National Geographic Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. Excellent company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Place To work

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    Former Employee - Freelance Designer
    Former Employee - Freelance Designer

    I worked at National Geographic

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

    Pros

    Great Team. Great Pay. Flexible options. Loved working here as a freelancer

    Cons

    I have no cons to add.


  3. Good benefits, terrible support from HR

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    Former Employee - Store Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting company with good perks. They're pretty devoted to increasing employees' knowledge base by providing interesting lectures, events, and museum exhibits.

    Benefits are great.

    Cons

    My manager was a terror. She was divisive, manipulative, and talked about everyone behind their backs, all while stealing from the company. When I, and all of my coworkers, repeatedly brought this to the attention of HR we were coddled and assured they would handle things. This went on for years and there's still no change in the management.

    Also the hiring and internal movement are a shambles-favoritism runs rampant and quality people are passed over again and again for someone less qualified who has worked there fewer years. Why??

    Advice to Management

    A poor working environment means you'll continue to lose valuable "little" employees left and right. Cut the deadwood, and you might have a chance of thriving again.


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  5. Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time

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

    Pros

    Company with strong mission, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Little room to grow, standard nonprofit salaries, with no set bonus or reward structure


  6. Application Developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very liberal vacation. Opportunity to travel. You get to meet incredible people.

    Cons

    National Geographic is incredible risk averse technologically. This makes software engineering hard and very political. Way too many levels of management.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your workers; rely on their expertise and experience. Trim the fat; we don't need six levels of management between a developer and the CTO.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Soul-crushing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Geographic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some lucky people who get to to amazing work at NatGeo. Many people get good benefits. Theres a strong "wow" factor when you first start.

    Cons

    Theres no way to advance. THere are so many layers of management who are reorging everyone every few months. Everyone argues over simple things. Nobody knows who will make a decision and half the time it owuldn't matter if they did because itd get changed back the next week. Upper level mgmt doesnt care and middle managers just hire their friends and get married to each other.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house


  8. Looks great; it's not

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, and interesting work.

    Cons

    Senior management seriously lacking vision or relevant experience.


  9. Helpful (1)

    great brand, disappointing culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - great brand
    - mission-driven organization (although operates like a for-profit, which in some ways is the worst of both worlds)
    - a lot of good people

    Cons

    - lower pay than industry
    - some of the perks that made up for the lower pay are ending (Green Fridays are being reduced from 8 to 3 this year and probably more in the future)
    - uninspiring culture - a decent amount of back-stabbing at the higher levels and disappointment regarding lack of opportunity at the lower levels
    - Quoting another review: "NG is not sure if it wants to be a media conglomerate or an instrument of global change."

    Advice to Management

    Focus on culture, although I think it can be very hard to change. Either pay market rates or offer perks that make up for lower pay.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Confusing, frustrating at times but great brand

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Geographic

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

    Pros

    It's a wonderful brand. People notice when you work for NatGeo.
    Work from home options are nice.
    Great perks, discounts, etc.

    Cons

    Certain departments are favored by the company over others.
    Extreme micromanaging in entry-level positions.
    No privacy (using their tech) or autonomy.
    Little creative freedom.
    Constant meetings and hoops to jump through for every single little thing.
    Long work hours and at times extreme expectations.
    Did I mention there are a lot of meetings?

    Advice to Management

    Chill out and trust your employees a little more. Allow for some level of autonomy and freedom.


  11. Great company (Non-profit), Great Mission, Great / Dedicated staff

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Media Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Media Planner in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Non-profit: upward mobility a challenge



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