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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
285 Reviews
3.7
285 Reviews
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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173 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Work/Life Balance great

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    • 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
  2.  

    Strong culture of employee benefits but very political environment

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

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

    Pros

    I found the company provides managers a lot of tools to support employee development, and encourages employees to use a solid infrastructure of benefits, including on site medical care. I appreciated the opportunity to work with the slate of experienced professionals who provide corporate services like HR, Finance and Legal.

    Cons

    Satellite offices do not have all of the same perks as headquarters, and headquarters is populated with people who therefore feel more "privileged" and look down on those employees who work outside of Silver Spring.

    Within the digital media team, there is an enormous amount of churn, and the reasons are many but include 1) a lack of interest in investing in hiring full time talent and a focus on outside consultants and outsourcing development 2) a weak ad sales team that can't meet forecasts which create endless budget cuts and 3) a senior leadership team that focuses more on politics than on team development and management.

    What team you belong to matters, sometimes more than your actual contribution, when it comes to moving up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the causes of employee churn, and fix the root of that problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic work environment

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, dynamic, nice & smart people

    Cons

    Workload can be a challenge, many management changes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Excellent culture, benefits, bonus incentives, creative atmosphere.

    Cons

    Less than excellent work-life balance in many departments.

  6.  

    A great company to work for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Benefits, Days off, Salary, Training, Gym!

    Cons

    None really. Commute depending on where you live.

  7.  

    Relaxed corporate environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Structured but not stifling environment for a corporation of its size allows employees to be loose yet efficient at the same time

    Cons

    Still a corporation with a hard bottom line which results in a fair amount of turnover and office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

  8.  

    Great benefits, culture needs improvement

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    The benefits (insurance, retirement, PTO, bonus structure) are great. Good work/life balance programs.

    Cons

    The culture is lacking after the company went public. The focus is on profit rather than quality content and services. Employees want it to be a fun and stimulating work environment and take pride in their work, but it's tough to do so when producing TLC shows and ghost stories. Lots of politics within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you can to promote and retain talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Discovery Channel, still operating like it's 1995

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  10.  

    Overall positive, but not a culture of internal support.

    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and solid products.

    Cons

    Too many meetings and unwillingness to develop talent from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great and fun place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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

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