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Discovery Communications Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
285 Reviews
3.7
285 Reviews
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance depends on your manager (mine at the moment rocks (in 27 reviews)

  • Large company with great benefits, including telework options (in 27 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.  

    Fantastic work environment

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, dynamic, nice & smart people

    Cons

    Workload can be a challenge, many management changes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Work/Life Balance great

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for those with families. Hours are stable, people are great, environment positive.

    Cons

    Too much politics, pay sucks if you've been there for a long time. If you get promoted, don't think you'll get a high raise, you'll probably get $3k if that.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Undervalued and out of the loop.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    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
  6. 5 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

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

    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
  7.  

    A great place to work

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

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

    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
  8.  

    This is an amazing company to work for.

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

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

    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
  9.  

    Great place to work, reasonable hours, mediocre pay.

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications part-time (less than an year)

    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
  10.  

    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

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

    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
  11.  

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

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

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

    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

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