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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Provides for great Work Life balance (in 64 reviews)

  • Great benefits, opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry, great learning experience (in 71 reviews)

Cons
  • Any promises of work/life balance is just lip service (in 32 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good benefits, great people

    Cons

    The industry is going through a contraction, so layoffs are to be expected, and a lot of "do more with less"


  2. "A company in transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, expanded parental leave, good pay

    Cons

    future of broadcast business unsure, change is the only constant here

    Advice to Management

    Keep up transparency. It's important in a changing industry.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits. Cool events. Good people but No stability."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits
    Fun events at the office and free food
    Metro accessible
    If you have a good team, you're lucky.
    Great and new innovative tools to work with to make work flow easier

    I worked at a specific department within a division and the direct team I worked with was great. During my short time there, I enjoyed the fun vibe of discovery and the cool perks they had to offer. My direct team was awesome and encouraged growth and we were organized as a team. I really enjoyed that part. The team and people I worked with really tried to utilize new tools to make things easier and communicated well.

    I just wish that I had a chance to switch to another department/division more suited for my needs so I could continue working at discovery outside of the department I was in. But there seems to be a hiring freeze and only contracting.

    Cons

    The summary here is only referring to the department I was in. I am sure other departments are completely different. However think really deeply before accepting a job here. Your stay may not last long. There is no stability here. So much that the HR and management are literally scripted/trained to make the severance package sound like it's the best thing ever. Also the culture here is soooo used to lay offs that they twist it up so it seem as if you voluntarily chose to leave. They celebrate your leave here to "ease" the guilt and awkwardness. At least you are given a two week notice though...which can be beneficial but also very uncomfortable to deal with.

    Although I worked w a tight knit team at this department., the overall department I worked with was very unwelcoming and very cliquey . People here are nice overall, but in this particular department they are very cliquey and not welcoming at all and not that warm either. You either will be welcomed, or find yourself confined to your cube and that's it. But I feel like you have the short end of the stick if you are new to the team, because the old timers will not include new comers. And you could be held accountable for things if you are somehow involved in the project.
    In fact, I feel like this entire department is too confined to their cubes and it is really hard to have that fun family culture here. They do fun celebrations for members of the team like baby showers, bridal showers, etc...but I also feel like it is for their "favorites". You don't really feel comfortable, honestly. And even left out on important discussions and decisions regarding various projects that may impact you. You may find out that a project you were heavily involved in didn't end up launching..way after you submitted it and you won't know why.
    The department I was in was silent chaos. They are working on being organized and doing their best, but there is no communication and I felt that my role was kind a tester role which didn't work out at the end because of the reorganization. There are a lot of loose ends and each small sub team has their own process from another team. Which can cause chaos when you have to work together. There is no consistency. Some teams have trouble using the same project management tools throughout the department. And you always feel as if you are stepping on someone's toes if you offer to help them.
    I feel like specific full time roles are not really valued here and lots of things are being outsourced to freelancers or contractors.

    There is a lot of tensions due to lots of reorganization and restructure and internal and external changes especially for this division, and you can see it affect the staff. There is a huge question of stability which puts people on edge. And I also believe huge changes will be happening for this department which could affect the team negatively. I anticipate another huge restructure happening very soon. So maybe think twice before taking an offer. Especially if you're looking for something long term.

    The funny thing is that since i even started, I knew off the bat that my stay here wasn't going to last long. I could just feel it. And I was right.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate with your staff and stop making your own conclusions about their roles. Good luck when you lay them off and then realize the need for the role later.

    Value your staff and all the hard work they are doing. There is a lot of work to be done and a lot of hands and talent that are needed. Outsourcing is not going to help you with making your brand strong.

    Don't hire new people unless you are sure you will need them in the long run.

     Please stop being vague about the so called changes that are happening and be up front with the staff so they can stop being on edge.


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  5. "Sales Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good Salary and nice people to work with

    Cons

    No Future in digital media. loosing its presence


  6. "Good Company to Start Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry, great learning experience.

    Cons

    Promotions not entirely based on merit, starting salary could be higher for amount of work

    Advice to Management

    Increased salaries for entry/lower level employees, more team building activities


  7. "Smart, dedicated coworkers,constant layoffs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Publicist in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Publicist in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with some of the best in the business, a you learn a lot. And they have a lot resources which help you to do your job. They also invest in growing their employees.

    Cons

    There was a time when Discovery was a sleepy company where people spent most of their careers. But with the constant layoffs, it has caused a culture of fear.


  8. "Stable, fun and the company cares for you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, Benefits and the company actually cares for their employees

    Cons

    salary is lower than average, and management sometimes seems distant

    Advice to Management

    Have monthly meetings to let everyone know whats going on.


  9. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great people and a great atmosphere.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Okay place to start out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, decent culture for newbies

    Cons

    Too political, weak middle management

    Advice to Management

    Take some pride in your job.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Broadcast Ingest Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Broadcast Ingest Operator in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Broadcast Ingest Operator in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A fair amount of job security.

    Cons

    Ineffectual management layers and unnecessary bureaucracy



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