Discovery Communications
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corporate.discovery.com Silver Spring, MD 5000+ Employees

Discovery Communications Reviews in Silver Spring, MD

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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3.6 98 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav

David M. Zaslav

(68 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Solid media company where people are driven.

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    ProsThe people are smart and the company invests in keeping its employees happy and healthy so that their effectiveness is maximized.

    ConsHard 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Accountant (Former Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    ProsGreat people to work with, work life balance, office culture is positive, compensation is awesome - in house nurse available and day care!

    ConsNeed better communication of expectation. I was there during "restructuring" phase and it can get stressfule at times about job security..

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time training staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place for Working Moms!

    Contracts Manager (Former Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    Prosdaycare on site
    great benefits
    flexible schedule

    Conshorrible commute
    lacks opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote your employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Discovery Communications, Inc.

    Executive Assistant (Current Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    ProsGood company and better-than-average benefits (though definitely, no Google or Facebook!)

    ConsHard to get your foot in the door

    Advice to Senior ManagementBonus paid out to employees at one network shouldn't be contingent on the success of a sister network

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to learn and make connections!

    Digital Media Intern (Current Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Entry-Level Contract Worker...A really bad experience.

    Anonymous (Former Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    ProsAdds value to the resume. If you have a great manager, you will likely have a great experience.

    ConsControl: Across the company, managers are given complete authority over their reports. This leads to a highly stressful situation because if the manager is a bad egg, and is good at being a bad egg while floating up via political will throughout the company, they can suppress their subordinates majorly...keep out of meetings, ignore emails, stipulate that conversations with other employees about work are not allowed, etc.

    Self-Promotion: Most managers are interested in promoting themselves within the organization by way of strong metrics/accomplishments. Employees are often held to a double-standard where they are persuaded to produce favorable reports on their manager's behalf even if it results in the failure to accurately assess performance.

    Inappropriateness:
    - Personal conversations and inappropriate topics/actions flood the office
    - On one instance, I was walking down the hallway and a female colleague was breastfeeding her kid
    - Bullying
    - Gossip

    Salary: Low; Contract Workers have to ask their managers if they can submit more than 40 hours per week of work. If a CW has a manager that is (a) bad-natured, (b) isn't in touch with how long it takes to produce the work that they're requesting and thinks it's because the CW is slow, or (c) doesn't have the budget to pay the CW, they're stealing time and money from CWs.

    Work-Life Balance: Non-existent

    Leadership: Very little accountability. Most often, what is said is not true. Expectations are mismanaged.

    Loyalty: After delivering everything that was asked of me (via an average of 70+ hours per week, 30 of them pro-bono), I was let go due to a "change in organizational direction."

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo often, people that do nothing but manipulate their employees into unfavorable situations get promoted and the people who care to make the company's products flourish are mishandled and fired without rationale. Become transparent: have brainstorming sessions, assess employees' skills and empower them at all levels, don't let the people who are assessing success report directly to the people who are going to receive the benefits from those results, pay CWs accurately, and treat all employees well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Discovery Communications is full of smart and talented people that are great at their jobs.

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    ProsGreat programs offered for professional development. Very exciting company to work for.

    ConsStarting salary was low and work/life balance could be improved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I worked here for over 8 years and loved it

    Writer/Producer (Former Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    ProsI was given so many great opportunities - from growing in my career to having a great work/life balance. This company leads the pack. Now after working at other networks, it's amazing how technologically advanced this company is.

    ConsEvery few years it seems like they layoff a great bunch of talented people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Some of the best and the worst all in one place

    Coordinating Producer (Former Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    ProsThe benefits were great, the pay was great, there were always fun activities and things happening, the on-site health clinic was awesome. There were some very smart and talented people in the building. One of the best parts was being able to tell people you worked for Discovery, it's such a well loved brand.

    ConsIt often felt like a prison. If you were not working at night, over the weekends, on your vacation days, and even while home sick, you might be considered slacking. At the same time, you are surrounded by people who are not doing their job or doing much of anything. Lots of "lifers" settle into the comfort of the corporate environment and somehow get promoted into director or VP spots without actually knowing much or having much talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop re-organizing the company every 6 months. I was there for 3.5 years and worked under 5 different managers due to corporate restructuring and layoffs. Give people and ideas time to grow and develop instead of cutting off potential at the first sign of weakness. Stop cultivating an environment of fear where people get rewarded for doing nothing more than being able to survive the insanity long enough.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best company ever!

    Production Intern (Current Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

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

    ConsNone, really. It's a bit hard to break into the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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