Discovery Communications
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Looking to Advance in Your Career? Then Don't Look Here.

Director (Current Employee)

ProsDiscovery Education is growing incredibly fast and like other divisions has some truly brilliant people. Many at Discovery Education care more about the impact our work will have on students and educators rather than the amount of profit they can rake in.

ConsCompensation: Discovery is renowned for not paying well and the education division is at the low end of all divisions in the company. Unless you are at the highest levels, Senior VP and up, don't expect to take much home. The comp plan for sales is by far one of the worst in the industry. Usually, the more you sale, the more you make. At Discovery you are capped at team target. Yes, a team target. Meaning you can kill your number and because your other team members do nothing, you will not make a dime.

Career Advancement: There is none. You are a "head". I'd say don't forget that's how they see you, but they'll make sure you don't forget by referencing the "heads" in meeting after meeting, never seeming to grasp the notion that this term is demeaning and condescending. Discovery Education is extremely top heavy. VPs seem to be everywhere you look and more are added monthly. Some are in-charge of a few workshops a year. Others were hired to secure a deal or because of family relations. This culture of only promoting from the outside seems to be company-wide and not limited to the education division. It's like a memo from the CEO was sent out to make sure this happens. If you wish to advance, treat Discovery Education like an internship. Pop-in, work a few years, then exit. Work at another company for a year. Reapply and come back as a VP in charge of placing cover letters on TPS reports.

Communication: There is none. Changes come out of the blue. Discovery Education may be full of VPs and SVPs, but really a couple of people run the show. When a decree is given, heads respond and shuffle the puppets. I think they want better communication but Discovery is run so lean, that everyone is running the equivalent of two/three jobs and lacks the time to communicate anything.

Work-Life Balance: There is none. That's really true at any company, but here it's taken to the extreme. Discovery Education is a very lean division, below the VP level. This could easily go in the Pro category, but Discovery Education is anorexic. The heads below VP and in fairness some of the VPs, work tremendously long hours and travel more than 150 days a year. Upper management's decision to continue to add VPs means theirs no break in sight for those that actually run the division.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop internal talent. Provide a pathway for advancement. Hire more people before everyone burns out. Vultures like NewsCorp, Pearson and McGraw Hill are circling and will take all of the talent in the division if you don't act soon.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Contracts Manager (Former Employee)
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    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Plenty of people to find mentor ship in Cons: Managers don't have management skills Advice to Senior Management: Train managers before they have direct reports Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    A great place to work

    Director of Communications (Former Employee)
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    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Great benefits, nice people, interesting work Cons: Very much a corporate environment, which means you have to step… Advice to Senior Management: Less meetings, less reports, more on the ground work. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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