National Geographic Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. I'm the Creative Director of eProduct Design and Development

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Mission driven company. Great people with a deep passion.

    Cons

    Sometimes gets in the way of itself.

    Advice to Management

    Try to decrease the silos.


  2. Nice place to work and great community

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Product Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time

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

    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 Management

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


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  5. Great Company, somewhat stagnant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    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


  6. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Overall, very good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission, very interesting work.

    Cons

    Pay is not great, sometimes stressful.


  8. Amazing place to work, room for improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Inspiring mission, smart people, invigorating environment

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Coordinating Producer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinating Producer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Coordinating Producer in Washington, DC

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

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good values, good frontline workers, great photography

    Cons

    working in DC, weak management

    Advice to Management

    Need stronger direction and vision. Missing leadership



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