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National Geographic Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
85 Reviews
4.1
85 Reviews
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Gary E. Knell
7 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent/smart people, good work-life balance, courteous environment, some creative freedom (in 8 reviews)

  • Brand recognition and national reputation (in 5 reviews)


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

  • Still pretty old school in terms of their digital strategy (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment, great benefits, not much ability to move up or around the Society.

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    Current Employee - Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are amazing, friendly, and hardworking. I love my team and the friendships I've developed from this job. The benefits (work from home, green fridays, work life balance) are rare to find in DC.

    Cons

    Inadequate pay, minimal new year raises. I have been trying to move around or be promoted for over a year, no possibility in that realm. This org loves to hire from outside instead of promoting from within, which is why I am forced to look for outside opportunities and leave this org despite the pros.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from within! Job creation, promotion paths! You know this a problem, please finally do something about it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic

    Pros

    Great mission, very interesting work.

    Cons

    Pay is not great, sometimes stressful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A great brand, poor management

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    Current Employee - Front-End Developer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Front-End Developer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Geographic as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    * extremely flexible work-life balance
    * very favorable terms
    * great people

    Cons

    * poor management decisions
    * a lot of politics and people debt
    * struggling to adapt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best company to work for ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As an intern in National Geographic, I still gained a lot of nice benefits from the internship. The company asked interns to travel in some other cities in Washington DC to promote their projects. And they paid for hotels, rental cars, and meals if an intern went on a business trip. They have a lot of awesome activities for interns to participate. The staffs here were highly connected with the interns. They hosted small seminars to listen to what interns think about the company, what they want, and how they understand the culture in the company. As there is an annual Explorer Symposium in Nat Geo, you can meet a lot of explorers, scientists, and artists during your internship. It is a great place to explore your career and build your connection.

    Cons

    They don't sponsor H1B.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Amazing place to work, room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Inspiring mission, smart people, invigorating environment

    Cons

    difficult to work across silos, territorial at times, many senior leaders lack leadership skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make leadership a priority, implement performance evaluations, focus on developing metrics for our work and kill programs that are ineffective of off mission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Coordinating Producer

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    Former Employee - Coordinating Producer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Coordinating Producer in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work at. You get to meet amazing people, and attend fabulous events.
    Very relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    It is really hard to move up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the Society, not the job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The Society is second to none. As an organization, it's dedication to global conservation and education is inspiring.

    Cons

    The Society is so big, and its projects so varied, that the organization doesn't always feel unified. It is also very, very slow to change; for an organization of its size and scope, it can be stuck in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The intern program (at the time I was there) was somewhat disappointing. It was wonderful to be exposed to the inner-workings of the Society, and the brand-recognition is amazing on a resume. However, I think more effort could have been made to ensure that the internship was a strong learning experience (especially given that it was unpaid).

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a great resume builder, but no strategic direction from Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Geographic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive, and flexible work schedule. Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Salary is lower than market. Too many re-organizations in short term. Management team needs to take advantage of the brand ownership and start putting out products that makes sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Missed opportunity: Instagram like platform. Why them why not NatGeo?

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good values, good frontline workers, great photography

    Cons

    working in DC, weak management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need stronger direction and vision. Missing leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting hybrid media company/nonprofit org. Great brand. Fragmented with little collaboration

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director/Producer In Content Division
    Current Employee - Director/Producer In Content Division

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great brand. Impress friends and family. External phone calls and emails always returned (not so much internally).

    Fascinating subject matter if you're in an editorial/content group.

    They're trying to stay relevant in new media landscape and update their technology, style, and approach, with some success.

    Many great, talented people and occasional exposure to exceptional explorers, photographers, and grantees.

    Good insurance benefits and leave policies. Good opportunities for mobility.

    Cons

    Limited communication and collaboration between divisions, and little done to improve this. Divisions function as separate business units and collaboration and sharing only given lip service.

    Disengaged former leadership. Hopefully that will change under new CEO and senior team.

    Mix of good and bad managers. Many longtime managers and employees slowing progress, favoring personal connections, and lacking vision and innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward collaboration and innovation and expel non-collaboration and cautiousness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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