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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
271 Reviews
3.6
271 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 25 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great and fun place to work!

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  2. 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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    Discovery Channel, still operating like it's 1995

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    • 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 for 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
  6.  

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

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  7.  

    Amazing Experience

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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Culture is great. Easy to learn and move. The company truly invests in you if you make the investment in them. I have loved every minute at Discovery. Aton of career guidance and introductions are offered.

    Cons

    Take advantage of everything offered as an intern. It seems like it is less accessible if you get hired full time regarding introductions and "special' treatment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I enjoyed the time that I worked at Discovery Communications!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Discovery Communications as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I worked as a temp, however, based on what I'd seen, it is very corporate with additional benefits as an entertainment environment.

    Cons

    Typical corporate politics, however, very entertaining.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Editor  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    This place is great to work at, the people, the culture, the benefits. In my time woking at Discovery, I have been provided with the training and tools to allow me to grow, as well as the motivation in yearly bonuses to stay committed to do better every year.

    Cons

    You're never 100% happy with any job, but if I have to say that there's one thing I don't like about this company, it would have nothing to do with my job; I would like to get back the smart Discovery programming we used to have, and stop catering to the hillbilly audience. Again, that's just my own opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch Cosmos. Discovery should have done that, not NATGEO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    If only...

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Discovery has great brands, most of which you can be proud to represent! The company is truly global, and there is a lot going on...everywhere. Benefits are strong, and the corporate culture is almost great.

    Cons

    The company is almost great. Unfortunately, the gap between good and great doesn't seem to ever close. The emphasis on making it great for the employees will likely never be there as long as the financial results remain strong and people stay put. If it ain't broke...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider sharing the successes of the company with those who deliver the success. If not with money, with more complete programs that are actually supported by all levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great name recognition, interesting and exciting business. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Culture of adhoc business practices. Chaotic management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a PMO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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