Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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  1. Great overall

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's very diverse and the people you work with make work fun

    Cons

    There are a lot of late nights, sometimes too often

  2. Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ad Sales Coordinator in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Ad Sales Coordinator in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is very alive, fast-speed, multi-cultured and colorful. People are very sociable and it feels like a family.

    Cons

    Too much favoritism and hypocrisy. Lack of transparency keeps employees from growing or learning from flaws to seek new opportunities within company. Direct management is immature and does not acknowledge or help dedicated employees grow.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to show more appreciation for employees work, loyalty and efforts.

  3. Great company with a lot of diversity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Planning in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Media Planning in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, Good pay and Good environment

    Cons

    Very corporate, many times you don't know what is going on in the company
    So many changes give sense of insecurity

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  5. Great and fun place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Master Control Operator in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Master Control Operator in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, including great medical and dental plans, vacation time, sick days, personal days, paid maternity leave, yearly bonus(based on individual performance and company performance) and federal holidays (depending on the your position). Promotions are based on performance, and not seniority.

    Cons

    Boring, easy work, but perhaps I am bias coming from a high adrenaline industry.

    Advice to Management

    Gather employee input before forcing new SOP that will end up being changed several times over before being finalized.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This place is great to work at, the people, the culture, the benefits. In my time woking at Discovery, I have been provided with the training and tools to allow me to grow, as well as the motivation in yearly bonuses to stay committed to do better every year.

    Cons

    You're never 100% happy with any job, but if I have to say that there's one thing I don't like about this company, it would have nothing to do with my job; I would like to get back the smart Discovery programming we used to have, and stop catering to the hillbilly audience. Again, that's just my own opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Watch Cosmos. Discovery should have done that, not NATGEO.

  7. Good long term job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Master Control Operator in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Master Control Operator in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, Fair market value for Health, Dental, vision and 401K

    Cons

    It a 24/7 facility, so lots of nights and weekends required

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Discovery Miami Office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work ethics. People have been there forever so it's like a big family. Nice people. Excellent benefits and pay. Beautiful offices. Great HR department.

    Cons

    Very resistant to change. Extremely territorial. People work on silos. No synergies among departments. It's a company that does not believe/invest in digital. Old fashion way of thinking when it comes to original production. Limited growth opportunities. Could be frustrating if you come from an organization that values reinvention and change.

    Advice to Management

    Stop comparing against your own benchmarks. Start looking to other metrics, not only ratings.

  9. It's a great place to work. There are very few places out there with a culture like theirs.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Producer in Miami, FL
    Current Contractor - Producer in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Discovery Communications as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people. Young, Vibrant and easy going, despite being a cable TV network. Excellent Content.

    Cons

    Like every other big company, the internal bureaucracy and probably the pay. But that's it.

    Advice to Management

    If you could speed up some of the processes and pay a little better, it would be better than great.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great culture, poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Coordinator in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Client Coordinator in Miami, FL

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, excellent job experience and benefits

    Cons

    Poor management, excessive hours with no breaks

    Advice to Management

    Compensation and fair treatment.

  11. Helpful (3)

    It may not be what it appears to be...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This review is of the Broadcast group:

    Great name on your resume-just get out before it goes bad-it will.
    You will be great if you never disagree or say no to upper management.

    Cons

    Negative upper management
    No loyalty to employees-recent changes included getting rid of several long term managers. Money? Shorter term mangers were retained.
    No work-life balance if you are in a position that supports broadcast. Salary means work till you drop.
    Office politics interfere with efficiencies. HR plays favorites to their friends.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the people that work for you, don't fear them or their ideas just because they may not agree with yours. If you just want someone who just says yes you don't understand good management.
    Good leadership comes from the top and what is in place doesn't know how to lead. That's where the changes are needed.
    Management's focus is very negative. Pay attention to the big picture not just the errors.

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