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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and work- life balance (in 71 reviews)

  • Amazing company to work with, great benefits and opportunities to grow (in 77 reviews)

Cons
  • I think work-life balance is Discovery has some opportunity areas (in 34 reviews)

  • all of upper management is scared to say no to leadership (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "Fun and challenging"

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing, talented people, fun subject matter, lots of work

    Cons

    Not a con, really, but talent plus ambition is rewarded. If you lack either you won't get ahead.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Pressure. Stress. Thankless."

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    Former Employee - Post Production Supervisor in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Post Production Supervisor in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Modern office space. Looks great on your CV.

    Cons

    Long hours. Tons of stress. Backstabbing encouraged. Brown-nosers rewarded. Hard work not recognized. No loyalty. Few perks.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp your review process. Less finger pointing and more support. Come down from your tower and meet your employees. Try showing some loyalty instead of axing longtime employees once they hit 45.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it used to be!"

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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Those below upper management are amazing people.

    Cons

    Upper Management is awful! They don't care about their employees. This company is not the same one as it used to be. Once upon a time, the employees were valued, that is not the case anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Begin to treat your employees better. LOYALTY to the company should matter, but it doesn't.


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications part-time

    Pros

    great culture fun work environment

    Cons

    opportunity to grow; not very inclusive


  5. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome team and great company to work for!

    Cons

    None to my experience, but it's a tough ability to stand out considering it's such a large company.


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Yes, promotional opportunities were lacking.

    Cons

    No, none at this time.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Commercial operations coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great maternity benefits! Decent pay for this department, compared to other companies. Bonus incentive which is nice.

    Cons

    Not parent friendly. Will not allow employees to work from home, unless they are managers or directors. Too many politics and promotions have little to do with skill and more to do with personality. Dead end job with no room for growth. Too many women, which leads to a lot of gossip. Treated like children by upper management. Disposable position. Doesn't matter how good you are at the job, they will replace you without an issue. Morale sucks!!

    Advice to Management

    Get with the program. Working from home is not a privilege. Every department at discovery allows it, but commercial operations. Stop complaining about people using their days....if working from home were an option, less sick days would be used.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "w/p"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    people are great and talented

    Cons

    Way too much politics involved.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Company in decline"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of great people and teams still around.
    - Instant worldwide brand recognition.

    Cons

    - Little or no career growth. Young people should stay away.
    - Managers take all the credit while hardworking employees get pushed into shadows.
    - Industry in decline with very little opportunity for company growth.

    Advice to Management

    - People management is not easy; learn to do that.
    - Institutional knowledge & innovation can't be replaced or reproduced.


  10. "Analyst - Ad Sales Research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance but hours are 9-6pm

    Cons

    Lack of training and learning & poor management


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