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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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  • 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 36 reviews)

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  1. "Ad Sales Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company Culture, frequent educational courses offered by company to further knowledge

    Cons

    low paying starting wage as assistant


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don’t let the culture fool you, it’s all about the bottom line"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people. The benefits are industry-leading. Current HQ close to transportation and services (but that’s changing). Onsite doctor’s office and daycare.

    Cons

    No career development. They will pigeon-hole you into roles that fit their needs. Not a lot of promotion potential so be prepared to job hop, as loyalty is not rewarded.

  3. "Corporate"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive coworkers (depending on your team). Decent benefits, established structure and process.

    Cons

    Some cliques are too catty. HR is curt, overbearing and condescending. Policy is overly corporate and lacks humanity.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Caution Thrown to the Wind as Finance Beckons"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Incentives and Work/Life Balance offerings are very generous. Environment is business casual or casual, and comfortable. Line-level teams look out for each other.

    Cons

    Finance is King. Regardless of contributions, tenure or institutional knowledge, Company is ok flushing veteran talent and historical knowledge to save a buck.

    Expectations are becoming unreal. Everything is “go fast” with minimal planning, and risk analysis happens as projects proceed. Pitfalls dwell until they boil over, and “come to Jesus” meetings are becoming part of the process.

    Despite the word “Communications” in the company name, the company is terrible at communicating.

    HR is the worst and very inconsistent with employee relations. Sometimes they over-communicate and are too clingy, and other times they under-communicate and are MIA. They do not have line-level management’s best interest in mind, and act mindlessly based on Legal or Executive desires.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic timelines. Solicit input from all involved teams and various levels earlier. Too often, the people with the real answers are brought in very late, and by then, it is too late. Work smarter, and be more inclusive.


  5. "Audio Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audio Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Audio Engineer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people and benefits excellent work environment

    Cons

    Miami is very expensive city to live in and the industry is very unstable


  6. "Consolidation bringing good lean company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many growing opportunities and great benefits.

    Cons

    Consolidation is not completed yet, still working on making operation more lean, but it looks good so far

    Advice to Management

    Provide stock options to your employees, so they can feel vested long term


  7. "Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice Present, Business & Legal Affairs in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Vice Present, Business & Legal Affairs in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Intelligent, passionate people who are also accommodating and helpful.

    Cons

    No cons. generally a great place to work

  8. "Creative executor on the field."

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    Current Employee - Shooter Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Shooter Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative Freedom. Good salary. Good people. Creative people. Get to know the world.

    Cons

    Spend most of your time traveling leaving no room for personal life such as building a family or relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sexual Harrassment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting content. Opportunity to travel to interesting places

    Cons

    Sexual Harrassment is a big problem at this company and its at the top levels. They do the minimum and then penalize the victims by terminating their employment with the company

    Advice to Management

    Fix the problem and stop brushing it under the rug. I experienced it at the most gross level for years.


  10. "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 ??


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