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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
295 Reviews
3.7
295 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    My summer internship at Discovery was a phenomenal experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Mostly everyone wants you to succeed. They want you to find your niche and they give you time to explore other positions.

    Cons

    My supervisor was mostly always too busy to take an interest in me. It ended up being employees in other departments that became my real mentors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to challenge your interns. Give them a chance to impress you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company and culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Industry, work, company culture and benefits

    Cons

    Industry can be unstable and fast changing which leads to good, but sometimes impacting changes of personnel and

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Awesome company but very slow to change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    The company is an amazing work place. The benefits are extremely good and having a doctor in the Silver Spring HQ is awesome!

    Cons

    Very slow to change. Very slow to adopt new technology. Politics can be a problem in all businesses but at Discovery it is in ever facet of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen closer to middle managers they actually run most companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Discovery has great employee with a passion for what they do and opportunity to move around in the company.

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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

    Fun people who engage you and encourage you to succeed in your job-- makes it fun to go into work. Everyone fosters a healthy learning environment that is contagious in the workplace. There is opportunity to move around within the company to see what you like to do best.

    Cons

    Need more time in order to accurately be able to report on cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work/life balance, benefits. Slow moving, old guard company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Leaving at 5pm, taking a one hour lunch and having to leave for childcare reasons are all acceptable, especially in the Silver Spring, MD offices. They offer excellent benefits, nice people work at the company, and they have an on site medical office in both NY and MD locations. There are also tons of other benefits that you should take advantage of, but you forget are there for you.

    Cons

    Slow moving, resistant to change and new technology, too many meetings, constant changing of top management (but ironically it's just a shuffling of deck chairs as they move the same people from one top spot/brand to the next), lack of vision, and quarterly layoffs (but mostly layoffs every March, July and October - of late those have been Nov-Jan).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger leadership from outside the company - you need new ideas, points of view, agents of change, not more "yes" men. Have a clear strategy, provide the resources for emerging areas, celebrate successes but truly learn from your mistakes.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    People work hard and get the job done, it can also be a fun place to work at times. Not a rigid as some corporate companies.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to work long hours and some days can be challenging, especially when dealing with a company that has a headquarters on the East Coast and your on the West Coast. Lots of 6am meetings!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good work life balance, trivial work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Once you step out of the office, emails stop coming, you're completely off duty

    Cons

    Tedious, grueling, monotonous work for poor quality shows that are turning tabloid like. No career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    concentrate on high quality shows don't just pump out botched series to have more to show.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and under appreciated.

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting internal events and benefits for employees including a wellness center, nutritionist, craft fairs and opportunities to meet discovery network celebrities.
    Great travel perks- stayed at the finest hotels. Smart and creative staff.

    Cons

    When asked what it was like working at discovery many alum will refer to it as a "sweatshop." The hours expected to work are completely unreasonable, unsustainable and the pay is not as competitive as you'd hope for. Biggest issue is upper management- they see their employees as replaceable, make false promises about promotions and only look out for themselves rather than their larger team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to retain talented people recognize their hard work, promote from within and practice what you preach about work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great Benefits, but not much room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    *Great Benefits
    *Talented and friendly employees
    *Nice office

    Cons

    *No room for growth
    *Compensation is sub-par
    *No stability in leadership
    *No work-life balance (if you work in production)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Management needs to find a better way to keep young talented employees as they tend to leave due to a plateau in growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    An incredible place to learn and be inspired

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Never feel stuck in your daily role with the opportunities to work laterally across other networks and departments. There are many things like in-house childcare and employee health clinics that make it somewhere you want to spend your time every day without feeling like you're personal life is taking a toll from your work life. They also have a phenomenal intern program!

    Cons

    It would have been nice if there were more hiring opportunities open for interns.

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