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and then reinforces these principles in the Standards of Business Conduct and employee handbooks.
In addition, Warner Bros. provides financial support to employee-based business resource groups – professional development networks for diverse populations – as another way to cultivate an inclusive work environment. Senior executives act as sponsors for these business resource groups, providing guidance and acting as a senior-level springboard for ideas.
Business Resource Groups
Business Resource Groups play an integral role in creating a work culture at Warner Bros. that promotes an environment of understanding, acceptance and inclusion among all employees. Business Resource Groups are made up of employees who happen to a share common interest; membership in any group is open to any interested employee. These groups come together to foster professional growth and upward mobility, and provide opportunities for employees to strengthen their networks. All events hosted by Business Resource Groups help support the company’s business goals, philanthropic efforts, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Involvement in a Business Resource Group is a valuable opportunity to develop internal relationships and make connections across the organization. Business Resource Groups sponsor speaker series, career development seminars, book signings, panel discussions and social networking events to which all employees are invited. Additionally, each Business Resource Group makes a comprehensive outreach commitment as an integral part of its charter. Warner Bros. is currently home to six Business Resource Groups:
EP (Emerging Professionals) at Warner Bros. is dedicated to providing early- to mid-level career employees with opportunities for cross-divisional networking, professional development and mentoring, continuing education and community involvement.
NAPA (Network for Asian Pacific Americans) is comprised of Warner Bros. employees committed to increasing awareness about and to Asian Pacific Americans through initiatives that offer networking opportunities, career advancement, mentorship, and cultural awareness.
OUT@WBS is a group of employees, regardless of sexual orientation, who are networking and raising awareness of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender issues.
UNIDOS@WBS is open to all Warner Bros. employees who share an affinity for personal and professional development and networking, making a difference for others, fostering an environment for growth, leadership, support, and generosity, and an interest in the Latino culture.
WOW (Women of Warner) is dedicated to fostering professional development of women at Warner Bros. with a focus on developing current and future business leaders. WOW facilitates relationships between women and men throughout the organization, advancing business and personal/professional interests by broadening our network of colleagues.
Warner Bros. goes beyond compliance with environmental, workplace, health and safety laws and, in many cases, leads our industry in safety practices. A few examples include:
Warner Bros. Emergency Warden Program
For more than 20 years, Warner Bros. has run an Emergency Warden Program, and in March 2010, the 214th class graduated from the program. The program consists of a 16-hour curriculum offered in four sessions over a month’s time. The curricula include an overview of the various natural, technological, and man-made hazards that can affect the employee at work and at home. Additional topics include American Red Cross CPR/Triage/First Aid classes, fire extinguisher instruction, discussion of psychological/stress issues in emergency situations and review of the Warden’s emergency procedures. Once the Warden has graduated from the initial course, he or she can take additional classes in terrorism, damage assessment, search and rescue, mortality management, radio and communications, and others.
Feature and Television Productions Safety Pass Program
The Warner Bros. Safety Pass program has changed the safety practices of an entire industry. The program was developed by Warner Bros. through a collaborative effort with dozens of unions representing various segments of the motion picture and television industry workforce. Warner Bros. Studio Facilities’ Safety and Environmental Affairs department, along with those of other motion picture and television studios, has participated in the creation, development, and approval of additional safety classes that continue to educate our workforce and provide it with skills to make our movies and television shows safely.
The Warner Bros. team developed new coursework and training programs that include subjects such as rigging, firearms safety using blank ammunition, electrical safety, and even airbrush techniques for makeup artists (to protect talent and artists from equipment and chemicals associated with airbrush makeup).
The Safety and Environmental Affairs department has developed a unique website providing safety information to local California productions and to remote productions that may not have the time to wait for mailing or shipping of hard copies of materials. The website contains division-specific information including information about injury and illness prevention programs, written safety programs, management responsibilities, location check lists and accidents reports, and links to other applicable websites. More information is available at http://wbsafety.com.
Collective Bargaining and Freedom of Association
Warner Bros. respects the rights of all employees applicable labor laws and the rights of all contract professionals who provide services to Warner Bros. under collective bargaining relationships. Contract professionals include writers, directors, actors, designers and others involved in the production of motion pictures and television programs.
Training & Development:
In a highly competitive environment, it is increasingly important to have a workplace that not only attracts but also develops and retains talent. We strive to hire the most talented and diverse employees, provide ongoing opportunities for professional training, and create increasing opportunities for internal mobility.
