National Geographic Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Gary E. Knell
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Pros
  • extremely flexible work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • That would be brand recognition (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Constantly changing work landscape, a lot of shifts in leaderships and teams, lots of uncertainty, somewhat low pay (in 5 reviews)

  • Knowledge hoarding, lower pay (non profit), no parking (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great Mission. Great Media.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission. Great media. The explorers and photographers infuse the place with spectacular energy and purpose. And there is nothing more powerful than a passionate conservationist with access to multiple media platforms.

    Cons

    The endless infighting between divisions and senior executives is all too often a meaningless distraction from the Society's core work serving its various audiences, staying true to its mission, and remaining competitive in a rapidly changing media landscape.

    Advice to Management

    Remember why young, talented, hopeful people want to work there. And make sure their dreams aren't crushed by senior managers behaving badly by trying to derail each other.


  2. Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wonderful inclusive atmosphere. You get treated like an actual employee rather than a temporary young person passing through their offices.

    Cons

    For the time I was there, I really have nothing negative to say about the experience.


  3. Overall, a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    creative and dedicated colleagues, great downtown location, benefits are top tier, comfortable work environment, modern workspace (at least on some floors of the building), flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    ability to advance in a career at NG is difficult and sometimes impossible. pay is ok at first but I was underpaid for years after advancing in my career and position at NG.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best people and keep them around by encouraging growth and new positions.


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    Changing times

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    Current Employee - Producer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Producer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong mission. Incredible people. Chance to be a part of an organization that is trying to do good in the world by telling meaningful stories in unforgettable ways.

    Cons

    Top-heavy management. Often very difficult to get a project off the ground because so many people need to provide approval and offer their two cents. Like many large media organizations, there seems to be a sense of panic among senior management about how to adapt to the current media landscape. Very stressful in that respect.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify. Don't try to be everything to all customers (or end-users). Trust in your people and don't, whatever you do, chase the lowest common denominator for traffic and revenue.


  6. Wonderful experience. ... great place to grow and especially learn!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Salinas, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Salinas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome employee website! You could conversate with coworkers around the world out on assignment. Photographs they capture are phenomenal! Just a really educational experience! Even as an employee

    Cons

    They put sourced the customer service representatives :( no longer in the salinas warehouse. No longer cash bonuses at the end of the year

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing the CSR jobs


  7. Positive Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work and an incredible experience to learn.

    Cons

    No budget available to hire me on after internship.


  8. Advertising Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, ready to help. NGS has its own library free of charge for interns and employees to access. Location is great, but no inexpensive housing around.

    Cons

    no so much about cons. I can't think of any.


  9. excellent company

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager, Midwest
    Former Employee - Sales Manager, Midwest

    I worked at National Geographic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fair pay, great mission, fun environment, you really felt a part of the team

    Cons

    Small web site, didn't have much inventory

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    Great workplace, supportive colleagues, strong sense of mission and community. Interesting work in an inspiring environment.

    Cons

    Low pay and in order to climb the ladder, someone needs to leave a position or retire. Many employees have been at NGS for 30+ years.

    Advice to Management

    The HR department is extremely slow and hiring takes months upon months. Otherwise, this is the best place to work!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Content, Poor Management

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    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing content, passionate people, fun environment, great vacation packages and benefits.

    Cons

    Low pay and unreasonable expectations from management. Many people were doing the work or 3-4 employees.

    Advice to Management

    The cheaper option in not always the best, invest in people and system that will be with the company for the long haul.



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