Discovery Communications

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Discovery Communications Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
275 Reviews
3.6
275 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 26 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 18 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

    • 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 an 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Discovery Channel, still operating like it's 1995

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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
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  5.  

    Amazing Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is great. Easy to learn and move. The company truly invests in you if you make the investment in them. I have loved every minute at Discovery. Aton of career guidance and introductions are offered.

    Cons

    Take advantage of everything offered as an intern. It seems like it is less accessible if you get hired full time regarding introductions and "special' treatment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I enjoyed the time that I worked at Discovery Communications!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    Revolving door

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (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
  8.  

    Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid media company where people are driven.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Discovery Communications, Inc.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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

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