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Discovery Communications Reviews in Silver Spring, MD

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
269 Reviews
3.6
269 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Learning Experience

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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 as an intern for 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
  2.  

    A good experience, but I wouldn't do it again

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It has awesome offices, interesting content and was good corporate experience for an intern.

    Cons

    My department manager didn't communicate very well - we didn't have a single one on one until the closing interview (and I set up multiple ones on the calendar). I didn't learn anything beyond the things I needed to complete the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in developing people across all levels - including interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    Revolving door

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time for 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
  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 for 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. 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 for 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
  8. 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
  9.  

    Overall my experience is great. The company takes care of its employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    Great Place for Working Moms!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn and make connections!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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