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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Provides for great Work Life balance (in 66 reviews)

  • Amazing company to work with, great benefits and opportunities to grow (in 76 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 33 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Presentation Schedule Analyst in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Network Presentation Schedule Analyst in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Place to work. Great benefits. Excellent working relationships. Close to restaurants. Excellent management staff and training opportunities.

    Cons

    The brand is not what it used to be.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Limping along a bit rudderless"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Still here providing new shows. Pay and HR benefits match better companies.

    Cons

    Very overcompsated CEO has no clue as to where the company should be going in this age of cord cutting. He's flailing about looking for answers by hiring supposed experts that can't deliver. Executives are not held to account for their shortfalls, but those same executives along with the board are quick to remove far, far less paid employees to make up the difference for their lack of vision. This only makes for more failure as many of those let go were significant contributors to what made the company great. It's a downward spiral to mediocrity. Our shows have gotten worse as the execs depend more on doing the same thing as the competition rather than doing as we used to - set the bar. Many of our best creatives have left to take their creativity to our competition.

    Advice to Management

    Seek a buyer for the company. Become accountable to the general stockholders. Current practice is that the board is free to ignore stockholders' votes and do as they please- to worsening effect.


  3. "Unknown future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for self-starters and organizational politicians to ascend the career ladder quickly. Innovation is encouraged and rewarded at times. The company still has the resources to make strategic investments.

    Cons

    Company's future is uncertain. Some segments of the company depend on declining industry segments while others are taking big bets on new ventures. Employees feel like pawns in a large game of business development.

    Advice to Management

    Reassure US-based employees that they will outlive industry decline. Make them feel involved in new digital lines of business.


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  5. "Nero is 'fiddling'..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health Benefits, Annual bonus (if it applies to your position)

    Cons

    Management trends, Upper Management, workload (depending on area), no growth opportunities, recent and continual structural changes

    Advice to Management

    Basically, stop. Stop acquiring/partnering with companies just to get into an area that you know nothing about. Keep the 'old' company strong because its pillars are cracking and no one cares except the competition who will leave you behind (of course, you'll just get a ridiculous position over there though).


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Burning out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Generous benefits package
    Fair compensation
    Great place to get your career started

    Cons

    Overall ineffective management. I feel as though a lot of the management team are "bosses" instead of leaders. Micromanagement and favoritism run rampant. Very little opportunity for growth and relatively poor work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop the micromanagement. It doesn't get anything done and only serves to build resentment and ill-will amongst your staff. There are some very smart, dedicated people at this company. It's not always bad to let them do their thing. Stop with the favoritism as well. There are some employees that develop at a much faster rate while others get left behind. They feel trapped and isolated because of this. Give everyone a chance to sharpen their skills.


  7. "Spring Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Spring Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Intern - Spring Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very organized internship program. Great colleagues. Great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Nothing really on top of my head.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Compensation Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment and opportunities to learn other functions.

    Cons

    constant restructuring leads to layoffs


  9. "General"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Provides for great Work Life balance

    Cons

    Salaries are low for Los Angeles


  10. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  11. "VP & Head of Entertainment Products"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President & Head Entertainment Products in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President & Head Entertainment Products in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Products, Superb Management, Business Growth, Good Employer

    Cons

    Not Risk Taking, Slow Decision Making


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