Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
David M. Zaslav
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance programs (in 27 reviews)

  • Large company with great benefits, including telework options (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • No work-life balance if you are in a position that supports broadcast (in 19 reviews)

  • Some upper management could use some replacement (in 15 reviews)

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  1. PR and Communications intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Communications and Public Relations in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Intern - Communications and Public Relations in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great experience with a great company
    -Challenged with fun and new tasks
    -Great management

    Cons

    -Getting a full time position after you graduate is difficult if nothing becomes available while you are there.


  2. Fantastic Company to Work For

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Large media portfolio with heart
    - Professional development, lifestyle management perks
    - Great corporate mission and enviornment

    Cons

    - Too reliable on employees to work large workloads
    - Still behind the curve in technology updates
    - No one adheres to deadlines or respects others time

    Advice to Management

    Fight for more headcount and feel free to speak up against Executive management


  3. Relaxed Environment/Revolving Door

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Discovery Communications (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool environment, free food, nice co-workers, fun events, seminars and day-care for employees. Very close to metro, stores and restaurants. Pet-friendly. Amazingly talented people in some departments- directors, writers, artists but Discovery higher-ups would never know this, get to know them if you can, could help you in the long run outside of the company.

    Cons

    Very little room to advance, high-turnover in employers (due to shift in television/digital changes coming and no innovative content). Also for a big company they don't want long-term employees in some departments in order to bring in fresh new talent but some people don't like this, can be cliquish. Lack of direction for some networks.

    Advice to Management

    No point in giving it, a company that big has too many people with different agendas, egos and pay salaries at stake. You are supporting a brand not progress.


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  5. Great Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Discovery Communications (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate Culture , Innovation, Brand

    Cons

    Limited scope for Growth in the IT organization.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on giving some growth opportunities to EXP employees


  6. Great Place to Work

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits with an emphasis on work/life balance. Many opportunities for personal and professional growth. The company attracts the best so you get to work with great people.

    Cons

    Layoffs were common due to corporate reorganization.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Big Media Dinosaur

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool brand. Good work-life balance. Pretty good for remote employees.

    Cons

    Like most big media companies trying to change to digital, they haven't figured out how to make money online. So they hire and fire a lot - apparently thinking a new set of managers will be better this time. Then they do mass layoffs to bring in their own teams. Survive it if you can.

    Advice to Management

    Start realizing the future is online. Start building for that in a serious way.


  8. Design

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Contractor - Manager in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Discovery Communications as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great opportunities, amazing office space, entertaining subject matter if not respected.

    Cons

    The people who make Discovery "go" aren't valued. There are very regular, seemingly random layoffs for no good reason. It almost feels like sport. It seems there's a "trickle-up" approach to salaries etc. Not a career, to be sure.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect. Your reputation as an unstable work environment is very much out there.


  9. Wonderful!

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, employee friendly, a lot of events

    Cons

    Compensation, promotions, communications of promotions,

    Advice to Management

    Work on keeping internal employees versus hiring external


  10. Helpful (2)

    Produce graphics and promos for Discovery Channel Marketing

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A company with a lot of room to maneuver across different networks. Doing big work in a relatively small town.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. The corporate demands and senior management lead to a hectic and stressful work environment.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Auditor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auditor in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Auditor in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company overall, internal events on a weekly basis, growth opportunity available, meet lots of different people.

    Cons

    Compensation is somewhat low compared to similar jobs in the area, certain areas lack automation (excel cannot be the answer to all problems)

    Advice to Management

    More focus on developing your assets, stop meeting about meeting, better content.



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