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10 days ago

Sales Director-Midwest

Discovery Communications Chicago, IL

Educational Partnerships (Sales) 1. Develop comprehensive regional strategy to ensure the development of deep educational relationships, ultimately… Discovery Communications


14 days ago

Marketing Internship- Spring

Discovery Communications Chicago, IL

What could be cooler than interning at the home of Shark Week for 27 years running, the place where the Cake Boss create his masterpieces or where… Discovery Communications


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Social Media Internship- Spring

Discovery Communications Chicago, IL

What could be cooler than interning at the home of Shark Week for 27 years running, the place where the Cake Boss create his masterpieces or where… Discovery Communications


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    Salesforce.com - Business Systems Developer at Discovery Education

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    Former Employee - Salesforce.com Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Salesforce.com Developer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Discovery Communications as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Bring 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.

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