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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
276 Reviews
3.6
276 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 26 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 18 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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Excellent culture, benefits, bonus incentives, creative atmosphere.

    Cons

    Less than excellent work-life balance in many departments.

  2.  

    A great company to work for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Benefits, Days off, Salary, Training, Gym!

    Cons

    None really. Commute depending on where you live.

  3.  

    Relaxed corporate environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Structured but not stifling environment for a corporation of its size allows employees to be loose yet efficient at the same time

    Cons

    Still a corporation with a hard bottom line which results in a fair amount of turnover and office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

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  5.  

    Great benefits, culture needs improvement

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    The benefits (insurance, retirement, PTO, bonus structure) are great. Good work/life balance programs.

    Cons

    The culture is lacking after the company went public. The focus is on profit rather than quality content and services. Employees want it to be a fun and stimulating work environment and take pride in their work, but it's tough to do so when producing TLC shows and ghost stories. Lots of politics within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you can to promote and retain talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Discovery Channel, still operating like it's 1995

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

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

    Pros

    There are some fantastic in house benefits: on-sight wellness center; free yoga and bootcamp, daycare, an inflatable shark attached to the building every couple of years...

    Cons

    ... but the benefits don't make up for the lousy pay (it's TV, who needs to pay rent?); the little to no likelihood of advancement unless you're already walking out the door; and a senior management that's still programming and promoting like it's 1995 and diversity isn't a necessary part of building a successful brand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everybody. This management is so co-dependent and dysfunctional, a therapist would recommend a divorce. Running your networks based on fear is not going to inspire anyone to great heights.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall positive, but not a culture of internal support.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and solid products.

    Cons

    Too many meetings and unwillingness to develop talent from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Learning Experience

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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discovery has been a great place to learn. The managers are very open to questions, give constant feedback and advice, and make you feel like part of the team.

    You will not be fetching coffee for people. As an intern, you will be part of the team.

    Cons

    The company is very vast, and there can be a daunting "breaking-in" period when it comes to the "who" and the "why". Internal politics can get complicated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Discovery was GREAT!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Real world learning experience.

    Cons

    Staff wasn't always friendly.

  11.  

    A good experience, but I wouldn't do it again

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

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

    Pros

    It has awesome offices, interesting content and was good corporate experience for an intern.

    Cons

    My department manager didn't communicate very well - we didn't have a single one on one until the closing interview (and I set up multiple ones on the calendar). I didn't learn anything beyond the things I needed to complete the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in developing people across all levels - including interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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