Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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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. Discovery Communications is a casual, supportive, collaborative place to work.

    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    The biggest pro I could mention would be the flexible schedule. Most managers are more concerned with the work being done well then exactly when you do it. I have seen many people easily get time off or leave work late or come in late because of school graduations, college exams, and doctors appointments without issue.

    Cons

    In my experience, the main con would be some of the equipment, like the computers, is a bit older then I would really like. But I am also an intern so I am sure that effects things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to management at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great people, Great experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - TLC Publicity in New York, NY
    Former Intern - TLC Publicity in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Hands on real PR work, supervisors who mentor you, supportive work environment, fun people, speakers and events for interns, got to go on interviews with top talent and media outlets.

    Cons

    Could get stressful when deadlines come close, sometimes have to do grunt work but someone has to do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make more opportunities available for former interns to become full time employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great internships

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Friendly managers, increasing scales of responsibility, inclusive work environment, convenient location to metro

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as much as Desired but is not a bad rate for DC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Awesome experience, definitely recommend it!

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    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Everyone was wonderful. Amazing speakers from different departments talked to the interns every week, we got to attend and interact with talent at TCA, my supervisor gave me a ton of responsibility and I grew my portfolio a lot. They also still reach out to interns about job opportunities.

    Cons

    None that I can think of! I didn't want to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the intern program!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great overall

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    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great people, want you to succeed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Fantastic office culture, everyone helps everyone
    Great perks i.e. yoga classes and daycare
    Strong leadership
    Executives value everyone's opinions, easy to speak up and voice opinions

    Cons

    Hard to move up
    At times can feel cliquey

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. Fun place to work, but I'm worried about their future in the digital world.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Great water cooler experience. Everyone is friendly, but the innovation from the staff and most of management seemed to be lacking.

    Cons

    They are way behind the game in their distribution methods and content strategies. They need to find new revenue streams other than TV Ads and find more digital revenues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think their intentions are right, they just need to leverage and utilize the young talent they bring in to help energize their digital content.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Such an amazing work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Everyone - I mean everyone - is so friendly. I did not have one awkward elevator ride my whole time there. The employees are very passionate about their division and the company as a whole. A lot of room to grow.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is that they seem to be set in their ways. This is not so much of a bad thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    The work environment is great.

    Cons

    Unstable, too many contract working positions and not a lot of possibilities for full time employment.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great Internship Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Intern in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Great company atmosphere. Manager is very helpful and Internship program is great - and a plus, its paid!

    Cons

    Nothing thus far in my internship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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