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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
268 Reviews
3.6
268 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 25 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    High Attrition, Poor Leadership, Good Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits offered by the company are really good and people are great to work with.

    Cons

    This review is for the Digital Media department.

    Upper management doesn't seem to have a long-term plan for successfully leading and growing the Digital Media team and taking care of its people. There is a high rate of attrition caused by people leaving and frequent layoffs; I've seen employees hired less than 4-months ago suddenly told that their position was being eliminated.

    There is a cloud of despair and disillusionment within the department that stems from upper managements complete lack of awareness when it comes to treating employees with respect and providing them with a stable and fulfilling working environment. Instead there is the feeling that everyone is expandable and easily replaced by a consultant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing lip service and actually show employees the respect they deserve. We need leadership that has a vision for growing the department and nurturing employees talents, instead of upper management that is quick to the draw without having a real plan of action.

    Upper management needs to start proving that they learnt more than the Pareto principle in B-School.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    It may not be what it appears to be...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years

    Pros

    This review is of the Broadcast group:

    Great name on your resume-just get out before it goes bad-it will.
    You will be great if you never disagree or say no to upper management.

    Cons

    Negative upper management
    No loyalty to employees-recent changes included getting rid of several long term managers. Money? Shorter term mangers were retained.
    No work-life balance if you are in a position that supports broadcast. Salary means work till you drop.
    Office politics interfere with efficiencies. HR plays favorites to their friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the people that work for you, don't fear them or their ideas just because they may not agree with yours. If you just want someone who just says yes you don't understand good management.
    Good leadership comes from the top and what is in place doesn't know how to lead. That's where the changes are needed.
    Management's focus is very negative. Pay attention to the big picture not just the errors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Duplication Technician  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Duplication Technician in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Cool product, great people, great company!

    Cons

    Hours can be brutal, but it is worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible environment, clueless management of digital business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Talented and nice people, casual atmosphere

    Cons

    Clueless upper management unable to stick with one growth strategy for very long, much less communicate clear directives to staff. Executives are more concerned with positioning themselves for the next promotion through smoke and mirrors metrics than leading successful projects. Production does not matter here. Video is just a vessel for experimenting with data. Terrible office space suffers from overcrowding and a lack of insulation. This is a sinking ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Discovery takes advantage of younger employees paying lower salaries.

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

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

    Pros

    Company has great name recognition. It was once a very fun filled company but has since grown to strictly value ratings and bottom line over the value of its core which is employees.

    Cons

    The company has become so very corporate that it has lost its spirit and failed to celebrate the most important resource - the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a good work-life balance, but not challenging enough

    • 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 part-time

    Pros

    Great location/easy commute with metro
    Very flexible work hours for full time students
    Awesome company, with access to a huge media network

    Cons

    Not much emphasis on career development
    Not enough challenging projects
    No commuter reimbursement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most Interns commute from DC, which ends up being about $7 a day in metro fares or $80+ per month of parking in your garage. Consider reimbursing students who car-pool or take the metro.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Terrible management

    • 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

    Pros

    good benefits, good pay, flex hours.

    Cons

    Management has absolutely no idea what they are doing. Basically the prototypical bad managers who are knowitalls who dont share any information, dont lead their employees and dont encourage growth or development. After positions opened up offering opportunities for lateral career development, I was informed through hearsay that the director did not want to fill these positions from within the company. There is no possibility of career advancement, despite much lip-service being paid to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a management class.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place To Hang Your Hat, Until It Isn't

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the smartest people in the industry, trust and be trusted. The larger organization seems to finally be getting on board with the digital age. More attention is being given digital properties and innovation with respect to new products is surfacing from within.

    Cons

    This is an old (relative to digital) company and many of their business practices are still closely tied to non-digital. They need help seeing through to the future where a new business model must be embraced as consumers are ditching traditional cable at ever quicker rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees have come to expect layoffs in the spring and in the fall of each year. This contributes to lower morale for all employees. Not just the ones potentially laid off, but also those left behind to wonder if they are next.

    It appears that one of the factors in frequent house cleanings is related to the continual churning in executive management. A repeat pattern of:

    * Hire new executive who spends 6 months figuring out what changes they want to make.
    * Meanwhile, staff is continuing to try business as usual with lowered morale until the changes are made.
    * Organization is changed (people are laid off) and the remaining staff must march is a slightly different direction with fewer people.
    * Once the teams are finally getting into the groove, another executive is changed and the team is put back into the same loop again (hoping for a better resolution).

    These transitions break down relationships, morale and innovation within the company. They are wasteful of time in six month blocks.

    Executive management should try and limit the changes to executive teams by getting at the root of what makes them move on. Are they not performing and the team is just looking for the right people? Or are they moving on to ever higher and higher paychecks?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    They have a lot of amazing benefits and you only have to be in office two days a week. Boss leaves you alone and workload is very manageable.

    Cons

    Pay is low and not likely to go up much. With all the changes in cable business, I don't know the future of the company. No opportunities for promotion at least in the Atlanta office. Might be different in Silver Spring HQ.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your satellite offices like Atlanta. Feels like we're off in no man's land.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best company ever!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Production Intern  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Production Intern in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Positive environment, friendly staff, internship is paid, every one wants you to learn and succeed. Plus the building is awesome

    Cons

    None, really. It's a bit hard to break into the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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