Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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. Great place, great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Discovery Communications (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, creative team. Always willing to help and have a good time. Corporate environment that doesn't feel corporate.

    Cons

    Upper management needs to listen to younger people more. They're stuck in their ways.

    Advice to Management

    Do more than listen to support staff, actually try and implement ideas.


  2. They really take care of their people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, especially for working parents (LOVE the backup care option), really looks after their own -- lots of opportunities to stay within Discovery and move around the company

    Cons

    Too many meetings, lots of value on status quo, not many opportunities to take risks

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on meetings, do more "big swings," give more budget for risk-taking projects


  3. Innovative culture, great people

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great camaraderie and culture of innovation. Company is not afraid to take risks. Big budgets = room to try exciting things.

    Cons

    Some lame ducks sitting in high positions. Some downright embarrassing programming. Departments not always working in sync.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor those at the top more closely. Work on returning Discovery's programming to what it once was.


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  5. Great Internship at Discovery Communications

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

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

    Pros

    Great team, hands on experience, real opportunity to work full time after graduation if they like you and see that you are a hard worker and would fit well with the team. It is awesome to see how big Discovery really is while seeing it all from the inside. The internship program does not involve getting coffee or being a "gopher," it is about gaining skills and knowledge

    Cons

    I would say the only con to working here is that this is only an internship and I can't stay. But I will definitely be keeping in touch with my new network and look for opportunities for when I graduate.

    Advice to Management

    My only advice would be to open up more networking opportunities with management for the interns. Having events for the interns that puts them in an intentional networking situation would be beneficial for everyone, even if it is a little awkward at first, but that's networking!


  6. Depends on the department, but overall a fantastic place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    the people, the office, the campus, the brand awareness, the company global reach, stability, free coffee!

    Cons

    compensation, corporate red tape and restrictions, things move slower


  7. Financial Analyst

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere and Benefits. I also very much enjoy the people.

    Cons

    The media business is fairly tough at the moment


  8. Okay depending on the department

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Solid 401K and benefits. 10 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 balance days, 4 summer fridays this year

    Cons

    constant turnover resulting in people handing double or triple the work for no reward or recognition


  9. General

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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks. Great people to work with, location is great. Good employee programs and volunteer opportunities. Work Life Balance is supreme. Learning programs are a plus as well.

    Cons

    Depending on your role and department, your individual growth and promotion can be hard to achieve. May even factor EEO related biased favoritism. If you are a hard worker overall, stability is there but is not 100% reliable for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Make performance results a part of professional growth, develop employees who are obvious key performers and retain them by awarding them quarterly Stellars if promotions are not in the budget. Management only promotes those who are favorites.


  10. 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.


  11. 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.



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