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a great learning experience

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Discovery Communications

Pros

the staff is so friendly and welcoming. i'm happy to work for the company.

Cons

not many full-time positions, just lots of contingent workers

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  1. 5 people found this helpful

    High Attrition, Poor Leadership, Good Benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The benefits offered by the company are really good and people are great to work with.

    Cons

    This review is for the Digital Media department.

    Upper management doesn't seem to have a long-term plan for successfully leading and growing the Digital Media team and taking care of its people. There is a high rate of attrition caused by people leaving and frequent layoffs; I've seen employees hired less than 4-months ago suddenly told that their position was being eliminated.

    There is a cloud of despair and disillusionment within the department that stems from upper managements complete lack of awareness when it comes to treating employees with respect and providing them with a stable and fulfilling working environment. Instead there is the feeling that everyone is expandable and easily replaced by a consultant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing lip service and actually show employees the respect they deserve. We need leadership that has a vision for growing the department and nurturing employees talents, instead of upper management that is quick to the draw without having a real plan of action.

    Upper management needs to start proving that they learnt more than the Pareto principle in B-School.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful

    Some of the best and the worst all in one place

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were great, the pay was great, there were always fun activities and things happening, the on-site health clinic was awesome. There were some very smart and talented people in the building. One of the best parts was being able to tell people you worked for Discovery, it's such a well loved brand.

    Cons

    It often felt like a prison. If you were not working at night, over the weekends, on your vacation days, and even while home sick, you might be considered slacking. At the same time, you are surrounded by people who are not doing their job or doing much of anything. Lots of "lifers" settle into the comfort of the corporate environment and somehow get promoted into director or VP spots without actually knowing much or having much talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop re-organizing the company every 6 months. I was there for 3.5 years and worked under 5 different managers due to corporate restructuring and layoffs. Give people and ideas time to grow and develop instead of cutting off potential at the first sign of weakness. Stop cultivating an environment of fear where people get rewarded for doing nothing more than being able to survive the insanity long enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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