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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
278 Reviews
3.7
278 Reviews
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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170 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I was given so many great opportunities - from growing in my career to having a great work/life balance (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.  

    Amazing Experience

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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications as an intern (less than an 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
  2.  

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

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  3.  

    Revolving door

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

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

    Pros

    Great company, looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Keep your head down, do your job and don't ask too many questions - then you'll have a a job for a many years with no prospect for a promotion. The company feels so big that no one is paying attention or looking out for the little guy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting your friends and reward good employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    If only...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (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
  6.  

    Project Manager

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    • 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 (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
  7.  

    Fantastic Company

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    • 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

    Strong Leadership. Great focus and a leader in the international cable market. Forward thinking. Great people and a fun environment to work.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities in the regional markets. Not a lot of opportunity to advance once at a certain level. A lot of change in the IT/Digital area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on growth and innovation and make sure to involve employees at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid media company where people are driven.

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

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

    Pros

    The people are smart and the company invests in keeping its employees happy and healthy so that their effectiveness is maximized.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, and the bottom line is always looming. Layoffs happen quickly and quietly, which creates a great deal of anxiety around personal performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    Well, the benefits were reasonable.

    Cons

    Well, the hours could be high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is a review of Discovery Education

    • 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

    Being part of a larger media company is great and helps provide access to great people to support the business. Built close relationships with key leaders in US public schools Could be an amazing company if there was a good executive management team in place. Enjoyed working with a great team of people.

    Cons

    No hope of anyone getting promoted who is not a friend from Pennsylvania with the Sales Head (if you are sky's the limit!). Discovery Education makes a lot of poor products, unfortunately not any really great innovative products. Morale is extremely bad. Senior management spends all its time trying to sell the employees on how great Discovery Education is instead of trying to actually be great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be based on accomplishments and not being childhood friends with Senior Management. Management should focus on developing great products and really innovative instead of pretending to innovate. Fresh Senior Management needs to be brought in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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