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Discovery Communications Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
274 Reviews

3.6
274 Reviews
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I was given so many great opportunities - from growing in my career to having a great work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Large company with great benefits, including telework options (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Zero work/life balance where any addition employee perk could not even been enjoyed (in 19 reviews)

  • Upper management that does not listen to the feedback of its middle management (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ad Sales  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Ad Sales in New York, NY

    Pros

    Top rated programming, great brands, supportive work environemnt, challenging. Discover is a great place to launch your media career. Great corporate culture, management puts great emphasis on work, life balance.

    Cons

    The career path for someone in Ad Sales is very clear but seems very hard to actually move up in rank to become an Account Executive. Some of the work performed by Sales Assistants seems a bit mind numbing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Undervalued and out of the loop.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    - Great perks
    - Good people
    - Relaxed environment in the research department (unlike ad sales)
    - Easy to take pride in the brand

    Cons

    - Feel like just a cog, very replaceable and undervalued
    - Low pay
    - Boring; management unresponsive when asked for more responsibility
    - I feel like my brain is rotting
    - Generally unorganized and no communication between teams and groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your new employees! They could be the ones to stay with the company and shape it in the future, but the turnover rate is so high...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    High Attrition, Poor Leadership, Good Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    The benefits offered by the company are really good and people are great to work with.

    Cons

    This review is for the Digital Media department.

    Upper management doesn't seem to have a long-term plan for successfully leading and growing the Digital Media team and taking care of its people. There is a high rate of attrition caused by people leaving and frequent layoffs; I've seen employees hired less than 4-months ago suddenly told that their position was being eliminated.

    There is a cloud of despair and disillusionment within the department that stems from upper managements complete lack of awareness when it comes to treating employees with respect and providing them with a stable and fulfilling working environment. Instead there is the feeling that everyone is expandable and easily replaced by a consultant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing lip service and actually show employees the respect they deserve. We need leadership that has a vision for growing the department and nurturing employees talents, instead of upper management that is quick to the draw without having a real plan of action.

    Upper management needs to start proving that they learnt more than the Pareto principle in B-School.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great work life balance, room for growth, smart people to collaborate with

    Cons

    high stress atmosphere with average pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    This is an amazing company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Fun environment, lots of room for career growth, great clients, strong brand to work with, great perks, like parties for new seasons of shows

    Cons

    sometimes, you have to work super long hours, but that seems to be the same at all advertising sales based jobs. Also, you have to make sure to have a lot of patience. Sometimes, clients will try and walk all over you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work, reasonable hours, mediocre pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great group of people, fun atmosphere, reasonable hours, in some cases 9-6PM

    Cons

    Mediocre pay, probably on par with industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people more.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great for work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Inclusive culture, lots of leeway for family obligations, open communication between depts

    Cons

    Very corporate, rah-rah about the brand, yes--man to leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and reward those who challenge the status quo.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting place to gain major industry experience if you can handle the pace. Some headaches.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Smart, talented people who are passionate about creating very engaging, quality content. State of the art studio and access to tons of great resources.

    Cons

    Lots of layers to pass through during approval process. Some processes are so ingrained that it's hard to effect meaningful change. Could use some perks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best Place to Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ad Sales Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Ad Sales Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great program with tons of learning opportunities. The final presentation at the end of the summer was great and got to do a lot. Great entry if you want to go into Ad Sales.

    Cons

    They get busy so sometimes you have to find stuff to do.
    Not paid in NYC is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was great and met with the interns a lot. Zaslav met with us a few times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It was an OK experience, not very hands on

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great Culture
    Work with alot of cool TV networks, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel
    Everyone seems friendly
    Activities for employees to participate in

    Cons

    hard to move up on the corporate ladder
    favoritism
    your work can go unnoticed
    the pay is low for someone just starting out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to all employees no matter what their status at the job is

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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