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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
284 Reviews
3.7
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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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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    fair and balanced opportunity for upward mobility. Benefits and vacation packages are fantastic.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Benefits and opportunity to grow your career.

    Cons

    Yearly reorganization and shifting of priorities depending on the department you are representing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I loved the company, but didn't like my role

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

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

    Pros

    Great events to keep company morale and free food/swag

    Cons

    grunt work in media planning and partnerships, hard to move up or switch into different departments, and "high school" environment with some employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to cover yourself that it hurts an employee under you; acknowledge employees when they work EXTREMELY HARD and willingly work beyond assigned work hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Experience in Discovery

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Tax Analyst in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Discovery Communications as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company with strong culture. People in Discovery are very talented. It's a great place to unlock the curiosity.

    Cons

    In busy season, overtime work desired

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A global company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Producer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Big companies offer lots of generic experience. Usually they offer the resources to be ambitious also , this one however tends to be slightly non committal to its international territories. Flexible for a large organisation.

    Cons

    They're greedy & are prepared to sacrifice value & professionalism for bucks in pretty much every action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Work/Life Balance great

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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work for those with families. Hours are stable, people are great, environment positive.

    Cons

    Too much politics, pay sucks if you've been there for a long time. If you get promoted, don't think you'll get a high raise, you'll probably get $3k if that.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Internship Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications as an intern

    Pros

    Great hands-on experience, incredible intern activities and networking opportunities, great intern managers, fun company culture, great work environment, great company

    Cons

    The company advertises the ability of interns to land full-time job opportunities, but that's not the case for a majority of interns. While there are definitely previous interns who now work at the company, it depends what's open.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Exceptional company with great employee benefits

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This company is incredible--their culture is casual and friendly, the employees are young and talented, and their creativity and innovation is through the roof.

    Cons

    It's difficult to "move up" the chain--- openings really only occur when someone leaves the teams... tough to get your foot in the door, but once you're in, they treat you exceptionally well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company, Changing Industry

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Turnover is high and the restructuring of departments and management causes a very unsettling feeling in employees. Not enough time off for the quantity of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider less work so a 8-9 hour day is the norm, instead of 10-12. More vacation time should we awarded to those who consistently work long days. Over taxing staff causes burnout and mistakes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Marketing Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications as an intern

    Pros

    Great mentors, the concluding project is a really valuable experience

    Cons

    none to speak of !

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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