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Discovery Communications Reviews in Silver Spring, MD

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
293 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Discovery has great employee with a passion for what they do and opportunity to move around in the company.

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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications

    Pros

    Fun people who engage you and encourage you to succeed in your job-- makes it fun to go into work. Everyone fosters a healthy learning environment that is contagious in the workplace. There is opportunity to move around within the company to see what you like to do best.

    Cons

    Need more time in order to accurately be able to report on cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and under appreciated.

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting internal events and benefits for employees including a wellness center, nutritionist, craft fairs and opportunities to meet discovery network celebrities.
    Great travel perks- stayed at the finest hotels. Smart and creative staff.

    Cons

    When asked what it was like working at discovery many alum will refer to it as a "sweatshop." The hours expected to work are completely unreasonable, unsustainable and the pay is not as competitive as you'd hope for. Biggest issue is upper management- they see their employees as replaceable, make false promises about promotions and only look out for themselves rather than their larger team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to retain talented people recognize their hard work, promote from within and practice what you preach about work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great Benefits, but not much room for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    *Great Benefits
    *Talented and friendly employees
    *Nice office

    Cons

    *No room for growth
    *Compensation is sub-par
    *No stability in leadership
    *No work-life balance (if you work in production)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Management needs to find a better way to keep young talented employees as they tend to leave due to a plateau in growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Experience in Discovery

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

    Golden Ticket in DC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - 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
  7.  

    I loved the company, but didn't like my role

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - 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
  8.  

    Exceptional company with great employee benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    Among the Best but not without Issues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Learning Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Discovery has been a great place to learn. The managers are very open to questions, give constant feedback and advice, and make you feel like part of the team.

    You will not be fetching coffee for people. As an intern, you will be part of the team.

    Cons

    The company is very vast, and there can be a daunting "breaking-in" period when it comes to the "who" and the "why". Internal politics can get complicated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Discovery Channel, still operating like it's 1995

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    • 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

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