Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance programs (in 27 reviews)

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

Cons
  • No work-life balance if you are in a position that supports broadcast (in 19 reviews)

  • Some upper management could use some replacement (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Content

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and promotes healthy and balanced lifestyle. The employees are friendly and professional.

    Cons

    Minimal room for growth within smaller departments. Yearly salary increase percentage is on the lower end of the spectrum.

    Advice to Management

    Increase number of internal positions to allow for more growth.


  2. Good atmosphere, good benefits, changing industry

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company is a market leader and has great benefits. People are engaged with the company.

    Cons

    The competition is fierce among cable networks, and they are all trying to stand out. Strategies and branding were being changed continuously with no clear path.


  3. Great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

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

    Pros

    Discovery was a great place to work! They treat their employees well, lots of perks, great benefits and amazing co-workers.

    Cons

    Wish they had a New Jersey location!


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  5. Programming

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Discovery Communications (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of good co-workers

    Cons

    Shifting industry and priorities. Programming not as appealing now.


  6. Fantastic Company to Work For

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Large media portfolio with heart
    - Professional development, lifestyle management perks
    - Great corporate mission and enviornment

    Cons

    - Too reliable on employees to work large workloads
    - Still behind the curve in technology updates
    - No one adheres to deadlines or respects others time

    Advice to Management

    Fight for more headcount and feel free to speak up against Executive management


  7. Executive Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and lifestyle initiatives if you are a full time employee.

    Cons

    They do temp to hire positions with unreliable timelines. A lot of great employees, not all great upper level execs, and low upward mobility. Many people at the company for 5+ years are very slow to be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the execs could do a better job of mentoring and giving learning opportunities to executive assistants rather than treating it as purely administrative/borderline personal assistant position


  8. good times, bad times.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, supportive, great benefits.

    Cons

    Future is always uncertain. Morale is low and everyone is looking for other work.

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan and stick to it for two years.


  9. Relaxed Environment/Revolving Door

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool environment, free food, nice co-workers, fun events, seminars and day-care for employees. Very close to metro, stores and restaurants. Pet-friendly. Amazingly talented people in some departments- directors, writers, artists but Discovery higher-ups would never know this, get to know them if you can, could help you in the long run outside of the company.

    Cons

    Very little room to advance, high-turnover in employers (due to shift in television/digital changes coming and no innovative content). Also for a big company they don't want long-term employees in some departments in order to bring in fresh new talent but some people don't like this, can be cliquish. Lack of direction for some networks.

    Advice to Management

    No point in giving it, a company that big has too many people with different agendas, egos and pay salaries at stake. You are supporting a brand not progress.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Used to be better

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. A lot of workshops are offered, including yoga classes on site.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. You are expected to work overtime mostly everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees regarding their concerns/suggestions


  11. Great Company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Corporate Culture , Innovation, Brand

    Cons

    Limited scope for Growth in the IT organization.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on giving some growth opportunities to EXP employees



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