Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    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. Golden Ticket in DC

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

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

    Pros

    Creative and exciting work. Celebrity sightings. Great on resume.

    Cons

    Churn and burn. Pay is low since it's very competitive. They laid off senior staff when times were tough. No loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more humble. Arrogance is unattractive. See Sony hack.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. fair and balanced opportunity for upward mobility. Benefits and vacation packages are fantastic.

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    • 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
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  5. Experience in Discovery

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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications as an intern (less than a 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. I loved the company, but didn't like my role

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Traffic Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Contractor - Traffic Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Discovery Communications as a contractor (less than a 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
  7. Internship Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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
  8. Exceptional company with great employee benefits

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    • 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 a 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
  9. Good Company, Changing Industry

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    • 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
  10. Marketing Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Among the Best but not without Issues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - For a large company there is still an embrace of individuality that exists within Discovery
    - Work life balance depends on your manager (mine at the moment rocks!)
    - Pay is on the upper side of the scale
    - Perks and benefits are some of the strongest in the industry with good time off, sick, 401K, and medical
    - Strong telework opportunities
    - Opportunity to work with incredibly motivated, smart, engaged people
    - Easy access from Metro, MARC, and other public transport plus employee parking in the building
    - Lots of great nearby restaurants within easy walking distance (a 1 hour lunch actually feels like a 1 hour lunch)

    Cons

    - There are politics - what company doesn't have them.
    - Innovations started in one area will be quashed in another
    - Little synergy between the different groups
    - The quality of the manager / director that you get can be a crap shoot - some are good at what they do but their interpersonal skills are non-existent.
    - In some areas of Silver Spring you can definitely feel a sense of despair (counter to the energy you see in other places)
    - Some of their policies and practices lag behind the times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Remember what made Discovery great and get back to that
    - Value and support your employees, without them, you have no product, no content, nothing to sell to your customers and viewers
    - Value and support your viewers by offering them quality, engaging, and compelling content

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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