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National Geographic Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
85 Reviews
4.0
85 Reviews
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Gary E. Knell
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I previously held an internship position at National Geographic.

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

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

    Pros

    National Geographic is one of the most enriching organizations I've ever worked with personally, or been a part of. The workplace is fun, encouraging, and structured for the best results. The amount of researchers, explorers, and creatives that give presentations at NatGeo in any given year is truly awe-inspiring, and there's much to be learned from their experiences and findings in the field.

    Cons

    After a period of time, the politics of the company, but not necessarily within the departments, become apparent – but what organization doesn't have politics roaming around its halls?

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

    Great working experience and a wonderful company. Met a lot of explorers and traveled to many place.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I was offered many opportunities to travel and to learn about geographic

    Cons

    Really didn't have any for me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I would have is give better pay raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent organization to work for. However, slow to change and entrenched in old ways. Killer benefits package.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    National Geographic has a strong reputation for excellence worldwide. The mission of the organization is for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge - a noble pursuit. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    While the organization creates an excellent range of publications, the vibe internally is quite slow moving. Attention to detail and accuracy are no doubt the reason, but it may be a difficult shift for new employees after working in faster paced companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make better use of internal talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting, relaxed, old-school experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Geographic as an intern

    Pros

    Interesting place rooted in tradition; learned a lot from NatGeo history sessions and their free library; fun to see how the channel is doing well as a forerunner for nature photography/footage.

    Cons

    Feels a little old and outdated. The building, cafeteria and employee base all seemed older, and with journalism and print publications in an overall decline, it seemed like NatGeo was struggling to find its place in an age of rapid technological advancement.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    This is a great organization with smart, interesting people. The publishing group has brought out beautiful books.

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, interesting people abound. NatGeo has a history of treating its people well. Having access to the shop and exhibit on the first floor is an added perk.

    Cons

    Long-time employees can point to better days but honestly, the Society still is more employee-friendly than any place I've ever worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work environment was a little staid sometimes and not as open to innovation,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved working here !

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Geographic

    Pros

    Passionate co-workers who want to do good for the earth and people !

    Cons

    Compensation, no job growth and advancement.

  8.  

    Highly political, disappointing workplace - but with an unbeatable mission that keeps you coming back.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic

    Pros

    The mission of the organzation - the passion of the indiviuduals

    Cons

    the disillusionment of the staff due to poor leadership

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

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

    Pros

    Definitely treated well, shown around and introduced to everyone on my floor like a new fulll-time hire, even though it was just an internship.

    Cons

    Had a lot of intern-responsibilities...licked a lot of envelopes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps give more opportunity to get involved in other areas of the company, as well.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing Internship

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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

    Treated like a valued member of the team, given a variety of important tasks, networked with important staff members

    Cons

    No pay or stipend for interns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    National Geographic is full of great people, doing amazing things

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

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

    Pros

    When people learn that you work at National Geographic it's almost embarrassing how positive their reaction is, they all have a memory of the Society. Working there you get to interact with explorers doing amazing work in the field. My department has a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Like all publishing National Geographic is struggling to adapt. Lots of layoffs and moral with people that have been there for a long time is supper low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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