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National Geographic Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
96 Reviews
4.2
96 Reviews
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Gary E. Knell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits (work from home, green fridays, work life balance) are rare to find in DC (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 company with tremendous history.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition, tons of creative people, generous benefits.

    Cons

    Hierarchical culture, competing agendas across different parts of the organization, can feel a little old fashioned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address morale issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eye-Opening

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Geographic as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to internationally travel is always a plus. Compensation was fair.

    Cons

    Nepotism and "friends network" allows minimal opportunities for growth and weak leadership across departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more opportunities to advance based on merit.

  3.  

    Great Summer Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    1 hour paid lunch breaks. Because they GO GREEN, every staff is off with pay every other Friday

    Cons

    May be a little tedious, but that depends in which department you are assigned to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep serving the people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    International Communications and Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - International Communications and Marketing in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - International Communications and Marketing in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very Team Oriented
    Creative Freedom
    Great Company Culture
    Lots of fun incentives

    Cons

    Can be a little boring at times if you don't take the initiative to request to work on projects you are interested in.
    Mandatory intern meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to allow your employees to have creative freedom and motivate all employees to work together. I had a great summer there and I would definitely go back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Was a temp and had a wonderful experience

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    Former Employee - Temp Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Temp Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company culture and passion; co-workers were very friendly and easy to work with; interesting projects and assignments all the time; networking and meeting fascinating people in the industry; great work-life balance; brand recognition; allowed for independent space for growth and input actually mattered (despite being the young newcomer)

    Cons

    Projects could get a little unorganized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Working towards improvements but skeptical about real change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Geographic

    Pros

    Great brand recognition, mission-driven organization, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Ineffective leadership, no job growth, lack of clear vision and direction, too many SVPs, EVPs, Chiefs...etc.
    Bottom line: If you want to leave at 5:00, work here. If you want to accomplish something and make an impact...look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be very discerning about who you promote and why.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I'm the Creative Director of eProduct Design and Development

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    Current Employee - Creative Director, EProduct Design and Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Creative Director, EProduct Design and Development in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Mission driven company. Great people with a deep passion.

    Cons

    Sometimes gets in the way of itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to decrease the silos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Smaller group, good responsibility, access to c suite level professionals, great accommodations for people who ride bikes (can be important in the city)

    Cons

    Knowledge hoarding, lower pay (non profit), no parking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to do something special every once in awhile (even if not pay based) to reward outstanding performers. Since everybody gets the same raises you start to feel that you can do the min, middle or max work and the company looks at you the same way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Manager

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    Inspiring mission. Talented teams. World class content

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management. The management team seems to be going in circles, unable to make decisions and execute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a firm decision, stick with it, and execute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice place to work and great community

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic

    Pros

    At least at HQ, everyday there is some sort of cool lecture given by a National Geographic explorer or grant recipient. The mission of National Geographic is one that is easy to just jump on and very relevant, and the reputation of the items that National Geographic produces holds everyone up to high standards. I love my co-workers: they know to work with excellence and also to create a friendly working environment. There is also a gym and showers. Yay.

    Cons

    The office itself is a bit old fashion, in my opinion. Cubicles, not many open spaces for easy collaboration.

    Recommends

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