Discovery Communications
3.5 of 5 222 reviews
corporate.discovery.com Silver Spring, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2014
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3.5 222 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav

David M. Zaslav

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great environment, lots of restructuring

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAbility to work autonomously. Great environment, good people. Work is challenging. They promote a lot from within. Benefits (including a nice yearly bonus) are fantastic, such as maternity/parental leave, on site gym or fitness reimbursement (for offices without a gym), company-wide volunteer day.

ConsA lot of restructuring occurring, generally with annual layoffs. Same amount of work but less people to do it. They are moving more towards contract positions which means you continually have to train and work with new people who don't know the process and don't meet the same standards as full time employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with a long term plan and stick to it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place To Hang Your Hat, Until It Isn't

Director (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWork with some of the smartest people in the industry, trust and be trusted. The larger organization seems to finally be getting on board with the digital age. More attention is being given digital properties and innovation with respect to new products is surfacing from within.

ConsThis is an old (relative to digital) company and many of their business practices are still closely tied to non-digital. They need help seeing through to the future where a new business model must be embraced as consumers are ditching traditional cable at ever quicker rates.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees have come to expect layoffs in the spring and in the fall of each year. This contributes to lower morale for all employees. Not just the ones potentially laid off, but also those left behind to wonder if they are next.

It appears that one of the factors in frequent house cleanings is related to the continual churning in executive management. A repeat pattern of:

* Hire new executive who spends 6 months figuring out what changes they want to make.
* Meanwhile, staff is continuing to try business as usual with lowered morale until the changes are made.
* Organization is changed (people are laid off) and the remaining staff must march is a slightly different direction with fewer people.
* Once the teams are finally getting into the groove, another executive is changed and the team is put back into the same loop again (hoping for a better resolution).

These transitions break down relationships, morale and innovation within the company. They are wasteful of time in six month blocks.

Executive management should try and limit the changes to executive teams by getting at the root of what makes them move on. Are they not performing and the team is just looking for the right people? Or are they moving on to ever higher and higher paychecks?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Place to Work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThey have a lot of amazing benefits and you only have to be in office two days a week. Boss leaves you alone and workload is very manageable.

ConsPay is low and not likely to go up much. With all the changes in cable business, I don't know the future of the company. No opportunities for promotion at least in the Atlanta office. Might be different in Silver Spring HQ.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to your satellite offices like Atlanta. Feels like we're off in no man's land.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It is a GREAT company with EXCELLENT benefits. Just hope you don't have a moron for a boss!

Program Planner (Former Employee)
Miami, FL

I worked at Discovery Communications full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat company, great perks, great parties, great work/life balance, EXCELLENT benefits.

ConsAWFUL middle management. It's tough when your boss is a complete idiot!

Advice to Senior ManagementGive out management training to all managers and periodically have them rated by their direct reports.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A Youthful Company

Marketing Project Manager (Current Employee)
Silver Spring, MD

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe company is a lot like a college campus with events every week. They have great benefits.

ConsYou will get trampled unless you play the political game.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good for now!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

ProsGreat benefits, awesome projects, good stepping stone!

ConsSome upper management could use some replacement

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize your stellar employees, dont wait for them to quit.

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

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Work hard here, get promoted elsewhere

Manager (Former Employee)
Miami, FL

I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

ProsFellow employees are friendly and cordial

ConsUpward mobility is very limited

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more employees

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

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this is a review for the discovery channel.

Coordinating Producer (Current Employee)
Silver Spring, MD

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for less than a year

Prosone of the more creative employers in DC area

Consbad work/life balance, work is 24-7

Advice to Senior Managementenforce a no work while on vacation policy

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

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Cool Company, but Get Ready to Work Hard

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Silver City, GA

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat benefits, flexible work options, resume booster, headquarters building is beautiful, young demographic, casual/funky attire

ConsHighly competitive w/layoffs; expectations to work 55 hours weekly plus OT; young culture means it can take forever for decisions or change; super high turnover; minimal growth opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt cost a lot more to recruit new people than keep existing resources. Try to keep your employees happy...

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

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

ProsFriendly people and good benefits

ConsNo career progression, could modernize software systems

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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