Warner Bros. Learning Network (WBLN)
At Warner Bros. we are committed to growing the capabilities of our employees by providing them with a wealth of learning opportunities for personal and professional development.
The Warner Bros. Learning Network (WBLN) gives employees access to a variety of development opportunities ranging from innovative classroom training programs to e-Learning resources and practical on-the-job tools that position them for success at WB. Most importantly, WBLN offers employees a chance to participate in enterprise collaboration. It is a place where employees at all levels, from early career to seasoned executives, can share best practices and organizational knowledge.
Annual Performance Review
At the most basic level, employees benefit from a mechanism for receiving feedback about their performance so that, together with their managers, they can create pathways for career development. At Warner Bros., we have processes in place to foster performance discussions between managers and employees.
We value our employees and provide competitive medical employee benefits programs to support their well-being. Our Total Rewards program currently includes medical, dental, 401(k) savings, flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care, transportation reimbursement accounts, disability management, and life insurance offerings. We evaluate the company’s benefits and compensation practices on an ongoing basis to make sure that we are rewarding our employees fairly for their efforts.
Warner Bros. provides comprehensive medical benefits that offer flexibility and choice for employees and their families. Beginning with our medical options, employees are able to choose between two national Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) or from several Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), depending on their location. Employees can elect dental coverage regardless of whether or not they participate in the medical program. In addition, Warner Bros. vision benefits provide access to a wide range of independent doctors, as well as a large retail optical network.
The company’s financial benefits and services can help employees save money now and proactively plan for the future. After two months of employment, employees are automatically enrolled in the Time Warner 401(k) Savings Plan, unless they decide to opt out. The Company matches certain contributions to each employee’s 401(k) account, which vest based on years of service.
Life, Accident and Long Term Disability Insurance
Beginning on the first day of work, employees are automatically enrolled in both company-paid basic life, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance and long-term disability programs.
Work Life Balance:
Warner Bros. invests in services and education to help keep our employees healthy. Each month, we provide information to our employees about health and wellness through screenings, awareness campaigns and seminars. These one-hour seminars allow employees to gain valuable information to help address common life stressors. Subject matter experts are brought in to educate employees on topics such as aging, tax preparation, identity theft prevention, time management, parenting, graduate school programs, among many others. In addition, there are currently five in-depth recurring series covering Eldercare, Financial Education, College Admission Preparation, Information Security, and Health and Wellness.
We also offer maternity support through access to personal obstetrics nurses. (In some locations, the nurse assigned to an employee may check in with the new mother at the hospital to confirm that she has the information she needs, employee assistance, and access to mental health programs.)
Warner Bros. offers on-site childcare (with limited enrollment), and a back-up care service is provided for employees’ use when their regular childcare is unavailable. The state-of-the-art Warner Bros. Children’s Center in Burbank offers high-quality child care for children aged three-months to prekindergarten and has been ranked among the top 10% of all child care facilities nationwide. In addition, all employees can participate in an assistance program that offers referral services for finding day care options and nannies.
For employees working in U.S. locations, Warner Bros. offers long-term backup and emergency care options for children and adults through their Back-up Care Advantage Program.
Our adoption assistance program helps pay for some of the costs of adopting a child by reimbursing employees on a pre-tax basis for certain adoption-related expenses.
In our efforts to assist employees in leading healthy lifestyles, employees in our Burbank location have access to the Warner Bros. Studios Fitness Center, our 10,000 square-foot, on-site fitness facility. Membership includes access to state-of-the-art resistance and cardiovascular equipment, an outdoor basketball court and a wide selection of group exercise classes including yoga and spinning.
Clean Air Club
The Warner Bros. Clean Air Club is open to all employees interested in ridesharing and other money saving alternatives to driving alone. Members play a leading role in reducing air pollution by commuting via carpool, vanpool, train, bus, bicycle or walking. These commuting alternatives also help to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce local traffic.
Employee Assistance Program
Sometimes asking for help is a difficult step, so to make it as easy as possible, we offer confidential, short-term counseling and support for employees and household family members through our free employee assistance program. Employees can also call for help with legal and financial concerns, weight loss management or child and elder care options.
“While Warner Bros. is a global entertainment company, we never lose sight of the fact that a great part of our success comes from the contributions of individual employees in offices around the world. We realize that our people are our greatest asset, and it’s incumbent upon us, through the investment in and engagement of our employees, to create a work environment that attracts and retains the best in the business.” -Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Warner Bros content via http://www.wbcitizenship.com/