Discovery Communications

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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
274 Reviews

3.6
274 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Editor  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Miami, FL

    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
  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Silver Spring, MD

    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
  3.  

    Amazing Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    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
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ad Sales  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Ad Sales in New York, NY

    Pros

    Top 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall my experience is great. The company takes care of its employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Silver Spring, MD

    Pros

    Great people to work with, work life balance, office culture is positive, compensation is awesome - in house nurse available and day care!

    Cons

    Need better communication of expectation. I was there during "restructuring" phase and it can get stressfule at times about job security..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time training staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Discovery Communications, Inc.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Silver Spring, MD

    Pros

    Good company and better-than-average benefits (though definitely, no Google or Facebook!)

    Cons

    Hard to get your foot in the door

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonus paid out to employees at one network shouldn't be contingent on the success of a sister network

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place for Working Moms!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in Silver Spring, MD

    Pros

    daycare on site
    great benefits
    flexible schedule

    Cons

    horrible commute
    lacks opportunity for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Your experience will depend on your department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart, considerate, nice but competitive people in the Advertising Sales group. Your mileage will vary when working on the network side. Great resources and compensation.

    Cons

    Some legacy employees are loathe to change and will shut down innovation if they feel threatened.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    An educational and rivitting experience where I learned much about the software development cycle.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Daily code reviews taught us how to write quality code
    Seniors programmers were very helpful
    A very collaborative work environment
    Great experience with immense complex systems.

    Cons

    A very competitive environment which lead to long hours with no pay increase
    Bad business policy in upper management when merging with other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not buy out companies with a bad track record.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked here for over 8 years and loved it

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    Former Employee - Writer/Producer  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Writer/Producer in Silver Spring, MD

    Pros

    I was given so many great opportunities - from growing in my career to having a great work/life balance. This company leads the pack. Now after working at other networks, it's amazing how technologically advanced this company is.

    Cons

    Every few years it seems like they layoff a great bunch of talented people

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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