Discovery Communications
3.5 of 5 253 reviews
corporate.discovery.com Silver Spring, MD 5000+ Employees

Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.5 253 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav

David M. Zaslav

(156 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Salesforce.com - Business Systems Developer at Discovery Education

    Salesforce.com Developer (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe office space in downtown Chicago is really nice. The basement of the building has great places to eat lunch. I also met some really cool people--a few from inside my department--but mostly outside the department such as interns and those in the content department. I learned a lot in this position, and had the opportunity to review code and functionality of Salesforce.com that was put in place by past developers. I learned about agile software development as well. I worked in a structured environment with different sandboxes, which taught be a lot about the software development process such as User Acceptance testing. The pay for this position was great.

    I had the opportunity to work side by side with out of house consultants who were experienced from having worked with so many clients.

    Cons- As a contractor I didn't get any of the perks a full-time employee would get such as a gym membership.
    - Many negatives of multiple consulting firms in house working on the same project
    - The Business Systems Development department has a culture of red tape and it was difficult to get any code you wrote to the production environment
    - The position was extremely unstructured. There were assigned stories but they were often very vague due to a lack of technical knowledge of the person writing up requirements.
    - There was a disconnect between the business users and development team. As a developer I had no access to them to see what could be improved, fixed, or to find new work to work on.
    - I often found myself cruising LinkedIn or reading professional articles due to a lack of structure or work.
    - Code revision control was not in place, which lead many people stepping on each others feet.
    - Unrealistic expectations about what could be done with their outdated customer system that they wouldn't get rid of and their sales system. They wanted to implement an SSRS reporting engine inside of Salesforce.com, instead of migrating that data to Salesforce.com
    - Standoffish culture, I was called into my boss' office and he beat around the bush with statements about "keeping the team small" etc. I finally had to ask him if he was letting me go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring more of your business development systems in house. Give your employees the benefit of the doubt, and provide a way for them to grow with the company to accomplish meaningful work. Cut red tape.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Love it here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCash Money, great product, well respected

    ConsSay goodbye to your family

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    Great environment, passionate and talented people, zero stability

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe aesthetics of the office are amazing. It's proximity to the Metro is incredibly convenient. The inclusion of Discovery on one's resume is quite valuable.

    ConsIt's incredibly unstable. As with much of Corporate America these days, they're overwhelmingly beholden to pleasing their shareholders and preserving massive paychecks and bonuses for the chosen few. Which then causes quite regular layoffs of staff below the VP level. Shocking I know. Stay for as long as needed to show consistency and to put it on your resume, then get the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis is a message to Corporate America in general really, but stop giving lip service to how the company values it's employees and show them by retaining good employees instead of clinging to all the perks of C and VP level positions at the cost of the people who actually do the work just to please the shareholders. The reputation of Discovery is well-deserved, and by that I mean the reputation of it being an entirely unstable work environment that dances around labor laws by predominately employing contract or "contingent" workers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Benefits, Wonderful People, Incessant Change

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsProgressive work environment with excellent benefits including on-site doctor and daycare. Smart, creative culture and supportive teams. Mobility within organization across networks and divisions. Great work-life balance.

    ConsConstant churn within networks, particularly the big ones - Discovery and TLC. Changes in leadership of networks results in nearly full turnover of staff and such changes tend to happen annually. However, there seems to be a revolving door as some people have been fired and re-hired by the company 5+ times. HR also tends to serve as the henchmen for management vs as advocates for the staff or serving to enable growth and development. I was often told to never talk with HR. Senior leaders always secured contracts at point of hire as it was assumed they would not make it through the term of contract. Hard to get in the door.

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    It was a good work-life balance, but not challenging enough

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat location/easy commute with metro
    Very flexible work hours for full time students
    Awesome company, with access to a huge media network

    ConsNot much emphasis on career development
    Not enough challenging projects
    No commuter reimbursement

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost Interns commute from DC, which ends up being about $7 a day in metro fares or $80+ per month of parking in your garage. Consider reimbursing students who car-pool or take the metro.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience, some great people

    Web Developer (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsSmart engineers, great people. Unfortunately the great people are not in a position of power.

    ConsGoing to work everyday to a condescending environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company. If you are a Full time non freelance/contract employee

    Senior Video Editor (Former Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    ProsWages, Environment. Great collaboration with very talented people

    ConsHours. Terrible shift work. Very un healthy hours

    Advice to Senior Managementtalk to your employees, both salaried and freelanc/contract

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Limited work life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people and benefits including wellness center, day care, etc.

    ConsDifficult to get promoted; needs to invest more in employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to do more for those hard work employees not just those who play the game

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    Great people and work experience. Few opportunities for growth.

    Graphic Designer (Former Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    ProsWork for well-known brands to develop innovative marketing solutions in a fast-paced environment. Many opportunities for networking.

    ConsFew opportunities for salary employment with benefits. Many workers are 1099, or are hired through a staffing agency with little room to advance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I expected a lot based on my perception of Discovery, but average cubicle internship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proscool office, great people, sometimes interesting people came through the office, lots of freedom, I had an inside view of what was coming soon on Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet

    Consnot a clear job description, I spent a lot of time in a cubicle staring at a screen wondering what I was supposed to be doing...

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