Discovery Communications

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More conformist culture than other LA/Hollywood-based entertainment companies

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Former Employee - Vice President  in  Silver Spring, MD
Former Employee - Vice President in Silver Spring, MD

Pros

Among the DC-area media & entertainment companies, has a broader range of opportunities. A decent choice for those already living in the area, but less so for those moving from LA or NY.

Cons

My impression/observation was that creative execs who were responsible for the company's best performing television programs were not rewarded nearly to the extent they might have been at Hollywood-based entertainment companies. Part of this may be the relative lack of competition among comparable employers in the DC metro area. For this reason, persons moving from LA or NY to DC to work at Discovery should carefully consider what their post-Discovery opportunities might be, and whether the culture is a good fit. Also, I found the overall mood and energy level to be notably less dynamic and energetic than at, say, the broadcast networks.

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    Fun with reservations

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

    Pros

    Discovery is a creative, energetic and dynamically growing company. The people are world class, the environment is constantly evolving and the attention given to employees is bar none. Pay is fair, benefits are amazing (on-site wellness center and prescriptions, daycare center - not cheap but amazingly convenient) and fun people to work with. Work/life balance is great.

    Cons

    VERY hierarchical. If you are below a certain level, conversations can be difficult to achieve. Company also seems to restructure a great deal, leading to job losses and, sometimes, processes that do not easily recover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't Work for the Discovery Education Division

    • 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

    Pros

    Some very smart and talented people. Globally recognized brand. Diverse portfolio content. Cutting edge of the digital transformation in education.

    Cons

    Just to be crystal clear and concise, here are my cons as a top, award winning performer at Discovery Education.

    There is no work/life balance. You will not move up no matter how well you perform. Your compensation will be far less than any other company. You will be promised everything and they will not deliver on any promise. Even if you apply for a position in the company, they will not consider you. They won't even return an email or phone call. HR is non-existent. They refuse to speak with you, return a call or email. They do a reorg every single year and it's seen as a great thing by those at the top because they've lost all touch with the actual workers.

    Very poor organizational structure that is extremely top heavy with VPs. The VPs that are brought on-board, 99% of the time come from outside the company, hired to secure a contract with a particular school district or a family friend of the senior leadership. A common con at Discovery is cronyism and it's not even disguised on the education side. There is no career path. They are very blatant about this fact, almost prideful. Their form of career path is, do something great and great things happen. Then they hire a family friend or someone from the outside. Merit has no place on the education side. The extremely few that get promoted are not promoted based on performance. In fact, they may be one of the poorest performers, yet advance because of cronyism. Those that actually perform, close multi-millions in deals, are consistently overlooked and under-appreciated. Discovery Education has one of the worst compensation packages in the industry, yet they expect you to work more days and spend more time on the road then any industry. You will be expected to spend at a bare minimum 100 days on the road. Some spend 150+.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some talented people, but they will leave unless you lessen the work load. I had high hopes for this company, but I can no longer justify the extreme travel for little pay and zero recognition. So, I'm taking your advice to "Make your own career path". I'm leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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