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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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Pros
  • Great people and work- life balance (in 73 reviews)

  • Amazing company to work with, great benefits and opportunities to grow (in 78 reviews)

Cons
  • I think work-life balance is Discovery has some opportunity areas (in 35 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to begin a career.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth.


  2. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and co-workers, relaxed atmosphere for me.

    Cons

    Still trying to figure out ??

  3. "Head of Closed Captioning"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work... I grew up there in the 1990s. Great people make it a pleasure to go to work everyday.

    Cons

    Big company where its easy to feel lost


  4. "Marketing Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Abundant global resources to develop employee's skills and leadership; great opportunity for young professionals to touch base with different disciplines

    Cons

    Sometimes one has to work for long working hours even during weekends

    Advice to Management

    Can focus more on refining the new employee orientation and the on-the-job training


  5. "VP Multimedia Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    They pay well, good bonus structure

    Cons

    New Management doesn't trust the old gaurd

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  6. "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing to work with

    Cons

    It often does not feel that the employees are valued by the company -- difficult to get promoted, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to keep good employees


  7. "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.

  8. "Director, Finance"

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    Current Employee - Director, Financial Planning and Analysis in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director, Financial Planning and Analysis in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with Bright People in the finance organization, Work-Life Balance, Leadership, Benefits are awesome

    Cons

    more diversity needed across all departments and management levels


  9. "Getting Back to Core Values"

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Smart, interesting, and dedicated staff that wants to return this media company to its core values

    Cons

    Management style leans towards fear as motivator, Lost it's core brand promise

    Advice to Management

    Discovery seems to be paying lip service to it's founding mission as the #1 media organization that informs as it entertains and one that values its employees are its most valuable resource. Too often it feels like Discovery is only chasing Wall Street expectations and loses sight of what has historically made it stand apart from others.


  10. "Great company but not evolving fast enough"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great people, love brand, product is amazing, great exposure internationally.

    Cons

    Still stuck on the old PayTV business model, there's no practical view on the evolution to Digital.


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