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Discover Reviews in Illinois

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
540 Reviews
3.7
540 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance; culture; people; benefits; diversity; solid executive team (in 77 reviews)

  • great benefits given to employees beginning day 1 of employment (in 62 reviews)


Cons
  • There is not a great work/life balance, and you are always expected to work overtime (in 15 reviews)

  • being on the phone constantly which i knew by applying at a call center job (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    director of marketing

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Discover full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work life balance is great

    Cons

    low pay compared to other financial industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Friendly environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverwoods, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverwoods, IL

    I worked at Discover as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discover has a friendly environment for its employee and employee's family. Discover offers an environment which encourages employees to learn more.

    Cons

    The location is a bit not convenient. People are not allowed to use other cards when in the cafe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverwoods, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverwoods, IL

    I worked at Discover as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are nice
    Good manager values your ideas

    Cons

    Silo-ed, hard to make changes happen

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  5.  

    I loved my time as an intern at Discover- I would definitely love to work there in the future!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Law and Compliance in Riverwoods, IL
    Former Employee - Law and Compliance in Riverwoods, IL

    I worked at Discover as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office environment is amazing! Everyone is so welcoming and laid back, while still being very professional and productive. All of the interns receive 3 days of orientation and training, which really helps provide background knowledge to the work you perform throughout the summer.

    Cons

    There were times when I did not have any work to do because I had finished all of the projects assigned to me and no one else had anything for me to do. For the majority of the time, however, it was an appropriate workload

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company and Excellent work Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverwoods, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverwoods, IL

    I have been working at Discover full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent company . Nice Work environment and great work life balance . Great benefit as well

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of as of now

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weak Leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Associate in Riverwoods, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Associate in Riverwoods, IL

    I have been working at Discover full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Just started the Work from home policy this year, as well as the downtown office. Needless to say this was done to retain talent and compete with other companies in the neighborhood who had the downtown and work from home facilities way back. PTO is a decent number, lots of activities on campus. Benefits are good, people are helpful, happy family culture is supported

    Cons

    Discover needs fresh talent and outside world perspective (technology, social media, brand image). Documentation processes are outdated and unorganized. There is no on the job training for people transitioning into new roles, given the fact that trying out new roles is encouraged to the highest degree. Management is somewhat lost and direction is not good. People are very big on the blame game, since everyone is always moving around, it gets frustrating getting things done as some one or the other has "just moved in". Rather than making sure that thorough controls and research goes into projects, people are more focused on correcting blunders and operational errors. Favoritism is extremely rampant to the point that you will be made manager (no college degree required) if you are a favorite, compared to a candidate with credentials such as a Masters degree and work experience from other places. HR is absolutely insufficient when it comes to talent management and compensation brackets. A person who has been with Discover for some time can get paid lower than a person who just came in on a junior position. Biggest shocker is that 99% Discover employees use and prefer Visa MasterCard and American Express. Shows how much they value their own product and how how hard they are working to make it the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve job descriptions and on the job training. Develop a uniform documentation method for all teams and departments. The VP's and SVP's need to get out of their rooms and talk to the employees more in a BAU environment. Your company is too old fashioned and needs a face-lift, especially the Human Resources, that has zero interaction with employees after they are hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Analytics in Riverwoods, IL
    Current Employee - Manager Analytics in Riverwoods, IL

    I have been working at Discover full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I think that Discover has a great work/life balance. Not only do you start off with 25 days PTO, but there is also opportunity to work from home.

    Cons

    The salary could be a little more competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your HR department so that you can improve retention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Riverwoods, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Riverwoods, IL

    I worked at Discover full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Quality company with great people. Office culture was exceptional. Facilities great.

    Cons

    Large organization difficult to get to know people. A lot of webex meetings not face to face time. relationships hard to build

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue path

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Riverwoods, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Riverwoods, IL

    I worked at Discover full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, 25 PTO days, friendly people, free food once a while.

    Cons

    Pay below industry average. Can be very political. Promotions are hard to get within the team unless you rotate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competitive compensation!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    mixed reaction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Riverwoods, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Riverwoods, IL

    I have been working at Discover full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good vacation time of 25 days,
    work life balance in control for half the year
    Seen a lot of people being here for decades also.
    not too much pressure to fix production issues as they linger around for around 3 months also.
    Good place for interns

    Cons

    Very old tools, processes. I bet you will get a job outside with these credentials.
    Top management is having absolutely no long term view. They just think for a month nothing more than that.
    Old timers(those who are here for one or two decades) will make others life miserable. These people neither do any work nor will let anybody do any other work. Almost 95% of these old timers cannot get a job outside. They are frustrated with their compensation and skill sets but they know very well that they won't even get 50% of this salary outside. They are very negative personalities.
    Boot licking of the managers is very much a norm out here.
    You will be very much surprised that company doesn't have any integrity or honesty with their shareholders, customers and employees. Whatever they offer the employees on offer letter - you actual work could be two or three level down after joining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the fresh brains rather than trying out old timers who are neither doing any work on their own nor letting others to do the work. At least have some transparency, honesty and integrity with three stake holders - share holders, employees and customers. Get rid of outdated tools or processes and get rid of unnecessary work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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