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National Geographic Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
90 Reviews
4.1
90 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 10 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)

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

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Great Company, somewhat stagnant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, hours, most employees are all great

    Cons

    Pay, upward movement, no reviews so no bonuses/raises etc which leads to people coasting. Can only move forward by applying for a new job, very few promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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 (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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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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