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Discovery Communications Miami Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Provides for great Work Life balance (in 66 reviews)

  • Great benefits, opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry, great learning experience (in 72 reviews)

Cons
  • Very little opportunity for growth and relatively poor work/life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • all of upper management is scared to say no to leadership (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing enviroment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Digital Producer in Miami, FL
    Former Contractor - Digital Producer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people, the pay, the work, literally everything! I loved the year I spent there.

    Cons

    too many lay offs. Lack of communication between deparments.

    Advice to Management

    figure out budget for more than a year to avoid lay offs and be able to keep valuable employess.


  2. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Logistics Supervisor in Tamarac, FL
    Current Employee - Media Logistics Supervisor in Tamarac, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at Discovery for almost 4 years and can say its been one of the most challenging but rewarding jobs I've ever had. The employees and general atmosphere in the Miami location were very welcoming. Management made great efforts to build up and help their subordinates succeed.

    Cons

    None to speak of as of yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  3. "Great company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Editorial and Media in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Manager, Editorial and Media in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great benefits, took very good care of their employees. Extremely generous severance package, with post DCI benefits available to those who were downsized.

    Cons

    For a company as big as DCI, there were minor negatives to the work experience. Most of these were related to company initiatives that were put in place at the divisional level.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain open communication with all levels of employees regarding corporate initiatives.


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  5. "Love this company. I have spent almost two decades here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    cares about people, has great work/life balance policies

    Cons

    it's undergoing lots of disruption


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company, Disappointing Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Video Producer and Editor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Video Producer and Editor in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Although I was a CW (contract worker) during my time with Discovery Channel, I was aware of the great benefits that full-time employees were given.

    Cons

    I was very disappointed by the lack of professionalism on behalf of upper management. There were some great leaders across different departments but in my direct experience, it was very hard to move ahead when managers were giving preferential treatment to less productive employees simply because they were full-time. A lot of employees have been with the company for many years, becoming complacent in their roles and stagnant in their growth...strangely, this doesn't seem to affect their ability to be shuttled higher up in the ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value and show loyalty to hard working employees.


  7. "Excellent place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telecom Engineer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Telecom Engineer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hour, great environment and people to work

    Cons

    Tv industry is under changes so company restructures inevitable

    Advice to Management

    No easy task to tackle but keep the best talent


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Producer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creative job.
    Great people.
    Exciting field.
    Ability to work in English and Spanish.

    Cons

    Competition within the department.
    Uncertainty.

    Some of people have been there a long time, but recent hires seem to all be contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Make more CWs full time.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extensive training, ability to work on your own pace. Friendly and fun, lots of perks. Great health benefits, excellent pay with great bonus program. Flexible hours. People are friendly and a very young company. Office atmosphere was very positive. Highly recommend to anyone looking to work in the communications industry

    Cons

    Lack of growth. People stay n their jobs for many many years, therefore, few opening come up. Restructures occur often. Uncertainty and lack of corporate communication. Late to the digital age and has suffered some setbacks because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate your goals more frequently.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company but increasing instability"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    I worked at Discovery Communications for 3 years.
    Discovery as many other companies offers great benefits: Salary, 401K, Legal Service, Fitness Reimbursement, tuition reimbursements, Health & Dental plans (Extra: On Site- Wellness Center & Health fairs) However, most companies offer some or all of these benefits to stay competitive.

    Cons

    Discovery is going through a huge change in direction, less creative, innovative and exploratory to a more public corporate culture. Focus more on short-term results rather than long term growth to make quarterly and yearly earnings expectations.

    Let's don't forget that this is likely to get worse since Discovery has been cutting and shifting away positions towards Latin America and Europe.


  11. "Great Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Coordinator in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Coordinator in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome events for team and company alike!

    Cons

    Sometimes inflexible on scheduling and errors.



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