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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.  

    Good long term job

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    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 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, Fair market value for Health, Dental, vision and 401K

    Cons

    It a 24/7 facility, so lots of nights and weekends required

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time for more than a year

    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
  3.  

    Discovery Miami Office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work ethics. People have been there forever so it's like a big family. Nice people. Excellent benefits and pay. Beautiful offices. Great HR department.

    Cons

    Very resistant to change. Extremely territorial. People work on silos. No synergies among departments. It's a company that does not believe/invest in digital. Old fashion way of thinking when it comes to original production. Limited growth opportunities. Could be frustrating if you come from an organization that values reinvention and change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop comparing against your own benchmarks. Start looking to other metrics, not only ratings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Undervalued and out of the loop.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great perks
    - Good people
    - Relaxed environment in the research department (unlike ad sales)
    - Easy to take pride in the brand

    Cons

    - Feel like just a cog, very replaceable and undervalued
    - Low pay
    - Boring; management unresponsive when asked for more responsibility
    - I feel like my brain is rotting
    - Generally unorganized and no communication between teams and groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your new employees! They could be the ones to stay with the company and shape it in the future, but the turnover rate is so high...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  7.  

    Great Place for Working Moms!

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    Former Employee - Contracts Manager  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in Silver Spring, MD

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

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn and make connections!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Media Intern  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Digital Media Intern in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    -office culture is amazing. lots of fun perks
    -management is great
    -opportunities for interns to develop leadership and management skills
    -huge company--ability to meet a lot of people
    -intern program was wonderful. they provided a lot of professional development opportunities (speakers, networking, events, etc)

    Cons

    -competitive job placement
    -a lot of temp positions
    -interns aren't paid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful. Full of smart, capable people.

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    Current Employee - Editor  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Editor in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Everyone is so intelligent and engaged. We worked hard and played hard. Work-life balance was fairly good, and there were many opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Upper Management needs to consider the needs of the rank-and file. Layoffs would happen without warning and upper management didn't really consider the needs of those they jettisoned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with a bit more respect.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It's a great place to work. There are very few places out there with a culture like theirs.

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    Current Employee - Producer  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Producer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    The people. Young, Vibrant and easy going, despite being a cable TV network. Excellent Content.

    Cons

    Like every other big company, the internal bureaucracy and probably the pay. But that's it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you could speed up some of the processes and pay a little better, it would be better than great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Your experience will depend on your department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    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.

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