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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.5 257 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav

David M. Zaslav

(161 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I was given so many great opportunities - from growing in my career to having a great work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Large company with great benefits, including telework options (in 25 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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    Great place to work for low-end salary

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNumber one media company in the world. Work with the most creative people in the business. Company has outstanding benefits and great work environment. Always something fun going on. Great resume booster and where you work will always be a dinner party conversation topic.

    ConsSo many people want to work there and are willing to undercut on salary that the pay is significantly lower relative to what you can make at a less prestigious company. Pay isn't everything and it's a great place to work. Just don't expect to be jumping into a basement full of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStrong Leadership. Great focus and a leader in the international cable market. Forward thinking. Great people and a fun environment to work.

    ConsLimited growth opportunities in the regional markets. Not a lot of opportunity to advance once at a certain level. A lot of change in the IT/Digital area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the focus on growth and innovation and make sure to involve employees at all levels.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Ad Sales (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsTop 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.

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company

    Video Editor (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsWell, the benefits were reasonable.

    ConsWell, the hours could be high.

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for with wonderful work-life balance, however, not a lot of room for growth.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork-life balance is great with awesome benefits. They have a great maternity program and offer quite a few extra programs (like exercise classes or seminars) at no cost to the employee.

    ConsNot a lot of room for career growth. Job description does not reflect the position and we do not get credit for the work we are doing by senior management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview growth options for all employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work hard and toe the party line.

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsMostly smart, capable associates work here. The company is steadily growing and is one of the largest, most successful media corporations in the world.

    ConsPeople often work longer than a 40-hour week for no extra pay or bonus. There is little encouragement for personal growth. The content they produce is targeted towards a specific demographic and, because the formula has proven fiscally sound, there is little reason to rock the boat and try new things. Taking chances is rarely encouraged.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Salesforce.com - Business Systems Developer at Discovery Education

    Salesforce.com Developer (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe office space in downtown Chicago is really nice. The basement of the building has great places to eat lunch. I also met some really cool people--a few from inside my department--but mostly outside the department such as interns and those in the content department. I learned a lot in this position, and had the opportunity to review code and functionality of Salesforce.com that was put in place by past developers. I learned about agile software development as well. I worked in a structured environment with different sandboxes, which taught be a lot about the software development process such as User Acceptance testing. The pay for this position was great.

    I had the opportunity to work side by side with out of house consultants who were experienced from having worked with so many clients.

    Cons- As a contractor I didn't get any of the perks a full-time employee would get such as a gym membership.
    - Many negatives of multiple consulting firms in house working on the same project
    - The Business Systems Development department has a culture of red tape and it was difficult to get any code you wrote to the production environment
    - The position was extremely unstructured. There were assigned stories but they were often very vague due to a lack of technical knowledge of the person writing up requirements.
    - There was a disconnect between the business users and development team. As a developer I had no access to them to see what could be improved, fixed, or to find new work to work on.
    - I often found myself cruising LinkedIn or reading professional articles due to a lack of structure or work.
    - Code revision control was not in place, which lead many people stepping on each others feet.
    - Unrealistic expectations about what could be done with their outdated customer system that they wouldn't get rid of and their sales system. They wanted to implement an SSRS reporting engine inside of Salesforce.com, instead of migrating that data to Salesforce.com
    - Standoffish culture, I was called into my boss' office and he beat around the bush with statements about "keeping the team small" etc. I finally had to ask him if he was letting me go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring more of your business development systems in house. Give your employees the benefit of the doubt, and provide a way for them to grow with the company to accomplish meaningful work. Cut red tape.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid media company where people are driven.

    Manager (Former Employee) Silver Spring, MD

    ProsThe people are smart and the company invests in keeping its employees happy and healthy so that their effectiveness is maximized.

    ConsHard to get promoted, and the bottom line is always looming. Layoffs happen quickly and quietly, which creates a great deal of anxiety around personal performance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good long term job

    Master Control Operator (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsGood pay, Fair market value for Health, Dental, vision and 401K

    ConsIt a 24/7 facility, so lots of nights and weekends required

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This is a review of Discovery Education

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBeing part of a larger media company is great and helps provide access to great people to support the business. Built close relationships with key leaders in US public schools Could be an amazing company if there was a good executive management team in place. Enjoyed working with a great team of people.

    ConsNo hope of anyone getting promoted who is not a friend from Pennsylvania with the Sales Head (if you are sky's the limit!). Discovery Education makes a lot of poor products, unfortunately not any really great innovative products. Morale is extremely bad. Senior management spends all its time trying to sell the employees on how great Discovery Education is instead of trying to actually be great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromotions should be based on accomplishments and not being childhood friends with Senior Management. Management should focus on developing great products and really innovative instead of pretending to innovate. Fresh Senior Management needs to be brought in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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