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Discovery Communications Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
117 Reviews
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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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.  

    Great Internship 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

    Pros

    Great company atmosphere. Manager is very helpful and Internship program is great - and a plus, its paid!

    Cons

    Nothing thus far in my internship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    Great company benefits and room for improvement.

    Cons

    Bad hours for some departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    My summer internship at Discovery was a phenomenal experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Mostly everyone wants you to succeed. They want you to find your niche and they give you time to explore other positions.

    Cons

    My supervisor was mostly always too busy to take an interest in me. It ended up being employees in other departments that became my real mentors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to challenge your interns. Give them a chance to impress you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Place/Good Peoplw

    • 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

    Pros

    I have only been there a few months. Everyone is very helpful and friendly. All seem to be working for the single goal.

    Cons

    Not much to say here. The drive in can be a bit painful at time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

    • 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

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and under appreciated.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    Great Benefits, but not much room for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9.  

    Golden Ticket in DC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Account Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Contractor - 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
  10.  

    Experience in Discovery

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Tax Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Intern - 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
  11.  

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Traffic Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Contractor - 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

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