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National Geographic Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
81 Reviews

4.2
81 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Editor  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Washington, DC

    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
  2.  

    Loved working here !

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation, no job growth and advancement.

  3.  

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

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The mission of the organzation - the passion of the indiviuduals

    Cons

    the disillusionment of the staff due to poor leadership

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    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
  6.  

    Amazing Internship

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

    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
  7.  

    National Geographic is full of great people, doing amazing things

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Licensing Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Licensing Director in Washington, DC

    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
  8.  

    friendly work enviroment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    you can leave one department and change to other department and keep same benefit package

    Cons

    national geographic could have more parking for cars.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work life balance and mission

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great work life balance and mission. There is a great sense of comradery between employees who are working at the National Geographic Society.

    Cons

    The various departments within the company are quite siloed so it is hard to see how your work fits in with other department's work.

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

    Excellent internship experience, but don't expect anything full-time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    A very fulfilling place to work, learned a lot--everyone on the staff is extremely friendly and willing to teach the interns/ help them learn, interns are assigned useful and important responsibilities (not just fetching coffee or performing busy work), amazing opportunities to hear NG explorers, researchers, and photographers present their most recent projects, very fun and relaxed work environment (casual dress code, frequent social events, an annual talent show, great cafeteria, etc.)

    Cons

    All internships are unpaid, which gets very expensive in DC. Also, the staff is not very helpful with networking once the internship ends. I know of many former interns, myself included, who have tried to reach out to their former supervisors or HR employees at NG after the internship has ended, and have received little to no response.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NG seems to have turned nearly all of its entry level positions into unpaid internships for current college students only. It would be nice to see some of those internships made into entry level openings for recent grads.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great internship experience within a reputable company

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

    Pros

    Although the internship was unpaid, there were numerous perks while interning for National Geographic. Every day I had free lunch from their cafeteria (the food was SO GOOD), free access to their museum and had the opportunity to meet numerous people with incredible experience.

    Cons

    The internship was unpaid and although you are assigned a lot of work, a lot of it was very basic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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